Hawk Talk highlights: Looking ahead with Marshawn Lynch
Highlights of the latest edition of “Hawk Talk” with Danny O’Neil:
OregonSeahawker asked if Seattle could bring running back Marshawn Lynch back in 2015 if he finishes out this season strong.
O’Neil: Yes. Technically it’s possible. Here’s why I don’t think it’s a realistic possibility. First, Seattle would have to decide he’s worth that high of a salary for the final year of his contract. That’s not a given, but if he were to keep performing the way he is, I believe Seattle would find that’s a reasonable salary for his production. But if Seattle decides he’s worth it, is Lynch willing to play for that salary? I don’t think he would be. And I wouldn’t blame him for feeling that way, and this time around, Seattle can’t argue against renegotiating the contract by saying that he has multiple years left on the deal.
x asked whether quarterback Russell Wilson has “lost faith” in tight end Luke Willson.
O’Neil: No. He keeps throwing to him, and in Willson’s defense, those aren’t Anthony McCoy-esque drops in which he’s failing to catch something that’s wide open. These are difficult catches, and he’s getting popped, but you want to have him come down with a higher percentage than he has had. I think it’s 15 targets in the past four games with four catches.
tom page asked about the different skill sets of wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Kevin Norwood.
O’Neil: Right now, Norwood’s best fit is as a slot receiver, and I think that ties into the observation you had about the crisper routes. Kearse is someone who has had success playing outside, and his strength has been catching deep balls in traffic. In part, he’s great at using his body to shield the cornerback off as he catches passes up the seam. He’s also fantastic on the shoulder fade. I think the jury is still out on whether Kearse can be a starting-caliber wide receiver in this league. He’s proven he’s a big-play threat as your No. 4 receiver, but can he be a starter? For Norwood, we still really don’t have a view of his ceiling, but we know that he is going to start out playing inside.
x asked what positions will be needs heading into the draft.
O’Neil: Well, you’ve got uncertainty at running back going forward, a left tackle who will be entering the final year of his contract, a defense whose pass rush has declined from a year ago and an opening for a dynamic, down-the-field playmaker with Percy Harvin’s departure.