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    'HAWKS WON'T FRANCHISE JONES AGAIN

    Word around the league is that the Seahawks will not place the franchise tag on left tackle Walter Jones for a fourth straight year.

    Since 2002, Jones has pocketed well over $20 million through a series of one-year tenders. His agent justified the refusal to accept Seattle's best long-term offer by explaining that, as the franchise player, Jones would make over a three-year period as much or more than he would have made under the first three years of a long-term deal. And then instead of being in the fourth season of that long-term deal, Jones can sign a long-term deal and pocket an eight-figure signing bonus.

    But if Jones signs a long-term deal, it apparently won't be with the Seahawks.

    The most obvious reason for Seattle's coming decision not to keep Jones is that, under the franchise system, his one-year cap number will inflate from $7.1 million to $8.5 million, which reflects a 20-percent increase over his current salary. With several key players set to become unrestricted free agents, the Seahawks simply can't afford to tie up that much money in one guy.

    But we're also hearing that the Seahawks have grown weary of Walter's ways. They don't like the fact that he has skipped camp in each of the last three seasons while wearing the tag, and Jones has a reputation for being a turd off the field. Plus, the team assumes that Jones and his agent will continue to make inflated demands on a long-term deal after the season.

    So, in the end, look for Jones to be one of the guys that the Seahawks allow to leave, as they scramble to determine who they'll be able to keep while at the same time staying on the right side of the salary cap.

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    Re: PFT.com: Seahawks will NOT franchise Jones

    Folks, I'm sorry, but I can't take an article seriously when a player's off-field personality is described as...
    has a reputation for being a turd off the field
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • #3
      Re: PFT.com: Seahawks will NOT franchise Jones

      Now.. If was described as a dingle berry.. that would be OK!

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      • #4
        Re: PFT.com: Seahawks will NOT franchise Jones

        I thought we decided to ban all PFT.com articles from ClanRam.

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        • #5
          Re: PFT.com: Seahawks will NOT franchise Jones

          I'm keepin' 'em alive, baby!

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          • #6
            Re: PFT.com: Seahawks will NOT franchise Jones

            No I think we agreed that we would ridicule them to the point of extinction LOL

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              FOXSports.com has learned that the Seahawks last night agreed to terms with free-agent-to-be Walter Jones, arguably the NFL's best lineman. The deal spans seven years and includes a signing bonus that exceeds $15 million and includes additional roster bonuses over the first three years. The total package averages more than $7 million per season, putting him on par with the likes of Jonathan Ogden as the highest paid linemen in the NFL.

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              Considering the team has been running its ship with no skipper at the wheel, interim negotiator/team executive Mike Reinfeldt has actually put Seattle in place to secure its top two off-season priorities in Jones and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

              The team has already turned its attention toward getting something done with quarterback Hasselbeck. By getting a deal done with Jones — he is expected to officially sign later today — Seattle now has the luxury of franchising the quarterback. If they can lock up Hasselbeck too then they will have the tag to use on another free agent, such as Pro Bowl RB Shaun Alexander.

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              "No, I haven't," he said.

              Then he smiled.

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              Nobody even believes this is about money anymore. The last two summers, when Jones sat home, the warm days were filled with demands for millions, for a record-breaking signing bonus and a Seahawks refusal to shatter its salary cap for a single player, even if that player was vital to making its offense move. After Seattle gave Grant Wistrom $14 million in guaranteed money this winter, it would have seemed Jones was justified in asking for a pile of money the size of Mount Rainier.

              Strangely, there has been no talk of money this summer. Jones just packed his bags as he does every January and disappeared. If the Seahawks and Barnes have discussed a contract in that time, they have kept those negotiations awfully quiet.

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              The team has already turned its attention toward getting something done with quarterback Hasselbeck. By getting a deal done with Jones — he is expected to officially sign later today — Seattle now has the luxury of franchising the quarterback. If they can lock up Hasselbeck too then they will have the tag to use on another free agent, such as Pro Bowl RB Shaun Alexander.

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              — Another member of that squad at Catholic High in Baton Rouge, La., was Travis Minor, a current Rams teammate and fellow special-teams stalwart.

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