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July 24, 2008 12:26 PM

Holdout history

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks are a day away from the first training-camp practices of the season and neither of their top two draft picks are under contract yet. Agents for Lawrence Jackson and tight end John Carlson continue to negotiate with the team.

That's pretty standard, really. Four of the team's last five first-round picks were a few days late reporting to training camp. That's an improvement from early in Mike Holmgren's tenure with Seattle when he experienced a couple of prolonged holdouts.

YearFirst-round pickDays in holdout
2006CB Kelly Jennings2
2005C Chris Spencer5
2004DT Marcus Tubbs8
2003DB Marcus Trufant0
2002TE Jerramy Stevens4
2001WR Koren Robinson0
2001OL Steve Hutchinson0
2000RB Shaun Alexander0
2000OL Chris McIntosh22
1999DE Lamar King11


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Posted by WSUx3

12:46 PM, Jul 24, 2008


Posted by dawgfan65

1:18 PM, Jul 24, 2008

I saw that Kentwan Balmer, who was picked one spot after Jackson, just agreed to terms with the Niners. The Hawks will get this thing done very soon now.

Posted by Ziasudra

1:18 PM, Jul 24, 2008

Don't remember McIntossh - didhe make the pro bowl? Was he a starter? Evidently he had difficulty catching up, and didn't. . . .

Posted by Benno

2:43 PM, Jul 24, 2008

Funny that the longer the holdout, the less career impact the player had. Lamar King, Chris McIntosh, Marcus Tubbs (Injury) did or have not had much of a career. For the ones that didn't hold out, only Koren Robinson has been sub-par, and even he had some good years. Hopefully we get Jackson and Carlson signed an in camp soon.

Posted by northamericanscum

3:36 PM, Jul 24, 2008

Interesting to me that all the guys who didn't holdout have had some success in the NFL, while those who've held out have had little to zero success. Too soon to tell on Jennings.

Posted by SaukMtnMan

3:39 PM, Jul 24, 2008

Look at the players who have held out; further proof, as if any were needed, that holding out hurts both the team and the player. I'll reserve judgment on Spencer and Jennings, because their careers are in their infancy, but maybe the holdouts impair careers too. The four players that were listed that did not hold out have all been to at least one Pro Bowl. Jackson and Carlson need to get into camp, whether its' perceived as a big deal or not to miss a couple days to finalize things. Get into camp. It is a big deal.

Posted by No.12

4:09 PM, Jul 24, 2008

If memory serves me correctly, Tatupu held out for almost as long as Spencer did...they worked out together at 24HR Fitness while the team got started.

Posted by ugggh..

7:16 PM, Jul 24, 2008

What ever happend to that McIntosh guy? Did he ever sign on with someone else??

Posted by No.12

9:09 PM, Jul 24, 2008

McIntosh retired from the Seahawks with a career ending neck ailment. Meanwhile, we let Todd Weiner go to Atlanta while trying to let McIntosh take over RT. Weiner, I believe, is still Atlanta's starting RT.

Posted by eldookie88

2:41 PM, Jul 25, 2008

anyboby notice how all the holdouts turned out to be our worst picks? Prob casue they know they suck and won't get paid past the first contract

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