Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
July 8, 2008 12:38 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Michael Lombardi formerly worked in the Raiders front office and spent some time with the Broncos last season. Well, he's been writing a "Frankly Football" column for CNNSI.com this offseason, and I came across a 53-man roster he picked that fit under the league's salary cap.
He included no Seahawks. If you want to double check, here's the link to the story. He picked five players apiece from the Packers, Giants and Jaguars and even chose three from the Raiders, but no Seahawks. Not that this could be a complete shock that Lombardi is not enamored with the Seahawks personnel decisions. After all, he is apparently uncertain of how to spell the last name of the fellow who picks the players, referring to "Tim Ruskill, the president and GM" in a story he wrote last month that you can read here.
Bucky Brooks also compiled a 53-man roster for CNNSI.com. Like Lombardi, no Seahawks. His list is linked right here. Brooks picked his share of Chargers -- six of them, in fact -- and plucked five Panthers off the Charlotte roster. No Seahawks, though.
There were only two teams that didn't have a player included on either list: the Seahawks and the Dolphins. Well, one of those teams won one game last season and the other has made the playoffs five seasons running. Go figure.
Now, those lists don't reflect skill or talent, but are based on the value of a given player at a given salary-cap number. It will inevitably favor standout players who are still playing on rookie contracts and were not drafted too highly. That's where you get the most bang for your buck. But it is amazing that neither personnel guru found a single Seahawk they wanted at his 2008 price.
July 8, 2008 11:51 AM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Lofa Tatupu pleaded guilty to driving under the influence for his offseason DUI arrest. José Miguel Romero reported the story in today's paper, which is linked right here. Tatupu will serve one day in jail and have the remaining 364 days of his sentence suspended and he will be on probation for five years, said Sarah Roberts, the Kirkland prosecutor.
According to the terms of the sentence, he must not drive without a valid license, must have no criminal law violations and was ordered not to refuse an officer's request for a breath test if there is reasonable suspicion. Also, Tatupu's license will be suspended for 90 days and he is ordered to comply with the Department of Licensing regarding any order for an ignition interlock system.
Jul 8, 08 - 12:38 PM
Seahawks, the unchosen ones
Jul 8, 08 - 11:51 AM
The fine print of Lofa Tatupu's guilty plea