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Tuesday Round-Up: John Schneider, Pete Carroll talk Jared Allen; No compensatory picks for Seahawks
Five Seahawks players, including defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson will take part in the NFL's 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign in Week 13, showing support for various causes, foundations, and charities by wearing customized cleats this weekend. View
Good morning, 12th Man. Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, March 25 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
NFL.com Around the League writer Marc Sessler spoke with Seahawks general manager John Schneider about free agent defensive end Jared Allen today at the Annual League Meeting in Orlando, Fla. On the Seahawks' pursuit of Allen, who has produced double-digit sacks in each of the past seven seasons, Schneider told Sessler, "I don't think the door's closed by any stretch of the imagination."
A decision on Allen's future was expected to come over the weekend.
"I think he's just sorting through whatever other offers he has out there and, you know, if he wants to play with us or he wants to move his family to a different part of the country," Schneider told NFL.com. "I think there's just a lot going through his head right now, you know? First time he's ever hit free agency."
Coach Pete Carroll spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday from Orlando, addressing the club's interest in free agent defensive end Jared Allen.
"It’s a big business decision for him," Carroll said of Allen's future in the League. "There’s really not much to comment about it right now. We’re very restricted in what we can do. We have a lot of work to get done here on our roster, a lot of guys we’ve got to work with. We’re excited about extending and stuff like that. So we have a lot of concerns and can’t move as swiftly as everyone would like." Read
In more news from the NFL Annual Meeting, the Seahawks were not awarded any compensatory picks in May's NFL Draft as a result of their free agent activity a season ago. NFC West rivals San Francisco and St. Louis did collect compensatory picks, with the 49ers gaining a third-round draft choice and the Rams adding a trio of selections - one in the sixth round and two in the seventh. Like Seattle, the Arizona Cardinals did not earn any compensatory picks.
With compensatory picks doled out, the complete 2014 NFL Draft order is available. The Seahawks hold seven picks - No. 32 (first round), No. 64 (second round), No. 132 (fourth round), No. 146 (fifth round, from Oakland Raiders), No. 172 (fifth round), No. 208 (sixth round), and No. 247 (seventh round).
Mike Sando of ESPN.com grades out each club's free agency moves with fellow ESPN contributors Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson and Field Yates. It's an Insider feature, but the group gives the Seahawks a B-minus for their offseason efforts. Here's what Sando had to say about Seattle:
"Keeping Bennett was the top priority. If they indeed add Jared Allen, that’s another move that will fall into the "home run" category in Polian's estimation. Still, free agency could have gone better for the Super Bowl champs. Keeping Tate and re-signing Clemons would have been ideal. Tate will certainly be missed, but the Seahawks will probably seek an outside receiver with greater size now that the team appears set from the slot with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin. Allen's addition would more than offset Clemons' departure.
'Allen would be a home run and Hauschka was a good re-signing,' Polian said. 'You are bound to lose some guys and they did lose some good players -- Tate, McDonald, Thurmond. But they nonetheless added good guys. They treaded water but didn't need to do much more than that.' "
Doug Farrar of SI.com identifies one underrated 2014 draft prospect that could land with each NFC team, believing LSU offensive gaurd Trai Turner has a shot to land with the Seahawks in Seattle. On Turner, Farrar writes, "There’s nothing Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable likes more than an athletic project, which is one reason Seattle’s guard situation has been so, um, fluid over the last few years. But in Turner, Cable would have the kind of project who might pay serious dividends down the road. He’s a pure butt-kicker with a nasty attitude. Turner likes to lock on and throw people around, and he’s got the strength to do that. Where he comes up short is in the agility to pull consistently and get to the second level accurately. But this is a team with a glaring need at the guard position and a desire to teach raw prospects their own way. Turner would be a perfect fit under those conditions."
Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com says the odds are against the Seahawks becoming the NFL's next dynasty.
NFL.com has a video recapping the entire 2013 season in six minutes.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is slated for a cameo in the upcoming Entourage movie - a film based off the hit HBO series of the same name - was throwing passes on set with Entourage star Kevin Connolly last week when Connolly suffered a broken leg. The injury came after Connolly ran what Wilson called "a perfect post route" in an Instagram photo of the two taken together after the incident. Read
The NFL Foundation has approved a $45 million grant to USA Football to support the growth of youth football, providing funding for the program for the next five years.
Here at Seahawks.com, we share the very latest from fullback Michael Robinson's "Real Rob Report" which has a look back at the team's time just before they departed for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey.
And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth has more from the weekend's regional combine at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which included a chance encounter with former Seahawks defensive tackle Manu Tuiasosopo, whose selection in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft was the first Seahawks event Farnsworth ever covered.