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Wednesday Round-Up: Chris Maragos, Eagles agree to terms; Free-agent frenzy in full effect
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, March 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
The new League year rolled over at 1 p.m. PT Tuesday and with it came the start of NFL free agency. Teams wasted no time striking deals with new players.
Former Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald found a home in Tampa Bay, agreeing to terms with the Buccaneers Tuesday afternoon, while former Seahawks free safety and special teams ace Chris Maragos agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles early Wednesday.
The Seahawks remained relatively quiet on day one, announcing the re-signing of tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal. McCoy spent the 2013 season on injured reserve (Achilles), but said yesterday he'll be ready to go when Organized Team Activities (OTAs) start in May.
"I think everyone always has an interest in going into free agency and seeing what their worth is in the market," McCoy said on a conference call to reporters after his signing. "But Seattle came at me tough and they were the team that drafted me, so at the end of the day I felt like this was the best place to continue my career in the NFL. I feel like I made the right choice."
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com recaps all of Monday's free-agent action, telling us what we learned from day one on the open market.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com says the free-agent departures of players like defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and free safety Chris Maragos are signs of the Seahawks' recent success.
As of this writing, free-agent wide receiver Golden Tate has yet to land a new contract, and Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com says his fate should be the Seahawks' next priority.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says losing defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to free agency is big, as McDonald "possibly was the most underrated player on the team in 2013." McDonald provided a steady inside pass rush for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last season, recording 5.5 sacks, 35 tackles, and an interception.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com does his best to make sense of all the action that went down on the opening day of NFL free agency.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com grades out some of the early free-agent moves across the NFL.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says to not fault players for exploring opportunities with other teams during free agency.
Nate Davis of USA Today breaks down the winners and losers from the first day of free agency.
Lastly, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth eyes offensive linemen in his 2014 NFL Draft preview and recaps a visit from former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones to Canton, Ohio's Pro Football Hall of Fame, where Jones is set to be officially inducted on Aug. 2.