By John Boyle Herald Writer
A day after losing one receiver to free agency, the Seahawks are reportedly making a serious push at adding a talented but volatile replacement.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are making a run at signing Pro-Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall. The team said Friday night that Marshall will visit the Seahawks today.
If the Seahawks sign the Denver receiver, a restricted free agent, they would have to compensate the Broncos to do so. Should they sign Marshall to an offer sheet, Denver would be able to match that offer, or take Seattle’s No. 6 pick in this year’s draft as compensation.
Another scenario, however, would be for the Seahawks and Broncos to agree to a different deal if Seattle felt the No. 6 pick was too much to give for Marshall. In that case, a deal would have to be worked out before Marshall signed with Seattle.
Marshall, who turns 26 later this month, has caught more than 100 passes in each of the last three seasons and gained 1,100 or more yards in each of those years. He would get a 14.7 percent raise next season to $2.521 million if he’s still in Denver.
Despite his on-field success, however, Marshall’s talents have often been overshadowed by past legal problems and conflicts with Broncos coaches.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall has been given the nickname “The Beast” for his size and talents, but his character issues certainly will be a risk should Seattle sign him.
The Seahawks would have at least have some idea what they would be getting themselves into should they sign Marshall, as he played for new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during his first three years in the league.
Seattle’s pursuit of Marshall comes on the heels of losing Nate Burleson to Detroit late Thursday night, just hours after free agency began.
Burleson, an unrestricted free agent, was the Seahawks’ leading receiver last season until an ankle injury benched him in December. The 28-year-old who grew up in Seattle made it clear during the season that he hoped to re-sign with the Seahawks, but with an organizational overhaul taking place in the offseason, he felt like Detroit was more interested in his services.
“It came down to a team wanting you and making you feel like a priority,”” Burleson said in an interview with radio station KJR. “… A little after 9, I got a call from my agent, we started chatting, and he was telling me the interest that was out there, and Detroit, they were far more enthusiastic about me coming and being a part of their program. More than anybody else, including Seattle. With that being said, at the end of the day a lot of this is about being wanted. That’s what free agency is.”
Burleson said he leaves Seattle with good memories even if he can’t finish his career at home.
“I’m not bitter,” he said. “I’m not going to get mad about the business side of football. … I can’t get upset. I spent four good years in Seattle. … I’m really OK with the time I spent here. Now it’s time for me a new chapter and it’s something exciting to finish my career.”
Herald Writer John Boyle: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog