Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
March 2, 2008 5:35 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Alge Crumpler, free-agent tight end, according to the league's official Web site. NFL network's Adam Schefter reported the news. The link to the story is right here.
ESPN's John Clayton reports it's a two-year agreement with the Titans. He also indicated the Seahawks and Titans were the final two teams Crumpler considered. The link to that story is right here.
Crumpler arrived in Seattle on Thursday for a two-day visit. He was familiar with many people in the organization. He played for Jim Mora for three years when Mora coached the Falcons. He was a long-time teammate of defensive end Patrick Kerney.
President Tim Ruskell indicated last week the team was impressed with the quality and depth of tight ends who will be available in the draft, but the team would also be looking at a few veterans. The Seahawks still have Will Heller on the roster. Marcus Pollard and Ben Joppru are free agents, and with Mike Wahle added to the offensive line, tight end is probably the largest question mark on the roster.
Posted by No.12
7:12 PM, Mar 02, 2008
Would have been nice to have, but no big loss. Titans were smart with a 2 yr deal, that's about all Crumpler has left if he indeed rebounds this year from last season's knee problems.
I think we'll do alright with Heller and a quality rookie, maybe throw in a veteran retread for insurance.
Posted by KG
7:13 PM, Mar 02, 2008
I noticed Crumpler signed for only $5.2 million for two years. I am really hoping Ruskell offered more than the Titans did because if he offered less than 5.2 million then I think he dropped the ball...again! I won't get too upset until I hear our offer but if Ruskell didn't offer at least $5.5 million for two years, this will be a disappointing loss for very little money.
Holmgren has asked over and over again for a quality TE for his great West-Coast scheme and Ruskell has failed to deliver. If he dropped the ball on this one, I think Seahawks fans need to speak up a little louder especially when a proven TE like Crumpler is signing for as little as $5.2 million for two years which takes away the worry of a big loss if he doesn't play out with his knee issues.
Now, we have absolutely no choice but to draft a TE with our first round pick...but since Ruskell hasn't given what our coach has asked for for years, I'm sure he'll probably draft a high character, 5'4" cornerback.
This is disappointing.
Posted by 84Hawk
7:21 PM, Mar 02, 2008
danny, is tim ruskell on vacation? i agree with kg, if we can offer 14 million to a damn kicker, why not something we desperately need...the best tight end in free agency. the guy signed for only 5 million...this is painful.
i feel bad for our coach.
Posted by Alge
7:29 PM, Mar 02, 2008
"but Crumpler liked two things about the Titans."
"Secondly, his wife liked what she saw of Nashville and how it would be a nice fit for their family."
It's not always about the money.
Posted by Algeeeeeee
7:54 PM, Mar 02, 2008
I am a big fat loser with bad knees. Also, I was recently fired. You won't miss me that much.
Posted by Alan
8:42 PM, Mar 02, 2008
Sounds like he didn't sign with the Titans. I think they put out a report of how long and cash so the Seahawks offer alittle more to get him. Look how many times already he has signed with someone??? Thursday he was suppose to sign with us then all of a sudden he left town? Something smells fishey and not Pikes Market.
Posted by Ed R.
8:48 PM, Mar 02, 2008
If that's actually true (rather than something they said for PR reasons), then that's a legitimate reason to pick the Titans in my book. If you're getting offered similar salary packages and you find one city is a better fit for you on a personal level than the other, then I think it's a good reasons to pick that city.
Best of luck, Crumpler. Sorry you chose to play somewhere else, but we'll make do.
Posted by MJ
9:54 PM, Mar 02, 2008
I hope nobody frets over "losing out" on this guy. Past his prime-injury prone TE that would just end up as another Pollard. Ruskell was smart not to throw all sorts of cash at this guy. Maybe 5 years ago he was worth it, but not in 2008. The Hawks will be fine
Posted by Patrick F.
10:58 PM, Mar 02, 2008
And now we set our sights on the draft. There must be a diamond in the rough in this year's draft class at Tight End. I hope so anyway.
Posted by I just want a young, solid TE
11:09 PM, Mar 02, 2008
Bo Scaife is all I have to say.
Posted by bighyatt
11:42 PM, Mar 02, 2008
Trade Trufant to the Eagles for L.J. Smith and Lito Sheppard. Lito is upset with not being the starting left corner and might be on the way out. L.J. is franchised at a much smaller price than Trufant. I love Trufant to death, but his franchise tag is killing anything we can do this off-season. Releasing a player to get a player is no way to go through the offseason. Trufant needs to realize that a much improved pass rush was the reason he had stats last year. We're supposed to pay up because he caught a floater in the playoffs from Todd Collins? Heck, I heard Todd yell "500" when he threw that jump ball. C'mon Truf!!
Posted by No.12
2:47 AM, Mar 03, 2008
A lot of people seem to forget that a majority of the free agents the Hawks try to recruit are from the South/East Coast. Seattle's always been at a disadvantage in recruiting in that respect. People from the NW may be blind to it, but people used to warm weather and sunshine are shocked by the gloom up here. Too bad free agent visits can't happen June - September when the weather's nice.
Once the VMAC's built, that will probably help recruiting greatly-- which is one reason cited by Ruskell in pushing for the state-of-the-art facility.
Posted by Rugby Lock
8:34 AM, Mar 03, 2008
Trading Tru for LJ and Lito wouldn't be that bad of an idea..... Get a quality TE and corner in one move... good idea
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