Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks offseason earns A-minus; Round 2 of 'Madden' cover vote ends today

Posted May 22, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, May 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Offseason Grades For Every NFL Team

Mike Sando of worked with fellow ESPN Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Field Yates, and Matt Williamson to provide offseason grades for each of the League's 32 teams. It's an Insider feature, but below is what the group had to say about why the Seahawks earned an A-minus for the way they operated.

"Re-signing Carroll, Bennett, Thomas and Sherman made this a great offseason for the Seahawks' long-term future.

'I gave them an A because when you are in their position, and I have been there many times, re-signing your own is critical, and making sure the right players are re-signed is critical, and they did both,' Polian said.

Seattle could not realistically keep everyone. The team could be worse on paper, depending upon how younger, less proven players perform as replacements for some of the players Seattle released or lost. The team's record of developing players has arguably earned the Seahawks some benefit of the doubt, but Williamson believes they gave up ground to the 49ers.

'Seattle's depth has been compromised,' Williamson said. 'Everyone on draft day says you cannot criticize the Seahawks for taking a fifth-round tackle [Justin Britt] in the second round, but you cannot tell me Bruce Irvin or James Carpenter were worth first-round picks, either. They have hit on guys late in the draft, but will they always? They are not light years smarter than the rest of the league, and they have not had to pay their quarterback.'

Williamson and Riddick agreed that Paul Richardson, the receiver Seattle drafted in the second round, projected as a DeSean Jackson type with the ability to pump welcome speed into the Seahawks' offense.

'They got exponentially faster with Richardson if they can keep Percy Harvin healthy,' Riddick said. '[Richardson] is lightning in a bottle.'"

Seattle's mark was tops in the NFL from the ESPN crew. Joining the Seahawks at the A-minus level were the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Round 2 Of Madden Cover Vote Ends Today

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is currently battling New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham in Round 2 of Madden NFL 15's cover vote at You can cast a vote for Sherman right here.

Seahawks Honored at The White House Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps Wednesday's honorary visit to Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks in a special ceremony at The White House.

The Seahawks were the latest championship team to visit our nation's capital, continuing a tradition that sees title-earning teams and athletes saluted by the President. Normally, the team will present the President with a customized jersey, but the Seahawks bucked that trend, gifting President Obama a large 12 flag instead, recognizing Seattle's passionate 12th Man fan base.

There was plenty of social media reaction to come from yesterday's events, and we did our best to round up player Tweets and Instagram photos for your viewing pleasure.

More From Around The Web

Terry Blount of also assesses the Seahawks' offseason, calling the re-signing of defensive end Michael Bennett the team's best move.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin joined Sports Radio KJR AM's Mitch in the Morning show today and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times recaps the conversation. We'll pass along the podcast when it becomes available.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the Seahawks' historic visit to The White House. conducted a fun Twitter exercise to determine which government positions Seahawks players would hold if they ran The White House.

Brian Reich, a Seahawks fan who was in attendance at yesterday's White House ceremony, has several photos from the festivities on his Instagram account

Will Brinson of provides over/under 2014 win totals for each NFC team.

And the NFL has released its roster of officials for the 2014 season, a list that includes 12 first-year officials.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto