Well, I got the ‘hawks wrong so far…

Posted: February 22, 2005 in Uncategorized

If you read my Seahawks predictions further down, you’ll know I muffed it. Probably cuz I didn’t anticipate the return of Mike Reinfeldt, who is a bit of a player personnel wizard…it’s about time that basketball dude got kicked out of football.

So Walter Jones has been signed, and he’ll likely retire as a Seahawk. It makes sense, because I believe the franchise tag would have payed him 20% more salary than last year, and that would have been much more money than "the average salary" of the top-5 in that position…so he would have easily been the highest paid lineman in the NFL. Signing him for the long-term is actually cheaper (we should have done that the previous season instead, and save even more bucks).

Hasselbeck has reached an agreement on a contract (as I predicted), but hasn’t signed yet. He needs to do so by 1PM today so that the ‘hawks know who to place their franchise tag on. Strange…Hasselbeck was told that if he didn’t sign by today, the tag would be placed on him. I don’t get that strategy.

Here’s why: assuming Hasselbeck does sign, the franchise tag is expected to be on Alexander. This is a good move, since Edgerrin James is also expected to get the franchise tag…take two of the best free-agent backs out of easy acquisition, and it really narrows the free agency market for teams that need one. Example: the Dolphins are DESPERATE to find somebody to replace that pot-head who suddenly quit last year, so they might pay the Seahawks dearly for somebody who was 1 yard shy of the rushing championship last year. If we had slapped the tag on Hasselbeck, Alexander would be free to sign anywhere, and the ‘hawks would receive no compensation. The Colts made history last year largely on the air-game, so they can afford to lose James more than the ‘hawks can afford to lose Alexander.

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