BoulwareWatch 2005: Speculation Outweighs Reality

Peter Boulware continued his 2005 NFL Free-Agent Tour with a stop in the Pacific Northwest, but reports indicate that the trend of "try before you buy" continues...

Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that although former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Peter Boulware has been in Seattle since Thursday night talking to Seahawks coaches and officials, the team has yet to make an offer.

Informed speculation has Boulware leaving Seattle Friday night to discuss his options with his agent, Roosevelt Barnes.

Boulware came to Seattle directly from Cleveland, where GM Phil Savage also declined to make an offer. Savage told the Akron Beacon Journal that "we don't want to be the team, so to speak, to kind of set the bar right now because we don't know where the bar is going to be."

Savage said that Boulware "checks out OK physically", but there is no information at this time regarding any physical tests Boulware may have taken in Seattle. Boulware missed all of the 2004 season with knee and foot injuries.

According to BerniesInsiders.com (Seahawks.NET’s sister site, which covers the Cleveland Browns), the Browns signed former Arizona Cardinals tackle L.J. Shelton to a one-year deal on Friday. Shelton was released by the Cardinals on May 19th, and the tackle had been pursued by a number of teams, including the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears. The signing comes quickly after last year's starting tackle, Ross Verba, went public with his decision to hold out of Quarterback School. Verba's holdout was ostensibly a response to what he felt was the team's reneging on a promise to re-do his contact following the 2004 season.

BerniesInsiders.com also reports that the Browns would not absorb a cap hit for releasing Verba, his 2004 signing bonus would be spread over the next two seasons regardless of whether or not he played for the Browns.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET and BerniesInsiders.com for more news as it develops...


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