Two months of work comes together as Seahawks begin minicamp

Published on May 2, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

“President Tim Ruskell stood off to the side of the Seahawks’ practice, eyes hidden behind sunglasses as he watched two months’ worth of offseason changes take the field.

Linebacker Leroy Hill was present, signed and smiling after Ruskell’s risk of removing the franchise tag applied jumper cables to spark life into stalled negotiations. Aaron Curry was on the field, too, looking every bit of 255 pounds of muscle and mobility that made the Seahawks draft him higher than any linebacker in nine years.

Free-agent addition T.J. Houshmandzadeh was catching passes from Matt Hasselbeck, and newly signed cornerback Ken Lucas was doing his best to defend them.

The first day of a new month was Seattle’s first practice with all its new parts, a firsthand look at the results of two months of offseason renovations. So how about an evaluation of the offseason moves?

“It’s too early to do that,” Ruskell said afterward. “I will say this, when I evaluate what our plan was and how it came through, I can easily say we did well.

“We had some targets coming out of the season, and we hit a lot of those targets.”

Seattle hosted Houshmandzadeh and defensive tackle Colin Cole for its first two free-agent visits in March. The Seahawks signed them both.

The Seahawks picked Curry, the player coach Jim Mora characterized as their top target, they bolstered the interior offensive line with second-round pick Max Unger, added some top-end speed with receiver Deon Butler in the third and got Denver’s first-round pick next year to boot.

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