There is no real offseason in the NFL anymore. This is the news surrounding the Seahawks for the week ending March 9th.
The Seahawks are making a few minor moves but around them the NFL is a bit chaotic. Key players are being moved to other teams or being talked about as being moved. (This means you, Antonio Brown.) But one former Seahawk was traded on Friday to the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
Here is a bit about that and a couple of other stories for 12s that happened last week.
Michael Bennett gets traded to the Patriots
Seattle had several outspoken players on recent teams. Michael Bennett was one of the more talkative ones. Bennett was also a big reason for Seattle’s success since 2013. The defensive lineman helped disrupt defenses with his talent and versatility.
Bennett was still a likable player to most even if some disliked him not standing for the national anthem. He was funny and not afraid to say what he thought. And he was good for the Seahawks and made them better.
On Friday, Bennett was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots. This is a win for New England and a loss for Philadelphia. Bennett is still an excellent player. But keeping Bennett out of the NFC is also a win for Seattle.
Eric Weddle signs with the Los Angeles Rams
The Rams got a good player in Eric Weddle. Seattle is trying to catch back up to Los Angeles and this signing did not help the Seahawks. Weddle is a six-time Pro Bowl safety and signed for just $12.5 million over two years. This is money Seattle could have spent to upgrade their own safety position. 12s know Earl Thomas won’t be coming back to play home games at CenturyLink, so we still aren’t too sure who Thomas’s long-term replacement will be.
Russell Wilson parties in Brazil
Last week Russell Wilson took the vacation nearly all of us wish we could take. He went to Brazil. Wilson switched jerseys with Cristiano Ronaldo, danced on a yacht with his wife and even found some time to play some football in the sand. That is a great week to have in the offseason. Now, for the rest of us who get no offseason, get back to work.