I am hearing increased rumblings that Lofa Tatupu will be returning to the Seattle Seahawks before the pre-season season ends.
Tatupu has gone un-signed since refusing to take a pay cut and he has watched as several other Seattle starters have restructured their deals. Aaron Curry left nearly $5 million on the table to buy two additional years of freedom so he can hit the open market after his fourth accrued season. Marcus Trufant lost about half of next years salary as well, but he can reportedly earn it all back by well, playing good.
It’s a universal house cleaning and it could be possible that some emotion has been taken out of the equation. Multiple reports put the Seahawks as the runner up for the services of Takeo Spikes, Ben Leber, and Travis LaBoy, which might have added insult to injury. This was before the news broke about Curry and Trufant though, so the dynamics of the situation may have changed.
Tatupu is in a position of zero leverage, leverage he hoped to gain by forcing Carrolls hand after he told him to take a pay cut. He has gone un-signed and reportedly only visited one team, the Oakland Raiders, and the Washington Redskins also expressed interest.
This would be beneficial to all sides, as it does seem Seattles defense will be the only thing that will give them a shot at the playoffs; Tarvaris Jackson and that pass protection certainly aren’t going to get it done (crossing fingers for Gurode)
Not only that, but if re-signed, he would give the Seahawks a sixth player in ESPN’s top 200, I don’t know how far that goes or matters, but it’s still kind of cool.