Posted: Monday August 6, 2012 3:15AM ; Updated: Monday August 6, 2012 1:40PM
Peter King

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Ten Things I Think I Think

Sean Payton
Sean Payton was all smiles at the Hall of Fame induction, the first encounter he had with his Saints since his year-long suspension commenced on April 16.
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1. I think the idea that Seattle will work out Terrell Owens today -- first reported by KJR's Dave Mahler Sunday and confirmed after midnight ET by the Seahawks -- says a couple of things. One: They're worried about their crew of wideouts, which they should be. Two: They're not sure if Sidney Rice, who has had surgery on both shoulders in 2012, will be ready for the rigors of the regular season in a month.

2. I think this is how well-liked and respected Andy Reid is around the NFL. In Detroit, not a team Reid has particularly close ties to, the Lions had a Sunday evening practice, open to the public, at Ford Field. Before the workout, the Lions had a moment of silence for Garrett Reid, and showed his picture on the stadium video board. Classy.

3. I think if you read one story about the Garrett Reid death and the Reid family, it should be this one, by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Happy Father's Day indeed.

4. I think if I were the Dolphins, I'd see if the Cardinals had interest in Matt Moore. Doubt they would, but it's worth a call -- especially after Kevin Kolb threw an interception on his first pass of the preseason, then went down with a rib injury after a Saints hit. I understand Ryan Lindley is the clear developmental player there and Kolb and John Skelton are Nos. 1 and 2, but if the Cards have hopes to contend for the division, they may need a better starter.

5. I think those who saw Sean Payton Saturday night at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony said he appeared happy and had big hugs for Drew Brees and interim coach Joe Vitt. And the lens of Times-Picayune photographer Michael DeMocker shows one other thing: Payton's used his free time while being suspended to work out hard. He's ripped.

DeMocker said Brees asked Payton if son Connor, who looked bigger than Brees recalled, was going to be playing tight end this year. Connor Payton is 12, and Sean is going to help coach his team in Dallas this season.

Payton got permission to attend the induction ceremony because former Saint Willie Roaf was going in, and because a good friend of GM Mickey Loomis, former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, was being enshrined as well. Payton left from the Akron-Canton Airport on Sunday morning, well before the Hall of Fame game involving the Saints.

Mike Mularkey and the Jaguars take in Sanya Richards-Ross' gold-medal performance in London.
Mike Mularkey and the Jaguars take in Sanya Richards-Ross' gold-medal performance in London.
Courtesy of the Jaguars

6. I think this is how you develop chemistry -- at least one way to do so: On Sunday, during Jacksonville Jaguars practice, coach Mike Mularkey stopped the workout on the fenced-in grass fields outside EverBank Stadium, and took the players inside the stadium. He also invited the 1,200 fans at the team's last open practice of the summer into the stadium. There, he arranged for the NBC feed of the Olympics to be shown on the huge end zone JumboTron. That's where all eyes were fixed when the wife of Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, Sanya Richards-Ross, won the women's 400-meter gold medal. Now that's a terrific idea. "Really a classy thing to do,'' said wideout Lee Evans. "Everybody wanted to see it, and it was good that he [Mularkey] was able to pull everybody together in the stadium, including the fans. It was special."

7. I think this tells you more of what you need to know about New England's further offseason obsession with tight ends: The Patriots were interested in acquiring Kellen Winslow from Tampa Bay before the Bucs dealt him to Seattle. I'm told the relationship between Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Bill Belichick had something to do with the deal not getting made with the Patriots. Schiano knew Winslow wouldn't be Belichick's kind of player, and so the Bucs -- who would have been advantaged by sending Winslow to an AFC team instead of the NFC 'Hawks -- made a deal for a conditional seventh-round pick with Seattle.

I also hear New England might have been willing to offer a sixth-round pick for Winslow at one point. The Pats ended up signing Visanthe Shiancoe, another solid veteran. Belichick obviously is going to continue using the tight end tight to the formation, split out, set in the slot and lined up in the backfield.

8. I think Robert Gallery did the honorable thing -- retire now, rather than go through the motions with New England and take $1.4 million from the Patriots when his heart wasn't into football anymore. Gallery was an Eagle Scout as a kid. The honest decision he made shows he's the same honorable guy now that he was in his teens.

9. I think the one side note in the Jonathan Vilma settlement talks is that, if he settles and returns this season, by the time he does return, he very well could have lost his job permanently to free agent acquisition Curtis Lofton. That would be pretty awkward.

10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:

a. I'll be running my second half-marathon, God willing, on Sept. 29, the Hamptons Half-Marathon on eastern Long Island. I'll run to benefit retired NFLer Steve Gleason's efforts to build an in-patient residence to serve ALS patients in New Orleans and allow them to live as independently as possible. Gleason, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, figures the residence -- which he hopes to build as a separate floor of a New Orleans nursing home -- will cost between $750,000 and $1 million to establish. So let's see if we can help him. I'll pledge $1,000 to the cause if I finish the run in 2 hours 20 minutes or less, and $2,000 if I either don't finish or run slower than 2:20. Here's how you can contribute.

b. If anyone has any fundraising ideas for the ALS residence, please let me know.

c. Now, as to whether I can run the 13.1 miles on one of the most picturesque half-marathon courses ... let's just say I'd feel a little better about my chances had I not skipped by scheduled seven-mile jog Sunday morning in Atlanta. No excuses, King.

d. Michael Phelps should be everyone's hero.

e. I just wish I'd gotten to see a couple of his races. I did see Bob Costas' interview with him late Saturday night, and he seems pretty set on retiring. I've pretty much missed the entire Olympics, except I caught that English heptathlete, Jessica Ennis, winning her gold. What a beloved athlete she seems to be in her homeland.

f. Regarding the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings that left six dead Sunday: When, oh when, will our leaders in this country lead and do something about gun violence?

g. What In the Name of Buster Olney Dept.: In 106 minor league games in A and AA ball this season, Cincinnati farmhand Bill Hamilton has 126 steals. He had three Sunday again for the Southern League Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Thanks, Buster, for the heads-up tweet on that.

h. Coffeenerdness: I'm not denigrating Jacksonville or anything, but I stayed at the Omni Hotel downtown late last week and went down to the lobby in the morning, looking to take a walk to get a coffee. "Where's the nearest Starbucks?'' I asked the parking guy in front. He said the nearest one was a little more than two miles away, and there wasn't one in the city's business district downtown. Amazed, I said, "Any other coffee bars downtown?'' None, the guy said, at least to his knowledge.

i. An American inner city, without a Starbucks. Now I've heard it all.

j. Beernerdness: The Beer of the Week (and trust me, there was a lot of competition, particularly from Intuition Brewery in Jacksonville) is Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, which made me think I was back in Seattle. Really crisp and wonderful on the palate.

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