KIRKLAND — Talks between the Seahawks and coach Mike Holmgren regarding his future with the team are serious enough to warrant a visit to team headquarters from Holmgren's agent, Bob LaMonte.
LaMonte arrived in Kirkland on Tuesday to talk with team executives about extending Holmgren's contract. Holmgren's original eight-year deal with the team, signed when he arrived in 1999, expires at the end of the 2006 season.
LaMonte's trip to Seattle would seem to suggest that Holmgren would like to continue as coach and executive vice president.
Holmgren has refused to go into detail about his future in numerous interviews since the Super Bowl.
"I like it here. I really do like it here. And Kathy [Holmgren's wife] and I would like to stay," Holmgren told The Seattle Times last month.
Team owner Paul Allen and president Tim Ruskell have expressed their desire that Holmgren extend his contract. Holmgren has indicated his satisfaction with the infrastructure of the organization, calling the Seahawks "classy" during a news conference Tuesday to announce the new headquarters to be built in Renton.
LaMonte did not return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday. The team did not comment on the negotiations, but nothing is expected to be settled until week's end.
• The Seahawks have signed DE Chris Cooper, a fifth-year NFL veteran who was with the team for a tryout during the team's minicamp last weekend. Cooper has played for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. He signed for the veteran minimum of $585,000.
• TE Itula Mili returned to practice Tuesday after missing the past three days of practices with a sore Achilles.
• Former Seahawks WR Jerry Rice and QB John Friesz will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame's divisional class (for schools smaller than Division I-A) in August. Rice starred at Mississippi Valley State (1981-84) and finished a record-setting NFL career with the Seahawks in 2004. Friesz, the Division I-AA player of the year for Idaho in 1989, played 10 seasons in the NFL, four with the Seahawks (1995-98).
• There was in fact a small sum of money involved in the settlement of the lawsuit between the Seahawks and Texas A&M over the use of the 12th Man slogan copyrighted by the school. The team paid less than $10,000 to be able to use the phrase over the long term, though that amount of time is unknown. The college was concerned the Seahawks were making a profit off the trademark through the sale of merchandise.