Monday, April 27, 2009

Hawks Sign Lucas and Griffith

by: Michael Steffes

Ken Lucas and Justin Griffith are apparently on the verge of inking deals with the Seahawks. Danny O'Neil has the report.

Lucas obviously will be coming in to give the Seahawks a bigger body at the cornerback position to help them match up with inter-divisional rivals like Larry Fitzgerald, and the newly drafted Michael Crabtree. The Hawks needed a corner after failing to draft one this weekend. Accoreding to KIRO 710, it is expected to be a one year deal with the team. Lucas most recently played for the Panthers under current Seahawk DB coach, Tim Lewis.

Justin Griffith will be a veteran presence to help bridge the gap to Owen Schmitt at fullback, another position the Hawks ignored over the weekend. Griffith has played under Gregg Knapp (and Jim Mora) in Atlanta and Oakland. He is recovering from minor knee surgery. Griffith's deal is also for one year.

This was the idea behind the removal of the franchise tag from Leroy Hill. The Seahawks have added a couple vets at positions that desperately needed it. This certainly helps them going forward. Hopefully, Hill will stay as well, although I remain fairly pessimistic of that happening.