NFC Notes: Hawks, Falcons, Pack, Saints

The Seahawks had been in danger of losing a second-round pick for failing to disclose cornerback Richard Sherman‘s “significant” MCL injury during the season, but the NFL decided Monday to let them off with a warning, tweets Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. The league concluded that the Seahawks merely misinterpreted its rules, per Garafolo. The news that Seattle is escaping punishment isn’t particularly surprising, as one of Garafolo’s NFL.com colleagues, Ian Rapoport, reported earlier this month that Seattle wasn’t going to face serious discipline for its violation.

More from Seattle and a few other NFL cities:

  • The Falcons have hired Bush Hamdan as their quarterbacks coach, reports Sporting News’ Alex Marvez (Twitter link). The younger brother of former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan, Bush Hamdan spent the previous two seasons as the University of Washington’s wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator. He’s taking over in Atlanta for Matt LaFleur, now the Rams’ offensive coordinator. In doing so, Hamdan will reunite with head coach Dan Quinn, notes Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter), as the two worked together at the University of Florida in 2012.
  • The Packers have a decision to make on pending free agent defensive back Micah Hyde, who could seek $4MM-plus per year on his next contract, writes Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Hyde, who’s coming off an 11-start, three-interception season, has been with the Packers since they selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. If Hyde moves on, Green Bay could turn to Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans, Demovsky suggests. Elsewhere in the secondary, the team will either extend safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or exercise his fifth-year option for 2018, as Demovsky opines that the Pro Bowler could be general manager Ted Thompson‘s best first-round pick since he chose Aaron Rodgers in 2005. Clinton-Dix made a strong case for that honor as a third-year pro in 2016, when he played every defensive snap for the Packers and picked off five passes.
  • Newly signed Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh‘s single-year contract is worth $1.1MM and includes no guaranteed money, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. Walsh stands to earn an $800K salary and could make another $300K in bonuses. The Seahawks are likely to bring in another kicker to compete against Walsh for the job this summer. Odds are that won’t be soon-to-be free agent Steven Hauschka, observes Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, considering the five-year Seahawk will likely be out of their price range.
  • Continuing a Seahawks-heavy set of notes, defensive end Cliff Avril tweeted that he underwent successful surgery Tuesday. Avril didn’t specify which type of surgery he underwent, though Condotta points out that the physician who performed the procedure – Dr. William C. Meyers – specializes in core and sports hernia operations. Regardless, Avril should be fine for 2017 and will attempt to build on his first Pro Bowl season – an 11.5-sack, five-forced fumble campaign.
  • Fullback John Kuhn‘s one-year pact with the Saints is a minimum salary benefit deal worth $1.08MM, tweets Nick Underhill of The Advocate. Kuhn will earn a $1MM salary and count $695K against New Orleans’ cap in 2017.
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6 comments on “NFC Notes: Hawks, Falcons, Pack, Saints

  1. _kherz23

    If the patriots did what the Seahawks did they would probably take another first round draft pick and somehow connect tom Brady to it and suspend him

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    • Woodlawn

      The Seahawks didn’t film years of practices to the point it was so bad the commissioner

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      • Woodlawn

        And the NFL had to destroy the tapes because it would have ruined the NFL. History of cheating vs no history of cheating. Apples and oranges fella

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    • brian

      except that the seahawks do have a history of cheating… lots of practice violations and systemic drug violations

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      • whereslou

        Yeah they get too physical in a very physical game in practice. It is not the coaches that get physical it is the players and it is an NFLPA rule they are breaking so give me a break. That is horrible what a bunch of cheaters.
        As for this big PED scandal it would be nice if people would actually look at the facts instead of listening to the hype. 1 guy came to Seattle and served a suspension for being busted on another team not on Seattle but they counted that against Seattle. Another had a prescription for adderrall and had an exemption but failed to get an exemption for the next year. This is the same guy that was busted twice for urinating in a shopping mall parking lot. Was traded and has since been proven to be nuts. So their rampant drug problem is truly 2 or if you want to count Sherman 3. They have not had any player busted for PEDs since that one year. Which many teams have had more players busted than that. I know facts are tough to take but they are there if you look.

        You can hate Pete the Hawks and even the Fans. At least have an informed hate though. I won’t even touch too much on the fact that there are people out there that think we have not had fans until 2012. They made a noise rule because of Seattle fans from the Kingdome. You can Google it. There was a short period of time when Ken Behring owned the team and he hired Tom Flores to run it into the ground so he could move it to LA that the games were not sold out. Other than that there were years long wait list to get a season tickets just like now. Again though ignorance is easier than facts.

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  2. seahawks would have been punished severely had the steelers not done the same thing with le’veon bell. once the nfl found that out, no punishment for the seahawks because they certainly weren’t going to do anything to pittsburgh

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