O’Neil’s Week Sauce: Seahawks’ week was good, but a player’s was better
I toyed with some idea for what to call a week-in-review column. “The Weak End” has a nice ring to it, but while that might be the reality of a Friday column summing up the week, that’s nothing to brag about.
“Week in the Knees” doesn’t make any sense and the Weeknd would pose copyright issues.
For now, let’s go with “Week Sauce” as my attempt to identify the winners and the losers of the sporting world over the previous seven days:
The Seahawks had a good week.
Signing tight end Greg Olsen is a really good start to the offseason. Not great, though. Seattle is on the hook for at least $5.5 million and as much as $7 million for a tight end with a history of foot injuries, a price that’s high enough no one should be talking about this as a bargain. But the Seahawks added a rock-solid veteran at a position that should be an immediate help to Russell Wilson. And let’s be honest, in what is this franchise’s most important offseason since 2013, it’s great to start off with a win as Olsen picked Seattle ahead of Buffalo, Washington and the FOX broadcast booth.
Germain Ifedi had an absolutely awesome week.
Like Arizona’s D.J. Humphries, Ifedi is a former first-round pick. Like Humphries, Ifedi is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Humphries may have played better in 2019 and be a left tackle while Ifedi plays on the right side, but Ifedi has been much healthier over the course of his career. So when Humphries agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with Arizona last weekend, that was good news to Ifedi and Jack Conklin and any other free-agent tackle in the NFL. A year ago, the Seahawks declined to pick up Ifedi’s fifth-year option, which isn’t surprising. They didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on James Carpenter or on Bruce Irvin. In each case, those players left in free agency. Expect Ifedi to do the same and judging by the size of Humphries’ deal, he’s got a pretty darn good pay day waiting for him.
The Husky men’s basketball team had an utterly unsurprising week.
You know the drill at this point. The team looks competitive, maybe even impressive through the first 20 minutes of the game. Then at some point in the second half it completely forgets how to put the ball through the basket. More than 6 minutes without a field goal in the second half of last Saturday’s loss at UCLA. More than 8 minutes without a field goal in Thursday’s home loss to Stanford. This team is 1-11 since Quade Green was declared academically ineligible, but if the problem was as simple as his absence then Washington should be awful from start to finish. Instead, the Huskies are a downright competent first-half team that becomes utterly inept in the second half.
Greg Robinson had a terrible, no good, horrible, very bad week.
Apparently the NFL wasn’t quite a risky enough profession for Robinson’s taste as the guy who was one of the bigger draft busts in NFL history was arrested in one of the bigger drug busts in NFL history. In case you missed it, Robinson was in a rental car that was inspected by border patrol and found to have 157 pounds of marijuana. For the record, that’s 56 pounds short of what Nate Newton of the Cowboys got caught with. Robinson appears to have demonstrated some felony-level stupidity, too. Before he was arrested, he asked the passenger – whom police concluded did not know the marijuana was present in the vehicle – if he (or she) would claim responsibility, though to be fair Robinson allegedly offered payment. Not only that, but while he was being detained, Robinson’s cell phone received a text from a contact identified as “Grow House Indoor.”
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