Pack Up Your Bags: Hawks Move to NFC The inevitable finally occured Tuesday afternoon, as the NFL voted unanimously to Move the Hawks to the NFC with the Cardinals, 49ers, and Rams. After creating the newer division plan, the NFL must now decide how to schedule the teams in their prospective divisions. Stay up to date in the forum for feedback(whining) on this latest news.
New Seahawks Chat/Directory. Well, due to my boredom in the offseason, I have added another new section to The Spinning Seahawk. Now working is a new chat section, found on the left. In this section you will find the days and times of not just one, but ALL Seahawks chats on the 4 major fan sites. The newest addition to this group is The Spinning Seahawk's very own Hawk Talk, meeting every Wednesday night from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Seahawks Sign New TV Deal. The Seahawks have agreed to athree year deal with KQPQ Fox and KTWB regarding Seattle Pre-Season games and other prgrams the Seahawks produce. "We think that Seahawks fans are going to like the new 'Seahawks TV Experience' on KCPQ. Their Fox affiliation is right on target with our goal of reaching out and connecting with NFL viewers. And, we have a growing emphasis on finding younger fans - KCPQ offered many advantages in these areas." said Mike Wacker, Director of Broadcasting for the Hawks. In addition to showing the 4 preseason games(found on the schedule section of TSS), the deal also includes the weekly show "Seahawks Insider" which will give a behind the scenes look at your 2001-2003 Seahawks.
Hawks 2nd Mini Camp Concludes. 3 days of workouts, stretching, and drills have come to an end and the Seahawks look to be gelling. The main story concerning this mini camp were the injuries happening to three players. On day 1, James Williams cracked his ankle, which will heal in 6-8 weeks. Also on the first day, DB Paul Miranda sprained his ankle, he should heal within a couple weeks. The Last injury happened to Rook CB Lucas, his injury consisted of a pulled hammy. Mike Holmgren expressed no large concerns saying "It is going to be here before they know it. They have to continue to stay with it. Keep working out, we are going to have a lot of guys staying around here but the other ones that do not stay here have stay with it. Those are the guys that I think about." He liked the enthusiasm, spirit and seeing guys run around out there. Holmgren also commented " We have a lot of new faces and we have a lot of young people, and one of the important things is that they mesh and that is important this year."
Mock Draft Winner is.....T-Law. He wins by guessing the first pick in the 2001 draft, sort of. He really wins on a technicality, being the closest to the correct pick, but is a winner none the less. This poor showing, proves that Holmgren is the mysterious man, and we are not worthy. Final standings shown here.
|Jay Graham Scooped Up by the Hawks.|
| RB Jay Graham has signed with the Seahawks. The 6'1" 225 Rusher was picked up off waivers from the XFL(ouch). Graham played three years as a Raven, after being selected in the third round of the 97 draft, and one as a Maniax, and has a career total of 643 yards gained. Hopefully the Hawks will transform him into a good backup.|
| Pre-Season Schedule is released.|
| Announced Friday, the Seahawks will be playing 3 NFC squads, and 1 AFC during their preseason play. The Schedule is updated, and the games are as follows|
August 11th @ Indianapolis
August 18th vs. Arizona
August 25th @ San Fransisco
August 31st vs. New Orleans.
| Hawks continue activity in Free Agency, Sign Kirkland.|
| The Seattle Seahawks have signed their 2nd free agent in as many days. Levon Kirkland is the newest member of the Blue, Green, and Silver. Terms of the contract are 3 years $7.5 million, with a signing bonus of a little more than $2 million. Drafted in the second round by the Steelers, Kirkland has been a staple on the Pittsburgh D. 6'1" 270lb. LB "has produced 100 or more tackles in six of last seven seasons and has not finished lower than second on team in tackles during that period" acording to the Steelers official website.|
| 3rd DT coming to the Hawks|
| The Seahawks further beefed up the D line with the signing of Jeremy Staat. Staat is a 3 year veteran, and comes from the Steelers. Terms of the 2 year contract were not announced yet, but shall be right here when available. Staat played a backup role in Pittsburgh, and will likely contribute the same here in Seattle. The 6' 5" 300 pounder will provide depth to an somewhat older line. The addition of Staat might also be a sign that the Seahawks will not pick a DT in the early stages of the draft.|
|Four Day Passing Camp Starting|
| Mike Holmgren heads the first min camp for the Seahawks in 2001 for the next four days. The voluntary camp is mainly for quarterbacks and recievers, but features recent signees Chad Eaton and John Randle. Camp concludes Thursday afternoon.|
| Kendall moves to 'Zona|
| Former Left Guard Pete Kendall signed a 5 year/$18 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday. Kendall will also recieve a $5 mil signing bonus to play in the desert. The Seahawks lost a veteran OL.|
| Eaton Signs 4 Year Deal.|
| Mike Holmgren annouces the addition of five year veteran DT Chad Eaton. Specific terms of the deal are an $11 million 4 year deal with a $3.5 mil signing bonus. Eaton is a NW native, and has put up decent numbers over his career, including 228 tackles, and 13.5 sacks. In the press conference, Chad was asked about Seattle being his first choice, and said "...It's definately nice to come home. It's exciting. Number one spot...for John Randle to sign, and me to sign here, you couldn't ask for a better situation." As always, stay tuned in the Hawk Forum for the latest info on all the rumors.|
|Hawks axe Tez|
| Cortez Kennedy, an 11 year Hawk and fan favorite DT was let go by the Seahawks Thursday afternoon. Kennedy was a 1st round pick in the 1990 draft, and has accumulated 668 tackles and 58 sacks, placing him among the Seahawks elite. Coach Holmgren said of Kennedy "Cortez has accomplished a great deal for this franchise over the last decade... we thank him and wish him well in his future endeavors...". Rumors are whiring that the reason for Kennedy's release is to free up salary cap room for Free Agent DT Chad Eaton.|
| Randle Joins Hawks|
|Seahawks come into free agency with a plan, and some cash as they sign former Viking John Randle to a 5 year 25 million dollar deal. Randle also gets a 5 million dollar signing bonus. This alleviates necessity in drafting a defensive lineman. Randle is known for his wide spread trash talking, and punishing high enegry tackles. John, 33, will be starting and will add 6-10 sacks as well as his six Pro Bowl appearances. Give props to Holmgren to toss in something new, I didn't see this move coming at all.|
| Hawks trade picks for Hasselback|
After the release of Jon Kitna, Holmgren in the first day of free agency, traded for Matt Hasselbeck, the backup QB of the Green Bay Packers. Hasselbeck had limited playing time, but will get his chance at starting QB for the Seahawks, as reported by KIRO 710 at a press conference concerning the deal. In addition to aquiring Hass, the Hawks get the Packers 1st round draft pick (17 overall). They gave up the #10 pick overall and their 3rd round pick. Stay tuned to the Hawk Forum for some crazy talk about Hass.|
| Seahawks Officially cut Kitna, Dawkins, and Mayes|
The Seattle Seahawks also cut veteran wide recievers Derrick Mayes and Sean Dawkins, and former starting QB Jon Kitna. Derrick Mayes, the third WR last year, had his glory days back in '99 when he made spectacular catches to propell the Hawks to their first playoff appearance in 10 years. Sean Dawkins was the leading WR in '99, but his production seemed to slack off last year. That coupled with his high salary and the below average cap situation the Hawks are in currently, caused his release to be necessary. Jon Kitna had his better days aswell in '99, and found a flurry of critics last season when he took over as Brock went down. The Seattle Seahawks did not even talk to Jon before releasing him but Kit thinks its all good still, according to an article in the Tacoma News Tribune.|