Terry, who came to the Seahawks after being released by the Carolina Panthers in the wake of a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife and a subsequent missed court date, started 23 of the 25 games he played for Seattle. But he also served a four-game suspension in 2003 for violations of the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies, and missed the last seven games of 2004 with a shoulder injury. When he was in the lineup in 2004, Terry struggled more than in the past and seemed to be a more frequent victim of false start penalties.
Signed by the Seahawks one day after the Panthers released him and re-signed to a 5-year, $19 million contract in January on 2003, Terry will count for $3 million against the salary cap this year. He will be off the books in 2006 and beyond.
The Seahawks would seem to have two current options in replacing Terry – 2004 third-round draft pick Sean Locklear, who impressed last season in spot duty, and 2003 draftee Wayne Hunter, who has not done as much to distinguish himself.
SIGHTLINES AND AUDIBLES
The Bucs Stop Here? – Reports from two papers suggest that two former Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be close to signing with the Seahawks. Katherine Smith of the Tampa Tribune wrote in a story today that WR Joe Jurevicius has enjoyed an extended visit in Seattle. He’s been in town since Tuesday meeting with team officials.
"He's still in Seattle continuing to talk," Jurevicius' agent, Neil Cornrich, said on Friday. "I don't know if they'll ever let him go." When the Bucs signed Jurevicius in 2002, current Seahawks Team President Tim Ruskell was Tampa Bay ’s Director of Player Personnel. Jurevicius has missed chunks of the last two seasons with knee and back injuries, but he is an outstanding possession receiver with excellent instincts when healthy. The fact that he has never been mistake-prone is a comforting thought, considering the fact that Seattle wideouts have led the NFL in drops each of the last two years.
In addition, Roger Mills of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Seahawks may be close to signing former Tampa Bay DT Chartic Darby. Darby, a four-year veteran who was acquired by the Bucs in 2001 as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State, worked his way into Tampa Bay ’s starting lineup. But the fact that the Bucs have significant money invested in Simeon Rice, Greg Spires, Anthony McFarland and Ellis Wyms leaves Darby on the open market.
"We've been having serious talks with the Seahawks and it's a perfect situation for him," said Darby’s agent, Brian Levy. "It could happen (over the weekend)."
Chief Bannister? – The Kansas City Chiefs could be nearing a deal with former Seahawk special teams Pro Bowler Alex Bannister, according to Nick Athan of WarpaintIllustrated.com. Bannister earned his Pro Bowl berth in 2003, but was put on injured reserve on November 6th of last season after breaking his right collarbone against the Carolina Panthers.
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