Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, March 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Carroll Talks Offseason On KJR
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM's Dave "Softy" Mahler for a conversation on all-things offseason last Friday. Highlights from Carroll's 23-minute segment are laid out for you below.
(On replacing center Max Unger and left guard James Carpenter along the offensive line...) "We've been working hard with our young guys, it's a very good draft and opportunity to help ourselves there as well. We have a lot of picks, we're going to have a number of extra picks this year. So we're really excited about it. It's going to be a focal point, but we have some really good guys with us, guys that are in the system. So we think we can turn this, or we wouldn't have done it. We'll be OK and it'll be exciting."
(On former Oakland Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski visiting Seattle last Thursday...) "He's a legitimate starter in the League. He really likes us and we liked him. That's a potential thing that can happen. It'll be some time before this gets worked out, he's got some visits and all that."
Defensive end Red Bryant, drafted by the Seahawks in 2008, played in 64 games with 55 starts, tallying 121 tackles (78 solo), 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 7 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble & 2 fumble recoveries.
(On former Seattle defensive lineman Red Bryant possibly reuniting with the Seahawks following his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars...) **"We'll see. Red's a fine young man. He was a big part here and we love his contribution. The fact he became available, it's something. We're on everything. Every single transaction that happens we go through the process with it and of course we'll do that with Red. That's what this time of year is all about. We'll see what the urgency is from other clubs and how fast things have to move. But he was a great kid in the program and so we have a special place in our heart for guys like that. They've battled with us and we think of them as our guys even when they're playing for other teams when they've spent that much time with us and been kind of heart and soul guys."
(On if Tarvaris Jackson, an unrestricted free agent, will be the Seahawks' backup quarterback next year...) "I hope so. We're in talks, so I hope so."
(On candidates to return kicks and punts with kick returner Paul Richardson coming off an ACL injury and punt returner Bryan Walters signing with the Jaguars...) "That'll be a wide-open competition. One of the guys that you might not know much about is B.J. Daniels. This is a guy that we've been bringing up. He had a fantastic season for us, kind of undercover on our practice squad. But we're really looking forward to B.J. taking a shot at competing at that and also catching some footballs for us. He's a very multi-talented guy that can help us at quarterback as well. But he is a kid that we're excited about. He's really tough and strong and weighs 220 pounds and has great quicks and all that. He's prepared to do that all season, so he's one of the next guys coming up and we'll continue to work at that spot."
(On Marshawn Lynch's two-year extension...)"I love that we have him on our team and our fans recognize him and respect him and appreciate him - he's worthy of all of that. He's one of the great teammates that guys get to play with. They love him and they'll fight for him and block for him and do everything they can to help him. He's really given us a tremendous heart about our team."
The Seahawks acquired former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams on the opening day of NFL free agency.
(On signing cornerback Cary Williams...) "**Cary is a guy that's played a lot of football and in a style that we really appreciate. He's real tall and long and fast as heck. I think when [defensive coordinator] Kris Richard gets a hold of this guy and introduces him to the things that we believe in and how we coach our corners up, I think he's going to get better than he is now and I think it's going to be a tremendous move that we were able to make that we can bring in a guy that can play at this level. He's still got to earn it. I told him coming in this is about competing and everything, nothing's going to be handed to you. But he does come in with a lot of background."
(On if Jeremy Lane [wrist, knee] and Tharold Simon [shoulder] will be ready by the start of the regular season...)"Jeremy might be in question on that a little bit, we'll have to wait and see. Tharold should be back in a few months."
(On if Earl Thomas [shoulder] will be ready by the start of the regular season...) "Absolutely."
Wilson Among Offseason's Top Beneficiaries
Dan Hanzus at NFL.com names six quarterbacks that have benefited most from offseason moves by their respective teams and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earns a mention after Seattle acquired tight end Jimmy Graham in a trade with the New Orleans Saints.
Hanzus writes, "Wilson had to be skipping through the streets when he learned that the Seahawks had traded for Jimmy Graham. It's a huge move by general manager John Schneider, who gives his talented young quarterback perhaps the best red-zone target in football. Wilson has developed a well-earned reputation as a winner in his first three seasons; don't be surprised if Graham's arrival has the effect of turning Wilson into a statistical beast. (Think Tom Brady before and after the arrival of Randy Moss in 2007)."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from former Seahawks wide receiver/punt returner Bryan Walters, the Kirkland, Wash. native who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency last week.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth says Graham can't wait to get to work with Wilson this offseason.
Right guard J.R. Sweezy earned some additional cash for his performance this past season.
Free safety Earl Thomas compiled several of his Instagram posts on his personal website to show fans how he's been spending time this offseason.
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood proposed to his girlfriend Kayla Williams over the weekend. Williams, a gymnast for the Alabama Crimson Tide, said yes.
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column shares 20 thoughts on the opening week of NFL free agency, including one on how Graham will fit in the physical NFC West.
Marc Sessler at NFL.com has eight free-agent takeaways from the weekend.
And Chris Wesseling at NFL.com identifies the League's best remaining free agents.
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