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Brandon Mebane may be tough for Seahawks to keep

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In a post for the Seattle Times Tuesday, Danny O’Neil examines how the uncertainty of the current labor situation makes it tough for the Seahawks to deal with prospective free agents defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and linebacker Will Herring.

If the Seahawks let Mebane get to free agency, whenever it comes, it could prove tough to retain him.

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi writes that teams have told him Mebane will be “highly sought after” if he makes it to free agency.  There just aren’t many disruptive interior linemen that reach the open market with so much experience at a young age.

We wonder if the Seahawks will strongly consider using the franchise tag on Mebane. That could cost them close to $8 million in 2011, but it would also give them more time to work on a long-term agreement with one of their defensive cornerstones.

That seems like a fine deal for a team in serious transition, looking for some young players to build around.

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  1. hawks12 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:03 PM

    he is the most underrated defensive tackle in the league and the hawks would be stupid to let him go.. the only problem is that he tends to miss a good few games through injury and the hawks get run all over when hes not playing.. if he isnt resigned im going to be pissed

  2. jc1958cool says: Feb 15, 2011 3:14 PM

    no one is getting $$$ before the 4th!
    that’s the owners plan

  3. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 15, 2011 3:44 PM

    come on over to philly big guy… he’s exactly what we are missing. young tall huge & skilled.. + injury concerns drop when thrown into our rotation. & washburn would work wonders with him.

  4. yordaddy says: Feb 15, 2011 4:18 PM

    Sounds likehe should step up and play with the 49ers. There is gold in SF and puke in seattle.

  5. toonsterwu says: Feb 15, 2011 4:19 PM

    In general, I don’t see the Bears splashing a lot of money this offseason, and I’m alright with that as I don’t see the chances of elite players at the Bears need positions being made available (LT, #1 WR, DT). If Mebane is made available, though, I would hope that it is adios Tommie Harris. Mebane would make a great fit inside, giving them a consistently disruptive three technique. Honestly, the Bears defense somewhat overachieved last year in some respects – for a team who depends on the DL to get pressure, they didn’t have a top 3-technique, and Idonije isn’t forcing teams to double. If Peppers wasn’t on his game for most of the season, the Bears D would’ve been much weaker (thankfully he was, and forced the extra attention).

  6. toonsterwu says: Feb 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    I’m also not sure I see the Eagles getting involved. I’m under the impression that Dixon was decent last year, Bunkley was banged up, and Patterson was relatively solid for them. Add in Washburn’s history in “mining” DL talent that’s under the radar, and I’m not sold that they would go for a big DT splash. I feel like CB and interior OL are of higher significance for the franchise, and there’s a healthy amount of solid CB’s that should hit the market this offseason (whenever the CBA gets done).

  7. fumblenuts says: Feb 15, 2011 6:14 PM

    After the Steve Hutchinson debacle there is NO WAY Mebane is going ANYWHERE.

    GM John Schneider is not like that IDIOT Tim Ruskell.

  8. iced107 says: Feb 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    he is the most underrated defensive tackle in the league and the hawks would be stupid to let him go.. the only problem is that he tends to miss a good few games through injury and the hawks get run all over when hes not playing.. if he isnt resigned im going to be pissed

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    Uhh no i Believe the most underrated DT goes to Fred robbins from the Rams.

    Led the League in Rushing yards allowed agianst him – 0.1 YPC.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ar6m2fOJG77elSwiT0oQ4bdDubYF?slug=ys-intangibles012711

  9. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    yordaddy says:
    Feb 15, 2011 4:18 PM
    Sounds likehe should step up and play with the 49ers. There is gold in SF and puke in seattle.
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    The 49ers must be able to trade losing seasons in for gold. That’s eight years in a row of stockpiling for them. Congrats!

  10. mrseaballs says: Feb 15, 2011 7:03 PM

    I have !00% faith in Pete Carroll & John Schneider getting the job done & Hawks keeping the guys they need. I mean Paul Allen is 20 times richer than the next richest owner. The training facility is 5 miles from my house. Right on lake Washington. It’s first class top to bottom . He bought his team a new 767 to fly in. Big SEAHAWKS logo on the tail it’s so cool & will be landing in your home town to beat-up on your football teem soon.

  11. illumination666 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:00 PM

    Hawks (0-6) in the division
    – With or without Mebane

  12. hawks12 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:12 AM

    @ iced107

    thats a nice stat but is robbins constantly double teamed

    and mebane is like 25 he has his best years ahead of him while robbins is 33 and his play will only go downhill from here.

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