Seahawks notes pre-roster cuts, plus links!
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks restructure Doug Baldwin’s signing bonus. Seattle might be looking to trade several players. Everybody and their mother puts out a projected 53-man roster projection. Here are your Seahawks notes and links for 9/1/2017.
First, some interesting news. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Seahawks converted $6.975 million of Baldwin’s $7.75 million base salary into a signing bonus. This creates $5.2 million in cap space for this season.
What does this mean? No one really knows. Yet. One thing is for sure, Baldwin has a pretty good sized amount in his checking account right now. Nice dinner is on the way for Friday. The real importance to 12s is that it appears the Seahawks are clearing salary space for…something.
Let the speculation run rampant. Will the Seahawks trade for the New York Jets’ Sheldon Richardson? Could Seattle be thinking the backup quarterback situation is a mess so they will sign Colin Kaepernick? Anything and everything is a possibility. Or perhaps there is nothing going on underneath. Still, for the Seahawks to make this restructuring move so close to roster cuts is odd at best.
Baldwin’s restructuring only fuels the trade talk fire. And there have been many rumors over Seattle possibly trading receiver Jermaine Kearse or running back Alex Collins or cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Unless the Seahawks know of a cornerback they want, Lane seems off the market. This is due to DeAndre Elliott getting injured Thursday versus the Raiders. It seems Seattle is getting thin at cornerback, so losing Elliott (who was not a lock to make the roster) and Lane would make the position even thinner.
For any team out there wanting Collins, it seems like they should just wait. Seattle is likely to cut Collins on Saturday.
Finally, I have no guesses on Kearse currently. He will make the team. If he is not traded before Saturday.
Today is the day for 53-man roster projections. I did mine for 12th Man Rising earlier this week because I knew it would be way off. I did not want the embarrassment of going up against the better writers.
Still, want to check out what other people are thinking? Here you are…
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