Camp Carroll 2.0 -- And they rested
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Seahawks get busy reworking a roster in a frenzied two weeks
By Danny O'Neil, The Seattle Times
I tried to put these past two weeks of free agency into some kind of perspective in the story that was published in Sunday's paper.
Unfortunately, I had more information than space, which is not all that uncommon of a problem for me, and there were some other notes that I wanted to pass along.
• The soft opening to free agency took almost everyone by surprise. As late as Monday afternoon, July 25, most assumed that teams would be able to start talking to undrafted free agents on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. Pacifc. Nope. That started Monday afternoon.
Rick Smith, an agent, received his first call in the early evening, and had to be told that, "No, it's OK to talk right now." Negotiations were underway.
• The Seahawks took a two-handed approach to recruiting. A scout and a coach were assigned each targeted free agent.
• John Idzik, the team's vice president of football operations, had one of the most grueling jobs these past two weeks. Not only were there negotiations and contracts to hammer out, but the collective-bargaining agreement includes drastic differences in the money allotted to sign drafted rookies. Not only did Idzik have to learn this new system, but he had to then work through it with agents who were also learning it. It was tough.
The Seahawks won't be practicing Sunday, and unless there's breaking news, the blog is going to be quiet for the rest of the day.
I'll "see" you again here on Monday morning.
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call