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July 15, 2008 2:43 PM

Stop: Hammer time

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Dallas re-signed safety Ken Hamlin, giving him a six-year contract that totals $39 million. The Associated Press reports the deal includes a $9 million signing bonus and about $15 million Hamlin is guaranteed to see. A link to the full story is right here.

Hamlin left the Seahawks for Dallas in 2007, but only after Seattle had signed Deon Grant and Brian Russell in a single 24-hour span. That made it clear the Seahawks were upgrading the safety play.

Well, Hamlin went to Dallas, made the Pro Bowl his first season as a Cowboy and now has a big contract extension.

And for all his success, there has been almost no bemoaning Hamlin's departure here in Seattle. Why? Well, some of that is because the Seahawks allowed a league-low 15 touchdown passes in the regular season. The other is that Seahawk fans don't have amnesia. They remember all those over-the-top passes Seattle allowed in 2006, especially the bomb to Bernard Berrian in the divisional playoffs.

Well, there's a reference to the move in the Seahawks chapter in "Pro Football Prospectus 2008" -- which I find to be a great resource, by the way. Here's a link to it on Amazon.com. Here's the excerpt:

"Like almost everyone on the Cowboys last year, Hamlin made the Pro Bowl, but astute Dallas fans may now realize why the Seahawks did not make a concerted effort to re-sign him: Yes, Hamlin hits hard when he's in position, but there are plenty of times when he takes the wrong angle and lets his assigned receiver burn him deep. That never happens with Grant, although he must get frustrated watching his backfield companion Brian Russell whiff on tackles so frequently."

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July 15, 2008 11:08 AM

Bobby Engram talks with The Seattle Times' Steve Kelley

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Meant to post this on Sunday, but somehow it didn't get published, so belatedly, just want to make sure to point everyone toward the column Steve Kelley wrote on Bobby Engram, which was published on Sunday.

The column thoroughly discussed Engram's feelings, but it also underscored that he intends to report when training camp begins at the end of this month.

"I'll be ready to go. I'm going to be me. I'm going to be ready to work hard, because I don't hold any bitterness. I'm not going to be upset about something that didn't happen. Everybody has to handle his business individually, but I realize nobody is bigger than the team."
    -- Bobby Engram

The news isn't a total shock. Engram is under contract so he would be subject to fines were he not to report to a mandatory workout. More importantly, however, had he held out that would have given more practice repetitions to younger players like Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor. That would be an opportunity to not only work with the first-team offense, but to gain the trust of coaches and quarterback.

But that's all idle talk at this point because Engram said he intends to be at training camp to pick up where he left off last year in what was a career season.

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