April 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM
ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting that cornerback A.J. Jefferson, a veteran of four seasons with the Cardinals and Vikings, worked out today for the Seahawks.
He was a reserve last season, playing in 10 games for the Vikings, including in Minnesota's 41-20 loss to Seattle on Nov. 17 at CenturyLink Field, his second-to-last game before being cut. It's unclear if that case has been resolved.
Seattle's interest in Jefferson surely stems from a desire to add depth to a cornerback spot that took a hit in free agency with the loss of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond.
Jefferson also has a little of a kick return history in the NFL, though nothing with punts, which seems the more pressing need for Seattle right now. But that return ability --- he led the nation in kickoff returns as a sophomore at Fresno State in 2008 --- could be what Seattle is looking for here.
April 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM
We've focused a little more so far in the countdown on late-round picks who paid off. Now we start to move a little more into early-round picks who, while maybe obvious (especially in hindsight)
RUNNING BACK SHAUN ALEXANDER
WHEN DRAFTED: 2000, 1st round, 19th overall
SEAHAWKS CAREER: 2000-2007
WHY HE'S ON THE LIST: Alexander, as the leader in just about every Seahawk rushing category, maybe should be higher. But as noted, part of the purpose of this list was to reward Seattle for those picks that paid off a little more than anyone anticipated. While we all know lots of first-round picks turn out to be busts, Alexander was pretty much drafted right where everyone thought, even if some questioned him as a pick for the Seahawks at that time given that they had Ricky Watters coming off consecutive 1,200-plus yard seasons.
Showing how times have changed, five running backs were taken in the first round in 2000. Two drafted ahead of Alexander also turned out to be good picks --- Jamal Lewis with 10,067 career yards and Thomas Jones with 9,790.
Alexander finished with 9,453, with 9,429 with the Seahawks, far ahead of the 6,706 of Chris Warren. Alexander also turned in the best rushing season in Seattle history with 1,880 yards and 27 TDs in the Super Bowl season of 2005, earning NFL MVP honors as a result.
Alexander, though, has become one of the poster children for RBs who drop off after age 28. He was indeed 28 during that MVP season but then saw his yards per carry dip to 3.6 and 3.5 in his last two years as a Seahawk, and then after four games with the Redskins in 2008, was done with football.
Here's a review of the 2000 draft done in 2006 by FootballOutsiders which called Alexander the best back in the draft. He was the fourth taken after Lewis, Jones and Ron Dayne. So while there were high expectations for Alexander, he more than met them, if not exceeded them (acknowledging that he also had a heck of an offensive line to work behind during his prime as well as a standout quarterback). Pretty much, what you hope for in a first-round pick.
April 24, 2014 at 2:53 PM
A few Seahawk news and notes to pass along this afternoon, so let's get started.
--- First, the latest honor for cornerback Richard Sherman comes from Time Magazine, which named him one of the 100 Most Influential People, calling "The NFL cornerback who smack-talks stereotypes.''
--- Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that WR Armanti Edwards is working out for the Seahawks:
Edwards may be best known as the quarterback who beat Michigan while playing at Appalachian State in 2007. He has six career receptions in four years in the NFL with Carolina and, most recently, Cleveland (stats here).
--- We'll go into this in more detail at a later point, as well, but Forbes magazine has some Seahawk games listed among what it expects to be the most expensive tickets of the 2014 season.
--- Deadspin ranks the weekly schedules of the NFL season.
--- The Sporting News rates Seattle's game at San Francisco on Thanksgiving as the No. 1 game of the season.
--- Finally, Jermaine Kearse returning to his old stomping grounds Friday:
April 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Marcus Trufant retired as a Seahawk today during a press conference that was more of a celebration of his life and career at the team's complex in Renton.
"I'm not sad,'' said Trufant, who played for Seattle from 2003-12 before spending camp last year with Jacksonville without appearing in a game. "This is a happy time. Excited to see what comes next.''
Among the teammates there were Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, as well as some Tacoma-area friends such as Isaiah Thomas.
Here is some raw video of the first few minutes of the press conference, with some more below of Trufant talking to the media afterward:
April 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM
April 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM
Lots of links to get to in the wake of all the news yesterday, so let's get to it.
--- Lost in the shuffle of everything else yesterday, Pro Football Talk reported the Seahawks are leaning against picking up the option on James Carpenter's contract. As noted, this doesn't necessarily mean he isn't in their future plans, just that they'd push the decision on 2015 to later.
--- SI.com's Peter King with some really good insight into how the schedule is made. Of note, the Seahawks were at one point being considered for three road games in 15 days, and also that the NFL avoided a Seattle-Denver opening game rematch because of the uncompetitive nature of the Super Bowl --- also likely why the game three game between the two is not a Prime Time game.
--- Sherman also talked a little about his contract, though no real specifics.
--- ESPN with more on the schedule.
--- Chris Cluff breaks down the schedule with some predictions.
--- Details on the NFL's new flex scheduling plan.
--- The Seahawks hosted a number of draft-eligible local players at the VMAC yesterday, including Keith Price, Bishop Sankey, Scott Crichton and Deandre Coleman. These are in addition to the 30 other players Seattle can host prior to the draft.
--- Danny O'Neil says the Seahawks will need a good finishing kick in 2014.
--- Seattle was immediately installed as a 5-point favorite in the opener against Green Bay:
April 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM
For those who may have wondered why Seattle has just one scheduled home prime time game --- the season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 4 --- Pro Football Talk tonight has what it says may be the answer.
Citing a league source, PFT says the NFL was wary of Seattle's recent track record of home blowouts, which has made some games uncompetitive in the second half and led to declining TV ratings as the games wore on.
As the story notes, Seattle's last three home prime time games were blowouts --- 29-3 over the 49ers and 34-7 over the Saints in 2013 and 42-13 over the 49ers at the end of the 2012 season.
Seattle has four prime time games in 2014, but after the Green Bay contest, the other three are on the road --- at Washington, at San Francisco and at Arizona.
April 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM
Quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ashton, have filed for divorce, he revealed in a statement released through the team Wednesday.
They were married in January, 2012.
The statement reads:
"I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.''
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