And the headline above is the takeaway from Larry Stone’s column today on how the signing of Doug Baldwin to an extension last week illustrated well the Seahawks’ successful way of operating.
The message of Doug Baldwin’s contract extension Thursday was two-fold, and both elements came through loud and clear as the latest real-world affirmations of the Seahawks mantra.
Perform, and you will be rewarded. And it doesn’t matter how you were acquired, as touted draft pick or obscure free agent; you will get a chance to perform.
In other news. …
— Remember that June 1 is a key date on the NFL calender in terms of free agency — as well explained here by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. Most relevant to the Seahawks this year is that they could still sign a veteran free agent or two and now have it not impact their compensatory draft picks for 2015. The expectation is that Seattle will get the maximum four compensatory picks in 2015 for the free agent losses suffered until now. As Marvez explains, that formula only takes into account free agents signed before June 1, so Seattle could sign a player now and not risk its compensatory picks for 2015. The top two players on Marvez’ list of top available free agents — tight end Jermichael Finely and defensive tackle Kevin Williams — each visited Seattle earlier this year. So who knows? The Seahawks may not necessarily be done.
— And the Seahawks would have the room to make a move or two if they wanted. With 91 players listed as under contract, presumably all 90 players on the active roster and Garrett Scott (now on the injured reserve list), the Seahawks are $8.704 million under the salary cap according to the latest NFLPA numbers. As GM John Schneider said at the Baldwin press conference, the Seahawks may not necessarily be done making moves with some of their own players this year, as well (someone like K.J. Wright, for instance, could be extended).
— NFL.com lists the Seahawks as having one of the top five backfields in the NFL.
— NFL.com also says Steve Largent is the greatest player in Seahawks history.
— A fantasy-oriented breakdown of running backs lists Marshawn Lynch at No. 7 for 2014 with a projection of having roughly the same season in 2014 as he had in 2013.
— Interesting note here about the Super Bowl from the ESPN Jets blog:
Four months ago, (Jets receiver Eric) Decker and Breno Giacomini played on opposite sides of one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in history. Giacomini’s Seattle Seahawks embarrassed Decker’s Broncos, 43-8. Now they’re teammates. I asked Giacomini if they’ve talked about the game. A little trash talking, perhaps? He said there was a brief lunch-room conversation. Giacomini said he asked Decker about the first play of the game, the errant shotgun snap that resulted in a safety. Decker chalked it up to the noise generated by the pro-Seattle crowd at MetLife Stadium. And that was the end of the conversation. Touchy subject, obviously.
“I didn’t want to say anything else to him,” Giacomini said. “That’s behind us, we’re teammates now. Hopefully, we can reach it again — together — and win another one.”