Updated Feb 1, 2014 - 1:54 pm
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Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 10:07am
By Michael Grey
Five thoughts on the week that was in Seattle sports and beyond:
The first Matchday of the year is here
To quote "Sounders FC Weekly" host Matt Johnson, "I'm not interested in being a soccer-hater fighter". If you don't enjoy MLS and aren't at all interested in the phenomenon of Sounders FC, there's nothing I can say that will sway you and I won't try. However, no one can deny the fact that Seattle is the epicenter of American soccer and if you haven't taken in a match at CenturyLink Field you really are missing out on one of the most unique environments in sports. A Sounders match was the first Seattle event I took my family to when we moved here last year and I was blown away. It's a special environment, one the fans here can and should take great pride in. Sounders FC, along with Timbers FC in Portland, are rapidly changing expectations for all of the MLS and creating a culture that is Pacific Northwest to the core. You already know what fiercely loyal, passionate sports fans exist here in Seattle and if you haven't seen how our city celebrates the Beautiful Game, you owe it to yourself to experience it. EBFG.
Michael Bennett has left the building, for now
The Seahawks reportedly put an offer in front of defensive lineman Michael Bennett but it was not enough to keep him from exploring the free-agent market in search of a better deal. The bad news is that Bennett is a playmaker that the Seahawks could definitely use next season. The good news is that coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have proven to be incredibly shrewd with their road map for offseason contracts and personnel moves. Avoiding a panic move or overpaying players are underappreciated policies. Discretion is the better part of valor after all, right? It's possible that a team could break the bank for a proven pass rusher, but it's also possible that the market is nowhere near what Bennett expects it to be and the chance to return to Seattle will be just too good to pass up, again.
Brandon Browner fought the law and ... he won?
Brandon Browner's tweet on Tuesday that he had been reinstated by the NFL came as a surprise to experts far and wide. It was only a few days earlier that the cornerback's lawyer/representative had promised to "sue the daylights" out of the NFL. It's not often that the NFL blinks. It's also not often that the NFL is this wrong. To advance Browner through the ranks of the substance-abuse program at a time when he was not under contract with a NFL team is ludicrous. Imagine being fired from any other job but still being expected to come in for drug testing; it's beyond silly. However, Browner himself put his career in jeopardy with a decision to allow anything that violates league policy into his system at a time when he knew what phase of the league policy he was in. Browner violated the substance-abuse policy in Denver, the performance-enhancing drug policy in Seattle and the substance-abuse policy in Seattle, so the compromise to miss four games to start 2014 while being allowed to sign a free-agent contract with a team seems remarkably just. Hopefully Browner can put this behind him and allow his playmaking to define the remainder of his career.
James Paxton is important
I asked Mariners fans on Twitter this week what their top concern was as the team approaches opening day (and if you're not following me @TheMichaelGrey, you're missing a chance to answer incredibly important questions like this). The No. 1 response by some margin was the rotation. Injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker seemed to be on everyone's mind, and despite the promise of more offense, Mariners fans seem very uneasy with the "King Felix and Other" approach to the rotation. Enter: James Paxton. Mariners fans know the promise that Paxton has held for some time and he had another nice three-inning, no-run outing this week. Better still, according to Shannon Drayer he's not only a lock for the rotation but looks like he may be the No. 2 starter to begin the season. If that's true and Scott Baker – one of the guys I believe has to come through for the Mariners to improve – can produce, the Mariners could have enough starting pitching to get them into April when the big guns can work their way back into the rotation.
Nothing beats a number retirement
Having just seen Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom watch his No. 5 hoisted to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena Thursday night I was reminded that there's nothing better than a number retirement. It's the ultimate nod to a player for leaving an indelible mark on a franchise to be sure, but it's also a wonderful opportunity for fans to celebrate their heroes. In this case, to see the most amazing NHL defenseman of a generation – and I would argue of all time – honored in the only city he ever played brought back memories of road trips, late nights in front of the TV and a parade or two with the greatest trophy in all of sport. Heck, even members of the opposing team came out of the locker room to watch the presentation and take in the sights. There might just be a couple of future honorees in our midst right now in Seattle and while it's great to watch them set those records and win those titles, there's just something extra special about that ceremony and the reflection that goes along with it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a great weekend.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 10:25am
By Jim Moore
I guess you can have a bunch of different feelings when it comes to Brandon Browner.
You probably know the most recent developments in his story. He was prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the validity of the indefinite suspension the NFL handed down in December after his latest violation of the substance-abuse policy, partly on the grounds that he was punished for missing tests while he was not in the league.
Under the threat of the lawsuit, the NFL on Wednesday reinstated Browner and reduced his indefinite suspension to the first four games of the season, and the former Seahawks cornerback is now an unrestricted free agent.
I'm all over the map when it comes to how I feel about Browner:
Confused. He should have never been suspended indefinitely in the first place. How could the NFL have expected him to show up for drug tests when he was no longer employed by the league? Then again, I'm confused as to why Browner was caught with pot in his system, knowing full well the NFL tests for marijuana.
In disbelief. If I'm Browner, I can't imagine putting myself in a position where I blow an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. I also can't imagine blowing an opportunity at a huge payday while I'm in the final year of my contract and I'm 29 years old.
Angry. That's probably too strong of a word. As a fan, it turns out as a no harm, no foul because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
If I were one of Browner's teammates, I'd be angry that he potentially weakened the team by putting himself in a position to be suspended. But more than anything, they sounded like they felt bad for him and missed him, which struck me as strange.
But as you know, it turned out amazingly well for the Seahawks. Browner's replacement, Byron Maxwell, is a better cover corner.
Most said yes, they'd like to see him back on the team. I suppose they like his physical play and what he's meant to the Legion of Boom. I'm also guessing that they'd want him back only if he comes on the cheap.
But Browner will get better offers elsewhere. He must look at himself as still being a starting cornerback, whereas here he'd have to back up Maxwell and play as a nickel back.
Lesser teams with struggling secondaries might accept Browner's baggage if he can shore up their pass defense.
I wouldn't want him back even at the NFL minimum. His ship has sailed. Two years ago he jeopardized the team's chances when he violated the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and missed the last four games of the regular season.
When you look at his time here, you can thank him for a job that was mostly well done. You can appreciate his story and the startling fact that general manager John Schneider found him in Calgary before coach Pete Carroll helped turned him into a Pro Bowl cornerback. He will always fondly be remembered as an original member of the Legion of Boom.
But it's time to say goodbye for good to Brandon Browner.
The Go 2 Guy also writes for his website, jimmoorethego2guy.com, and kitsapsun.com. You can reach Jim at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @cougsgo.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 12:06pm
By Jim Moore
Being a Mariners cynic is not enjoyable. I'd rather be like I was last year, predicting that fun would return in the form of 200 home runs.
They hit 188, so I was reasonably close, but they were mostly terrible again, finishing 71-91. Eric Wedge lost his job while the rest of us lost hope.
There are reasons to be excited about the 2014 edition of the Mariners, but if I list them and stop there, it will be the shortest post in this history of 710Sports.com.
Pitcher Felix Hernandez (left) continues to be in great shape, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has a myriad of question marks on his roster in his first season on the job. (AP)
At 28, enters prime of his career. Will this be the year he finally wins 20 games?
2. Robinson Cano.
Terrific bat and glove, and I like that he's being a leader in the clubhouse, dispensing his wisdom to younger players.
3. Lloyd McClendon.
I was a Wedge guy, but maybe the new voice will be a positive change.
4. Danny Farquhar.
Listen, I understand why Danny Farquhar wouldn't be No. 4 on your list of reasons to be excited about the Mariners, but he is on mine because he's fun to watch – he takes the ball and goes after hitters, and for my money, he should still be the closer though we all know they signed Fernando Rodney to finish games this year.
5. Vegas lists the over-under on number of Mariner wins this season at 81.5.
Personally, I'd bet with both hands on the under, but Vegas is uncannily accurate, and if that's the case here, an 82-80 or an 81-81 season would probably be acceptable to most Mariner fans.
If I were to milk this thing into a top 10 list, it would be filled with too many "ifs" and "maybes" and I'm sick of talking about "ifs" and "maybes" when it comes to the Mariners.
I suppose Kyle Seager would rate as a potential sixth reason to be excited about the Mariners because the third baseman is as much of a sure thing as this team has, this side of Felix and Cano anyway.
But then those potential reasons to get excited turn into potential reasons why this season could be disappointing again.
Friday's injury news about two of the best three starters was troubling. Hisashi Iwakuma's middle finger has to remain in a split for three more weeks. I'm guessing the 2013 Cy Young Award candidate won't get his first regular-season start until early May.
And Taijuan Walker has shoulder issues that are supposedly minor, but enough to prevent him from throwing for a week. McClendon said Saturday morning that Walker won't be ready to go when the season starts March 31 at Anaheim.
So after Felix, you've got four spots to fill, and I like the idea of James Paxton and Erasmo Ramirez taking two of them, but the other two – yikes.
Candidates include Blake Beavan, Brandon Maurer, Hector Noesi and three scrap-heap "finds" who are all coming off Tommy John surgeries – Scott Baker, Randy Wolf and Zach Minor.
I'm hoping Baker can regain the usually good form he had with the Twins, but that's a big, bold-faced if. I don't even know much about Wolf, but I'm hoping he could work his way into the rotation too, for the simple fact he's a left-hander, and without him, the Mariners will have four right-handers and only one lefty in Paxton.
I'm fine with the bullpen and an infield of Mike Zunino at catcher, Justin Smoak at first, Cano at second, Brad Miller or Nick Franklin at short and Seager at third.
And how about this for a potential order:
1) Miller; 2) Seager; 3) Cano; 4) Corey Hart; 5) Smoak; 6) Logan Morrison DH; 7) Zunino; 8) Michael Saunders; 9) Dustin Ackley.
That's better than what they threw out there last year.
Defensively, the infield's weakest link is shortstop, but the outfield has question marks galore.
I suppose you go with Ackley in left, Saunders in center and Hart in right and hope that Ackley hits .305 for the entire season like he did after the All-Star break last year.
You also hope that Saunders can average .250, hit 20 home runs, steal 25 bases and be a decent center fielder.
And you hope that Hart's reconstructed knees will allow him to be an average right fielder, and even if he's not, his defensive deficiencies will be OK if he hits 30 homers like he did in 2012.
I can buy some of these things happening, just not all of them. And no matter what happens at spring training, I'm not buying any of it until I see it in April and May.
I got caught up in spring-training numbers last year, and they truly are meaningless. Just because Franklin hits a tape-measure shot in a 12-1 win over the Padres on Feb. 28 doesn't mean he'll hit one off of Jered Weaver on Opening Night.
I'd rather be fired up than pessimistic about the Mariners. I'd like to make a 19-0 prediction like I did with the Seahawks this year.
But when you look at the team right now, it's not bad, but it's certainly not that good either. And unfortunately, I see more weaknesses than strengths.
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 9:58am
By Michael Grey
Five thoughts on the week that was in Seattle sports and beyond:
The Mariners are different, maybe
Yes, it's February. Yes, it's far too early to go making predictions. Yes, as an M's fan you've seen the team tear up the Cactus League and know that means nothing when it matters in April. However, there is an important difference with this team and it lies with the most obvious player for some not-so obvious reasons. Robinson Cano is the $240 million crown jewel of the offseason with the .300-plus career average and the defensive skills to lock up an important spot at second. What's lost in the numbers is the time spent on right-field hitting drills with Justin Smoak and the film work with Kyle Seager and the swagger that a champion in his prime brings to the clubhouse. By all accounts, the Mariners' big-dollar slugger has adopted the role of leader and that, if nothing else, represents a departure from last year.
Russell Wilson knows how to be a champion
First Russell Wilson hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and walked into the celebration at CenturyLink Field. Then the Seahawks quarterback accepted the invitation from the Texas Rangers to attend an MLB spring training and talk with the team about his experiences. Now Wilson says that he would like to be a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars". The saying goes "make hay while the sun shines" and Wilson clearly has the right idea. His name may never be hotter on the national stage than it is right now and he should squeeze each and every drop of fun and opportunity from it. The offseason in the NFL is awfully short and shortest of all for the Super Bowl Champions, so live it up, Russ. Then get back to that separation preparation thing.
Red Bryant's release is business as usual
Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have been lauded far and wide for the personnel moves that helped create the Seahawks' roster, but the real challenge lies in managing all that talent. The news that defensive end Red Bryant, a consistent starter and fan favorite, would be released following the reports that receiver Sidney Rice will be released is going to become more commonplace as this team moves ahead. Carroll's mantra of competition depends on a constant influx of new players, and with the NFL's salary-cap restrictions Seahawks fans can expect more household names to leave town in the years to come. No one not named Russell Wilson would surprise me as the Seahawks change on the fly in an attempt to stay on top of the NFL.
The NHL is getting closer to Seattle
I know it's the second week in a row on this topic but, per Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times, the NHL is going to make an offer of a franchise to Seattle in the next few months. The 30-person Seattle delegation that was sent to research NHL hockey in Vancouver walked away impressed and all involved are making the appropriate noises. Arena politics will dominate the conversation in the months to come and while part of me truly believes that this is too good to be true, the rest of me thinks that this just makes too much sense with too much momentum to not get done.
I will adopt your Ferrari and give it a good home
As you may or may not know, I am a big time car fan. I grew up wrenching on the big V8s made in Detroit and reading about the lightning-fast sports cars coming out of Europe. My all-time favorite car maker? Ferrari. There is nothing like those bright red, perfectly tuned race machines. In my eyes they will always be perfection in motion. It is with that in mind that I was especially pained at the latest chapter in the Richie Incognito saga in which police say he admitted to taking a baseball bat to his own Ferrari FF, which, while nowhere near my favorite is still worth more than $300,000. It is clear that Incognito has issues and I truly hope that he finds the help that he needs to live a happy life moving forward, but if he or anyone else is inclined to destroy a piece of Italian Perfection like that please just sign it over to me so that I may give it a proper home (especially if "it" happens to be a 458 Italia).
Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 12:12pm
By Michael Grey
1. The Seahawks are very fashionable.
The Seahawks have been everywhere since their Super Bowl win, and Richard Sherman is no exception. (AP)
From Richard Sherman getting some quality time with Kate Upton at the 50th Anniversary SI Swimsuit gala, to WWE wrestlers dropping "You got beat like the Seahawks beat the Broncos!" to rile up crowds in Denver, to Johnny Football himself mentioning Russell Wilson's name in an effort to make a case for smaller-than-average QBs, the Seahawks are EVERYWHERE. Seems that this Super Bowl Champion thing has gotten everyone's attention and changed the profile of Seattle more than a little. I think that 12s here in the Pacific Northwest and across the country could get used to this. Clearly the Seahawks should just go ahead and win the Super Bowl every year.
2. Lloyd McClendon is not mysterious.
Whether it was explaining that he was "pissed off" about Yankees coach Kevin Long's comments regarding Robinson Cano's level of effort on singles or ending an explanation about how he will protect his players this season with an unceremonious "If you don't like it, tough s---," Lloyd McClendon is direct. He did not pass on his chance to make a first impression during the first full day of training camp this week and set the tone for the clubhouse in Peoria. He didn't mince words about the "crossroads" Jesus Montero finds himself at after reporting to Spring Training 40 pounds over his target weight. There's no way to know if his approach will ultimately result in more wins, but it was a refreshing splash of directness in a sea of clichés & platitudes.
3. Seattle could be a hockey town.
A cadre of Seattle businessmen lead by Seattle Sports Commission executive director Ralph Morton are taking a bus trip north to Vancouver to visit with member of the Canucks organization and take in a game in the home of the Green Men. Much work would need to be done to accommodate a NHL franchise here in Seattle (mostly the accommodations themselves, i.e. an arena) but the notion of NHL hockey in this city has me positively giddy. I may be hopped up on Olympic play and I am a lifelong fan that hails from the actual Hockeytown, but I cannot help but think a new hockey franchise would thrive here. From the built-in rivalry with Vancouver, to the success of another niche sport in the Sounders, to the fevered pitch we all witnessed with the Seahawks' Super Bowl run, this city has proven its mettle when it comes to supporting teams. Give the fans in Seattle a chance to adopt a new team of their own and watch out. If nothing else I promise at least one guy will be waiting outside the team shop to buy the new gear on opening weekend.
4. Not ready? Get ready.
My mom used to say those words to me whenever I mentioned something about not being ready for something over which I had no control. The questions about whether or not the NFL is 'ready' for an openly gay player raged on for another week, and I can't help but wonder who cares who's ready? It's not up to the players or coaches to decide what they're willing to tolerate in their workplace any more than it is to you and I. The good news is that, by poll result, a majority of players don't seem to have an issue. The bad news is that last week some 'anonymous' GMs voiced concern about the acceptance for an openly gay player. At some point folks will look back at this time and wonder how it was we ever bothered to even discuss something like this. It can't come soon enough. In the meantime, to those that aren't ready - get ready.
5. Richie Incognito should Just. Shut. Up.
I have no idea if Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin will ever play another down in the NFL, but I do know that Incognito's on-again, off-again Twitter tirades are not helping his case. The Wells Report included 144 pages of documentation of Incognito's insensitivity, abuse and ignorance. Reading the threatening, then apologetic, then awkward posts on Incognito's Twitter feed hints that maybe 144 pages wasn't enough. Shut up Richie. Just shut up.
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 3:48pm
The new Mariners coaching staff's first week of Spring Training could have gone smoother – especially for pitching coach Rick Waits.
On the same week that pitchers and catchers reported to the Mariners' facilities in Peoria, Ariz., the team received bad news about both top prospect Taijuan Walker and All-Star hurler Hisashi Iwakuma. Walker, who is expected to be a full-time starter this season after making his MLB debut late last season, is dealing with some shoulder soreness, manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday. Meanwhile, Iwakuma has a strained tendon in his right (throwing) middle finger that will keep him out of action until the start of the regular season.
Hisashi Iwakuma is working out with the Mariners at Spring Training despite a strained tendon in his right middle finger, while Felix Hernandez is right on schedule, according to pitching coach Rick Waits. (AP)
Those two injuries should give Waits plenty of headaches, though as he told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman, Mike and Moore," it could be worse.
"They're both gonna pitch with us this year. I think that's the thing," Waits said.
He explained that Walker, 21, hasn't had his progress slowed down much from his soreness.
"With Walker, he's been feeling great this week," Waits said. "His arm strength is good. He's been getting his distances back. He's been throwing, playing catch a little bit with Felix (Hernandez), and so I'm really encouraged by his arm strength and his progress at this point."
As for the 32-year-old Iwakuma, who's coming off a 2013 season in which he posted a 14-6 record, 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, he's doing what he can, though that won't even involve holding a baseball for a few weeks.
"Of course it's tough losing Iwakuma, one of our best pitchers, and it looks like he may be out four to six weeks, maybe," Waits said. "It's a sad injury for us, but if anyone knows Iwakuma, he's everyday working hard in the gym. He's been out of the field with us doing some PFPs (pitchers' fielding practice) and running around. Even though he's set back a little bit, he's gonna get his starts and he's gonna win his games this year."
It was Iwakuma's workout regimen that is likely to blame for his finger issues in the first place.
"I think he was just reaching up high or jumping up high while he was working out in California, kinda got his finger caught up in some netting while he was working out, and just kinda got the end of his finger," Waits said. "I'm hoping it's gonna heal quickly and that he'll be back on the mound whenever they think it's safe to do so."
The Mariners have at least one proven starter who is right on schedule, though – Hernandez, the 2010 Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star.
"We're not gonna change anything of what he's been doing in the last several years," said Waits, who was previously the Mariners' minor league pitching coordinator from 2011 to 2013. "He is in just tremendous shape. This is my fourth year that I've seen him; I think he might be in the best shape I've ever seen him."
Hernandez is looking to build on a typically strong season in 2013 in which he finished with a 12-10 record, 3.04 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 216 strikeouts.
"He's throwing and we're progressing the same way that he usually does in Spring Training to get ready," Waits said. "He'll be ready to get on the mound and start throwing some bullpens maybe by Monday, and that's what he's done every year. He usually gets somewhere between 20 and 25 innings of work done here before the spring is over, and he'll be ready to go. He's in great spirits. He's been a great help to our young pitchers talking to them, so he's feeling good and looking good right now."
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 10:39am
Baseball legend Pete Rose joined "Wyman, Mike and Moore" Wednesday afternoon for a no holds barred interview in which he addressed topics ranging the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl to his ban from the baseball and ineligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rose accepts responsibility for the violation that has kept him out of the Hall of Fame but asks whether it's fair when other serious transgressions receive comparatively tame punishments.
"What I did was absolutely wrong," he said, "but when does the time come when a guy gets a second chance?"
He added: "These guys doing the drugs are getting 50 games, 100 games. I'm going on 24 years I have been suspended. When is enough?"
Rose said the fact that he didn't bet on baseball when he was playing is an important distinction to make.
"I understand the integrity of the game. Who played the game in a better way as far as integrity of the game than I did? I made the mistake when I was a manager, not when I was a player," he said. "I did no gambling on baseball when I was a player. It happened when I was a manager because there was something that was missing. All of a sudden you don't get the at-bats. You don't get the collisions at second or at home, and I needed something extra and the extra was betting on my team to win. That's what I did. And I was wrong. I was absolutely wrong. I think most people would say I played the price."
While saying that he has had good meetings with commissioner Bud Selig that allowed him to be on the field for World Series celebrations honoring the All Century Team and memorable moments, he suggested that the fact that these events made baseball money had more to do with his inclusion than good will. He is not sure if a new commissioner will help him get any closer to reinstatement.
More from Rose – including his thoughts on whether or not those associated with performance-enhancing drugs should be allowed in the Hall of Fame and whether he believes Edgar Martinez's numbers were good enough to get – can be heard here.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 @ 1:00pm
It's one thing to win a world championship in the NFL. It's another thing to keep that title-winning team together.
With a world championship comes the expectation of increased salaries for the players, and that combined with the salary cap makes it increasingly hard for franchises to hold onto players entering free agency after the Super Bowl.
Michael Bennett will be one of the top defensive linemen on the free-agent market due to his versatility, which allows him to play several positions on the line. (AP)
It's something the Seattle Seahawks now face, as 19 members of their championship squad are hitting free agency this offseason. It will be a tough task to retain a majority of those players, but as ESPN.com Seahawks reporter Terry Blount told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Wyman, Mike and Moore," it should be clear-cut for Seattle which two it needs to put the most resources into bringing back – defensive end Michael Bennett and wide receiver Golden Tate.
Bennett, 28, joined the Seahawks as a free agent from Tampa Bay on a one-year contract before the 2013 season, and he turned into a star with his play on the field (8.5 sacks) and a fan favorite thanks to his humor off of it.
"I know they could look back now and wish they had signed him to a two- or three-year deal instead of a one-year deal. He's their best defensive lineman," Blount said of Bennett. "I think they really, really want to keep him, but it won't be easy. He made $4.8 million against the cap this year, (and) somebody's gonna offer him $7 million or more.
"He's a huge cog on that defensive line because he can play anywhere. He can play inside, he can play outside. He just has such a relentless motor. He's such a relentless player."
Tate, 25, has been with Seattle since it took him in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame, and he broke out in 2013 to lead the team with 898 receiving yards on 64 catches.
"He made $880,000 this year, a real bargain for a guy that caught as many passes and played as well as he did," Blount said of Tate. "Somebody's gonna offer him a lot – at least $4-5 million a year, if not more, (so he) won't be easy to keep when they start thinking about what are they gonna do there."
Coming off the Super Bowl win, the Seahawks have made it clear that they have the team they want to move forward with, even with the challenge keeping everything together presents.
"Pete Carroll made it perfectly clear after the (victory) parade on Wednesday that he wants to keep this team like it is. They don't feel like they need to go out and do a bunch of stuff in free agency. They really wanna just keep what they have, but it's tough," Blount said.
The Seahawks' youth is an advantage most other championship teams don't have heading into their first post-title offseason.
"They're in way better shape than most Super Bowl-winning teams," Blount said. "For example, last year, Baltimore, oh my goodness, that team was just ripped apart after the Super Bowl and weren't the same. This team is in so much better shape because they're so much younger, they have so many of their best players still under contract, and a day of reckoning is coming with guys like Richard Sherman and especially Russell Wilson, but it's not next year, so they're in pretty good shape."
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