Perched for Free Agency

The Seattle Seahawks have made all the rightmoves leading up to tomorrow ‘s Free Agency period. The question now is are they going to be a casual observer or a major player in the high stakes game.

 

The Expected

The team released   Defensive Tackle Chad Eaton with an explanation of needing more salary cap ash. The 6-foot-5 300-pound former Coug had one year left on the four year, $10.7 million contract he signed as an unrestricted free agent from the New England Patriots before the 2001 season. The team will save about $2.4 million on the move.

Walter Jones was given  " The Franchise  " tag for a third consecutive year.With the " Franchise designee, Jones will make $7.08 million next year (120% percent of what he made last year) unless he signs a lot term deal.

The Unexpected

Senior Vice President in charge of player contracts Mike Reinfeldt resigned.

President Bob Whitsitt, general manager Bob Ferguson and general counsel Lance Lopes are expected to handle contract negotiations for the time being. 

14-year veteran John Randle notified the team he intends to retire and spend more time with his family. Only five players in the history the game have more sacks than the seven times Pro Bowler. Randle's retirement will bring the Seahawks about  $3million in cap money.

What to Expect.

The team has about $12 million dollars to ante up in the big game.  The team is $19 million under its $80.6 cap ceiling, but $7.1 million of that is ear marked for Walter Jones. Bottom line is, look for the Seahawks to tender (offer one year deals) to all five of it's restricted free agents by the end of the day today. The five players expected to be offered contracts with a minimum salary of  $628,000 are receiver Alex Banister, fb Heath Evans, lb Orlando Huff, c Dennis Norman and t Floyd Womack.  

The team has nine players headed for free agency unless a deal is struck by today.

The nine are lb Randall Godfrey, wr Darrell Jackson, s Reggie Tongue, lb Isaiah Kacyvenski, de Lamar King, p Tom Rouen, cb Shawn Springs, Dt Cedric Woodard, cb Willie Williams.


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