Sunday, February 20, 2005

Seattle signs Walter Jones

-from the Official Site of the Seattle Seahawks

KIRKLAND - The Seattle Seahawks have signed All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones to a multi-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

"It's a great feeling, I always wanted to stay in Seattle," said Jones, who signed the contract at home in Alabama. "My goal now is to help the team get to the next level, get to that big game, the Super Bowl."

"It's a big thing for the Seahawks," said Mike Reinfeldt on the signing. "He's been such a good player, five Pro Bowls, and he's such an integral part of what we do; and I hope getting him signed gives us some momentum with the other guys. Walter's a great player, he wants to be here, he's a good team guy, he's a good guy in the lockerroom, and hopefully it sends the message to the other players that keeping it together is important to everybody."

Jones completed his eighth season in 2004 and was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, fifth career, and earned Associated Press First-Team All-Pro honors for the second time in his career (2001).

The Seahawks named Jones their franchise player from 2002-04, spending each offseason unable to agree to a long-term deal until today.

"It feels kind of weird," said Jones on not facing another franchise tag. "You never know what's going to happen when the season is over, and I got the call yesterday that the deal was done, and I'm glad that it got taken care of."

Not having to use the franchise tag on Jones gives the Seahawks more leverage in some of the other free agent negotiations going on.

Originally selected by the Seahawks as the sixth overall pick in the 1997 draft, Jones has started all 122 career games played at left tackle.

And of course, this means a return to Cheney and training camp this summer for Walter.

"I'm going to have to ask some of the guys what to do once I get there, I haven't been there in so long," said Jones. "But I'm looking forward to it."

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Seahawks and Unrestricted Free Agents

The Seahawks need to watch out with their free agents. A great number of the players (17 to be exact), including 9 starters, will be entering unrestricted free agent status. This list includes quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Alex Bannister, Walter Jones, and Shaun Alexander; all participants in the 2004 Pro Bowl.

So what are the Seahawks going to do? This has created a lot of possible drama. The team needs to have some of these players to stay behind or the upcoming year will truly prove detrimental to the franchise.

In order to bring a little peace around the office, the team has brought in Mike Reinfeldt. Reinfeldt was brought back as a consultant. He has worked with the Seahawks before.

“The important thing is we've got a lot of work to do in the next 30 days, a lot of players to sign and some cap issues we need to deal with. I think that's got to be the focus of the work at hand, everybody work together. So that's where we are and that's where we'll head.”
-Mike Reinfeldt