Time to get to a few links for today. …
— Here’s an article on the White House visit from Richard Sherman’s website, via USA Today. It mentions a few Seahawks not making the trip, but notes only Marshawn Lynch. Not sure who any others are who might not have made it, though.
— Speaking of the White House visit, quarterback Russell Wilson arrived with a new look. Vote in our poll.
— ESPN rounds up some of the selfies the team took during the White House visit.
— Former Seahawk Golden Tate, in an interview with KJR-AM’s Dave “Softy” Mahler, appeared to tip off when the Seahawks will receiver their Super Bowl rings:
From our talk with Golden Tate, sounds like the Seahawks will receive their Super Bowl rings on June 19th. Ravens got theirs last June 7th
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) May 22, 2014
That date would make some sense since it would be the end of the team’s official mini-camp, after which the team will break for the summer.
— ICYMI, here’s the official transcript of President Obama’s remarks.
— The NFL announced its 2014 lineup of officials this morning, and one name is sort of eye popping — former Pac-12 ref Shawn Houchli, son of longtime NFL official Ed Hochuli. Shawn Hochuli was the head official for a few Washington Husky games the last few years, including last year’s home game against Colorado, the 2012 win at Cal, and the 2011 Apple Cup.
— Good stuff here from MMQB’s Andrew Brandt on the details of rookie contracts. As he notes, all that is really left to be negotiated these days are the structures of the deals, not the terms and salary.
— Second-round voting for the cover of Madden 2015 ends today. Sherman remains on the list.
— ESPN’s Mike Sando, in conjunction with some other ESPN Insider experts, graded the off-seasons for every NFL team, and awarded the Seahawks an A-minus.
Here’s some of what they said about the Seahawks:
Re-signing (Pete) Carroll, (Michael) Bennett, (Earl) Thomas and (Richard) Sherman made this a great offseason for the Seahawks’ long-term future.
“I gave them an A because when you are in their position, and I have been there many times, re-signing your own is critical, and making sure the right players are re-signed is critical, and they did both,” (Bill) Polian said.
Seattle could not realistically keep everyone. The team could be worse on paper, depending upon how younger, less proven players perform as replacements for some of the players Seattle released or lost.
— More on Seattle’s off-season from ESPN.
— Finally, speaking of officials, as Adam Schefter Tweeted earlier, two females will work pre-season games:
Two female officials, line judge Sarah Thomas and head linesman Maia Chaka, will work NFL preseason games this summer.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2014