Getting an early start on the Top 10:
1, And we’ll begin with our story here on Marshawn Lynch and where things appear to stand at the moment — both in terms of the fines he is susceptible to and what may happen next. There’s been some confusion about the numbers he could be fined. But the two big ones we know for sure — $30,000 a day and 15 percent of his $1.5 million signing bonus beginning today, up to 25 percent through camp. No matter the exact total, the bigger picture is that it’s starting to be significant money. The holdout fines are in place to make players report. Of course, the fines also don’t ever have to be imposed if the player does report. Things appear still at a stalemate.. We’ll see if the increasing fines begin to matter.
2, Also in our paper is this notebook, leading off with the apparently serious injury to tight end Anthony McCoy. Pete Carroll’s tone just about said it all. Assuming McCoy is out for the year, the Seahawks are likely in the market for another tight end. They have two good ones in Zach Miller and Luke Willson. But as the story notes, after that it’s untested Cooper Helfet and RaShaun Allen. McCoy appeared on the road to recovery from last year’s injury and off to a good start in camp, adding to the unfortunate nature of the injury.
4, Arizona CB Patrick Peterson, who has had a little bit of a Twitter feud with Richard Sherman, signed an extension Tuesday night for five years, $70 million and $48 million guaranteed. Sherman recently signed a four-year deal worth $56 million and $40 million guaranteed. So which is better? Peterson gets more total money, but Sherman has the better per-year guaranteed average and gets to free agency again a year sooner if he wants. Probably can be spun either way, though maybe the particulars of the deal will shed a bit more light. Sherman himself re-Tweeted the following shortly after news of the deal broke:
Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson combined to allow 8 touchdown passes in 2013. Peterson gave up seven of those.
— Cody Swartz (@cbswartz5) July 30, 2014
6, I’d forgotten about this — one of the newest Seahawks, Eric Winston, with some harsh words for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs two years ago.And Winston, recall, is president of the NFLPA, a job he earned in March.
7, It was easy Tuesday to overlook that the Seahawks also announced they had signed undrafted free agent receiver Randall Carroll. Carroll is an intriguing athlete and well-known to USC coaches as he was considered one of the top recruits on the West Coast while playing at Cathedral Prep in Inglewood. But that didn’t translate into production at UCLA, where he made 21 catches in three seasons before being dismissed for academic reasons. He transferred to New Mexico State, where he didn’t play before finishing his career at Division III Sul Ross State where he played on both sides of the ball last season. He also returned kicks there. He’s one of 14 receivers on the roster, with Seattle likely to keep five or six on its 53-man.
8, Proof that if you run enough computer simulations, you can find one in which the Raiders beat the Seahawks for the Super Bowl.
9, Rounding up all the injuries so far in training camp around the NFL.
10, Finally, here’s a poll: