The redacted Mueller Report has been released.
I downloaded a copy, all 139MB worth of it. Not sure why the DOJ was sending this to Congress on CDs... Yes, a compact disc.
Some people are going to use just the 4-years to talk about the money but really it's always about the life of the contract because that's how we factor the salary cap.
By the season start, it won't be the highest paid contract. By signing first it'll be come a great deal by week 1 because this is the new bar that everyone will say to their Agent - "I want that!"
I wasn't worried because history has shown that teams don't let their franchise QBs walk. They may get traded (Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, etc.) but the last "franchise" QB to explore Free Agency were the old Peyton Manning and injury recovering Drew Brees.
Since Disney took over, they are all about building a Star Wars for the newest generation. The reason why the OG Trilogy is so revered is because all the 30-50 years old's have grown up and shared this love to their kids or continue to a be fans.
All the people shitting on the Rey Trilogy (with 2/3 of it complete) are basically ignoring the utter mess that is the Prequel Trilogy.
TLJ was about getting away from the Skywalkers + the OG Trilogy because 30-50 years are not the future, they are the current day. No one who grew up on the Prequels are gushing about Podracing and talking about their novella about midichlorians. The new trilogy is about building theme parks, new TV shows, new video games, novels, comics and doing it in a way that makes Disney a ton of money.
Think of the gaps when there were no Star Wars content; between the ROTS and TFA... what Star Wars media did people consume? TV Shows? Novels? Comic Books? Video Games? Of those mediums, none of them drove the franchise like the movies did or have.
This is Disney's attempt to launch a new wave of Star Wars fans that can remembering seeing these movies in the theater and carrying this fandom into their adulthood.
Using this incomplete timeline - Post Disney Takeover and after TFA - of all the official Canon content. If you timeline stamp all of this, a huge majority is released post-takeover. They are trying to rest the bloat and because the Expanded Universe is a mess. This does not mean things are perfect; it just means that I see their goal and I can get behind it. The OG Trilogy is still there, I have like 6 different versions of it (Widescreen VHS, Special Edition Widescreen VHS, Bootleg DVD, SE DVD, SE BluRay, and some Digital versions).
To the new teaser; @Zeb-Stark & @Veda-the-Moor sent the link but I couldn't watch it with sound so I had to just see what was going on. Very hard to get a feel for the story just on the imagery alone but seeing Billy Dee Williams is great; he looks like I would expect him to with capes and that great smile.
From the looks of it, they're going in a direction that I don't think any of us could anticipate which I look forward to. It's part of the reason why TLJ is one of my favorites because it breaks the expectation and the past. #WorldBuilding.
If Pete/John have taught me anything as a fan of the player/contract aspect is that there's really no rush to anything. Yes, stringing this out makes Wilson paid more in the short-term but the team also get the biggest luxury - minimal risk if things go bad.
The reason why teams get doomed is they put money on the wrong guy who either suffers a career injury or they were never worth their contract.
All this back-and-forth drama is the new-norm.
If I were the Seahawks GM, I'd over a fair contract for a top-5 QB and try to secure Russell for a 3-4 year extension. I would pay him the money he's owed based upon what he brings to the team, the league and fans because he's worth it. It puts more pressure on me (the GM) to make sure that I hire an OC that will make the most of the talent that I can acquire as I will have to rely on cheap drafted players to offset the costs.
If I have to pick two of the three to keep, I would keep Russell and Bobby because the value to both of these players to the Seahawks is far greater than the value to an opposing team. I love Frank Clark and I feel that his value would be the highest on an FA market.
Would love to see someone fall to make the Seahawks desire to trade back more appealing.
I think for opposing team, knowing the Seahawks want to trade back, means that they are more open to "lesser" trades or working towards someone as they rarely tend to target players in the 1st round with the 5th year option.
Of the possible scenarios, I would say the Seahawks are probably more likely to trade out of the first than use that on any acquired player. What the Seahawks would love to do is leverage a team with minimal 2019 picks for higher 2020 picks.
With only 4 picks going into this years draft, you know Pete and John covet when they can get in the 8+ range. Often times, it's not even about drafting for quantity but for flexibility. It means they have more control over the roster and they are glued to a poor-performing player.
Can't wait for the draft. Keep up the great stuff.
OG is one of my priorities but I have that saved for the 3rd day of the draft; I feel like they'd like to use their 1st pick (hopefully in the 2nd round) for the top-flight DE. Which I know would be a huge get and not very likely unless we have a Frank Clark-type red flag going into Day 2.
But that's up to the NFL, GM's and Owners restraining themselves from throwing insane money to "okay" QBs.
Russell Wilson is in the category of the Brees, Rodgers, Brady's of the NFL, not the Staffords, Newtons, Ryans, etc. It's not Wilson's fault that teams are overpaying for bad QB play.
IF we were talking about extending a Jared Goff, i would trade his ass quicker than anything else... but this is Russell Wilson who has broken the mold on what a QB can do (and this isn't even factoring in the size element that the NFL finally looks past).
Tom Brady wasn't taking sweetheart deals in his late 20's; I don't think it's fair to expect Wilson do to the same. That's not how the NFL works and I don't imagine that Wilson would leverage himself out of that position knowing that the game is so hard on the body.
The NFL ducked things up by allowing that on-call foul against the Saints.
Had the Saints been in the NFL, they would have been there and not a rookie contract QB. This would have flipped all the "you cant play in the SB if you're paying your QB."
Here's the footage of our game. The guys from the Podcast (really just two of them but I don't know what else to call their team) only had 8 but Jameson (our team) had 13 so we added two people to their side to even up the teams a little.
This is the footage of the game.
Was a fun game, pretty even until someone threw on the jets to seal the game at the end.
Really cool thing happened today at our practice, some other guys that were on the field earlier wanted to scrim and we played 8-on-8.
Two the dudes on their side were the host of Seahawks Man 2 Man Podcast (Michael-Shawn Dugar and Christopher Kidd). Super cool dudes to play with.
I'll have some video of our practice scrim but not a lot of video since I played a fair share.
Seahawks sign two more DE's
The Seahawks today are also signing defensive end Nate Orchard, who was in for a visit earlier this week.
The Seahawks have signed Cassius Marsh to a one-year deal, per source.
My first glance is that Seattle would love to trade out of the 1st round twice for more picks on Day 2.
Also... would New England really draft a QB? I feel like they would draft a QB late, late, late. They do draft QBs each year but I feel like they see their success with late round picks and then turn those guys into higher-round picks on the 2-4 games they'll play over 3 years.
My personal draft position board (since I don't watch the mocks or know who's worth drafting); DL/DE, S, CB, WR, LB & OL <in that order of priority.
It's a non-contact league so any obviously jamming or physicality is a foul. You can slyly place a hand one someone as long as you don't fully extend but we did have one game (out of the many) where a ref said both teams were being to handsy.
As someone who is super out-of-shape, this is fun for me and I can tell that I'm more capable as the season progresses but it's mostly about the practice sessions.
As a defender, you are allowed to occupy a spot without having to cede ground to the receiver. If they run through you it would be a foul against the offense but they factor in size and gender on those plays. If a smaller guys runs into a larger person, they probably won't call any fouls.
Practice every Saturday; you're always welcome to join.
News about our first game... we won by forfeit because the other team didn't have enough players... they only have five people for an 8-person game.
We had our entire team show up so they gave them two extra players and we continued to play a scrimmage for a game that wouldn't count due to their lack of players.
We start the season 1-0 and will probably get placed in a tougher pool due to the number of years we've played and winning our first game.
I got some video of our scrimmage in our new navy blue t-shirts and will try to get something up this week.
I would gladly welcome another drafted WR + Kearse.
Don't feel like the Seahawks need to make any more moves in FA unless someone falls into their lap on the cheap. Maybe some unsigned DL but I feel like the Seahawks can get something in the draft to fill in the gaps.