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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
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February 16, 2007

The tag continues ...

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:22 PM

The Patriots designated cornerback Asante Samuel their franchise player. The Boston Globe detailed that move here, but the Globe's update said the information was first reported on the NFL Network.

That makes three players currently bearing the franchise tag.

Samuel won't be hitting the open market, which leaves Buffalo's Nate Clements the top unrestricted free agent at cornerback.

The game of tag begins ...

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 11:07 AM

Bengals defensive end Justin Smith was named Cincinnati's franchise player, the first player to be designated as such this season. Here's the Enquirer's story on that decision.

The Chicago Bears placed a franchise tag on linebacker Lance Briggs, according to this story from's John Clayton.

Teams have until Thursday to apply either a franchise tag or a transition tag to a player, but teams do not have to use the tag if they don't want to. The Seahawks have used that tag on left tackle Walter Jones from 2002 to 2004 before agreeing to a long-term contract in 2005. The franchise tag was used on Shaun Alexander in 2005 and a transition tag was applied to Steve Hutchinson in 2006.

This year, kicker Josh Brown would be a candidate to be designated the franchise player, but president Tim Ruskell said last month he expects to have a contract worked out with Brown before it comes to that.

Here's an overview of the franchise-tag costs from ESPN's Len Pasquerelli.

February 12, 2007

The deal on Dielman

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 12:24 PM

Chargers guard Kris Dielman could be headed toward the free-agent market, and he could be a player the Seahawks look at for their guard position with Chris Gray and Floyd Womack both unrestricted free agents. Seattle is one of the potential targets mentioned in a Saturday story from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The other teams are Dallas, Miami and Cleveland. Now, it's probably not a coincidence that those other three teams have added coaches from San Diego's staff this offseason. Cam Cameron was San Diego's offensive coordinator last season and is now Dolphins coach. Wade Phillips was the Chargers defensive coordinator and now he's in charge of the Cowboys. Rob Chudzinski coached the Chargers tight ends and he's now in Cleveland.

Reinfeldt inching toward Tennessee

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 11:40 AM

It has been more than a week since reports that Seahawks executive Mike Reinfeldt was headed to Tennessee as the Titans' new general manager.

Well, all signs are still pointing that way, but it's not official, yet. The Nashville City Paper has a story on the progress of negotiations here.

February 6, 2007

Next year's odds

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:55 PM

The Super Bowl is only two days in the rearview mirror, but already Bodog issued its odds for a futures bet on who will make next year's Super Bowl. The Seahawks are 15-to-1, according to a e-mailed release Wednesday.

The Chargers have the lowest odds. They are 6-to-1. Colts are next at 7-to-1. The other teams with better odds than Seattle: Bears (8-to-1), Patriots (10-to-1), Ravens (12-to-1), Bengals (12-to-1), Eagles (12-to-1)




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