Clayton speculates on Seahawks’ post-lockout plans

Jul 25, 2011, 7:24 PM | Updated: Jul 26, 2011, 12:02 pm

By Brady Henderson

The end of the NFL’s lockout has set in place what will be a flurry of transactions. ESPN’s John Clayton joined the Kevin Calabro Show on Monday for a discussion on what the Seahawks’ roster could look like by the end of the week. Here are a few highlights:

• The weekend didn’t changed Clayton’s thoughts on what he deems is a strong possibility that the Seahawks could sign free agent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Teams can begin negotiating with all free agents on Tuesday, but contracts can’t be signed until Friday. Clayton didn’t rule out the possibility of Seattle offering Matt Hasselbeck a contract, but sounded more confident that they’ll go with Jackson.

CB Antonio Cromartie has 18 interceptions in five seasons, including three last year with the Jets. (AP)

“I think by [Tuesday] Tarvaris Jackson could be agreeing to a deal that’s going to make him a Seahawk,” Clayton said. “… Everything I heard today, he’s on a fast-track waiting for that offer and he’s willing to take it.”

If Jackson is Seattle’s starting quarterback next season, Clayton’s outlook isn’t pretty.

“I think he can come in and maybe with a good running game and with luck they can get to seven wins,” Clayton said. “But I can’t see it being any better than that.”

• Clayton said he’s “starting to hear” that Antonio Cromartie could be another option to fill the Seahawks’ need at cornerback.

“Tall, angular, fast, fits that type of mode of a man-to-man guy that [is] what Pete Carroll would love,” is how Clayton described Cromartie, adding that he’d be significantly more affordable than Nnamdi Asomugha. He said Johnathan Joseph remains an option as well.

• Reaching a deal with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane — and doing so on Tuesday — is “vital” to the Seahawks, especially with some health-related question marks along Seattle’s defensive line. Clayton thinks defensive tackle Colin Cole could begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a second surgery he recently had on the left ankle he injured last season.

“They know how important it is to have good inside play because good inside play makes it easier for the defensive ends,” Clayton said, “and if you’re going to make a move on a top defensive end to come in with Chris Clemons then you want to have as much in the middle as you can.”

• The Seahawks will be involved in the trade talks for Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb, Clayton believes, but likely only for the purpose of driving up the price that Arizona will ultimately pay.

• If safety Lawyer Milloy decides to return for a 16th NFL season, Clayton thinks there will be a spot for him on the Seahawks.

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