A late start to the links this morning after appearing on a special March 27th edition of the 12th Man Roundtable on KJR-AM (I’ll try to link the podcast later).
So here we go:
— And first this morning is this column from Jerry Brewer on why the Seahawks will be just fine without Jared Allen. Writes Brewer:
The Seahawks didn’t lose Allen. They never had him. They wanted him, but it wasn’t enough to blow up their long-term plans to extend the contracts of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson, all of whom will likely cost them $30 million-plus guarantees. The fact that the Seahawks came close enough for the superstar defensive end to take two visits says much about the allure of this championship organization.
But in the end, the Seahawks were reportedly offering a deal in the vicinity of $6 million to $7 million per year for two years. The Bears nabbed Allen with a four-year deal that guarantees him $15.5 mil.
Before you go screaming at Allen for being selfish or greedy or even unconcerned about winning, remember the coldhearted manner in which the Seahawks do business to manage the NFL’s hard salary cap. Consider it a survival tactic. They have two choices: Be financially responsible, almost to the point of frustration, or watch the system dismantle a championship contender far too soon.
— Also in our paper today is my story on Allen and what it says about the Seahawks’ approach to the off-season.
— Allen also apparently had a better offer from the Raiders, according to NFL.com.
— OverTheCap,com breaks down Allen’s contract, noting it includes a $12.5 million cap hit for 2015, pretty impossible for Seattle to handle given its needs to bring back some of its own players.
— Seahawks.com looks at the team-by-team free agent additions to Seattle’s 2014 opponents.
— North Carolina State is going to honor Russell Wilson soon.
— ICYMI yesterday, the NaVorro Bowman rule, stemming from a play in the NFC title game, was among the rules changes passed at the NFL meetings.
— Here are some quotes from Jim Harbaugh‘s session with the media at the NFL Meetings, including some thoughts on the Seahawks. Among the highlights, Harbaugh said:
“Well, you’ve got to get open in their secondary. They’re extremely good. You’ve got to block their pass rush.
You have to be able to physically stop their run game. Put pressure on their quarterback. For all those teams in our division, that’s talking about Seattle… But same in Arizona, you’ve got to get open against their corners, got to protect against their pass rush.”
— SI.com’s Doug Farrar gives the Seahawks a C grade for free agency.
— Malcolm Smith included in NFL.com’s look at the top compensatory draft picks.