It was not the signing Hawk Nation was waiting and hoping for, but it was a step in the right direction. The Seattle Seahawks re-signed guard Phil Haynes and Special team’s Pro Bowler Nick Bellore. Sure, Seahawk fans wished it was the re-signing of All-Pro quarterback Geno Smith but give the Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and Head coach Pete Carroll for taking it one signing at a time. All indications point to ongoing positive contract negotiations between Smith and the Seahawk’s front office.
WHAT DOES THE SIGNING OF HAYNES MEAN
The signing of Haynes to a one-year $1.3 million contract team leaves more questions than answers. Last season started Haynes started three games, but he appeared in 15 games and regularly rotated at right guard with Gabe Jackson. Rotating Haynes and Jackson keeps both players healthy and fresh down the stretch. With Haynes participating in 51 % of the offensive snaps the question is what will the Seahawks do with Jackson?
Jackson started all 16 games last year and will begin his 10th season in the league next season. Jackson is scheduled to make $6.5 million next season and which will be the last of a three-year contract signed in 2021. Would the Seahawks draft another rookie lineman or pick up a veteran tackle and cut ties with Jackson? The Seahawks are asking those questions regarding the Center position with Austin Blythe.
The re-signing of Bellore is a no-brainer on many fronts, Bellore is a dying breed in the NFL. A 12-year veteran who plays both offense, defense, and special teams with a personality that grounds the locker room. Make no mistake Bellore is not just about jokes and laughter. He finished last season tied for 7th in the league with 14 special teams tackles. His dependability and blue-collar workmanlike attitude have been an example for the last four years and it’s no surprise he was voted team captain last year The 34-year Bellore will make $4.45 million in 2023 and 2024.
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