Friday Round-Up: Sports Illustrated Grades The Seahawks' Offseason

A daily 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 - Friday, July 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Offseason Report Card Gives Seahawks An A-Minus

Chris Burke at SI.com has put together a detailed account of the Seahawks' offseason to date.

In his analysis, he calls three-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham the club's best addition, cornerback Byron Maxwell the club's biggest loss, Oregon State defensive end Obum Gwacham the team's most underrated draft pick, questions who the starters will be on along the offensive line, and ultimately, doles out an 'A-minus' letter grade for all of the team's work since Super Bowl XLIX.

Here's Burke's introduction to Seattle's offseason:

NFL teams consider themselves lucky if they're able to uncover one or two "franchise players"—talents around which to build a team. Seattle, now, arguably has seven: Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Marshawn Lynch and the latest addition, tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham's acquisition this off-season was a stunning, blockbuster trade in a league that does not often produce such drama. The Seahawks dealt center Max Unger and a first-round pick to New Orleans for Graham and a fourth-rounder.

Seattle made that move because championship windows can closer rather quickly in the NFL. Even with all those upper-echelon talents, GM John Schneider realized this team was his best chance to win it all, on the heels of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.

SI.com's grades for the League's 31 other teams can be found right here.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from NFL Films, the League's production company that says its searching for Seahawks fans to be featured in an upcoming NFL Films show.

More From Around The Web

A player-by-player look at Seattle's safeties ahead of 2015 training camp.

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle continues his 2015 preview series with a look at who might win the backup safety jobs behind starters Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Boyle has already outlined what to expect this summer from Seattle's offensive and defensive lines, running backs/fullbackslinebackerstight endscornerbacksquarterbacks, and wide receivers.

Each ESPN.com NFL Nation writer from around the NFC West explains why they see the Seahawks winning the division again in 2015.

Rob Rang at Scout.com breaks down who might be the Seahawks' staring nickel cornerback by Week 1 of the regular season.

Marc Sessler at NFL.com ranks Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson the eighth-best backup signal caller in the League.

Seahawks 12 Tour made a stop in Pendleton, Oregon, on Thursday to meet with 12s and raise a 12 Flag over the rodeo grounds. B.J. Daniels, Will Tukuafu, Blitz and Blue Thunder were greeted by hundreds of 12s as well as the Happy Canyon Princesses and Bryson Bronson on his Paint horse Chinook.

Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan at SiriusXM NFL Radio rank the best quarterbacks in the NFC West and the Seahawks' duo of Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson comes out on top.

Former Penn State football players and current Seahawks Garry Gilliam and Jordan Hill recently spent time with kids at Penn State Children's Hospital.

Tyler Thompson at kentuckysportsradio.com shares a story about University of Kentucky defensive lineman Melvin Lewis, a Compton, Calif. native who calls Richard Sherman - also from Compton - an ongoing inspiration after Lewis visited with the Seahawks cornerback this past May.

And Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell at The Tacoma News Tribune outlines a few changes to the paper's online presence.

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