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04/25/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The NFL Draft is finally here with the first round tonight in Nashville. The Arizona Cardinals hold the No 1 overall pick with most expecting them to take a quarterback for the second successive year in the first round. The electric Kyler Murray is tipped to move to Phoenix, with Josh Rosen failing to convince under difficult circumstances in his rookie year.
04/24/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney's office announced Wednesday it will not file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the couple's home involving their 3-year-old son. "We believe a crime has occurred," District Attorney Stephen Howe said. Howe added the criminal investigation has been closed, although the child protection investigation is continuing.
04/24/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The contract keeps Tucker in Baltimore through the 2023 season and is worth $23.05 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed in the first two years and an $8 million signing bonus, ESPN reported. Columbus eager to get back to business after stunning hockey world The Columbus Blue Jackets are through marveling at their stunning sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning as they set their sights on a second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs clash with the Boston Bruins. Columbus stunned the hockey world by eliminating Tampa Bay in what was the franchise's maiden playoff series win and also the first four-game sweep of a regular-season National Hockey League champion in an opening-round series.
04/24/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
For the second time in three years, running back Marshawn Lynch is hanging up his cleats and helmet. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lynch has decided to retire and end his football career ... again. After he finished the 2015 season with the Seattle Seahawks, the team he'd been with for five seasons, he announced that he was retiring. After the Oakland Raiders announced their move to Las Vegas, Lynch — an Oakland native — was inspired to return to football.
04/24/2019   Seattle PI Seahawks
There has been much speculation over the Seattle Seahawks and if they would trade Frank Clark the past few weeks. Now, the speculation is done, and Clark has been traded to the Chiefs for multiple high draft picks. If you were like me, you didn’t believe that the Seahawks would trade Clark, even though he [...]
04/23/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Secondary depth and a nickel corner are needed originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com Part 6 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. Past posts: Quarterbacks; Running backs; Offensive line; Wide receiver; Tight end. Today: Defensive backs.
04/23/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®  patient Owen will be a special guest of the National Football League (NFL) when he announces the Seattle Seahawks' round three draft pick onstage on Friday evening, April 26, in Nashville, Tennessee. Former NFL MVP running back Shaun Alexander will join Owen onstage to raise awareness of the St. Jude mission: Finding cures.
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Kansas City Chiefs greatly bolstered their defense by trading with the Seattle Seahawks for defensive end Frank Clark. The trade can be viewed as a huge positive for Kansas City, as the team is now heavily projected to win the next Super Bowl. Check out this analysis by SportsLine. “According to Stephen Oh over at SportsLine, the addition of Clark improves the Chiefs’ chances of winning the Super Bowl by 3.2 percent (h/t John Breech of CBS Sports). Before the deal, the Chiefs had the fourth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl. However, with Clark now on the team, the Chiefs are now being given an 18.8 percent chance to win the Lombardi Trophy, which is the highest number in the NFL (the Saints, Patriots and Rams all rank just behind the Chiefs).” What a difference-maker Clark should be. While the Chiefs offense was the highest-scoring last year, its defense was its weak link. This defense gave up a generous 405.5 yards on average per game, marking the second-most in the league in 2018. It is no wonder Ka
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have had a busy week. On April 16th, they finalized the big contract with Russell Wilson. When you pay the quarterback the big bucks, you have to make decisions on who else to pay, and on Tuesday, one of those decisions involved trading away the team’s leading pass rusher, Frank Clark, rather than pay a long-term deal. This is a big draft for Seattle. They now have two first-round picks in the twenties, and can decide to address replacing Clark’s production with a first-round talent on a cheaper deal, and also look at replacing Earl Thomas early in the draft. This draft actually sets up nicely for deferring getting a safety until the later first round pick, and acquiring a pass rusher either with the 21st overall pick, or by a slight trade-up if necessary. The Chiefs on the other hand, probably were not going to have an impact pass rusher fall to them at 29th overall. I will also point out that, by the traditional value chart, the 21st and 29th pick should be equal to about the 7th or 8t
04/23/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
NFL Draft order 2019: Updated list after Seahawks-Chiefs Frank Clark trade originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com A blockbuster trade Tuesday involving the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs has impacted the order of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are the reported details of the trade, highlighted by Seahawks defensive star Frank Clark heading to Kansas City. The Seahawks now have two 2019 first-round picks.
04/23/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The Seahawks were able to pare Frank Clark from the payroll today, and one of the guys who could benefit from that went under the knife. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed underwent core muscle surgery today in Philadelphia. Reed had 10.5 sacks last season, making him one of the few dependable sources of pass-rush they have after dealing Clark to Kansas City.
04/23/2019   Yahoo!: Seahawk Football
The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned defense. The Chiefs sent the No. 29 overall pick in this year's draft and a second-round pick in 2020 to Seattle, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Clark planned to head to Kansas City to complete that in the next 48 hours.
04/23/2019   Seattle PI Seahawks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned defense.

The Chiefs sent the No. 29 overall pick in this year's draft and a second-round pick in 2020 to Seattle, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke about the trade terms and contract details on condition of anonymity because they were pending a physical.

Clark planned to head to Kansas City to complete that in the next 48 hours.

The trade, first reported by the NFL Network, also includes a swap of third-round picks in this year's draft. That means the Chiefs will move up eight spots on Friday night.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said last week that he was aggressively trying to upgrade the defense, and he acknowledge the window for winning a Super Bowl title began last season. That's when Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback and had an MVP season as a first-time starter, leading Kansas City to a third straight AFC West title and the conference championship game.

"We want to take the next step," Veach said. "Certainly, it goes without saying our offense we pretty efficient last year and I think we are always looking to improve and get better."

Seattle already had the 21st pick overall pick Thursday night, and now general manager John Schneider has an additional first-day selection as he begins rebuilding his own defense.

Clark was chosen by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 draft, though most agreed he was a first-round talent docked by off-the-field concerns. But he quickly became a dependable edge rusher, piling up 36 sacks over his first four...

04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, and the star pass-rusher has made it clear he is unhappy with the way his former team handled the situation. Not long after the blockbuster trade was completed, Clark shared his thoughts with ESPN’s Josina Anderson. While he insists he understands the business side of the NFL, he also said the Seahawks “used me for everything I had.” After acquiring him for a first-round pick this year and second-round pick in 2020, the Chiefs immediately made Clark the third-highest player in the NFL by signing him to a five-year, $105.5 million extension. Kansas City was in need of a pass-rusher after trading Dee Ford and releasing Justin Houston, and the amount they paid both in draft capital and money reflects how highly they think of Clark. Seahawks GM John Schneider was surprisingly honest this week when talking about keeping key players in Seattle, so the writing may have been on the wall for the Clark trade.
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
Frank Clark was the man of the hour on Tuesday after being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and then landing a huge contract. J.J. Watt took notice. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the terms of the deal as being more than what DeMarcus Lawrence got from Dallas recently. Watt, who signed a six-year, $100 million extension back in 2014, posted a single-emoji response on Twitter after the terms of the contract were reported. It seems pretty clear that Watt is wondering how players who don’t measure up to his greatness are making more than he is.
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
On Tuesday, the Seahawks agreed to trade Frank Clark to the Chiefs. When finalized, the deal will send Clark and a third-round choice (No. 84 overall) to the Seahawks for the No. 29 pick, No. 92 pick and the lower of the Chiefs’ 2020 second-rounders. The Seahawks originally cuffed Clark with a franchise tag for 2019, but the defensive end was unwilling to play under the terms of the one-year tender. Ultimately, Clark got his way with a massive long-term extension. The Chiefs have agreed to sign Clark to a five-year, $105.5M deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. The pact includes $63.5M guaranteed and gives him a larger total intake than Cowboys standout Demarcus Lawrence. In a perfect world, the Seahawks would have liked to keep Clark for the long haul. However, after making Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in NFL history, space was rather limited. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have made another major change to their defense. After ranking 31st in yards allowed in 2018, they’ve swapped defensive coordi
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
It turns out the Chiefs did have plans to trade for a defensive player after all, just not the player fans thought they were getting in a rumor that made the rounds on Tuesday. Shortly after it was revealed that All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson had not been dealt to Kansas City like so many thought, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Seattle agreed to trade defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs for a haul of draft picks. Clark, who got the franchise tag from the Seahawks this offseason, is coming off the best season of his career. He had a team-high 13 sacks and forced four fumbles last season. With Kansas City transitioning to a 4-3 scheme on defense next season, Clark fills an immediate need on the edge. That said, the Chiefs’ next order of business will be to address the secondary, which was among the worst in the NFL last season. As for the Seahawks, those additional draft picks could be spent on Clark’s replacement on the defensive line and on help for recently extended quarterback Russell Wilson.
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Kansas City Chiefs' bold move Tuesday ahead of the draft, acquiring defensive end Frank Clark in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, could boost their Super Bowl hopes. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs sent their 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick to the Seahawks and that the teams are swapping third-round picks this year. Additionally, the Chiefs will sign Clark to a long-term deal — something that was unlikely to happen in Seattle. The big picture: The Chiefs desperately needed a dominant pass rusher to key their defensive attack. Now they have him. Did they give up a ton to land him? Yes. They certainly did. And some might wonder why they’d do this after trading Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for far less. The answer is pretty simple: It’s all about scheme. Ford is clearly a 3-4 outside linebacker, while Clark is a 4-3 defensive end. What Clark brings: He has been one of the most consistently disruptive defensive ends in football the past few years and fits the new 4-3 schem
04/23/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired defensive end Frank Clark in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.  According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks agreed to trade Clark to the Chiefs for a first-round pick this year, a second-round pick in 2020 and an exchange of picks this year. Seattle placed the franchise tag on Clark this offseason. Kansas City, meanwhile, lost both of its top edge rushers. Dee Ford was traded to San Francisco for a 2020 second-round pick, and Justin Houston was released. The Chiefs were unlikely to be able to find the pass-rushing help they need in the draft at pick No. 29, and they decided that the better option was to go and get Clark. Schefter added that Clark and Kansas City are working out the final details of a massive contract extension. If you compare the players, Clark has been more consistent than Ford and has more career sacks (35 versus 30.5) despite being in the league one fewer season. He should be a great addition to Kansas City’s defense. The Kansas City Chiefs have a
04/22/2019   Seattle PI Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks general manager John Schneider knows there is going to be speculation about Frank Clark's future at least until the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday since the defensive end would seem to be the most viable trade commodity that could land Seattle the draft picks it covets.

"This time, and the trade deadline, there's some speculation about a lot of players. We're involved in a lot of deals. We take a lot of pride in that. We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we weren't listening to everybody," Schneider said Monday.

"I get it, people need to speculate this time of year. Watched something this morning where everybody figured it out for us. We take a lot of pride in having relationships through the league and understanding what's going on as much as we possibly can."

Seattle resolved one long-term issue last week when it signed quarterback Russell Wilson to an extension that made him the highest-paid player in football and would keep him with the Seahawks through 2023. But the deal may also have priced Seattle out of keeping Clark, who is set to play the upcoming season on the franchise tag after the sides were unable to come to agreement on a long-term deal. Clark will make $17.1 million if he signs his franchise tag tender.

Keeping Clark around also becomes more difficult because Seattle needs to try to sign defensive tackle Jarran Reed and All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner to extensions. "Feasible, very challenging," Schneider said when asked about getting long-term deals done for all three.

Seattle's meager supply of picks is a big reason Clark's future is such a big topic, however. The Seahawks have only four picks and have no selections in the second, sixth and seventh rounds. Most expect the Seahawks to try to trade out of the 21st overall pick to acquire picks in later rounds. A...

04/22/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
After securing the richest contract in NFL history, Russell Wilson is giving back to some of the men who helped him achieve it. Wilson gifted each of his 13 offensive linemen $12,000 worth of Amazon stock for a grand total of $156,000 spent, TMZ Sports shared. In a letter that Wilson sent to his teammates, he expressed his gratitude to them. “Every Sunday we go to battle together. You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family. This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten.” He also explained why he chose the gift he did. “When I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children.” “You have invested in my life… this is my investment into yours.” It’s a classy gesture, to be sure. Quarterbacks get all the glory, yet the
04/22/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Chiefs completed a tag-and-trade transaction involving an edge defender last month. The 49ers gave them a 2020 second-round pick for Dee Ford. That type of return will not satisfy the Seahawks regarding Frank Clark. Linked to having Clark on the trade block, the Seahawks do not plan to let their top pass rusher go for cheap. They are believed to want first- and second-round picks to part with the standout defensive end, Albert Breer of SI.com notes. Both the Chiefs and Colts are interested. While it is not certain if they are willing to meet this asking price, the Chiefs have discussed trading for Clark to replace Ford, Breer adds. Clark has been more consistent than Ford, entering 2019 on the heels of three straight nine-plus-sack seasons. He is two years younger than Ford, and at 265 pounds, fits Steve Spagnuolo‘s 4-3 scheme better. Clark has also only missed two games in his career. But the matter of his $17.1M franchise tag and his past complicate matters. Having already released Kareem Hunt and seei
04/22/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are facing a salary cap crunch, and it is likely going to lead to the departure of a key player. The Seahawks have three key members of their defense facing potentially difficult contract negotiations in the near future. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is entering the final year of his deal, defensive lineman Frank Clark is refusing to report until he has a long-term agreement and defensive tackle Jarran Reed is in the final year of his rookie deal. Things are made even tougher by the fact that Russell Wilson’s new long-term deal removed some cap flexibility. In other words, GM John Schneider has some tough decisions to make. On Monday, he admitted that it would be a very difficult task to keep all three players long term. At the moment, Clark seems available for trade and most likely to move. As the only player who is currently refusing to report as a result of being franchise tagged, it makes some sense, but it’s hard to imagine the offseason passing without one of the three departing Seattle.
04/22/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Jets have no real interest in Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter) reports.  On Monday morning, one report indicated the Jets were in the hunt for Clark, but that’s apparently not the case.  Mehta hears the Jets did their due diligence on Clark as they tend to do with notable players who are available via trade. However, that’s where their research stopped. At this time, the Jets apparently have no interest in the Seahawks standout, despite his significant production in 2018 and the Jets' clear need for edge rush help. The Jets haven’t had a player with double-digit sacks since 2015, but have the opportunity to draft the likes of linebacker Josh Allen from Kentucky or defensive end Nick Bosa from Ohio State if they stand pat with the No. 3 pick.  Given the defensive depth of this year’s class, the Jets may also be able to get pass rush help even if they move down. Clark, 26 in June, entered the league as a second-round pick in 2015, but broke out as an NFL sopho
04/22/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Frank Clark sweepstakes are heating up. The Jets, Chiefs and Colts have all shown interest in the Seahawks’ defensive end, and a deal could come together early this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link). A pre-draft deal would make sense for all involved and the Seahawks would probably prefer to have their ducks in a row well in advance of Thursday. It’s also possible the Seahawks will move forward with Clark, though the franchise-tagged player has indicated he will not report to training camp without a new deal.  The two sides reportedly made progress on that front in early March, but it’s not clear if things have advanced since then. Cowboys star DeMarcus Lawrence recently agreed to a new $21M per year deal, which could embolden Clark’s camp to ask for even more. The Seahawks, ideally, would like to bring Clark back after he registered 13 sacks in 2018, but the opportunity to free up cap space and net a first-round pick for his services could be too good to pass up. After moving on fr
04/21/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
Ever since the Seahawks locked up Russell Wilson with his record-setting deal, everybody’s attention has turned toward pass-rusher Frank Clark. The dynamic defensive end was franchise-tagged by Seattle and is seeking a long-term deal of his own. The Seahawks have insisted they want to sign Clark to a new deal, and head coach Pete Carroll has said he’ll be with the team in 2019. Despite that trade rumors have continued to swirl, and we heard Saturday that several teams were interested. Seattle is apparently open to the idea, as it is “still considering” trading Clark, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. A source told Schefter that “in return, the Seahawks would want any package to include at least a first-round pick in next week’s NFL draft.” That’s not an unreasonable ask, but it’s possible no teams will be willing to meet that price. We heard in early March that Clark and the Seahawks were progressing on a new deal, but things appear to have fallen apart since then. Previous reports indicated the Seahaw
04/20/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are open to trading Frank Clark, though their price for a deal is reportedly high. Seattle is seeking a first-round pick in return for Clark, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Seahawks franchise-tagged Clark this offseason and would owe him around $17.1 million if he were to sign the tender. He has stayed away from the team in hopes of receiving a contract extension. However, due to the money the Seahawks just gave to Russell Wilson, they may want to try to shed Clark’s potential salary. Several teams have expressed interest in a Clark trade. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have been mentioned as potential trade partners. Clark, 25, had 13 sacks last season. He has 32 sacks over the last three seasons.
04/19/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
More details of Russell Wilson‘s landmark extension are emerging. Wilson’s 2020 and ’21 base salaries — $19M apiece — will become fully guaranteed if he is on the Seahawks roster five days after Super Bowls LIV and LV, respectively. With that a near-certainty, Wilson’s $107M in total guarantees are practically full guarantees. Wilson will earn a $19M base salary in 2022 and ’23, according to OverTheCap.  This deal leaves Wilson with cap numbers of $26.29M (2019), $31M (2020), $32M (’21), $37M (’22) and $39M (’23). The eighth-year quarterback’s base salary was slated to be $17M this year; the new deal converted much of that money into a signing bonus, with Wilson now attached to a $5MM base in 2019. The new contract raised Wilson’s 2019 cap number by just $1M. Additionally, the contract includes a $6M escalator clause — which would bring the total dollar figure up to $146M — for Wilson’s 2023 salary, per CBS Sports’ Joel Corry. Unspecified performance-based incentives from 2020 to '22 can bump the Pro Bowler’
04/19/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
While it would appear Frank Clark would be a critical part of the Seahawks’ core going forward, being by far the franchise’s top edge rusher, he continues to be mentioned as a trade candidate. Several teams are interested in Clark, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (video link). This will-they/won’t-they saga will “definitely” be settled by draft time, Rapoport adds. Pete Carroll said the standout defensive end will be part of the 2019 Seahawks, and the team used its franchise tag for the first time in nine years in order to retain Clark. Negotiations began on a new deal earlier this offseason, but it’s not certain how far they have progressed. It’s possible the Cowboys’ $21M-AAV deal for Demarcus Lawrence has complicated the Clark talks. Like Lawrence, Clark has said he will not report to training camp without a new deal. Clark may be able to fetch a first-round pick. At 25, he is two years younger than Dee Ford — who netted the Chiefs a 2020 second-rounder in a tag-and-trade swap with the 49ers — and has bee
04/19/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks and star defensive end Frank Clark have yet to come to terms on a long-term deal after they placed the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason. It’s led to speculation that Seattle could ultimately trade its leading sack-getter from a season ago. We now have some concrete information suggesting this. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that it’s possible Clark will be dealt during the 2019 NFL Draft next week. After giving Russell Wilson the largest contract in league history earlier this week, Seattle might not be in position to hand Clark $20-plus million annually on a long-term deal. If Clark is indeed moved, it would likely be for a first-round pick. The 25-year-old pass rusher has recorded a whopping 66 quarterback hits and 32 sacks over the past three seasons.
04/18/2019   Seattle PI Seahawks
The 2019 NFL schedule was released, and everyone is already circling matchups. The Seattle Seahawks are playing the NFC South and the AFC North this year, along with their division and conference matchups in 2019. The draft is closing in, and teams are still setting rosters so predicting wins and losses is just for fun [...]
04/17/2019   Seattle PI Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Russell Wilson and his representatives started negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks on a contract extension, they were looking far beyond five more seasons.

Having turned 30 late last season, Wilson tried to project into the next decade and the chances of playing his entire career with one team.

"The next deal was going to be the place where, 'Hey, if we're going to be in Seattle, wherever it's going to be, I want to make sure that's where I'm going to be for the next 10-12 years hopefully,'" Wilson said Wednesday, a day after signing the $140 million, four-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. "That was kind of my mindset, from (age) 30 to 40. And then you reassess, you add on, and everything else. But the reality was for the next 10 years."

His new deal will cover half that 10-year window. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season. He has the highest signing bonus ($65 million) and guaranteed money ($107 million) in league history. He's under contract through the 2023 season.

The negotiations wrapped up just before midnight as Monday clicked over into Tuesday. It was the deadline Wilson set for getting a long-term extension done before accepting the likelihood he had only three more seasons in Seattle.

The deadline was real in Wilson's mind.

"I have an obsession with football. I just want to play the game. I just want to be able to focus on that. I remember the first time, (with) the other contract, it was one of those things that took us all the way to the summertime, right before training camp — literally to 11:50 that night and everything else. The next day, we were practicing," Wilson said. "For me, and for everyone involved really, the whole organization, it was really more so of a 'Hey, let's make sure we don't have...

04/16/2019   Yardbarker Seahawks
Could it be that Antonio Brown’s power play with the Steelers has emboldened other NFL stars to press the issue to get the contracts and the playing situations they desire? It sure seems that way with how Russell Wilson’s contract standoff played out. At the outset of this month, Wilson imposed an April 15 deadline to negotiate a new long-term deal with the Seahawks. His current contract was set to end after the 2019 season. According to Peter King, Wilson indicated to Seattle’s front office that if a long-term deal wasn’t hashed out by the deadline, the 30-year-old quarterback would be unwilling to negotiate another one with the team at any point. Though he was willing to play under the franchise tag if necessary, Wilson made it clear this was the Seahawks’ last chance to lock down the face of the franchise long term.  Seattle wasn’t willing to call his bluff. Wilson was forceful without resorting to some of the antagonism that Brown used to extricate himself from Pittsburgh. The result was more or less the