Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, March 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate joined Sirius XM NFL Radio last night to talk about his pending free agency and Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com recaps the conversation right here. Tate, who set career highs and led the team in catches (64) and yards (898) last season, says he hasn't heard much from the Seahawks yet, trusting his agent to handle business with the club.
"Obviously, I would like to be in Seattle, but the hard part is over," Tate says. "I did my job. I handled my business. I stayed healthy. I was reliable all year. Each year I've shown to be better than the last.
"With that being said, I’ve done my part so I can’t really worry about it."
Doug Farrar of SI.com highlights the Seahawks' Golden Tate as the second-best wide receiver available in free agency this year. On Tate, Farrar writes, "It took a while for Tate to get the hang of the NFL — the second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2010 was benched for a while early on because he couldn’t meet the exacting standards Seattle’s new regime applied to him. But over the last two seasons, Tate has become one of the best speed slot receivers in the league, and a dynamic special teams weapon. Tate’s free agent value may lie at the A-minus level, but those in the know believe that he’s either Seattle’s top offseason priority, or near the top on a very short list."
Chris Burke of SI.com has his 2014 free agency primer with a look at the defensive line. Burke dubs Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett the second-best player set to become available at the position this offseason. Burke also showcases some of the better offensive linemen to hit the market this month.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com reports the Seahawks placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent safety Jeron Johnson. Blount writes, "It protects the Seahawks in several ways. Seattle has the right of first refusal if another team makes Johnson an offer, giving the Seahawks a five-day window to match the deal. If they don’t match it, Seattle will receive a second-round draft choice from the team that signs him."
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com pinpoints who he believes each team should target when free agency opens on March 11, noting the Seahawks could benefit from current Minnesota Vikings veteran defensive end Jared Allen. On Allen to the Seahawks, Prisco writes, "Allen has a few good years left and would be a nice veteran addition if they lose Michael Bennett."
The NFL says the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are tops in the League when it comes to merchandise and jersey sales.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has his Mock Draft 3.0 with the Seahawks selecting UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo with pick No. 32 in the first round. On Su'a-Filo matching with the Seahawks, Brooks writes, "The Seahawks played musical chairs at left guard for most of the season. Su'a-Filo shores up the biggest need on the frontline, while adding some athleticism and nastiness to the unit."
A crew of NFL Insiders at ESPN.com share the Seahawks' offseason blueprint, projecting Seattle's lineup, salary cap situation, free agent and draft targets. It's an Insider feature so a subscription is required, but here's some of what they had to say on the Seahawks' oft-asked-about running back Christine Michael: "Michael is in a similar position to that of Marcus Lattimore with the 49ers. Michael doesn't have injury concerns and looked like a dominant runner during the preseason, but he got just 18 carries during the regular season. While Robert Turbin is more reliable and accomplished in the passing game, keeping Michael on the bench is going to prove extremely difficult going forward. His time to shine might end up being in 2015."
NFL.com's Around the League writers determine the best landing spots for nine of the biggest names set to hit free agency on March 11. The staff has current Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett joining his brother - tight end Martellus Bennett - with the Chicago Bears.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com shares some highlights from Danny O'Neil's latest "Hawk Talk" chat, where Seahawks tight end Zach Miller's future was a hot topic.
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps Monday night's NFL Films' Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champions premiere at the Seattle Cinerama. Farnsworth also catches up with a few players at the event who reflect on the recent release of Red Bryant and Sidney Rice.
And team photographer Rod Mar has several snaps from Monday's movie premiere. Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto