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Seahawks were a walking soap opera this week

Sidney Rice celebrates with Russell Wilson after scoring against the New York Jets in a 2012 game in Seattle
Photo by Otto Greule Jr

It's a good thing Pete Carroll and John Schneider are so adept at handling (ignoring?) drama surrounding their team, because the last week has seen plenty of it.

Schneider started it by bringing back Sidney Rice, a beloved albeit not very healthy or productive Seahawk who stirred plenty of debate about his role and the team's situation at receiver.

Then Schneider created his usual April quarterback drama by trading for Terrelle Pryor and setting off a bunch of speculation about whether Pryor would remain at QB or play another position (not that it really matters).

But that was nothing compared to the drama Wednesday, when the team and QB Russell Wilson made an unusual personal announcement, telling the public that Seattle's new Blue Angel is getting a divorce.

That was followed by news of a marriage of sorts: Marcus Trufant re-signing with the Hawks so he could retire as a member of the franchise for which he played 10 years.

Then came more family-oriented news, with a report that personnel executive Scot McCloughan had left the Seahawks due to personal matters (just as he left San Francisco in 2010).

On top of that, word broke this week that the Hawks are close to a megadeal with Richard Sherman, and then Sherman talked about his reputation, racism and his contract while at Harvard for a panel discussion. He also was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

And that all happened around the release of the NFL schedule, which brought its own controversy as the Seahawks received a very unique slate.

The Hawks had their share of drama last offseason -- the Matt Flynn deal, the stunning Percy Harvin trade, Tarvaris Jackson's unexpected return, Bruce Irvin's suspension, Sherman's constant chatter, injuries, etc. -- and still made good on their "championship offseason." So this is all probably a great omen for 2014.

We talk about Wilson's story in another post, but let's revisit some of the other news from the last day or two here.


Not much. While McCloughan has been credited with building the 49ers' powerhouse team and helping build the Hawks since he left San Francisco and came back to Seattle in 2010, he was just a piece of the puzzle for a personnel office that is run by Schneider and has plenty of other good talent evaluators.

McCloughan was in charge of college scouting with the Seahawks from 2000 to 2005 under Mike Holmgren, then spent five years in San Francisco before leaving for personal reasons. Schneider brought him back to Seattle in June 2010, a few months after he left the 49ers. And now a family matter has once again dragged him away from the NFL.

The Seahawks' work for this draft is largely finished -- McCloughan might have waited to leave until it was -- and the Hawks will be fine without him going forward.


A lot, as usual.

His agents reportedly are close to the expected monster contract with the Seahawks, and he told, "It should get done. I let the agents handle that and the front-office guys, and we'll see how it pans out."

Does he want to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league?

"Whatever they feel I'm due, I will take it as respect," he said. "It's all about respect in this game, and the only way people respect is the dollar sign."

That probably means he won't give the Hawks any kind of Dynasty Discount, as Michael Bennett did when Sherman was bugging him to come back. But the Hawks can afford Sherman, Earl Thomas and their other key guys.

Meanwhile, during a panel discussion at Harvard Business School, Sherman had a lot more to say about racism and the reputation he has garnered through his trash talk.


A little lost in the hubbub over Sherman's looming big deal were tidbits about receiver Doug Baldwin and guard James Carpenter.

Baldwin, who has not yet signed his $2.187 million tender, told 710 ESPN on Tuesday that he would like a long-term deal from the Hawks, but he understands he will have to wait until more pressing business is done.

"I want to be a Seattle Seahawk for a long time," he said. "I love it here. I love the organization and I'm focused on doing what I can to improve and get ready for this upcoming season, whether that's with a tender or whether that's with something else that we work out. Hopefully it’s with a long-term deal. That's what I'm hoping for, whether that's this year or next year."

Meanwhile, the Hawks reportedly are leaning against picking up the fifth-year option on Carpenter, who is still fighting to take hold of the starting left guard job.

It seems like a no-brainer to let him play out his rookie deal rather than offer him more than $7 million in 2015.


Before his bombshell divorce announcement came out, Wilson was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday talking about Pryor.

"I know that our locker room definitely became more athletic with him," Wilson said.

"He can do a lot of great things.

"I think the thing about our quarterback room is that we want to be the hardest-working guys in the room and the hardest-working guys in the building. That's the way we look at it. I know that Terrelle will bring that to the table. We're looking forward to that."

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