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Thursday Round-Up: Golden Tate, Michael Bennett are offseason priorities for Seahawks
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, February 13 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Doug Farrar of SI.com takes a look at where each NFC West team stands with their own free agents. On the Seahawks, Farrar writes, "Tate and Bennett are known priorities for the Seahawks this offseason — Tate as the speed slot guy and return man who adds a great deal to the passing game, and Bennett as the one-year player who far exceeded everyone’s expectations. Thought to be a swing tackle by head coach Pete Carroll at first, Bennett became a major inside/outside force in the NFL’s best defense. McDaniel and McDonald were valuable reserve players inside, and their talents are perfectly suited to the schemes set up by head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Jackson is an ideal backup to Russell Wilson — comfortable in his role and respected by everyone in the locker room. Robinson has those same qualifications, and he provides veteran leadership for a very young team. Thurmond is good enough to play outside corner in this defense if he can stay healthy — the question is whether some other team will come calling with more money than Seattle is willing to give up."
Farrar and Chris Burke of SI.com rank teams by offseason outlook, awarding each club points across four categories - pending free agents, cap space, amount of draft picks, and the track record of GM/management. The Seahawks come in tied for fifth on their list.
NFL.com's Around the League crew is joined by fullback Michael Robinson, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, and defensive end Red Bryant on their most-recent podcast.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com lays out the strength of schedule for each club heading into 2014. The Seahawks have the sixth-toughest schedule, with their future opponents owning a .561 win percentage this past season.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has his latest mock draft, predicting the Seahawks to select Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tutt with the last pick in the first round. Jeremiah has also compiled his Top 50 draft prospects.
Michael G. Murphy, Head of School at Seattle Country Day School on Queen Anne, shares a few lessons he learned from the Seahawks' Super Bowl run that he passed on to students and staff.
Here at Seahawks.com, team photographer Rod Mar has his "Eye on the Seahawks" photo blog with a behind the scenes look at Super Bowl XLVIII.
And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth doles out his end-of-season awards, naming team MVP, best offensive, defensive, and special teams players, best free-agent addition, best rookie, and much more.