Night net null null What happened to the Seahawks we used to know? Every day this offseason, it seems, they’ve done something to make them look like every other Night net team. They never used to look like every other team.Now you'll know them not because of Beast Mode, the Legion of Boom or the woke locker room, but by their neon uniforms. Maybe that’s good enough for Seattle these days: Dress different, act like the masses. It wasn't good enough before, though, when the Seahawks nurtured an identity, lived by their own rules and stayed late at the playoff party every year.Here’s how this emerging version of the Seahawks make news now:— Unloading veterans for salary-cap reasons.— Dangling other veterans in trade talks to avoid having to pay them.— Taking a talented quarterback, depriving him of offensive help and putting his health in danger.— Dropping a player over domestic violence accusations, but only after public pressure forces their hand.— Passing on Colin Kaepernick in favor of … pretty much anybody, while cryptically wishing for a "quieter" locker room. MARVEZ: Seahawks finally are Wilson's teamMaybe this is Seattle's new winning formula. It has been other franchises’ winning formula, to be sure. But the Seahawks had their own formula, and if they had employed a more reliable kicker last season — another common theme they have adopted to their detriment — they might still be winning with it today.Much of this, of course, is simply the way Night net business is conducted these days. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Earl Thomas (if and when he is moved out) were going to face the fate of every player who signs a big deal in his prime. No matter how much they’ve won, how much they’ve redefined their positions and how much they’ve created unique identities, their team was going to want someone younger and cheaper sooner rather than later.As for the aforementioned violence against women ... that’s how the Night net does business, too.Trevone Boykin was accused of viciously beating his girlfriend last Tuesday. It wasn't until this Tuesday — a day after the victim went on Dallas’s WFAA-TV to tell her story — that the Seahawks released him, although they reportedly knew of the investigation into the incident soon after it happened.The Night net might never get a grip, collectively or with each team, on how to deal with players in these situations. The way the Seahawks handled this one doesn't create much confidence. Until this, Boykin was the only backup for Russell Wilson under contract. Until this, they were ready to ride with him.And, it continues to be worth noting, they had a golden opportunity to avoid this stain on their reputation last offseason, but after a seemingly positive visit and praise from Pete Carroll, they, like every other team, chose not to sign Kaepernick as a backup.They did this at a time when their locker room, their entire on- and off-field approach, was progressive and willing to engage in freedom of varied expressions so much that it appeared ideal for Kaepernick to fit in seamlessly.In hindsight, it may be no coincidence that the locker room no longer has that vibe, nor the backup quarterback they picked over him.Teams have employed all levels of ineptitude at the position while avoiding Kaepernick, but few, if any, passed on him in favor of someone they ended up having to cut because he was accused of breaking his girlfriend’s jaw. Particularly since the mostly unspoken r

eason given for the league ignoring Kaepernick was “distractions."And because there’s no floor to how far the freeze-out will sink, one of the first names to surface for the Seahawks to replace Boykin was … Mark Sanchez. Hey, why not?To understand what the Seahawks have let happen to the team that was one bad play call from winning back-to-back Super Bowls just three seasons ago … they never competently replaced Marshawn Lynch. They let their offensive line deteriorate to the point that they look downright negligent. They traded for Jimmy Graham, then let him go in free agency. They traded Jermaine Kearse. They lost Paul Richardson in free agency. They traded Bennett and released Sherman. They have entertained trading Thomas. And they used the “anybody but Kaepernick" strategy of backing up the most valuable, and vulnerable, player on their roster.Again, some of this was inevitable. Some was avoidable. Much of it involved players whose skills and personalities can’t be duplicated, cap hit or on-field production notwithstanding.What’s certain is that the Seahawks we all knew are no more. What’s also certain is that they look more like one-out-of-32 than they have in a long time.

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