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Originally published Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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It's a quiet training camp for Pete Carroll, Seahawks

Unlike the first two years under coach Pete Carroll, there's not much drama early in the Seahawks' training camp.

Seattle Times NFL reporter

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RENTON — So when does the circus start?

The Seahawks have been practicing for almost a week and other than the three-ring competition at quarterback, things are kind of boring.

The flood of transactions that followed the start of camp the past two years? It's more like a trickle this year. The suspense about when all the rookies will be signed? Every one of them agreed to contracts months ago. Extensions for veterans like center Max Unger and defensive end Chris Clemons mean the uncertainty about their future as potential free agents ended before it really began.

Boring isn't bad. It reflects a certain satisfaction — if not confidence — with the team as it's assembled. It has also made things markedly less busy than coach Pete Carroll's first two years in town, when the start of training camp signaled the beginning of a ticker tape of transactions.

Whether you called it a carousel, a revolving door or a rummage sale, the Seahawks spent the previous two Augusts looking at all sorts of guys available on the open market.

After five days, the most significant move has been the signing of veteran receiver Braylon Edwards to make sure Seattle's secondary has some tough, physical competition in practice. The second-most significant move is the Seahawks' only other move: They released a backup kicker.

And for all the attention paid to the quarterback competition, it's worth pointing out that is one of the only two legitimate battles for a starting position. Golden Tate is trying to become the starting split end in a competition that includes second-year receiver Ricardo Lockette, who looked as good as anyone the first four days of training camp.

Carroll might say rookie Bobby Wagner is competing to be the starting middle linebacker, but there isn't much uncertainty about his practice routine. He's always with the first-unit defense.

Compare that to Carroll's first year with the Seahawks when potential starters like Lawrence Jackson and Josh Wilson were traded for choices in the latter half of the draft, and Mike Williams went from being out of the league for two years to being a Week 1 starter.

Last year was even crazier, largely because the lockout had just ended. Seattle signed four starters for its offense in unrestricted free agency, then cut three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and defensive captain Lofa Tatupu during the first week of training camp. Seattle's contract agreement with tight end Zach Miller was finalized while the team was out on the practice field.

There's not nearly so much going on this year. In fact, after four days of drama-free training camp, Carroll was asked to explain the rationale for giving the players Wednesday off.

"We don't want to wear them down at any one point," Carroll said. "We don't want to get them to the point where they get vulnerable ... I want to be able to practice at a really high level every time we are on the field and whatever it takes to get that done is important to me and rest is part of that."

So after two years of sprinting through transactions at training camp, the Seahawks sound like a team that feels prepared for the long haul.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.

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About Danny O'Neil

Danny O'Neil will comment on issues, events and personalities in the NFL. His column will appear on Sundays during the regular season. He also posts most days on the Seahawks Blog.
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