Seahawks place second round tender on Jeron Johnson
Seahawks gave S Jeron Johnson a second-round tender as a restricted free agent. Could garner interest elsewhere. Stay tuned.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 4, 2014
If Johnson signs his tender, he’ll be due $2.187m in 2014.
While Doug Baldwin is a certain lock to be tendered highly, this wasn’t quite so expected.
It’s clear the Seahawks feared losing Johnson for nothing.
Using the original round tender (he’s a former UDFA) would mean any team can offer him a contract on starter money, and Seattle would have to match the offer.
There are enough teams with substantial cap room (here’s looking at you, Jacksonville) who would probably be willing to tap into Seattle’s rich depth in the secondary.
At least by placing the second round tender, the Seahawks avoid losing him for nothing this year.
There are suggestions within the national media that some teams could show interest in Johnson. It’s not a great year for safety’s in the draft.
But the idea someone would use a second round pick to snatch him away is fanciful.
He’s played sparingly in three years, with 15 total defensive tackles in his career.
What’s more likely is someone might be willing to spend, for example, a fourth or fifth rounder to make Johnson a starter.
By placing this tender the Seahawks can at least have that discussion. Instead of watching him walk out the door for zero compensation.
It also shows how highly they rate the player. At a time when cap space is limited, they’re willing to pay him just over $2m to be a backup.
It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.
Brandon Browner reinstated by the NFL
I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to (cont) http://t.co/AG0Zbpxpgo
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) March 5, 2014
It’s not often the NFL backs down when challenged.
But that’s exactly what they’ve done here.
Faced with a lawsuit and a lengthy court battle, the league and Brandon Browner’s representatives have come to an arrangement that will allow him to be a free agent from March 11th.
It’s a decision that effectively saves Browner’s career.
He was due to serve a one year suspension. Considering he turns 30 in August and wouldn’t be able to play until his 31st year, this is big news.
The immediate question Seahawks fans have asked is — what chance he returns to Seattle?
I’d say only a very small chance, if any at all.
Byron Maxwell proved he’s a capable replacement. While Browner and Walter Thurmond were serving suspensions at a vital time in the season — Maxwell was busy making plays on the field.
This team is all about competition. You can’t compete when you’re ineligible. Maxwell, at this stage, is simply more reliable.
For me, he’s also better.
If Browner’s market is ice cold and he’s willing to sign a ridiculously low contract, then maybe they consider it.
But I suspect they’re ready to move on. Not just with Maxwell, but with their other young guys like Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, Akeem Auguste and DeShawn Shead — plus any new additions they make this off-season.
Golden Tate on staying in Seattle
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 5, 2014
In the interview linked above, Tate says talks haven’t really heated up with the Seahawks about a new contract.
This isn’t a big surprise, and I wouldn’t read too much into it.
In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if Tate was allowed to test the market.
There are two things to consider here, both linked to a rich draft class at receiver.
1. Will the open market be impacted by the talent available in the draft?
We could see 9-10 receivers going in the first 40-50 picks in May. Teams that need a wide out know this draft class is loaded at the position.
Are you going to go out and spend big money on Tate, Hakeem Nicks or Eric Decker, or are you going to bring in a rookie for a fraction of the price?
It could make absolute financial sense to let Tate discover his true value, and then make an offer.
If he doesn’t get the money he and his agent expect they’ll be forced to lower their expectations.
It could be the difference between Seattle paying $6m per year and $4m per year.
2. Are the Seahawks willing to risk letting Tate walk, knowing they can fall back on the draft?
There’s no doubt Seattle wants to keep Tate. But I’m also sure they won’t see it as the end of the world if he signs somewhere else.
Even picking at #32 in the draft, they’ll have a chance to select a quality receiver. The options at #64 could also be enticing if they go in a different direction with the first pick.
If they wish to let Tate discover his true value, they can do so with some degree of confidence. This is a great draft for wide outs.
Q&A on Field Gulls
One final link for tonight — I featured in a Q&A with Kenneth Arthur at Field Gulls, discussing a few talking points in the draft.