A brief flurry of news in Seahawks land has got me smiling and wincing simultaneously. It’s not a good look, I must say.
The Hawks signed RT Sean Locklear to a 5-year contract, reported to be worth $32 million. This is great news. Locklear is a solid RT, who is probably our best option to replace Walter Jones when he leaves in a year or two. It would have thrown our line into disarray if we lost him. I don’t think he had a fantastic season, but we can’t afford to re-shape our entire line and hope to win big next year.
The bad news was the Hawks applying the franchise tag to Marcus Trufant. It wasn’t that I disagreed with the move, but we really need a lower cap number for him to allow us to snap up other free agents like Alge Crumpler. I certainly believe the Hawks will sign Tru to a long-term deal. The question becomes, “When?”
Lastly, the Carolina Panthers dumped RB DeShaun Foster in a salary cap move yesterday. Foster is not as good of a fit as Warrick Dunn might be, but he’s 28, and has shown flashes of being a premiere runner. He would certainly be an upgrade over Mo Morris.