Description: Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield has agreed to a deal to play with the Seattle Seahawks for next season.
Insight: The combination of Winfield, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner is going to make it extremely tough for fantasy receivers in 2013-14. Factor this into any receiver you draft from the NFC West.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Seahawks have signed quarterback Brady Quinn to a new contract.
Insight: Quinn actually started a few games for Kansas City last season but that won't happen in 2013 unless Russell Wilson suffers some kind of an injury. This probably isn't quite the career trajectory Quinn had been hoping for when he entered the league as a first round pick in 2007 but at least he's still getting a paycheck.
Description: Terrell Owens was spotted working out with New England quarterback Tom Brady Wednesday at USC's practice facility. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: Of course now the rumor is that Owens will be a Patriot in 2013. Bill Belichick has taken risks on high maintenance big names before (Corey Dillon, Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss and Chad Johnson/Ochocinco to name a few) but keep in mind that Owens is almost 40 and he couldn't even make the Seahawks' 53-man roster last summer. T.O. playing for the Patriots looks like an extreme long shot at this point.
Description: According to Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver, the Raiders have "legitimate" interest in Matt Flynn.
Insight: With a divorce with Carson Palmer looking more and more likely, the Raiders could be in the market for a quarterback, either through the draft or free agency. Flynn could very well have a starting job next season.
Description: Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings have traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle for a package of draft picks.
Insight: Harvin and head coach Leslie Frazier just couldn't work things out together in Minnesota so this was probably for the best. With Harvin, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch anchoring the offense next season, the Seahawks are going to be tough to beat.
Description: Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network reports that the Seahawks would trade quarterback Matt Flynn before cutting him.
Insight: Arizona, Jacksonville and the New York Jets all have dicey QB situations right now and Flynn could provide stability on each of those fronts. Flynn inked a three-year deal with Seattle last offseason to become the franchise quarterback but that never materialized thanks to the brilliant play of Pro Bowl rookie Russell Wilson.
Description: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson set an NFL postseason rookie record by throwing for 385 yards Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Wilson added 60 yards on the ground to finish with 445 total yards. That's one yard more than 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had in Saturday's blowout win against the Packers (263 yards passing, 181 rushing).
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch struggled in Sunday's playoff loss to Atlanta.
Insight: Lynch had recorded five straight 100-yard games before Sunday's lackluster performance (46 yards and a lost fumble). Despite his struggles, Lynch was still able to find the end zone on Sunday. He's now scored at least once in three of his four career playoff games.
Description: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is probable for Sunday's matchup with Atlanta. Although he missed Wednesday practice that has been the usual plan for Lynch this season.
Insight: Lynch wasn't even mentioned by coach Pete Carroll while doing his Wednesday injury recap. Lynch has been unstoppable this season and the 132-yard day against Washington in the first round of the playoffs was just the latest chapter. He's a must start against a Falcons' run defense yielding 123.1 ypg.
Description: Seattle will sign kicker Ryan Longwell after he beat out Neil Rackers in a tryout. SOURCE: Ed Werder, ESPN
Insight: The Seahawks were in need of a kicker after Steven Hauschka suffered a strained calf muscle early in Sunday's Wild Card win over the Redskins. Longwell last kicked in 2011-12 for Minnesota, making 22-of-28 field goals. He has a career rate of 83.2 percent.
Description: Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is out for the year after tearing his ACL Sunday at Washington.
Insight: Clemons also suffered a torn meniscus. Coach Pete Carroll suggested that the poor field conditions at Fed Ex Field on Sunday may have contributed to Clemons' injury. Bruce Irvin is expected to fill in at defensive end Saturday in Atlanta.
Description: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson outperformed Robert Griffin III in a battle of rookie quarterbacks on Sunday. He finished with 187 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-26 passing.
Insight: He also had 67 yards rushing on eight carries. Wilson was sacked five times but he played well when his team needed him to in the fourth quarter. Next week Wilson will face the Falcons for the first time in his career.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch continues to be listed on the Seahawks' injury report for a bad back, but we have no doubt that he's be ready to go into full "beast mode" when the whistle blows on Sunday in Washington.
Insight: Lynch rushed for a career-high 1,590 yards with 11 touchdowns this season and had either 85 yards rushing or a touchdown in 14 of 16 games. If it hadn't been for Adrian Peterson's remarkable season, many would have been talking MVP candidate for Lynch.
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson closed out a strong rookie season with 250 passing yards on 15-of-19 passing and one touchdown and 58 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Wilson tied Peyton Manning's rookie passing touchdown record with 26. He added four rushing touchdowns and was a fantasy star in the second half with 1,652 passing yards, 361 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns and just three turnovers in his final eight games.
Description: Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman has won his appeal against the league and will not have to serve a four game suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs.
Insight: Sherman claimed his positive test result (he tested positive for Adderall) was the result of a broken cup and apparently the NFL agreed with him after hearing his side of the story. Sherman has had a terrific season (61 tackles, seven interceptions) and was recently included on ESPN expert John Clayton's list of Pro Bowl snubs.
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will likely start Sunday night against the 49ers, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com
Insight: Sherman had his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy was heard on Friday but the league office has received no indication from the hearing officer that a ruling is imminent. A decision would have come Saturday to give Seattle a fair chance to activate a player from the practice squad. While Sherman has been a lockdown corner this year, fantasy owners can still start Michael Crabtree coming off a 107-yard, two-touchdown performance last Sunday at New England. Stevie Johnson and Brandon Marshall have both had 100-yard games against the Seahawks this month.
Description: Seattle wideout Sidney Rice looks like he'll be able to play Sunday but the team will have him test his knee out before the game. SOURCE: John Boyle, Everett Herald
Insight: With Seattle hosting San Francisco on Sunday night, it's going to be too risky to rely on Rice in Week 16. Fantasy owners could maybe justify waiting for Rice if he was playing a lesser defense but the 49ers are quite formidable.
Description: Seattle wideout Sidney Rice is questionable for Sunday night's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Rice didn't practice this week because of a knee injury and it's looking like he'll be a true game-time call Sunday against the Niners. The 8:20 start time worries us, especially with no Monday night game this week to fall back on. With many fantasy championships hanging in the balance this week, there's just too much risk here. Even if he plays, there's no guarantee Rice would have a good game against San Francisco's fifth-ranked passing defense.
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will have his appeal of a four-game suspension held Friday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Sherman and fellow Seahawks CB Brandon Browner were suspended for four games at the end of November for violating the NFL's PED policy but both appealed (Browner dropped his appeal and started his suspension in Week 14). Seattle hosts San Francisco in Week 16, so WR Michael Crabtree's fantasy value could hinge on the results of Friday's hearing.
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson came threw Sunday when fantasy owners needed it most, throwing for 205 yards on 14-of-23 passing with a touchdown and rushing for 92 yards on nine carries with three more scores.
Insight: Wilson has 13 touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and just three turnovers in his last seven games.
Description: Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice (bruised foot) didn't practice Thursday but coach Pete Carroll said he expects the receiver to play Sunday versus Buffalo. SOURCE: Dave Mahler, KJR
Insight: Rice (658 yds, 7 TDs) shed his walking boot Thursday. While a matchup against the Bills sounds enticing, Buffalo has actually been much improved against the pass in the second half of the season, so a hobbled Rice does not make for a strong play Sunday.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finished with 128 yards and three rushing touchdowns in Seattle's 58-0 rout of Arizona Sunday.
Insight: Backup Robert Turbin also ran for 100 yards, and Leon Washington added a fourth rushing score. Lynch had to leave at one point Sunday due to a nagging back issue but he later returned. He's been playing through the tightness all season so it shouldn't be a major concern down the stretch.
Description: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is likely to have his appeal date for a four-game suspension pushed back even further than Dec. 14. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Sherman has emerged as a lockdown cornerback this season and is more important to Seattle's defense than No. 2 CB Brandon Browner, who has dropped his appeal and will start his suspension Sunday. Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald remains a high-risk play in Week 14 against Sherman, even with John Skelton replacing Ryan Lindley at QB.
Description: The Seahawks have parted ways with veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Insight: We wonder why the Seahawks waited this long to cut him. Edwards produced barely anything during his time in Seattle (eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown) and we doubt he'll find work again this season.
Description: Seahawks' cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped his appeal of the four-game suspension and will miss the final four games of the regular season.
Insight: Cornerback Richard Sherman will continue to appeal his case, so Seattle will only lose one starting corner at a time. Seattle will play Arizona this week who doesn't have a quarterback who can take advantage of the situation.
Description: Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona and will have to pass the concussion protocol before being allowed to play.
Insight: Rice tweeted afterward that he passed all the concussion tests, but apparently that was a little premature. If he gets back on the field for Sunday's game with Arizona, he'll be severely tested by talented CB Patrick Peterson, so he may not be a great fantasy option.
Description: As expected, Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice is active for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Rice had been listed as questionable because of a calf injury. The Bears are sixth in the NFL in passing defense and Rice has recorded just five catches in his last two games. We're not expecting this to be one of Rice's better fantasy weeks.
Description: Seattle wideout Sidney Rice, who was held out at the end of practice Friday due to tightness in his calf, is expected to play, according to an NFL Network report.
Insight: Rice should be able to play Sunday against the Bears. His value is almost entirely dependent on whether he finds the end zone, which limits him to WR3 status, and it might be asking a lot of him to score at Chicago this week.
Description: Seattle wideout Sidney Rice was held out of the end practice Friday due to tightness in his calf but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, "We think he's OK." SOURCE: John Boyle, Everett Herald
Insight: Rice should be able to play Sunday against the Bears. His value is almost entirely dependent on whether he finds the end zone, which limits him to WR3 status, and it might be asking a lot of him to score at Chicago this week.
Description: The NFL hopes to hold the hearings for Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner next week. Both players are facing four-game suspensions for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com
Insight: Both players are appealing on the grounds that there were irregularities in the collection process. This could end up dragging on for several weeks as the NFLPA prepares its case. Fantasy owners should at least expect to see both Seattle CBs on the field in Week 13 against the Bears.
Description: Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are facing four-game suspensions for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The Seahawks rank third in the NFL in passing yards allowed so this could be a huge development for opposing receivers. Seattle plays Chicago, Arizona, Buffalo, San Francisco and St. Louis in the final five games. Sherman and Browner plan to appeal the suspension. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Sherman and Browner were pinched for using Adderall, the same drug that reportedly got Aqib Talib, Eric Wright and Joe Haden suspended earlier this season.
Description: Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch failed to reach the 100-yard plateau for the first time since Week 6 Sunday against the Dolphins. Lynch only had 46 yards on 19 carries.
Insight: The only other time Lynch has been below 85 yards in a game this season was Week 6 against the Patriots, when he rushed for 41 yards. The Seahawks bruiser has several tough matchups in his future, including next Sunday against the Bears.
Description: Seattle receiver Golden Tate caught a touchdown and threw another Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Tate has just 26 catches in nine games this season but he's grabbed six touchdowns. The third-year receiver has four total touchdowns the last two games. He's rookie QB Russell Wilson's clear No. 2 option behind Sidney Rice.
Description: Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: It was Lynch's fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. The Seahawks workhorse has handled an average of 21.2 carries per game and will head into a much deserved bye week with 1,005 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Description: Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch (wrist) is probable for Week 10.
Insight: Lynch has turned in three straight 100-yard games and is on pace for a career-high 1,566 yards. The running back has played through back pain all season but missed two practices this week due to a new wrist injury.
Description: Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch didn't practice Wednesday due to a wrist issue.
Insight: Lynch has turned in three straight 100-yard games and is on pace for a career-high 1,566 yards. The running back has played through back pain all season but the wrist injury is new. We'll have more updates as the week progresses.
Description: The Patriots stuffed Seattle's Marshawn Lynch on Sunday. The sixth-year back ended the day with 41 yards on 15 carries.
Insight: Lynch, a touchdown machine last season for the Seahawks, was held scoreless for the second consecutive week. He's still averaging 91.5 rushing yards per game so Sunday's hiccup against New England isn't something for fantasy owners to be overly concerned about.
Description: Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson had his best game of the season Sunday against the Patriots, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: Wilson came into Sunday's matchup having thrown five interceptions in his last two games. Sunday he only committed one turnover and that came on a lost fumble. Wilson probably won't be as effective when he faces the 49ers' stout defense in Week 7.
Description: Seattle wideout Sidney Rice blew up for a season-high 81 yards Sunday in a come from behind win over New England.
Insight: Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Forty-six of those yards came on a desperation heave from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter and he only had three catches on the afternoon. Look for Rice to fade back into fantasy irrelevance Week 7 against San Francisco's stingy secondary.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has carried the ball at least 20 times in 13 of his last 14 games, including all five this season. He's second in the NFL in carries with 113.
Insight: Lynch averaged 3.99 yards per carry in his first 70 career games but he's been a different back since the middle of last season. In his last 14 games, Lynch has rushed for 1,449 yards and 11 touchdowns on 324 carries (4.47 ypc).
Description: Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson will remain the starting quarterback said coach Pete Carroll to reporters on Monday. "We’re going with Russell right now," Carroll said.
Insight: Wilson has yet to show any fantasy value this season. Through the first four games, he hasn't thrown for more than 160 yards and his highest point total is a 15-point effort in Week 3. The team's other option, Matt Flynn, is finally past his elbow tendonitis and could be the starter very soon.
Description: Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice (knee) did not practice Thursday, according to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Rice also missed Wednesday's practice. There's no word on his availability for Sunday's game against Dallas but you might want to consider another option anyway since Dallas upgraded it's cornerback position with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Rice caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch looked fine in toting the rock 21 times for 85 yards Sunday.
Insight: Lynch's back spasms must have subsided long enough for him to be effective Sunday. They may always return, making Lynch an unpredictable player for the near future. Hold onto Robert Turbin just in case.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said Sunday that Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch will not be suspended for his DUI arrest this offseason.
Insight: The bigger issue here is that Lynch has a bad back and though he is expected to play, he could be limited in Seattle's season opener against Arizona. Backup Robert Turbin is a good insurance policy to have for Week 1.
Description: Seattle tailback Marshawn Lynch (back) is expected to play Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports said he expects Lynch to receive 10-15 carries, which takes Robert Turbin out of the equation as a fantasy starter but also doesn't make Lynch much of an option either.
Description: Seattle tailback Marshawn Lynch (back) was limited again on Friday, according to John Bpyle of the Weekly Herald.
Insight: It's going to be hard to predict whether Lynch will be available Sunday. If you have backup Robert Turbin on your roster as a handcuff, you can wait until just before gametime, but if your other option has a one o'clock start you might have to go with the more conservative play and start the guy you know will be on the field.
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch (back) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: There's really no way of predicting whether Lynch will be available Sunday. Even if he doesn't have back spasms for a few days the spasms could always return prior to Sunday's game. Lynch owners should be ready to plug in another option, whether it be backup Robert Turbin or somebody else.
Description: Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch didn't practice on Wednesday and it's beginning to look more and more likely that he'll be forced to sit out Sunday's season opener versus the Cardinals. Lynch has been battling a bad back for several weeks now.
Insight: Even if Lynch does play he'll probably be limited. With Lynch's status for Sunday still up in the air, it would be wise for fantasy owners to pick up Seattle's backup Robert Turbin, assuming he's still available.
Description: According to the Seattle Times, it's unlikely Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be suspended for his offseason DUI. Generally, the league will notify the team about a suspension by Monday or Tuesday of the previous week.
Insight: That's good news, but it doesn't mean Lynch is a lock to play Sunday. The running back is dealing with back spasms and Seattle is uncertain if he'll be able to play.
Description: The Seahawks have released veteran tight end Kellen Winslow.
Insight: Winslow's unemployment shouldn't last long as he has recorded 700 or more receiving yards in each of his last three seasons including 763 yards on 75 catches last season in Tampa Bay. Winslow could still have some fantasy value if he winds up in an offense that can utilize his skill set.
Description: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that injured running back Marshawn Lynch should be ready to go for the team's season opener against Arizona.
Insight: Lynch has been struggling with back issues for more than a week but Carroll seems confident that he'll be fully healed by Week 1. If Lynch ends up being limited or out for this matchup, we'd recommend picking up Seahawks rookie Robert Turbin as a handcuff.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has not practiced in more than a week due to back spasms, according to the Sporting News.
Insight: Lynch missed last Friday's game against Kansas City and he'll also sit out the team's final preseason game against Oakland. The training staff is working to get him ready for Week 1 against Arizona, according to the Everett Herald. It sounds precautionary, but Lynch owners should pick up rookie Robert Turbin just in case.
Description: The Seahawks have released wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Insight: Plain and simple, Owens just dropped too many easy catches for Seattle to consider him for the final 53-man roster. Even if Owens does catch on somewhere else, it's clear that he won't be a realistic fantasy option this season.
Description: Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn sat out Friday's game against the Chiefs because of a sore elbow.
Insight: This certainly won't help Flynn's bid to become the team's starting quarterback. He's currently in the midst of a tight battle with rookie Russell Wilson. The Cardinals are the only team other than the Seahawks that has yet to announce a Week 1 starting quarterback.
Description: According to the Seattle Times, Sidney Rice (shoulder) practiced without any limitations for the first time this preseason.
Insight: Rice took a hit from safety Earl Thomas that knocked him off his feet. The Seahawks wide receiver "looked very fast out there," coach Pete Carroll said. Rice will have to compete with a suddenly crowded Seattle receiving corps that now includes Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards, but he'll have a better QB throwing him the ball than last season regardless of who wins the QB battle between Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson.
Description: John Clayon of ESPN says the Seahawks are planning on either releasing quarterback Tarvaris Jackson or trading him before the start of the season.
Insight: After signing Matt Flynn to a big contract this offseason, we assumed this would eventually be Jackson's fate. He has yet to produce anything remotely fantasy relevant during his three years in the league, so even if Jackson somehow miraculously becomes a starting quarterback somewhere in 2012, he can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Description: Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson is having an excellent preseason, making Pete Carroll's decision a difficult one.
Insight: Wilson went 10-of-17 for 155 yards and two touchdowns and also had 33 rushing yards on five carries in the team's second exhibition game Saturday after he threw for 124 yards, rushed for 59 and contributed a passing and a rushing score in the first preseason contest. Meanwhile, Matt Flynn has struggled against the first-team defense. Wilson is someone to target with a late-round pick just in case he locks down the starting job or takes over mid season.
Description: Receiver Terrell Owens did not perform well in his Seahawks debut Saturday. According to the Seattle Times, Owens was targeted five times but failed to catch a single pass.
Insight: Owens dropped a perfectly thrown ball that would have been a 46-yard touchdown. According to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, team sources said Owens is hardly assured of making the roster, though we think he'll stick around and make an impact in Seattle this season.
Description: Receiver Terrell Owens will make his Seahawks debut Saturday against the Broncos, according to John Boyle of the Everett Herald.
Insight: Owens didn't play in the team's first preseason game after signing last week, but he'll be in there for a few downs Saturday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Owens hasn't experienced any fatigue in practice and is ready to go.
Description: ESPN Radio 710 in Seattle reports Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch seems to have gained an extra burst of speed after arriving at camp with a slimmer physique than in past seasons.
Insight: At his heaviest Lynch was around 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds heavier than he is listed at right now. The added quickness will be beneficial to Lynch when he finds an opening but having less weight on his body could mean that he'll have a more difficult time tolerating some of the punishing hits he's sure to receive throughout the season. We won't really know for sure how this will affect Lynch until Seattle's season opener against Arizona on September 9th, so stay tuned.
Description: The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Seahawks wide reciver Braylon Edwards has fully recovered from offseason knee surgery.
Insight: He'll have to hop a few spots on the depth chart to become fantasy relevant again but at least Edwards, who struggled to the tune of 181 yards receiving with the 49ers last year, is finally 100 percent.
Description: We wonder if the Seahawks will keep both Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens on the final 53-man roster, particularly now that Sidney Rice's shoulder seems healed.
Insight: Edwards, once an elite fantasy receiver for the Cleveland Browns (16 TD catches in 2007), has struggled in recent seasons and it will be interesting to see what kind of role, if any, he plays in Seattle's offense in 2012. Along with Rice, Owens and Edwards, the current roster includes Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler, Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette.
Description: According to the Seattle Times, Sidney Rice (shoulder) was without a red (no-contact) jersey Tuesday for the first time since training camp began.
Insight: Rice suited up in a regular white jersey and participated in team drills Tuesday. He was even able to dive for some balls. Rice won't play Saturday, but he's on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. What type of role he'll have with Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens in town remains to be seen, however.
Description: CBSSports.com's NFL Insider Jason La Canfora speculates that the Seahawks will shop quarterback Tarvaris Jackson barring an injury to one of the other QBs on the roster.
Insight: Jackson entered training camp as the starter and has been working with the first-team offense, but he didn't play in the team's first preseason game because the Seahawks' coaching staff already knows what he brings to the table. Seattle will likely go with free agent signee Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson at quarterback this season.
Description: Rookie Robert Turbin saw plenty of action in the Seahawks first preseason game and was used as the backup to Marshawn Lynch with Leon Washington keeping his third-down back role.
Insight: Turbin is likely to be the handcuff for fantasy owners who gamble that Lynch's legal troubles won't interfere with his on-the-field action. Seattle could still look for a veteran free agent when teams cut down to the 53-man limit, but with Cedric Benson signing in Green Bay there is currently nothing available that would be a better option.
Description: According to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune, Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens played as the second-team flanker in his first practice with the team. That's Sidney Rice's position.
Insight: T.O. has played split end in his career, so we assumed split end Golden Tate would be on thin ice with the team after the acquisition of the future Hall of Famer Owens and former Pro Bowler Braylon Edwards. And while we expected Owens to cut into Rice's targets, we didn't expect him to flat out take his spot on the team, but that may be the case here. Rice is questionable for the start of the regular season after having two shoulder surgeries, though he vowed Wednesday he would be ready for Week 1.
Description: Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice "might not be ready to start the season," according to SI.com's Peter King. Rice had multiple shoulder surgeries this offseason.
Insight: Seattle has brought in Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens to add depth to its receiving corps. That alone diminishes Rice's fantasy value. If the incumbent isn't ready by Week 1 he may cede the No. 1 spot to T.O. and never get it back.
Description: One day after the Seahawks signed wide receiver Terrell Owens, coach Pete Carroll said on his Twitter page that the veteran has a chance to start for the team.
Insight: Owens hasn't played in the NFL since 2010, but he reportedly impressed team officials during a workout Monday by running a sub-4.5 40-yard dash (ESPN's Ed Werder reported the official time to be 4.45). Seattle also signed Braylon Edwards this offseason, but T.O.'s chances of making an impact with the team seem greater than Edwards'.
Description: Wide receiver Terrell Owens and the Seahawks have agreed to a one-year contract.
Insight: Owens hasn't played in the NFL since 2010, so he'll head into the season as a bit of a wild card in fantasy. Obviously Seattle thought he was in great shape, which is a good sign, and the Seahawks don't have a strong receiving corps so he should see plenty of targets. But can Matt Flynn and or Tavaris Jackson be trusted to deliver the ball to him with accuracy? That remains to be seen.
Description: Adam Schefter of ESPN said Monday that Matt Flynn is the favorite to win the Seahawks' starting quarterback job.
Insight: Flynn is competing with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson for the job despite signing a big contract with the team in the offseason. It would be a surprise at this point if Flynn wasn't under center in Week 1.
Description: Wide receiver Braylon Edwards and the Seahawks have agreed to a one-year deal.
Insight: Edwards, a once-elite fantasy receiver for the Cleveland Browns (16 TD catches in 2007), has struggled in recent seasons and it will be interesting to see what kind of role he plays in Seattle's offense in 2012.
Description: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch isn't likely to be suspended by the league for his
DUI arrest, as the substance-abuse policy states that a first-offense DUI results in a fine in the amount of two game checks, according to NBC Sports.
Insight: Lynch does have several past incidents under his belt that fall under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, so there's a chance the league goes against the substance-abuse protocol and suspends the running back for a first-time offense. However, no disciplinary action can be taken until Lynch is convicted or pleads guilty to DUI and that's unlikely to occur anytime soon.
Description: Seahawks running back/special teamer Leon Washington could see a lot more action than expected if Marshawn Lynch's latest transgression results in a significant league suspension.
Insight: Washington averaged just 3.3 carries and 0.6 receptions per game from scrimmage last season. He also returned 41 punts (11.3 ypr) and 43 kickoffs (25.2 ypr). The additional workload if Lynch misses time should make Washington a fantasy-worthy starter in leagues which include return yardage points.
Description: The Seattle Seahawks released wide receiver Mike Williams.
Insight: Williams finished his surprising 2010 regular season with 65 receptions for 751 yards and two touchdowns, but since then had done little to warrant fantasy value. He'd been bypassed by Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu so would not have been fantasy-worthy this season even if he had managed to make the 53-man roster. The transaction should not effect any fantasy rankings.
Description: Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn is struggling to learn the new offense and beat out incumbent Tarvaris Jackson.
Insight: Flynn hasn't wowed anybody which has allowed the team to consider starting the season with Jackson. We still feel Flynn will win out in the end, but be careful how high you take the former Packer backup.
Description: Tarvaris Jackson will enter Seahawks training camp as the team's starting quarterback.
Insight: This is a surprise move, especially considering all the money the team gave to Matt Flynn when they signed him this offseason. Jackson finished the 2011 season with a career-high 14 TDs but also a career-high 13 interceptions in 15 games.
Description: Seahawks No. 1 wideout Sidney Rice had both shoulders operated on in the offseason, but plans on being ready for the opening week.
Insight: Rice could be the ultimate high-risk, high-reward receiver. He's missed 17 games over the past two seasons, but in his last full year of work (2009) caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. If you select him, you better have a backup plan in place for when he is out of the lineup.
Description: Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate is dealing with a fractured hand, but should be ready for training camp.
Insight: Tate is the early favorite to start opposite Sidney Rice and this injury shouldn't change that. Tate caught 35 balls for 382 yards and three scores last season, but was much more effective in the second half of the season. Though he still must beat out Doug Baldwin and Mike Williams, Tate could have low-end fantasy value in 2012.
Description: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, "the player some league observers believe could be released at the end of training camp remains a nose ahead of the rest by virtue of his experience." He was talking about Tarvaris Jackson.
Insight: We still believe that Matt Flynn is the Seattle opening day starter and this is just Carroll playing mind games to push his new starter.
Description: Reports out of Seattle have Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson receiving equal reps in the team's OTAs.
Insight: This is one of those summertime notes you should ignore. The Seahawks' starting job is Flynn's unless he falls flat on his face in training camp and exhibitions. The interesting situation is for his backup where Wilson could steal the spot from Jackson and become the handcuff.
Description: Just a day after Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow made public that he was informed that he was "not wanted" by the Bucs, he has been traded to Seattle.
Insight: Winslow caught 75 balls for 763 yards and two touchdowns last season in Tampa, which was more than any Seahawks tight end. However, with at least four tight ends on the roster, Winslow will have to prove he still wants to play if he is going to be productive. At this point we can't put him in the top-12 at the position.