Crucial veteran additions: WR Brandon Marshall, G D.J. Fluker, OLB Barkevious Mingo

Crucial veteran losses: WR Paul Richardson, TE Jimmy Graham, DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril, CB Richard Sherman Cheap Baseball Jerseys, SS Kam Chancellor (Status still unknown due to injury)

The level of competition on defense, which head coach Pete Carroll, the eternal optimist, has trumpeted. With the mass exodus of veteran defensive stars, there are now reps to be had. Ideally, those position battles not only generate new stars, but also propagate depth.

That defense… hence the spots open for competition. Also, the running game—this offense is at its best as a run-first unit, where Russell Wilson’s unique quarterbacking mobility can be a dynamic complementary asset for this offense, rather than its inconsistent backbone. To shake up the ground game, the team changed offensive line coaches (Tom Cable out, Mike Solari in) and, presumably, running backs, with late first-round pick Rashaad Penny expected to eventually become The Guy

The degree to which the cheerleaders worked also impacts whether they are classified as benefit-eligible employees. Such a classification dictates whether they were owed health care and other forms of remuneration. Pursuant to their contracts with the Texans, the cheerleaders agreed that they would work a schedule of less than 30 hours per week. As a consequence, they accepted that they would not receive benefits afforded to regular full-time or eligible part-time employees of the Club, including, without limitation, health and welfare benefits, retirement benefits, paid vacation days and holiday pay. If the cheerleaders in fact worked in excess of 30 hours, they may be owed compensation for the value of unpaid benefits.

The cheerleaders also claim financial injury through the appropriation of their likeness without consent. They cite their appearance in the team calendar (which costs $10.00 on and their obligation to sign various Texans products that are then sold or distributed. The cheerleaders demand the monetary value of their likenesses used in these products and other team publications. Under Texas law, the cheerleaders have a right to privacy and a right of publicity, the latter of which refers to the property interest every person has in his or her name or likeness. These rights can be used to prevent, or be compensated for, appropriation of one’s name or likeness without consent; whether the cheerleaders sufficiently consented is a factual question that would be determined in the litigation.

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