Seahawks fans won’t easily say goodbye to Red Bryant, who had been with the team since 2008 and was a defensive captain of the first Super Bowl winner in franchise history.
And Times columnist Jerry Brewer does a nice job today putting Bryant’s career and release into perspective.
One question I have gotten often since Friday’s news is whether there is any chance the team would re-sign him later.
The fact that he was released, and that the quote from John Schneider said the team was giving him his release now (as well as that of receiver Sidney Rice) so he could get a head start on free agency, obviously means that is not the plan right now. Things can change, certainly, and you never rule out anything in the NFL.
But this isn’t really all that similar to Michael Robinson’s situation last fall.
Remember then that one of the main reasons Robinson was cut was because he was ill and wouldn’t have been able to play in the first few games anyway.
No doubt, it sort of helped the team out of a logjam in the backfield to have a reason to cut Robinson. And then when other injuries occurred and he was healthy, it worked nicely to bring him back. But none of that is really applicable to Bryant’s situation.
After the release of Bryant and Rice, NFL.com updated its list of the top 101 free agents.
They slotted Bryant at 42nd (Rice was 63rd), with the following note:
Bryant can still plug the run with the best of them. He was released to prevent the Seahawks from paying a $3 million bonus in March.
Bryant won’t have trouble finding a new team, just at a much lower salary than he had in Seattle.
In other news. …
— How would various Seahawks fare as baseball players?;
— More evidence the Seahawks are on the hunt for a big receiver — the National Football Post reports they met with 6-6 Rutgers wide out Brandon Coleman at the Combine;
— Russell Wilson is also hanging out with Kasey Kahne in Phoenix. Remember that his day with the Texas Rangers is tomorrow (Monday);
— NFL.com writes one scout says Johnny Manziel is a better passer than Wilson;
— Time lists Richard Sherman as an athlete whose jersey has come from out of nowhere to become a hot seller;
— Could Rice land near his home in Carolina? If so, he’d face the Seahawks next year;
— A San Francisco columnist says the Jim Harbaugh saga will dominate the 49ers’ season in 2014;
— And here’s an NFL.com recap of that column, highlighting the idea that Harbaugh’s act has “worn thin” among some players in the locker room;
— Finally, ICYMI, Richard Sherman has set a date and new location for his softball game this summer:
For those wondering if we are going to to another @BC_RS25 softball game this year… We are and it's going to happen July 20th at SafeCo
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 2, 2014