The Seahawks have more pressing matters than using their franchise tag. More pressing even than starting negotiations with Michael Bennett’s new agent on a contract extension with two years still left on his deal.
Pass-protection issues on a line with starters in three new positions meant shorter, quicker routes as Sunday’s opener against the Rams went on. It’s not the marquee, downfield role he’s used to, but for now that may be the only way for the Seahawks to get the ball to their new, star tight end.
The defending two-time NFC champions have problems on their new offensive line and in pass coverage in their third loss in four trips to St. Louis. Up next: seemingly an even tougher test, at Green Bay.
Seattle’s 15 moves to get down to 75 players by Tuesday’s league deadline included terminating the contract of veteran C Lemuel Jeanpierre, who started three games last season, and trading WR Kevin Norwood to Carolina for a 2017 conditional draft choice.