In the hours prior to the Super Bowl, long-time Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones expressed an intention to retire. Since then, no official word has come.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that, while the team doesn’t know what Jones ultimately will do, he’s not expected to show up for a three-day minicamp that opens today. The sessions are voluntary.
The team, per O’Neil, is operating under the assumption that Jones will not return. Per NFLPA records, he’s due to earn a base salary of $7.3 million in 2010.
Though coach Pete Carroll has been trying to foster the notion that the team hopes to land a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the draft, Carroll’s under-the-radar (or so he hoped) visit to Oklahoma State for a look-see at left tackle Russell Okung has prompted increasing speculation that the Seahawks will seek Jones’ eventual replacement.
With four arguably elite players at the position — Okung, Trent Williams, Bryan Bulaga, and Anthony Davis — one or two of them will remain at No. 6. The key for the Seahawks will be the Lions; if they take Okung at No. 2 instead of one of the top defensive tackles and if the Redskins then take Williams at No. 4, the ‘Hawks would have to choose between Bulaga or Davis.
Or maybe Carroll simply spent an hour with OSU coach Mike Gundy to talk about receiver Dez Bryant.