A summary of the week that was (very slow) for the Seattle Seahawks.
Top news story: Quarterback Russell Wilson was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster, replacing Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who suffered a shoulder injury during the conference championship game.
That gave Seattle six Pro Bowlers for this weekend’s game, matching the third-highest total of any season in franchise history.
Worst news story: Russell Wilson’s contract. This one was pretty mind numbing. Chris Mortenson reported on ESPN’s “Sunday Countdown” that Wilson’s agent had requested his client’s contract be reworked ASAP. This is not an unreasonable idea considering Wilson was not only playing on a rookie deal, but a third-rounder’s rookie deal. He’s scheduled to earn less than $600,000 next season. That request, however, would be impossible under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which prohibits revising a rookie contract until that player has played the first three years of it. Not only that. It never happened according to the team, the agent that represents Wilson in football matters and Wilson himself.
The Seahawks declared the report erroneous before the program was even over. Wilson’s agent for football matters – Bus Cook – got on the horn to tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com he was irate and the report was something you don’t want to step in, and Wilson himself reached out to Peter King of Sports Illustrated to say it was bogus. Well, I now have an easy answer to anyone who wonders about the lull that accompanies the end of the season. What lull? After all, you can spend two days following the latest twists spawned an anonymously sourced report about a contract renegotiation that COULD NOT HAPPEN.
Transactions: None. At least none that were announced.
Player spotlight: “We got him,” general manager John Schneider told another Seahawks employee.
Now, this was the week before the Seahawks playoff victory at Washington and the assumption was that perhaps this was somebody to help with the playoff push. A pass rusher, perhaps. Maybe a linebacker.
Nope. A wide receiver. For next year. That would be Stephen Williams, who signed a futures contract with the Seahawks. That’s a fancy way of saying that Williams was signed to a contract for 2013 though the league year hasn’t started. He was eligible to sign such a deal because he was not on an NFL 53-man roster when the season ended.
Williams is 6 feet 5, a receiver the Seahawks tried to sign as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2011, but lost out to Arizona where he had an impressive training camp as a rookie. Williams played for the Cardinals each of the past two seasons – even starting three games as a rookie – but was waived on Dec. 14.
Williams is certainly not the only receiver the Seahawks will be looking at this offseason. Phil Bates and Bryan Walters were also signed to futures contract, but at 6-5, Williams does have the size Seattle covets at receiver, and Seattle never did find that big, physical presence to replace Mike Williams at receiver despite signing Braylon Edwards and even going so far as to give Terrell Owens a look.