The NFL will announce compensatory picks today (a concept I struggle to completely understand or justify). Many people wondered if losing Nate Burleson and Cory Redding would lead to an additional fourth round selection. I understand the way in which Seattle re-negotiated Redding’s contract following his trade from Detroit essentially took him out of the equation (don’t ask). Mike Sando is reporting the loss/retirement of Ben Hamilton will offset the departure of Burleson, giving Seattle only a seventh round pick. Quite how they worked that one out is beyond me. Hamilton was almost lip-service to Alex Gibbs and came in after a look-see on a modest deal. Burleson was the first player to sign a deal when free agency began last year, landing a size-able contract in Detroit.
Getting an extra fourth round pick would’ve given the Seahawks some wiggle room to move up. They own the second pick in round four courtesy of the Deion Branch trade. Having another late fourth rounder would’ve allowed them to treat that Branch-bounty as almost identical in value to the third round pick they traded for Charlie Whitehurst.
Meanwhile Aaron Wilson at the NFP is reporting that Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas) will visit Seattle. This is no surprise and the Seahawks have already scheduled a meeting with Cam Newton. It’s hard to read too much into it considering quarterbacks like Chad Henne, Brian Brohm and Josh Freeman have all travelled to the north west in the past, only for Seattle to pass on all three.