Pete Carroll held his first mini-camp as Seattle Seahawks head coach and did so without Brandon Marshall, who the Seahawks were rumored to be the front-runners for. Marshall was traded to the Miami Dolphins less than 24-hours after signing his one-year tender for a pair of second-round draft picks in 2010 and 2011.

While Marshall was flying off to Miami the Seahawks were “recruiting” 17 players on a tryout basis. Some of the more notable names on that list were former USC wide receiver Mike Williams, former Washington receiver Reggie Williams as well as other notables.

After the final day of the three-day mini-camp the Seahawks announced they have signed two of the seventeen tryouts and could add a third by Friday.

The Seahawks signed wide receiver Mike Williams and fullback Ryan Powdrell, both former USC Trojans who played under Pete Carroll.

Carroll did note when talking to the media Thursday that the other Williams, Reggie Williams, could be signed by Friday but nothing has been made official as of yet.

Mike Williams, an original 10th overall pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2005 NFL draft has never had a solid, maintained team in the NFL.Williams has played with four teams in three NFL seasons (05,06,07). Those teams being the Lions, Raiders and most recently the Tennessee Titans.

Ryan Powdrell, the other tryout signing entered the league in 2007 as an undrafted free agent signing of the Green Bay Packers. Powdrell, also out of USC, has played for the Packers, Buccaneers and Steelers in his three years in the NFL.

Carroll supported the signing of Williams when talking with Seattle media Thursday afternoon and here’s what he said.

“Historically, if you look back on our past, we love big guys,” Carroll said, “and have a lot of success with them and haven’t changed our attitude about that at all.”

Williams, who weighed in last at an astounding 279 lbs with the Titans weighed in at a modest 235 lbs which convinced the Seahawks he is worth a contract to add to the receiving corps.

Williams stands at 6-5, 235 and brings a lot of talent to the table but needs to keep his weight as well as everything else in check if he wants to make the final 53-man roster come September.

The two additions of Mike Williams and Ryan Powdrell join the growing list of Pete Carroll’s philosophy.


So far the Seahawks have signed Matt McCoy, Sean Morey,Ricky Foley, Ruvell Martin and running back Quinton Ganther as well as trading for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and defensive end Chris Clemons.

Needless to say all but Whitehurst and Clemons will be backup players pushing the starters for roster spots, playing time and ultimately paychecks.

Carroll has set out from day one that he strives off of competition and building through the draft, one major reason why Brandon Marshall is heading down to Miami instead of up to Seattle.

In the end John Schneider and Pete Carroll liked Marshall as a person and as a player however Carroll was not about to commit what the Dolphins did for Marshall and in the end Seattle walked away from the table.

So for all my readers at keep in mind that not everything you read is true, especially from fan blogs that don’t site any sources in the Seattle Seahawks blogosphear.

I would recommend if you want to catch up on Seahawks news, follow myself or Danny O’Neil the Seattle Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.

I would recommend staying away from 12th man rising, Field Gulls and other sites like that with “insecure” information that’s thrown out there.

Other Seahawks notes:

-Matt Hasselbeck and Pete Carroll have been clicking well in this first mini-camp of the off-season and supports his competition philosophy. Hasselbeck and Whitehurst are also both supporting one another.

-Pete Carroll has definlitley taken control of the Seattle Seahawks organization as well as the Renton head quarters. Around all the workout rooms, above doors and anywhere in the VMAC there hangs a sign with two words on it.

“I’m in”.

It’s another Carroll philosophy and it’s saying everyone is buying into his plan which is the first step to success for Carroll in the NFL. One reason why Jim Mora Jr. failed as head coach was because he never had everyone on the same page.

That became clear after he was first when he revealed just how bad it was between himself, Ruskell and Holmgren.

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