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August 4, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Seahawks Daily Top 10: Punt returning, practice resumes today, and more

Time for the 10, on a day when the Seahawks will be back at it on the field this morning at the VMAC.

It’s aseahawksdaily_top10lso the start of a gameweek, with the Seahawks playing at Denver Thursday night to open the pre-season.

1, When the team returns to practice today. of most  interest may be the health situation. It’s expected that guys like Paul Richardson, Cassius Marsh and maybe Russell Okung will return. We should also get a clearer idea of the situations with Justin Britt and Dion Bailey, who each got hurt in Saturday’s scrimmage.

2, As for the Denver game, one of the big curiosities will be seeing who will return punts and how effective they will be. Jayson Jenks looked today at the importance for Seattle of finding someone to effectively replace Golden Tate as a punt returner this season.

3, Here’s my wrapup of what happened with Michael Bowie.

Pro Football Talk also Tweeted this earlier today about Bowie:

4, The big news this morning in the NFL is that Cincy QB Andy Dalton has signed a six-year, $115 million extension. Will this have an impact on the Seahawks’ efforts to extend Russell Wilson after this season? Frank Schwab of Yahoo.com thinks it will, writing:

Well, good luck to the Seahawks, Colts or Panthers trying to get their young quarterbacks signed to a somewhat reasonable extension now. That won’t happen after Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton see what Andy Dalton just got from the Bengals.

You might want to sit down for this one. Dalton agreed to a six-year, $115 million extension from the Bengals, according to ESPN. That’s for a quarterback who some wondered would have been on the hot seat if he didn’t have a good 2014, considering his inconsistency and 0-3 playoff record.

Jay Cutler‘s contract with the Bears, for $126.7 million over seven years after making all of one Pro Bowl in his career, really was the sign that the quarterback market was ruined. Dalton’s deal has reinforced that the market is totally out of control. Teams get crippled by fear of the unknown at quarterback. There’s no way Dalton, who I defend regularly because people have ignored the good things he has done (and he has done some good things), is worth more than $19 million per year. But teams like the Bengals would rather pay Dalton two or three times what he’s worth than deal with the criticism that would come if they let him go and couldn’t replace him immediately. It sounds like a dumb business model, but NFL teams routinely do it. The quarterback market for the non-stars at the position is the most inefficient in sports. And it affects other teams.

Wilson, Luck, Newton and other young quarterbacks like Washington’s Robert Griffin III probably have to start the bidding at $25 million per year if Dalton got a little more than $19 million per year, right?

5, Sounds like Denver’s looking forward to Thursday night.

6, One thing to remember for Thursday is that the teams will be playing with the experimental rules moving PATs back to the 15. It didn’t seem to make much difference last season in the preseason opener, though.

7, Interesting stuff here on Brandon Browner, who will play on the right side in New England, just as he did in Seattle.

8, Former Seahawk Chris Spencer was a guest of Walter Jones’ at the Hall of Fame.

9, Some fun stuff here as Mike Tanier rates the watchability of the major preseason games, with a few Seahawks contests included.

10, Lastly, just in case you’d forgotten how popular the NFL is:

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