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06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
After dealing with an injury in training camp, was cut by the team and immediately added to the practice squad, where he remained for the majority of the season. He suited up for one game during Week 4 at Miami but ultimately did not play any snaps. To date, Heslop has no recorded NFL stats, but his collegiate stats garnered enough interest for Seattle to bring him back as secondary depth.
06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Among those who have been given a second chance in the Pacific Northwest in the past five years, the team signed defensive end Dion Jordan, guard Luke Joeckel, and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah from the infamous 2013 draft class. Schneider's willingness to explore such low-risk, high-reward opportunities has been a mixed bag results-wise over the years.
06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
How do the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of the top players at each position within the NFC West? Last week we talked about players on the defensive interior, edge rushers and linebackers (tune in via the podcast player above to listen in if you missed it). In this episode, we’ll be switching back to the offense to finish up the position groups.
06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spoke to reporters and discussed the offense under new coordinator Shane Waldron in OTAs .
06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
But there's been one major omission: All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who's entering the final year of his rookie contract. With that, of course, comes much speculation about a potential holdout from the former top-10 draft selection. And with mandatory minicamp beginning on Tuesday, Adams could be in line to lose a decent chunk of change if his absence continues into next week.
06/12/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
As a phrase, “smell ya later” has held its value through the years. Seahawks News 3 reasons Seahawks offensive line will improve in 2021 The Seahawks offensive line will improve in 2021 in both pass and run protection. Here are the 3 main reasons why the improvement will be made.
06/11/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
The seven-time Pro Bowler is under contract through 2023 and had one of his best seasons in 2020, completing a career-best 68.8% of his passes for 4,212 yards and 40 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. 
06/11/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
While the Seahawks were never willing to trade Wilson, his offseason frustration was real.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their on field OTAs this week, and then next week will be on the field for mandatory minicamp. However, when the team comes back from its weekend break, it appears as though there will be at least one new face on the roster, as the team released a defensive back Friday. LaDarius Wiley was undrafted coming out of Vanderbilt in 2019 and had previously spent time with the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Seahawks in mid May.
06/11/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
For now, Wilson is Seattle's QB1 through February and the end of the current NFL year.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Ultimately, while speculation ran rampant and Wilson's agent poured gasoline on the fire by releasing four teams his client would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to play for, Seattle never intended to move him. Behind the scenes, general manager John Schneider worked swiftly to upgrade the roster around the disgruntled seven-time Pro Bowler, trading for veteran guard Gabe Jackson, signing tight end Gerald Everett, and drafting receiver D'Wayne Eskridge.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Every week we take a look around the NFL at each team. We pull the biggest and most discussed headlines from each of our 32 NFL websites. Here’s all the biggest NFL headlines from this week: NFC NORTH Love may not be at the standards coaches have set but he might be forced to play if Rodgers really digs his heels in A full scale tour through the history of Lions coaches Pro Football Focus looked at Fields’ accuracy and it will excite Bears fans A few weeks after they met with him NFC SOUTH While...
06/11/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
Russell Wilson spoke with the media on Thursday for the first time in several months, and he emphatically stated that he never wanted to leave the Seattle Seahawks and has a great relationship with head coach Pete Carroll.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Those specific points are: Practice squads expanded from 16 spots to 12 spots, Up to six players with any level of experience for members of the practice squad, Short-term injured reserve of 3 weeks, Unlimited number of players allowed to return from injured reserve during the season. The first point is pretty simple to understand. During the 2021 season practice squad players will be paid one of two salaries depending on how many accrued seasons they have.
06/11/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
Russell Wilson will be the Seattle Seahawks quarterback in 2021 following an offseason of trade rumors. But while the drama between the two sides is settled for now, many around the league believe another storm is coming.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Revisiting the 2015 NFL Draft There were 256 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. According to Pro Football Reference, 34 of those 256 players were classified as Wide Receivers. The inimitable Tyler Lockett was one of the 34.
06/11/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
'I'm here so I don't get fined,' Seattle Seahawks' star running back Marshawn Lynch repeatedly told a Jan. 27, 2015, press conference on media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX. And then he left. AP Photo/Charlie RiedelLeBron James had enough. During the press conference after Game 1 of the 2018 NBA finals, James was questioned repeatedly by ESPN’s Mark Schwartz about the mental state of teammate J.R. Smith, whose final-seconds rebounding blunder contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers overtime loss. Ove
06/10/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
As player empowerment grows in the NFL, many of the league’s stars are unwilling to stay with a team they believe is being badly run Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have both had troubled offseasons with their teams. Photograph: Mike Roemer/AP Aaron Rodgers is the latest (and greatest) quarterback to hit the I’m-out-of-here button. Earlier this week, the future Hall of Famer escalated his stand-off with the Packers by failing to show up for the team’s mandatory minicamp, costing himself $93,000
06/10/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
As long as both players have been healthy, Bobby Wagner has always had K.J. Wright alongside him during his nine-year run at middle linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. But with Wright still unsigned and 2020 first-round pick Jordyn Brooks penciled in as Wright’s eventual full-time replacement, Wagner is dealing with the possibility that Wright won’t [more]
06/10/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
This wouldn’t be the first time Wilson has reworked his deal; Wilson and the organization pulled off a similar move in 2017.
06/10/2021   Seattle PI Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made it clear Thursday that he did not ask for a trade this offseason, and insisted his relationship with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider has been strengthened through a series of conversations after months of uncertainty.

Wilson spoke for the first time since February, when a series of comments he made led to trade speculation and a growing furor surrounding his future in Seattle.

Wilson repeated numerous times that winning is the ultimate cure for any dissatisfaction and that any rifts with the franchise have been mended for now.

“We’re on the same page. We’re here to do what we’re meant to do and that’s to win it at all,” Wilson said. “I’m excited. I’m excited about who we have, the guys we have, excited where we are. Coach Carroll and I’s relationship couldn’t be stronger on it. Like I said earlier, my focus is to win. Winning means everything to me.”

But clearly frustration had been building over the team's performance and that led to the offseason firestorm that started after Wilson watched Tom Brady win another Super Bowl title in February.

“When I’m sitting at the Super Bowl and watching the Super Bowl, I should be (angry), right?” Wilson said. “At the end of the day you shouldn’t be wanting to sit there and watch the game. You want to be there and play, especially when you’ve played in it twice.”

Seattle won its only Super Bowl title eight years ago and it's been seven years since the Seahawks last won the NFC. The Seahawks haven’t advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in any season since, and last year they were ousted in the wild-card round at home by division rival Los Angeles — the first home playoff loss...

06/10/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
It was widely reported that Russell Wilson wanted out of Seattle, but the Seahawks quarterback says he never requested a trade.
06/10/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
Wilson clarified much of the speculation that went on this offseason and reiterated his commitment to Seattle. 
06/10/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
Wilson clarified some of the offseason reports regarding his unhappiness in Seattle and set a positive tone for the upcoming season. 
06/10/2021   Yardbarker Seahawks
Wilson painted a much more optimistic picture than the one that was circulating throughout the offseason. 
06/09/2021   Seattle PI Seahawks

Washington pass rusher Montez Sweat said Wednesday he doesn't support the team's attempt to persuade players to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Sweat said he “probably won’t get vaccinated until I got more facts and that type of stuff, but I’m not a fan of it at all.”

Asked what was causing his hesitancy, the 24-year-old said: "I haven’t caught COVID yet. I don’t see me treating COVID until I actually get COVID.”

Coach Ron Rivera said his staff and team employees were all fully vaccinated, compared with nearly half of players.

“We’re slowly getting more and more players vaccinated,” Rivera said. “It’s a choice. They’ve got to make a choice. We’re trying to stress the fact that if we can get to herd immunity we’ll really be able to get out there and enjoy things, so hopefully that’ll happen.”

Washington brought in Harvard immunologist Kizzmekia S. Corbett to speak with players Tuesday night about the vaccines. Rivera said it was a good forum to discuss concerns.

"We’re trying to gather as much information and allow the players to get as much information so they can make a choice and make a decision," Rivera said. “The big thing is we’ve got to be able to facilitate the opportunity for these guys to understand. There’s a lot of messaging that’s out there that they get off of Twitter and some of it’s good, some of it’s bad.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Tuesday that the delta virus variant first detected in India is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. He said vaccines have proven less effective against that variant when people are not fully immunized, and evidence points to it being more transmissible and more deadly.

Sweat said the team wants members to get vaccinations in order...

06/09/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Jun. 9—It's been a surreal six days for Red Wing native Travis Toivonen. Lucky for the athletic star, it's been the good kind of surreal. The 23-year-old Toivonen, a star receiver at Division I University of North Dakota where he played his final season in 2019, has been longing for and working for an NFL tryout ever since. On Tuesday, that wish came to fruition, Toivonen signing a ...
06/09/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Jun. 9—About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, former UND wide receiver Travis Toivonen ranked the last 24 hours as the craziest of his life. Earlier in the day, the Seattle Seahawks announced the team signed Toivonen to the 90-man roster. A 6-foot-4, 210-pound four-year starter for the Fighting Hawks, Toivonen was a senior in 2019 and spent 2020 playing in an upstart indoor football league. But a Pro ...
06/09/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson was thrilled to get a new contract extension with the team last week. “I was hoping (for an extension this summer),” Dickson said on Tuesday. “And then when they reached out, the agents did most of the work. I tried to stay out of it because I’m sure that whole [more]
06/08/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
DK Metcalf is back at his day job as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks after running the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field’s Golden Games last month. Metcalf, at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, had a respectable showing with a 10.37-second effort, but finished last in his heat and didn’t advance in the competition that served as a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials. “It was a very great experience just to be out there with those kinds of athletes and test my speed against them,” Metcalf said Tuesday.
06/07/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
New Carolina Panthers General Manager Scott Fitterer is bringing along a former colleague from Seattle to join his front office staff with the Panthers. Tyler Ramsey left the Seahawks to become a national scout with the Panthers, his LinkedIn account confirms. The move was first reported by Neil Stratton of Inside the League. Rasmey spent [more]
06/07/2021   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Russell Wilson indeed showed up at the Seahawks’ organized team activities Monday, a day after posting a video of his flight back to Seattle. He had spent the offseason working out in San Diego. As coach Pete Carroll expected, Wilson’s return coincided with the return of most of the team’s other players to the offseason [more]
06/04/2021   Seattle PI Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Punter Michael Dickson has signed a four-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Friday.

A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the extension is worth up to $14.5 million. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the financial details.

Dickson is entering the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fifth-round by the Seahawks in 2018. He’s been one of the elite punters in the league since his arrival. Dickson was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection as a rookie when he averaged 48.2 yards per punt. Dickson was even better last season, averaging a career-best 49.6 yards per kick with 32 kicks downed inside the 20.

Dickson’s net average of 44.4 yards in 2020 was also a career best.

While Dickson’s numbers are impressive, his ability to kick in unique ways has made him a weapon for the Seahawks between his directional punting and ability to control distance. Dickson has also been used on kickoffs on occasion, specifically to attempt different kinds of drop kicks when an onside kick was needed.

Dickson was the Ray Guy Award winner during his final year at Texas as the top punter in the country.

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06/01/2021   Seattle PI Seahawks

Now that the calendar has turned to June, NFL teams can trade or release players and spread the salary cap hit over two years instead of one.

That doesn’t mean Aaron Rodgers is going anywhere but the Packers couldn’t afford to deal him from a financial standpoint until now. Other star players such as Julio Jones and Zach Ertz are more likely to be moved.

The Philadelphia Eagles already released wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive tackle Malik Jackson with a post-June 1st designation and the Minnesota Vikings did the same with tight end Kyle Rudolph.

With the salary cap expected to increase up to $208.2 million in 2022, teams have more flexibility to make blockbuster moves now that this important date has arrived.

Here’s a look at some players who could be traded or released:

AARON RODGERS

The reigning NFL MVP has expressed his frustration with the Packers, but the team has insisted he’s staying in Green Bay. The Packers would have incurred a $38.4 million dead cap charge in 2021 by trading Rodgers before Tuesday. The Eagles took a record $33.8 million hit this year when they sent Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. By waiting to move Rodgers, the Packers would free up $22.85 million in salary cap space in 2021 and another $25.5 million for 2022 while clearing the contract off the books entirely for 2023.

Of course, the club hasn’t reached the point it wants to part with the three-time league MVP.

“We want him back in the worst way,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said last month during the team’s rookie minicamp. “I know he knows that and we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”

JULIO JONES

The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver said last week that he’s ready to leave Atlanta. The Falcons have salary cap issues...

06/01/2021   Seattle PI Seahawks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Nick Sorensen as special teams coordinator Tuesday, replacing Brian Schneider with one of his former assistants in Seattle.

Schneider left the team in May, stepping away from the NFL for the second time in eight months. The Jaguars declined to say specifically why Schneider was leaving other than citing personal reasons. Schneider left Seattle for personal reasons last September and did not return.

Sorensen most recently served as the secondary coach/nickel specialist with the Seahawks after initially joining the team as a special teams assistant in 2013. He transitioned to secondary coach in 2017.

Sorensen, 42, was an NFL safety for 10 years, including four seasons in Jacksonville (2003-06). He also served as the Jaguars' special teams captain.

Sorensen is the sixth assistant Jaguars coach Urban Meyer hired who recently worked in Seattle. Schneider, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer, offensive assistant Will Harriger and receivers coach Sanjay Lal all spent time working under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

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