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Some Notes and a Couple QuestionsSeahawks: Brown and Wiley in town
Defensive ends Courtney Brown and Marcellus Wiley are scheduled to meet with Seahawks officials on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times. Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft, has also talked or met with the Jaguars, Redskins, Broncos, and Buccaneers since the Browns released him last week. Wiley has not drawn as much attention since he was released by the Cowboys earlier this month.
The Hawks signed defensive end Grant Wistrom as a free agent last year, and then added Bryce Fisher via free agency this season. Wistrom is one of the team's defensive leaders, so he'll retain his starting job. On the other hand, the interest the Hawks have shown in Brown and Wiley leads us to believe that head coach Mike Holmgren does not consider Fisher an ideal starter.
Packers: O'Dwyer signs one-year deal
The Packers continued their quest on Monday to fill the offensive guard positions vacated by free agents Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle by signing 10-year veteran Matt O'Dwyer. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that O'Dwyer signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $765,000 and a $25,000 signing bonus. O'Dwyer started 105 games for the Jets, Bengals, and Buccaneers.
O'Dwyer spent last season with the Bucs, buy he only played in four games after tearing his pectoral muscle while training before the season. If he can stay healthy, O'Dwyer should provide a boost to the Packers' depleted offensive line.
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Re: Some Notes and a Couple Questions
On the first one, the Seahawks have, in the opinions of many, overpaid for two DEs in the past two years, and both of them were Rams.
Could it be that they believe that it is worth paying a premium to take players away from your biggest rival? If so, wouldn't that be kind of a "cutting off your nose to spite your face" strategy?
Frankly, if I were a Seahawk fan, I'd be wondering why they failed to sign a FA LB of significance.
On the second one, I think the Rams are smart to wait until after the draft to look for these types of mid-range FA. O linemen are often let go after June 1.