Time for the Seattle Seahawks' Overpaid Underperformers to Earn it

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Time for the Seattle Seahawks' Overpaid Underperformers to Earn it

Some people incorrectly claim that the reason the Seahawks have won just nine games the past two seasons is that they have no talent.

But the real reason they have been so horrible is that the talent they have has not been available. Their best players simply have not been on the field very much the last two years.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu has missed 12 games.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and offensive tackle Sean Locklear have each missed 11.

Receiver Deion Branch has been MIA for 10.

Linebacker Leroy Hill has been absent for nine.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant sat out six last year.

And then there are the multitude of games those six played in which they were not even close to 100 percent.

If the Seahawks are going to make any progress under new coach Pete Carroll, those guys–along with second-year linebacker Aaron Curry and veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh–are going to have to stay healthy and start earning their salaries in 2010.

If they don’t, most of them could be gone in 2011.

The Seahawks have a lot of money tied up in those eight players, and rookie tackle Russell Okung will join the richest of them soon, so he’ll also be under pressure to play up to his contract as he replaces the legendary Walter Jones.

Here’s an alphabetical look at how each of the Seahawks’ so-called best players has underachieved and why he has to perform in 2010.

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