The Seattle Seahawks have never been a team to shy away from controversy. Richard Sherman has called out San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on several occasions. Doug Baldwin called out commentator Cris Carter. To the surprise of no one, the drama continued this offseason.
During minicamp last month, Sherman got into a fistfight with teammate Phil Bates. Then, on July 15, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said that the Denver Broncos were "scared” during the Super Bowl. Now, star running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out for a new contract.
However, amidst the chaos, the Seahawks might have finally found a voice of reason. The team announced Tuesday that they had signed offensive tackle Eric Winston. An eight-year veteran, Winston has started every game since the 2007 season. He is also the current president of the NFL Players Association.
"Season finally starts for me today!" tweeted Winston Tuesday morning. "Looking forward to chasing a ring with the Seahawks!! Time go to work!"
The 30-year-old Winston figures to compete for the starting spot at right tackle with rookie Justin Britt and Michael Bowie, who is entering his second year. Winston entered a similar situation with the Arizona Cardinals last season, eventually winning the starting job.
The team also signed cornerback Terrell Thomas on Tuesday, reuniting the veteran with his college coach: Pete Carroll. A second round pick by the New York Giants in 2008, Thomas was able to play in every game last season after sitting out both 2011 and 2012 with knee injuries.
“I’m so thankful for the Seattle Seahawks giving me an opportunity to continue my dream,” tweeted Thomas. “Can't wait to hit the field with my new teammates.”