The futures of Earl Thomas and C.J. Prosise among the topics in our latest Seahawks mailbag.
Time for another set of Seahawks questions taken from Twitter and my attempt at some answers:
A: I don’t really see it for a couple of reasons, one of which is that when he’s been able to play, Prosise has been getting thrown the ball a lot, anyway.
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Prosise, as has been well-documented, wasn’t on the field a whole lot last season, playing just 74 snaps. But he was targeted on 11 of those, a percentage of 14.86 that would have ranked as the highest on the team if he had enough attempts to qualify — Seattle’s leader in that category last year was Doug Baldwin, at 7.3 percent, which ranked 17th in the NFL in 2017, according to FantasyPros.com. (FIXED FROM EARLIER).
The other is that one of the big appeals of Prosise is that as a running back he can be positioned in a lot of ways that can create mismatches. Line him up in the backfield and teams have to legitimately worry about him maybe getting a handoff, but then he can be motion out wide and defended by a linebacker or safety. That sort of thing. As just a receiver, I think Prosise’s overall value is muted somewhat.
Granted, it might also limit the contact he takes and maybe the injuries he has suffered, though the injuries he’s suffered have come in all kinds of different roles that make it hard to really say the position he has played has been the specific issue (the season-ending injury he incurred in 2016 against the Eagles came on a pass play downfield).
Prosise is obviously at a really key time in his career as a third-round pick two years ago now entering the third year of his four-year rookie contract, and having played just 11 of a possible 32 regular season games due to a variety of injuries. I think as he enters this critical year the Seahawks will leave him where he’s been and hope he stays healthy and fulfills the potential that had the team excited about him in the first place and take it from there.
A: I get this question a lot so I have actually written about this several times before. Here’s the most recent take I had on that issue. The cliff’s notes version is that Seattle would have to go to an arbitrator to get back any of the $3.19 million bonus McDowell was paid, something that has historically been tricky for NFL teams to pull off. They are called signing bonuses for a reason — they are bonuses paid for singing the contract and nothing more from there is specifically implied.
The salary, as noted in the linked story, is different. McDowell was due a salary last season of $465,000 for the season, or $27,562 for each of the 17 weeks that players get paid during the regular season (other than bonuses, players get paid only during the season). Since McDowell was on the Non-Football Injury list, Seattle had to pay him only $5,000 a week, meaning he got docked $22,562 each week because he was unable to play due to the injury he suffered.
The Seahawks could cut McDowell this year, with a listed dead money of just over $2 million if it was a post-June 1 cut — which it almost certainly would be — and savings of just under $500,000.
But the thought is that the Seahawks will still play this one out for another year and see if McDowell can get healthy enough to play.
And one thing to also remember is that remains the ultimate goal — that McDowell at some point could still become a viable member of the team. For now, that means the Seahawks likely aren’t going to be overly punitive about what they owe him other than taking advantage of what they can do per the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
A: Probably. I think any trade for Thomas comes before or during the 2018 draft since the biggest benefit of trading him would be to get picks this season. Since Thomas can be a free agent following the 2018 season, you’re not going to get maximum benefit for him later, probably. Certainly, nothing that would help in 2018.
If no trade giving the Seahawks what they want really materialized then the Seahawks would likely hold on to Thomas, let him play this season and see what happens and then know that at the least they could maybe get a third-round comp pick for him in 2020.
The problem with that is that Seattle at the moment appears set to have a ton of cap room in 2019 — listed at $79.9 million, third-most among NFL teams by OvertheCap.com — meaning the Seahawks would likely make signings that might cancel out anything they’d gain by Thomas signing elsewhere. Another reason to expect that if Seattle truly thinks Thomas won’t be around past the 2018 season, the time to deal him is before or during the 2018 draft.
A: Glad to see the fans are also Always Competing.