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Seahawks, Dolphins Set For Opener: Week 1 Preview

Seahawks, Dolphins Set For Opener: Week 1 Preview

It was over before it began.

That’s the reality for the Seattle Seahawks as they reflect back to last season’s chastening playoff defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

“We’re not really satisfied with how that game went and we don’t want to have a season end like that again,” linebacker Bobby Wagner told the MMQB this summer. “We didn’t start playing our style of defense until the second quarter.”

Even in finding their style, Seattle’s 31-24 loss – which was made respectable only by a 24-0 surge to end the game - capped what was a trying year from the get-go. A perplexing off-season trade that sent Max Unger to New Orleans for Jimmy Graham; a faltering 2-4 start; an offense that never got its footing.

From the outset, Seattle’s magical two-year run, which ended in two Super Bowl appearances, was doomed.

The only thing left to do is turn the page.

On Sunday, 238 days after Cam Newton Dabbed all over their dreams, the Seahawks get to begin anew. The Miami Dolphins (6-10 in 2015) are challenge number one; but, for all intents and purposes, it doesn’t matter as much who’s on the other sideline for this Seahawks team. Not yet, at least. Because for all the certainties – the Legion of Boom; the linebackers; Russell Wilson and his emerging crop of receivers – it’s the unknowns that will determine just how far this team can go.

Can an offensive line that’s scattered with inexperience and performance questions come together? Can Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls come close to duplicating the impact of Marshawn Lynch? Can Frank Clark step in for Bruce Irvin and be a force on the defensive line?

These answers will begin to play out on Sunday, but we won’t have a full grasp of them for a few weeks.

Miami may not present the most menacing of challenges, but their strength – a mayhem-wreaking defensive line – coincides perfectly against Seattle’s biggest weakness: their young and mostly unproven offensive line.

When the Seahawks released their Week 1 depth chart on Tuesday, the line – which includes rookie Germain Ifedi – comes with a combined nine years of experience, led mostly by 5th-year left tackle Bradley Sowell.

The Dolphins counter-punch? Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Mario Williams.

Wake and Suh, who combined for 13 sacks last season, provide a 1-2 punch that could disrupt all of the Seahawks’ plans. Despite his struggles to fit into the culture during the 2015 season - his first with Miami - Suh is still a top-tier defensive tackle.

It will be a baptism by fire for the line, which will be cause for concern early, but could pay off exponentially. Pete Carroll and his staff are putting a lot on the shoulders of this young group, knowing full well the rewards that may come down the road.

If they can hold up – giving Russell Wilson enough time, and opening up some holes for Michael and Rawls – Seattle will be 1-0.

If Suh, Wake and Co. blow it up, and Seattle’s offense can’t run the ball, putting the whole game on the shoulders of Wilson, things will get dicey.


Prediction: Seattle 24, Miami 21. As to be expected, look for a slow start offensively for the Seahawks. There’s no way around it – the offensive line is going to have its growing pains, and they’re breaking in two new running backs. But with every passing series, things will begin to mesh together. You simply cannot replicate live, in-game snaps during practice, so Sunday will be their first test.

But there’s too much skill on the outside, and Wilson is in charge at QB. Though it hasn’t really been mentioned yet, the Seahawks defense is still the Seahawks defense. They’ve had to carry the team before; to start the season, they’ll be called upon again.


Fantasy Player to Watch: Odds are that Wilson will have precious little time to get the ball to his receivers with the Miami defensive line barring down. There’s a good chance we’ll see lots of quick hitches, out patterns and slants – which could mean a huge day for Tyler Lockett. No one on Seattle’s roster has a running style as elusive and ethereal as that of Lockett. He excels in weaving through tight spaces, and that’s all that can be expected on Sunday. Look for Lockett to have a big game as he continues his rise from special teams star to an all-around threat.


Should the Seahawks ship Earl Thomas out of Seattle?

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Should the Seahawks ship Earl Thomas out of Seattle?


Things have stagnated a little bit in the Seattle Seahawks front office. There haven’t been definitive answers to the departures of Deshawn Shead and Richard Sherman. Sheldon Richardson is reportedly in Minnesota, asking for more than the $11 million that the Seahawks are willing to offer. With the signing of Bradley McDougall at safety, it’s also curious as to what this front office thinks of Kam Chancellor as a Seahawk.

However, the front office needs to be serious about trading Earl Thomas.

Before fans go up in arms about letting go a long-time fan favorite, a trade would be a great boon for a team that’s looking to rebuild as fast as possible. Trading Earl Thomas doesn’t involve trading away any of the great years he gave Seattle, as it’s about trading away a player whose value is at its highest right before 30 years old. In fact, fans have to remember that Earl Thomas found coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys after a game and said “If you have a chance to get me, come get me.”

Now supposedly, the Seahawks have already reached out to the Dallas Cowboys for a trade surrounding Earl Thomas. Seattle requested the Cowboys’ 1st round 2018 draft pick and the Cowboys had subsequently denied. The Cowboys would assemble an elite defense and keep the stress off of their flourishing offensive talent. The Seahawks would’ve only received the 19th pick in return to have alongside their 18th pick.  The Hawks might be selling Thomas short, but it’s more than likely that the Cowboys didn’t want to give up more than one middle round pick.

Bottom line, the Seahawks are in a rebuild and Earl Thomas wants out. Thomas still retains a very high value, so it’s curious as to why the Hawks would even reach out for a middle 1st round pick. Should the Seahawks try to take a risk, they’d package Earl Thomas and their 18th pick and try to get a top-8 pick in return.

For example, a defensive minded team like the New York Jets could be enticed by moving down in the draft and taking on Earl Thomas. The Jets could also send back a young defensive piece or a couple of mid-round draft picks to round things out for Seattle. This would get Seattle into prime position to go after somebody like Derwin James or, should the stars align, the Hawks could be lucky enough to draft guard Quenton Nelson to help protect Russell Wilson.

Teams like the Buccaneers and the Browns could also be itching to add an elite veteran presence to their depth charts. The Buccaneers have sought veteran defensive back help in the past by signing the likes of Darrelle Revis, and are in desperate need to get the wheels of their defense rolling again.

The Browns have the valuable 4th selection in this upcoming draft, however they’re desperate to bring immediate change to a team that didn’t win a single game last year. Being able to secure Earl Thomas would add legitimacy to the front office that’s been able to land Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor this offseason. The Browns would immediately become a playoff contender.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, would jumpstart a quick rebuild by guaranteeing a shot at Quenton Nelson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, or Bradley Chubb. The reason why I bring up Quenton Nelson so often is that the Seahawks have brought in new offensive coaching staff that’s looking to bolster the offensive line immediately.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and offensive line coach Mike Solari have already worked together many years ago in Kansas City, so a relationship is already established. Schottenheimer is known for having turned the New York Jets offensive line during his tenure from 2006-2011, while Solari is known as having a huge part in constructing some of the most prolific lines in Kansas City and San Francisco.

The Seahawks have clearly signaled the end of the Legion of Boom era, and Earl Thomas is the most valuable mainstay left from that era. Moving him before this draft would show determination in a rebuild now, and would avoid the headaches involved next offseason. Fans should hope that this can isn’t kicked further down the road, and give Earl Thomas a chance to play in a place that will give him a shot at the playoffs.

Looking at the Seattle Seahawks’ recent draft struggles

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Looking at the Seattle Seahawks’ recent draft struggles


The Seattle Seahawks are known for their drafting skills. Heck, they drafted several potential Seattle Ring of Honor players in a short time span, with some of them coming later in the draft. The draft has inspired so much hope in Seahawks fans over the past few years because of this early success. Richard Sherman was a fifth-round pick, K.J. Wright was a fourth-round pick, Russell Wilson was a third-round pick, Kam Chancellor was a fifth-round pick, the list is impressive.

But, over the past couple seasons Seattle has missed on more draft picks than the Cleveland Browns. Since 2013 the Seahawks have had five drafts and 49 picks, of those picks only 10 have had any real impact as starters. They are, working backwards: Shaquill Griffin (a lot of potential, and looks like a starter for years to come), Chris Carson (looked good in a few games, and is the best running back on the roster), Jarran Reed (is a very stout run defender and has developed a good all-round game), Alex Collins (his good starts aren’t even with Seattle, he had over 1,000 yards for the Ravens last year), Frank Clark (the best pass rusher on the roster, he has 19 sacks over the past two seasons), Tyler Lockett (a true speedster, who is a return threat and has better hands than people think), Paul Richardson (a burner, who struggled with injuries before having a revival year in 2017, he is no longer with the team), Justin Britt (was moved around the offensive line until he found the center position where he is not a liability), Christine Michael (remember how quickly we wanted to get rid of him, and he still did quite well for a short spurts) and Luke Willson (a reliable second option who has been used all over the field for Seattle, he can block and catch well for someone with his speed).

You can say that the Seahawks had nowhere to go but down after Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s first few drafts, but could you have predicted how sharply they declined. Are they coaching players differently? Are they evaluating players differently? Are they just making bad decisions? I don’t know, but I hope this year is the year they turn it around.

The Seahawks are usually quite in the free agency period and they have not made waves this year with any signings. The noise has been more about who they have let go and traded, but I covered that in last week’s article.

Seattle needs to find their groove again for this year’s draft or they are wasting another year of having a franchise quarterback. Wilson won’t be around forever and the Seahawks need to focus on the next few years with the intensity the team started with when Carroll took over. The draft is in a little more than a month and I am looking forward to seeing who the Seahawks take after their inevitable trade out of the first round.

Legion of Doomed? Sherman latest to be released


Legion of Doomed? Sherman latest to be released

The Seahawks have released cornerback Richard Sherman, but his time in Seattle may not necessarily be up. 

Adam Schefter first reported the news Friday, though there have been various reports in the days leading up to today's news. 

The move now means Sherman will be a free agent when the league year begins next Wednesday.

Cutting the Pro Bowl cornerback comes as no surprise, after reports surfaced that Sherman was privately saying his goodbyes to teammates mixed with social media posts from teammates and his mother writing on Facebook that she was "more than devastated to know that my son will no longer be a Seahawk.” 

What is a little more surprising is the revelation that Sherman's time might not yet be done yet... 

Sherman told Albert Breer of that the Seahawks told him that cutting him was about money, not about thinking he’s no longer good enough.

“They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact,” Sherman said.

By cutting Sherman, the Seahawks save $11 million off next season's salary cap. His $2.2 million signing bonus will still count against the cap. 

Sherman, who played just 9-games last season, is coming off a torn Achilles and a cleanup surgery to the other one, turns 30 at the end of March.

Now, heading into free agency, the four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection will represent himself. "The whole agent thing is really overrated at this point," Sherman said in February. 

He's already doing as much on social media:

Sherman should be sought-after commodity he can find out exactly what he’s worth on the open market.

After originally extending his condolences, cornerback Jeremy Lane was released on Friday as well, according to Schefter. 

DE Cliff Avril and S Kam Chancellor’s futures with the Seahawks remain uncertain, as well.  

Still, even after cutting Sherman, Seattle is near the bottom in available cap space entering next season.

Earlier this week, the Seahawks traded DE Michael Bennett to Eagles are also reportedly open to trading safety Earl Thomas.

The Seahawks intentions have become clear: They are trying to become younger and cheaper on defense. 

Michael Bennett traded to Philadelphia, more moves to come?


Michael Bennett traded to Philadelphia, more moves to come?

The Seattle Seahawks have traded veteran defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia

The trade was first reported by Adam Schefter. 

Additionally, Seattle will send a 7th round pick to Philadelphia for backup wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a 5th round pick. 

The trade won't become official until the new league year begins on March 14. 

Bennett, 32, has played nine seasons in the NFL and is coming off a year where he picked up 8 1/2 sacks. During his nine-year career, he has 54 career sacks. He'll turn 33 in November. 

This move isn’t shocking, however. Bennett had been widely perceived to be on the trading block as the Seahawks look to become younger and cheaper on defense. Former Oregon Duck Dion Jordan signed a minimum salary deal with the Seahawks on April 11th of last year and it seems Seattle liked what they got out of the former third overall pick who previously served a 15-month suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. 

Bennett has three years left on his contract and has a cap hit of $7.4 million in 2018. He also has a roster bonus of $4 million due to him, according to OverTheCap. 

In return, Seattle receives an undrafted wide receiver who just finished his rookie campaign with the Super Bowl champion Eagles. He tallied five catches for 45 yards. 

The Seahawks moves may not be over, either. Rumors are swirling that Pro Bowl CB Richard Sherman could be on his way out as well.

Teammates Jeremy Lane and Kam Chancellor sent out messages on social media suggesting Sherman was on his way out. Additionally, Sherman’s mother, Beverly, wrote on Facebook “Sadly the time has come. I am more than devastated to know that my son will no longer be a Seahawk.” She followed up with a post, writing, “For clarity, I am watching the same news everyone else is watching, I am going by basically what they are saying my son has said to his teammates, I have not confirmed anything…”

So, we’ll see…

Is Michael Bennett’s time close to an end with the Seattle Seahawks?

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Is Michael Bennett’s time close to an end with the Seattle Seahawks?


Late yesterday, it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks are trying to trade defensive end Michael Bennett. The news seems sudden, but a separation has virtually been in the works for quite some time. If the Seahawks can help it, it’d behoove them to hold onto Bennett.

Towards the end of the last football season, Michael Bennett had alluded to his departure by stating that he “probably won’t be back” for the Seahawks in 2018. To be honest, fans can’t blame the Seahawks. Age is the cruel beast of the NFL, and Bennett is on the wrong side of 30 years old playing one of the most grueling positions on the field.

It’s hard to assess where potential landing spots would be for Michael Bennett. Teams like the Indianapolis Colts or the Cleveland Browns come to mind as possibilities. These are teams that are immediately trying to right their own ships, and the Colts in particular are notorious for having no defense. Other potential landing spots include the Arizona Cardinals or Bennett’s former stomping ground in Tampa Bay.

It’s also tough to gauge Bennett’s value as well. It’d be nice if he could net the Seahawks a 3rd round pick, but that kind of thinking is poppycock. At most, I think a desperate team would be willing to part with a 5th round pick this year. Some teams also might be turned off by Bennett’s willingness to speak out about certain social issues. It’s ridiculous but such is the nature of today’s NFL.

From the Seahawks’ perspective, I think they’re giving Bennett due diligence in finding a place where he can comfortably play for the remainder of his career. However, here’s not much incentive for the Seahawks to find him a new home right away. The Seahawks’ biggest problem is with cap space, and not necessarily finding talent or a draft pick in return.

As far as cap is concerned, releasing or trading Bennett could only free up a little over $2 million in cap space. If the Hawks wait until releasing Bennett until after June 1st, they can free up $5.5 million in cap space. What could that kind of space truly buy?

Bennett’s contract runs through 2020 at an arguable bargain per the production he’s been giving the Seahawks. While Bennett is averaging is averaging $10 million on his current contract (not considering bonuses and non-guaranteed money), he’s not far behind the likes of Olivier Vernon and Ezekiel Ansah as far as sacks are concerned. The latter are averaging $17 million per year.

If the Seahawks were to part ways with Bennett, it’ll be a mistake especially in the short term. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters recently that he hopes to make another run to the playoffs this year, and his team won’t be able to do that with a subpar, alternative to Bennett. The Seahawks also have to answer questions in the secondary, as far more expensive questions need to be addressed in Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Plus, it’s far more important to have stability with linemen than any other position. If the Seahawks can’t immediately address a competent replacement for Bennett, then why trade?

How Would The Seattle Seahawks Replace Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor Or Richard Sherman?

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How Would The Seattle Seahawks Replace Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor Or Richard Sherman?


There has been a lot of speculation this offseason about the Seattle Seahawks moving on from Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. Those are three of the top players on the Seattle roster, and over the past several years they are arguably three of the top players at their positions. I will delve into how the Seahawks could possibly try and replace them for the 2018 season.

I don’t want them to be gone, they are team leaders and some of the best Seahawks ever. The NFL has enough talent to punish teams that try and keep players past their prime, and I am not saying these players are liabilities. I am just entertaining the possibility that they are not in Seattle at the start of the year.

The Legion of Boom has been one of the best and most recognizable secondaries in the NFL for years now. Let’s see what they would look like if the Seahawks did not make any roster changes except dropping them.

Shaq Griffin and DeShawn Shead/Jeremy Lane/Justin Coleman would be the corners. Assuming Byron Maxwell doesn’t re-sign and/or start next year.

Bradley McDougald would take one safety spot, also assuming he re-signs. I think he can play either safety spot in Seattle’s system, he’s better at strong safety though, and that leaves one spot open for possibly Delano Hill as a strong safety or Tedric Thompson as a free safety. Both rookies, Hill and Thompson, barely took any snaps on defense this past year.

That doesn’t sound very good when you think about it, there are players with potential but they are replacing All-Pros. At least there is still free agency and the NFL Draft to find replacements in this hypothetical scenario.

Let’s look at some of the top free agent defensive backs that will be available for the Seahawks.

Free Agents


Aaron Colvin from the Jaguars has been more successful as a slot corner than an outside corner so far in his career. He also did not allow a single touchdown pass in more than 500 snaps in 2017. He could be a great addition to the secondary but he does not fit the mold Seattle usually sticks to for cornerbacks. Colvin will also probably be given a large contract by a team that has more cap room.

Kyle Fuller almost did not make the Chicago Bears roster this year. He did not let that slow him down though. Fuller was one of four players who broke up or intercepted at least 20 passes in 2017. He is a player who has a good nose for the ball and is a willing tackler. Fuller could be in line for a big pay raise this offseason because of his on-field work. I think he would work well with what the Seahawks do on defense, and he has shown he is a willing learner with the Bears.


Eric Reid might be a familiar name to Seahawk fans, he has played for the 49ers for a few years now and is a proven playmaker. There is speculation that teams will shy away from signing him because of his protests during the national anthem. I don’t think teams will be scared of signing him, but if they do the Seahawks are one of the more outspoken teams in terms of social justice and he could fit in with the culture. Reid also has experience playing both safety positions, setting up a nice safety duo for Seattle if he and McDougald can play either role.

Lamarcus Joyner is more like an Earl Thomas replacement. His time with the Rams started as a cornerback and they moved him to safety where he has flourished. Joyner is a good centerfield player who can sit back in the middle of the field in cover one or cover three and be effective. In 2017 Pro Football Focus gave Joyner a 90.3 grade out of 100, he is the top rated free agent safety this year and was the third ranked safety in the entire league. He can cover and even though he is a smaller defender he can hit as hard as anyone.

NFL Draft

I am only looking at players I think the Seahawks would grab with their first-round pick here.


Derwin James has been connected to the Seahawks in a few mock drafts that I have seen, and I love that pick. James is a super athlete with the smarts to learn Seattle’s system and fill in for Kam Chancellor. James can play the pass well, but his strength is his ability to play the run. He is a great leader and even shows up on weekends to run film sessions. This is a guy that would be great on many teams and when he puts it all together he could be a Pro Bowler for a long time.


Josh Jackson from Iowa might not even make it to the Seahawks’ pick this year. He has a lot of buzz around him right now, and some mock drafts have him going in the top ten picks. I think he will slip a little on draft day because of a slower 40-yard dash time. This is highly speculator, but from watching him play I don’t think he has game breaking speed. I think that will show up on draft day and people will get infatuated with the NFL Combine results like they do every year. Jackson has great tape as a collegiate cornerback and he shows up in big games, like his three-interception game against Ohio State. He has good length as a corner and due to his ball skills and football intelligence I think he could really add some talent to the Seahawks secondary.


It’s hard to think about the Seahawks without Chancellor, Sherman and Thomas but the NFL means Not-For-Long and they won’t be around forever. Personally, I hope they all play for the Seahawks next year and spend their entire professional careers in Seattle. It would be strange to see them in another jersey. And this article is by no way an indictment of these players, it is just speculation about a possible scenario if Seattle decides to blow up their roster.

Who Should The Seattle Seahawks Draft This Year?

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Who Should The Seattle Seahawks Draft This Year?


The Super Bowl is over and now the entire NFL is in offseason-mode. One of the next big events I look forward to is the 2018 NFL Draft in April. It is one of the most exciting parts of the offseason because it is so full of uncertainty. Every college player who has declared for the draft could be the next big thing, regardless of how they did in college and the scouting reports on them.

Every year I see late round draft picks turn into some of the most dynamic players in the NFL. Just this year the leader in passing yards was Tom Brady, a sixth-round pick; the leader in rushing yards was Kareem Hunt, a third-round pick; Antonio Brown led the league in receiving as a sixth-round pick; and Kevin Byard led the league in interceptions, he was picked in the third-round.

Seattle has been good at finding playmakers later in the draft, so it would be no surprise to see them find another gem in the later rounds. They have a habit of trading their first picks for more later in the draft and rely on their scouts to find Kam Chancellor and Ricard Sherman type players.

Here are three positions of need the Seahawks have and some prospects I would like to see them draft. I am looking at running back, wide receiver and edge rusher for these picks because it would take too long to go through everybody. They are picked because of how I feel they would fit with the Seahawks and they are in the range of the Seahawks’ selections.


Running Back

Sony Michel- Georgia

Michel largely played second fiddle to Nick Chubb in the University of Georgia backfield the past four seasons, but he has piled up very impressive numbers. We all saw how much more effective Michel was than Chubb in the championship game. He more than tripled Chubb’s yardage with four less touches.

He led the SEC in yards per carry this year at almost eight yards per tote. His explosion is extraordinary and the Seahawks could really use an influx of his playmaking ability.

Michel was used mainly as the speed to Chubb’s power but when given the opportunity he does not shy away from contact. Michel is a great athlete that can create his own space and does not only take what the defense gives him. He was not used much as a receiver this year, but over his career he proved he has natural hands and decent route running ability.

Seattle has been looking for a running back ever since Thomas Rawls regressed, and Michel could be a great addition to the backfield. He has had some problems fumbling in the past, but with some emphasis on ball handling I think he would clean that up.


Rashaad Penny- San Diego State

Penny has been one of my favorite players to watch for the past two years because he destroys opponents. He has video game numbers in some of his games that are astounding. On average over the past two years he gets seven and a half yards on every run play.

Penny returned kicks very efficiently during his career as well. In the past three years he has averaged over 30 yards per kick return and has seven kick return touchdowns. Penny has also returned two punts in his career and he scored a touchdown on one of them, proving he can score whenever he has the ball.

Penny posted six 200-yard rushing days in 2017, and five of them were in a row to end the season. He ended up doing so well he was 5th in the Heisman voting in 2017. This man can run the football. He could be a great playmaker to take the pressure off Russell Wilson, and possibly jump start the running game.


Wide Receiver

Dante Pettis- Washington

Dante Pettis holds the NCAA record for most punt return touchdowns in a career with nine. He is a smooth athlete whose best attributes are his field vision and route running ability. The Seahawks normally use smaller, faster wide receivers and Pettis does not fit that mold, but he would be a great addition to the receiving core. He is not a burner in terms of speed, so it makes it much more impressive he has returned so many punts for scores.

He has a great feel for the field and can make defenders miss in the open field. He just needs the ball with a little bit of space and he can score.

Pettis doesn’t just return punts, he is also a very accomplished and smooth receiver. In 2016 he had 15 receiving touchdowns with only 53 catches. That efficiency is ridiculous! He could provide a good infusion of playmaking ability to the Seahawks offense.


Michael Gallup- Colorado State

Gallup transferred from junior college, so he only has two seasons of major college football under his belt. He was a model of consistency during his time in Colorado, breaking the thousand-yard receiving mark both years. Gallup posted 21 touchdown catches and almost 200 catches in those two years too.

Gallup is a good athlete with reliable hands, he can beat the press well when jammed at the line and has very good acceleration. He has shown an ability to break tackles after the catch and has a good feel for breaking big plays.

He was only held to less than five catches in one game this year. He makes plays on a game to game basis, something the Seahawks need from more their wide receivers than just Doug Baldwin.


Edge Rusher

Lorenzo Carter- Georgia

Carter is more of a projection than any of the other players I have talked about so far. He is a great athlete, with a long frame and can flash big play ability. He came into college as a five-star recruit but did not progress the way many people thought he would. I like to think that means he has untapped potential as an edge rusher.

He is not great in coverage, but I think he could start out as a third down rusher and strong side linebacker on running downs.

Carter is 6’6” and 245 pounds, but his frame shows he could add more weight and really benefit from the added power. One of the strengths of his game is setting the edge on running plays. Carter shows a tenacity to not let offensive linemen get outside of him.

It is hard to see Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril back next year, so pass rush and defensive line will be a priority for the Seahawks again. And with Carter’s versatility playing linebacker and his athleticism I could see him being someone Seattle would like.


Chad Thomas- Miami

Thomas has very good athletic ability especially for someone who is 6’6” and almost 280 pounds. He is a better run defender than pass rusher at this point of his career, but his size and speed shows he has the tools to be a terror on the edge. He needs to learn how to use his hands better when sparring with offensive linemen.

Most of his tackles are tackles for loss, which makes me believe he takes plays off when he thinks he won’t make the play. Thomas does use leverage very well, he is tall but is often underneath his blocker’s pads making himself harder to push around.

If Michael Bennett is still on the team next year, he would be the perfect teacher for Thomas. They are about the same size and have similar athletic traits, this could be a best-case scenario for Thomas to learn from one of the best.

So, if the Seahawks are reading this you don’t have to scout these guys. Give me a call on draft day for more information on them if you need it. I’ve got you covered.

And I will be a happy camper if any of them are taken by Seattle.

Russell Wilson the Yankees


Russell Wilson the Yankees

It's not the trade anyone in the Northwest was pondering, given the impending NBA trade deadline but today Russell Wilson got traded.

To the Yankees. 

No, not a typo. The Texas Rangers traded Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees for future considerations, according to Jerry Crasnick.

Wilson released the following statement about the situation today:

I want to personally thank the Texas Rangers and John Daniels for drafting me and giving me the chance to experience professional baseball again. Growing up taking grounders, hitting BP, and throwing deep post routes in football early in the mornings at 6 am with my dad and brother is where my love of sports came from and those memories stick with me every morning I wake up. During my two springs with the Rangers, I was reminded just how much I love the game.

While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today. I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing Quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to be a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.

What's different about the Seahawks '18 off-season?


What's different about the Seahawks '18 off-season?


You can feel it, right? Is it the end of an era? The answer is “yes.” And “no.” There are still some foundational elements still in place on the Seattle Seahawks’ 2018 offseason roster: Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Doug Baldwin…. The rest? Well, change is coming. Good and maybe not-so-good.

Let’s stipulate right now that the usual, top-down changes from management will take place: Rosters will turn over through executive feats of executiveness. Rosters will further churn due to player decisions to move on or possibly retire (forced or unforced). Others are just going to wash out of the league.

Not being defensive

And then there’s the 2018 Seahawks.

From the above categories, the Seahawks will almost certainly say goodbye to cornerback Richard Shermansafety Kam Chancellor, defensive end Cliff Avril and, according to Michael Bennett, defensive end Michael Bennett. Subtract four top-level starters from the Seahawks (or anyone’s defense in the NFL) and you have a serious makeover underway.

Add in a possible fifth defection in safety Earl Thomas, who openly petitioned the Dallas Cowboys to “come get me” if they can, and you have full on tumult. Thomas has one year remaining on his five-year, $44.725M deal at $8.5M. In the NFL, this means “time to negotiate a long-term deal or time to deal the player,” particularly if said player is agitating to join another team and/or threatening (or is it “musing” about) retirement. Bet on the latter circumstance.

It’s offseason makeover time in Seattle. And that’s just the defense. It’s also just the known departees. There will be more.

And before we flip over to the offense, do you think the Seahawks might be in the market for a new kicker, as well? I’ll step out on that shaky limb and say, “Yup.” I hate to kick a man when he’s down, so in an act of benevolence I’ll hire Blair Walsh to kick himself.

No offense, but …

On the offensive side of the ball, you can count on one hand the sure-fire keepers: Wilson, Baldwin, uh …, hmmm. Tyler Lockett (one year left on his rookie deal)? Paul Richardson finally emerged … just in time to be a free agent. Ditto for much-hyped tight end Jimmy Graham, who put up his best season as a Seahawk just in time to get paid on the free agent market. Speculation is rampant that he will be elsewhere next season, as the Seahawks deal with the inevitable, but unenviable position of grappling with a highly-paid (at the top) roster of aging / oft-injured veterans who may be exiting and thus accelerating dead money onto the salary cap.

On the offensive line, most of the remaining starters look OK right now simply because they don’t have a game to play on Sunday and thus cannot put Russell Wilson in clear and present danger. There are some draft pedigrees to admire among this group. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all that. (This is how I imagine John Schneider and Pete Carroll pump themselves up in the mirror before heading off to their roster meetings.)

And then they remember 2017.

Justin Britt looks good primarily because he’s not any of Rees Odhiambo, Ethan Pocic, Luke Joeckel, Germain Ifedi or Oday Aboushi. Duane Brown was a mid-season improvement over his predecessors, but is rapidly aging out (32) of the left tackle position. There are few, if any, sure-fire answers on the offensive line for 2018 and beyond. Put the over/under at three new offensive starters on opening day. I’ll take the over.

The running backs group are henceforth known as the Itty Bitty Impact Committee. Not only is it painful to be a Seahawks running back, it’s painful to watch the Seahawks running backs continuously get dinged up by opponents greeting them in the backfield, play after play. None of the current crop of Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls, Chris Carson and Tre Madden could stay healthy or effective. Supposed saviors Lacy and Rawls were often healthy scratches on 2017 game days.

The season concluded with the stalwart Mike Davis (brought up from the practice squad mid-season) and the occasionally electrifying J.D. McKissic manning the position in a supporting role to the Seahawks’ true leading rusher: Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks may have something in McKissic. However, it would be cruel to try to make the former receiver an every-down rushing threat at 5’ 10” and 195 lbs. Davis proved capable at times and can get some hard yards. Lord knows the yards are often hard in the Seahawks’ backfield. But he proved to be not immune to getting dinged as any human would in that environment.

There is no Superman in the running backs room, nor in the offensive line rooms in Seattle (OK — Renton). Much work remains to be done this offseason. A running back will surely be drafted high in April. Peace be upon him.


But who’s going to do all the reshuffling in Seattle? For the first time, rumors abound that 66-year-old head coach Pete Carroll might be ready to hang up his clipboard. Given the major sea change underway on both sides of the ball … could you blame him? But he says he isn’t going anywhere. Take that for what you may. He may be sincere or not, but he does have to say it regardless of whether he means it or not.

But wait, there’s more. Even general manager John Schneider is no lock to return — thanks, in part, to the current vacancy for the much-coveted general manager position in Green Bay, Schneider’s home state. Schneider used to have an out clause in his contract that allowed him to move back to Green Bay should the GM position become open. He gave that clause away in his most recent contract, but let’s face it: This is his one and only shot to get his dream job.

Think discussions aren’t being held on this topic? It’s the offseason in Seattle. Everyone’s being discussed.

Apart from Wilson, Wagner, Baldwin and a handful of others, who might we still recognize wearing college navy, action green and wolf grey on the Seahawks sideline in week one of 2018? This one offseason is not like the others.