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Stinger
03-08-2005, 09:34 AM
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
Link (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer2/index.asp?ploc=t&refer=http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/214796_hawk07.html)

Seahawks Notebook: Dilfer traded; Hawks in Surtain sweepstakes

Monday, March 7, 2005
By CLARE FARNSWORTH
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

KIRKLAND -- Just call him Trader Tim.
Tim Ruskell, the Seahawks' new president of football operations, didn't move into his office at the team headquarters until Thursday. But his late arrival hasn't prevented him from wheeling and dealing in the first week of NFL free agency.

Saturday, the club reached an agreement in principle to trade backup quarterback Trent Dilfer to the Cleveland Browns for a fourth-round pick in next month's NFL draft. Also, the word out of Miami over the weekend was that the Seahawks are the leading candidate to pull off a deal for Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain -- although the Seahawks' viewpoint is that their interest at this time is closer to curiosity than seriously pursuing a trade.

The Dilfer trade will not be completed until he passes a physical, scheduled for tomorrow, and works out a new deal with the Browns. Dilfer was in the final year of his contract with the Seahawks and scheduled to make $1.25 million.

Losing Dilfer will hurt, on and off the field. He was 2-0 last season while subbing for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck and remained a leader in the locker room and one of the more popular and respected players on the team even after losing the starting job to Hasselbeck during the 2002 season.

By trading Dilfer, the Seahawks are honoring a promise coach Mike Holmgren made that the team would try to accommodate Dilfer if he had a chance to get a starting job elsewhere.

The timing is right, as well, since the Seahawks have become Hasselbeck's team and he just signed a seven-year, $48 million contract.

The Seahawks' interest in Surtain, meanwhile, reportedly heated up Thursday after starting cornerback Ken Lucas signed a six-year, $36 million contract with Carolina.

Surtain, who will be 29 in June, wouldn't come cheaply. The Dolphins want a first-day draft choice, preferably a second-round pick, for the former Pro Bowl corner. Plus, any team dealing for Surtain would have to rework or extend his contract, because he has an $8.3 million salary cap number for 2005. Surtain is said to be looking for at least an $8 million signing bonus on any new deal.

The sum of those numbers is apprehension for any team interested in Surtain, including the Seahawks.

petegz28
03-08-2005, 09:36 AM
I posted a thread about this early this morning with little or no reply. I think us Chief fans are in denial and don't want to accept the realities at the moment.