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Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson shared wishes for more up-tempo offense in 2020

Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson shared wishes for more up-tempo offense in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Russell Wilson made headlines during Super Bowl week when he told Mike Florio and Chris Simms about his desires to run more up-tempo offense in 2020.

“I mean we’ve always been really good at two-minute [offense],” the Seahawks QB said on PFT Live in Miami. “We’ve always been really good in those end-of-the-half (situations), those not always hurry-up situations, but those up-tempo situations (and) moments. And the reality is this: I think the defense gets tired, first thing.”

Wilson also referenced Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' high-powered offense as the gold standard of a team trying to score as many points as possible. The comments came on the heels of Seattle's disappointing playoff defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round despite a furious second-half comeback.

Wilson apparently shared those exact sentiments with Pete Carroll as well. Carroll met with reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday and mentioned the conversation without divulging too many details.

“We’ve been talking about that for years. We’ve been in and out of tempo throughout, and so you’ll see what happens,” Carroll said.

He later added ambiguously: “There’s a lot of really cool things happening on offense.”

In Carroll’s view, Wilson is playing the “best he’s ever been” and given he came out healthy at the end of the season, it provides the QB with another opportunity to take a step forward heading into 2020. Wilson is coming off of a season in which he was a legit MVP candidate for most of the year while accumulating 4,110 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions.

Carroll anticipates Wilson benefitting from the return of TE Will Dissly (Achilles, anticipated back for Week 1) and RB Rashaad Penny (knee, expected back early in the 2020 regular season) as well as the addition of TE Greg Olsen.

Both Schneider and Carroll referenced Wilson’s connection with Olsen and how the two hatched the plan to join forces in Seattle.

“(Olsen) was a really important get for us to be solid at the tight end spot,” Carroll said. “That’s another step in solidifying a 6-5-plus target to catch the football, run routes, understands the game, which really compliments Russell’s mentality.”

Carroll knows there’s plenty of accountability that falls on the shoulders of the coaching staff as well. He opted for continuity on his staff, keeping most of the group intact including all three coordinators. The benefit of having such little turnover is the chance to thoroughly self-scout what went right and what went awry in 2019.

He referred to the last few months as an opportunity to make tweaks and be the “master scientists” working to make comprehensive improvements. That process will continue in the weeks and months remaining in the offseason.

“It’s a really exciting time for us because it’s really the creative time of it,” Carroll said. “It’s an assessment of our players, who we can add, how we can fit things together, how we can take advantage of things we learned last year, things we don’t want to do – it’s just on going.”

The biggest issue with the Seahawks offense was its inconsistency early in games. Seattle scored a combined three first half points in Week 17 against the 49ers and in the Divisional Round against the Packers, both games the Seahawks lost narrowly in the final minutes.

Is more up-tempo the answer? It’s likely not that simple, but it could be part of the solution. Regardless, Carroll understands that improvement is paramount.

“It should be better. There’s no question that everybody feels like that, and so I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is a ‘natural recruiter’ when it comes to NFL free agency

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is a ‘natural recruiter’ when it comes to NFL free agency

INDIANAPOLIS – Russell Wilson made headlines earlier this offseason by saying the Seahawks need more superstars. The quote was mostly innocuous. It’s obvious that Seattle, and every other team for that matter, could use more game-changing talent.

“We all want superstars,” GM John Schneider said on Tuesday from the NFL Combine. “We all want great players. I stay awake at night and my gut turns all the time thinking about how we can improve every aspect of our football operation. We’re doing it non-stop.”

But the sentiment remains that Wilson has been more outspoken this offseason compared to years past. He also shared during Super Bowl week that he wants to run more up-tempo next season.

Apparently Wilson’s comments in the media haven’t come as any surprise to the Seahawks. Their quarterback has always been willing to share his opinions, particularly as it pertains to free agency. In fact, it sounds like Wilson is one step shy of handing Schneider a wish list of players he’d like Seattle to sign.

“He’s just the ultimate competitor,” Schneider said. “He’s always talking about players with me. He’s like ‘What do you think of this guy? What do you think of that guy? This guy is a good player. I’d love to play with that guy someday.’ You know what I mean? Stuff like that. He’s always into it.”

Wilson also serves as the Seahawks primary recruiting coordinator. He and Greg Olsen spoke at length during Super Bowl week in Miami and came away with the mutual desire of joining forces. Wilson relayed that to the front office, and Schneider took things from there.

“We got on (Olsen) as quickly as we could,” the GM said. “We brought him in and had a great visit with him. (He’s) a great guy and is going to help that room a bunch.”

Schneider and Pete Carroll fully embrace Wilson’s input. Even when Wilson isn’t directly involved in a potential signing, he’s used as a carrot to lure players to the Pacific Northwest. Remember that Jadeveon Clowney, like Olsen, was sold on the Seahawks due in large part to Wilson’s presence.

“He’s a competitor. He loves it,” Schneider said of Wilson’s eagerness to be involved in the process. “He’s got a lot of relationships and works out with a lot of different guys. He knows a lot of people. He’s a natural recruiter. Look at our games this year, why wouldn’t you want to play with a guy like that, right?” … “He’s a pretty inspirational dude.”

Luckily for Wilson, his Seahawks still have north of $50 million in cap space to spend in free agency. The quarterback is sure to give his opinion on how he’d like that money to be spent.

John Schneider, Seahawks to meet with Jadeveon Clowney’s agent at NFL Combine

John Schneider, Seahawks to meet with Jadeveon Clowney’s agent at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS – Jadeveon Clowney’s future remains uncertain as we’re still weeks away from the start of the new league year on March 18. One thing that hasn’t changed is the Seahawks' desire to keep the star pass rusher in Seattle.

John Schneider spoke to reporters from the NFL Combine on Tuesday and reiterated what Pete Carroll said at the end of the 2019 season.

“We’d love to have him back, obviously,” Schneider said. “He loved the culture. He loves the coaching staff. He loves the chefs. He loves our equipment guys. He’s a really fun guy. He was a blast to be around, and I hope we can continue that.”

Schneider confirmed that the team will meet with Clowney’s agent Bus Cook this week in Indianapolis. That’s not big news in and of itself given that the Seahawks will meet with several agents in the coming days.

What is notable is that Schneider shared that Seattle will ask Clowney to give the Seahawks the option to match any offer he receives elsewhere.

“Yeah absolutely,” the Seahawks GM said.

Schneider and Clowney “had a great talk” on move out day back in January. There’s clearly a mutual interest in getting a deal done, and Schneider hopes that gives Seattle a leg up in free agency.

“You’d like to think so,” he said. “We know his body. We know how to take care of him, and then also, the stadium we play in.”

Schneider referenced CenturyLink Field being a pass-rusher friendly stadium. Apparently that was a big sell years back when luring Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril to Seattle. The noise gives edge players a legit advantage.

“To have that noise, the real good pass rushers know it and they have that snap anticipation,” Schneider said.

The impending free agent had successful surgery shortly after the season to repair the core muscle injury that hindered him for much of 2019. For that reason, health won’t play a part in negotiations, Schneider said. Neither will production, or lack thereof in Clowney’s case.

Clowney posted just 3.5 sacks, a career low, but we all know the eye test told a different story. Schneider called him “super productive” and essentially confirmed what Ian Rapoport told NBC Sports Northwest back at the Super Bowl: That Clowney is going to get paid like he had 20 sacks.

For that reason, the price tag to keep Clowney is sure to be north of $20 million annually. The familiarity makes keeping Clowney a more ideal fit than other top dollar pass rushers like Everson Griffin and Yannick Ngakoue. Seattle has the money to make it happen. The wait continues as to whether or not the Seahawks will pull the trigger.

Two intriguing defensive line prospects Seahawks fans should keep tabs on


Two intriguing defensive line prospects Seahawks fans should keep tabs on

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2020 NFL Combine is underway from the Indiana Convention Center and prospects are beginning to churn through their media sessions. Workouts won’t begin until later in the week as that portion of the Combine has been moved to primetime.

Bleacher Report’s senior draft analyst Matt Miller joined the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast to preview what’s to come over the next several days in Indianapolis. Several mock drafts are currently projecting Seattle to take a defensive lineman in the first round for a second-consecutive draft.

Seahawks fans, understandably, give some pause to that notion given L.J. Collier’s underwhelming rookie season. But Collier’s lack of production in 2019 only emphasizes Seattle’s need along the defensive line.

There’s a chance that both Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed move on to other teams in free agency. Now, the Seahawks would surely sign a veteran or two to replace them, but it’s not a guarantee that John Schneider and Pete Carroll opt to break the bank on a defensive lineman.

Should that be the case, Miller provided a few prospects that could be in play with the Seahawks No. 27 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – one on the interior and one on the edge.

1. Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

Poona Ford has proven to be a fantastic run-stuffing defensive tackle, but he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Ford has just a .5 sack in 26 career games. That’s what made he and Reed such great complimentary pieces given Reed’s ability as a pass rusher.

Davidson, who posted 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2019, could be a suitable replacement.

“He dominated the couple days at the Senior Bowl before he got hurt,” Miller said. “He dominated for Auburn this past year. He’s 6-3, 297 pounds and he plays violent football. It’s easy to fall in love with him and think that he could step in right away and make a pretty big impact.”

2. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

Blue chip edge rushers don’t escape the top 10 in the draft, which makes any option at No. 27 largely a project player. It all comes down to determining which tools project to develop in the years down the road.

According to Miller, Gross-Matos has the highest upside of any pass rusher who might still be on the board at the end of the first round. The former Nittany Lion racked up a ridiculous 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over his last two collegiate seasons.

“I think he’s the one I’d be most excited about,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of raw potential there. I interviewed him at the Super Bowl for my podcast ‘Stick to Football.’ He’s impressive in person. He’s 6-5, he’s probably going to be close to 265-270 pounds.

“But he has speed. He’s got big long arms and big hands. He’s able to get offensive linemen off of his frame. You've got watch him play Iowa, and Iowa has very good offensive lineman, and he dominated those guys. With Gross-Matos, you’re getting more of a Day 1 impact. Because of that, he’s a guy who might not be there at No. 27.”

If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

XFL Dragons

If you haven’t been to an XFL Seattle Dragons game yet, you need to, & here’s why

We’re three weeks into the XFL’s inaugural season, and most of the country is still trying to figure out how they feel about it. Even the most casual football fan has undoubtedly monitored the league’s progress, at least peripherally, and has maybe even caught a few quarters of a game on TV.

But let me say this very clearly: If you haven’t been to a game yet, you need to.

I share that having just attended my first Seattle Dragons game last Saturday. I went as a fan rather than media in order to fully embrace the XFL experience.

Let’s start with the football itself. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall level of play as well as the XFL’s rule innovations. The new kickoff, the running clock and the absence of PATs are a nice change of pace at a minimum, if not an overall improvement compared to the NFL.

The players in the league range from former NFLers and fringe NFLers to college standouts at a minimum. There’s a speed and physicality to each game that checks a crucial box when going through your own eye test.

The biggest deficiency league wide, and especially with the Dragons, is quarterback play. There aren’t 32 franchise quarterbacks in the world, let alone eight extra to play in the XFL. That’s why the first three weeks have been dominated by defense while offenses, passing games in particular, are clearly a step behind.

That alone shouldn’t deter anyone from attending a game. I compare it to the early days of an NFL training camp, where a defense usually has a leg up on the offense out of the gate. There’s enough coaching experience and acumen in the XFL to make necessary adjustments.

In Seattle, there’s an added bonus of enjoying a gameday at CenturyLink Field. Despite a 1-2 start, the Dragons are off to a booming start from a business perspective. The team is leading the league in TV ratings and more than 50,000 fans have attended the first two games combined.

“We are excited about the support we've gotten so far, and this is just the beginning,” team president Ryan Gustafson told NBC Sports Northwest. “We knew the novelty of our first game ever would draw interest, but to have over 22,000 in attendance a week later shows how loyal the fans of Seattle really are. Gameday is just different in Seattle - in Seattle, we're loud and proud, and win or lose, we will continue to do everything we can to create a world-class experience for our fans.”

Gustafson urged that this is just the beginning for the Dragons. The team is actively working to make consistent improvements to the gameday experience as it receives feedback from fans and finds out what does and doesn’t work.

Here are some other notable draws that should entice you to attending one of the Dragons final three games this season. Your next opportunity is Sunday March 15 against the L.A. Wildcats.

- The Dragons have leaned into their "bringing the fire" mantra. That begins with the lighting of a cauldron akin to the Seahawks 12th man flag. A local legend lights the cauldron prior to kickoff for each game. Steve Largent and Brock Huard are the two who have done so thus far.

- The team gave away 25,000 orange towels at the first game and continue to urge fans to bring those and waive in key moments. Due to the demand, the team has ordered more towels and will sell them at the pro shop for only $5. Potentially doing another giveaway is on the table as well, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

- Affordability is one of the main selling points. Season tickets start at only $20 per ticket, and tickets for a single game start at only $24.  The team also has group tickets starting at only $18 for friends/family outings, youth sports organizations, companies, or any other groups. Given the exorbitant prices for Seahawks tickets, and to a lesser degree the Sounders, the cost alone should make Dragons games a draw for any football fan.

- In addition to the modest price of tickets, the Dragons have focused on ensuring other aspects of gameday are affordable. Parking for season ticket members is only $20 per game for the CenturyLink Field garage or north lot.

- There are some food and drink deals as well, notably a set of $20 value packages. You’ll also be able to find unique concession items with Dragon-related themes.

The moral of the story is that Dragons games are enticing for everyone from the diehard who can’t get enough football to the casual fan who is looking for fun and affordable weekend plans. Take your family or go with your friends and enjoy a few beers. Regardless, I promise you won’t regret going to a game. I know I didn’t.

Greg Olsen couldn’t pass up ‘elite situation’ to join forces with Russell Wilson, Seahawks


Greg Olsen couldn’t pass up ‘elite situation’ to join forces with Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Greg Olsen is set to embark on the next chapter of his career, one that will take him to the Pacific Northwest after he signed a 1-year, $7 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks last week.

But the former Panther still had some unfinished business to take care of in Charlotte before leaving. He and his wife Kara hosted an event at a local workout studio, benefiting their “Heartest Yard” charitable partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Their mission is to support families affected by congenital heart disease.

During the event, Olsen took a moment to chat with the Charlotte Observer. Among the topics discussed included the reason why the tight end picked the Seahawks over the Redksins and Bills. Olsen had Panthers connections in both of the other spots, Ron Rivera in Washington and Doug McDermott and Brandon Beane in Buffalo. He said he was “really torn” when it came time to pick his next destination.

So why Seattle?

“I just felt that Seattle’s been special, I just feel like their track record of consistency, we’ve seen it up close and personal here in Carolina at time,” Olsen told the Observer. “And obviously Russell Wilson, he’s an elite, special guy at the quarterback position, and Pete Carroll, it’s just a really elite situation and they showed so much interest in me. It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Olsen is indeed familiar with the Seahawks. In nine games against Seattle, six of which taking place in the last six years, Olsen caught 32 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He now figures to be one of Wilson’s top options in the passing game in a potentially standout 1-2 punch at tight end alongside Will Dissly.

He caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two scores in 2019, showing that he can still be plenty productive in the NFL as he approaches his 35th birthday. But much like Marshawn Lynch in Seattle’s latest playoff run, Olsen should also have a noticeable impact on the locker room from a leadership standpoint.

In addition, you can bet that Olsen, a three-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, will fully embrace the Seattle community during the upcoming season. The tight end said his entire family will spend the year in Seattle and his kids will attend local schools.

“It’s going to be a little Olsen family adventure,” he said.

NFL's new CBA proposal is an obvious money grab for both sides


NFL's new CBA proposal is an obvious money grab for both sides

NFL owners and the NFL Players’ Association will continue to negotiate on Thursday and Friday, but it appears that the two sides are getting closer to striking a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In fact, the owners have agreed on the new proposal and will now wait for the NFLPA's response.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday, there are two notable changes potentially coming to the format of the NFL season. The first is a 17-game regular season while reducing the preseason to three games, an idea that has been discussed for years now. According to Schefter, that part hasn’t been agreed to yet, and it wouldn’t go into effect until 2021 at the earliest. 

That’s likely due to the ambiguity for where that 17th game would be played. In order to avoid giving half of the league an extra home game, the sensible solution would be to have each team play one neutral site game – whether it be abroad or in the U.S. Such option would take time to orchestrate and plan, making it an impossibility to implement prior to the start of the 2020 season. If this eventually gets adopted, players would receive a 48.5% revenue share (up from their current 47% share). That 1.5% would be worth roughly $5 billion, according to Schefter. 

What has been agreed upon, Schefter says, is a new postseason format that will add an extra playoff team in each conference. This is expected to go into effect immediately as long as the new CBA is ratified before the start of the season. Assuming this is the case and the deal gets done, only the No. 1 seed would get a bye in each conference. That would add two extra games in the Wild Card Round (six instead of four). 

Applying this format to last year’s playoff picture, the Rams and Steelers would have made the postseason as seven seeds and the Packers and Chiefs would have been stripped of their bye weeks. 

In my opinion, both options are an obvious money grab for both sides, but the 17-game schedule is easier to stomach. The current four-game preseason is unnecessary, and I love the idea of each team playing one neutral site game.  

The addition of a playoff team seems like fixing a system that isn’t broken. I’d actually say that the NFL currently has my favorite postseason format of any professional sports league. There are 16 playoff teams in the NBA and NHL, 53% and 52% of the league, respectively. That’s silly. Teams with sub-.500 records shouldn’t be in playoff contention. The NFL is currently at 37.5% of the league making the playoffs, and that number will jump to 44% under the new format. 

The selling point is that more NFL markets will have postseason hopes alive throughout the entire season. That, in addition to the money, is surely why the NHL and NBA haven’t adjusted their formats.  

But is there a point where enough is enough? The NFL is already generating north of $15 billion and seems hellbent on capitalizing on America’s unending appetite for football. Even those who bemoan the new playoff format, like me, will still watch every down. And I suppose that’s the point. 

There’s not much else to do but shrug your shoulders and embrace the looming changes of the new CBA. 

Report: Seahawks expect TE Will Dissly back for Week 1 in 2020

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Report: Seahawks expect TE Will Dissly back for Week 1 in 2020

It’s been a big week for Seahawks tight end news. Seattle signed veteran Greg Olsen to a one-year deal on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Seahawks "fully expect" Will Dissly to be back in time for Week 1 in 2020.

Dissly is currently working his way back from an Achilles tear that occurred in Week 6 of 2019 against the Cleveland Browns. It was the tight end’s second season-ending injury in as many years since entering the NFL as a fourth-round pick in 2018. Dissly ruptured his patellar tendon as a rookie in 2018 in Week 4.

Despite the misfortune on the injury front, Dissly remains one of Seattle’s most promising young players. In just 10 career games, the University of Washington product has racked up 31 receptions for 418 yards and six touchdowns.

Backup tight end Jacob Hollister performed admirably in Dissly's absence, totaling 41 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He'll be the No. 3 tight end in 2020 if Seattle opts to bring back the unrestricted free agent.

If Dissly and Olsen can both keep healthy – and that’s a big if given their respective injury history – they figure to be a standout 1-2 punch at tight end for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense in 2020. Of a lesser importance, the pair of tight ends will have to turn to rock, paper, scissors in order to figure out who gets to wear No. 88 next season.

Mike Rob: Russell Wilson will have haters until he wins another Super Bowl

Mike Rob: Russell Wilson will have haters until he wins another Super Bowl

Russell Wilson is used to having detractors. He’s been dealing with critics his whole life, in not one but two sports. Between media and former coaches, heck, even his old teammates used to doubt him at one point.

Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who was teammates with Wilson from 2012-13, was the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. He told NBC Sports Northwest that there were some veterans ready to pull the plug on Wilson after just one start in 2012.

In his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson completed just 18-of-34 pass attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked three times. Seattle lost that game, 20-16.

“I remember guys on that plane ride going back saying, ‘We need to sit Russell. Play the other guy,’” Robinson recalled, referring obviously to Matt Flynn as the other guy. “Russell was sitting around hearing all of this, and he came out the next week, and he played with passion.

“He played with emotion. It’s almost like he wanted to make up for that performance because he knew he’d let some older guys down.”

Wilson was an efficient 15-of-20 for 151 yards, one touchdown and no picks in Seattle’s win against the Cowboys the following week.

“It was in that moment when I said, ‘OK, we’ve got something a little special with Russell Wilson,’” Robinson said.

But just cause Robinson and the rest of the Seahawks locker room bought in on their rookie QB, much of the football world remained skeptical. The narrative of Wilson needing a strong running game and a dominant defense still lingers today.

Robinson believes Wilson is in the “elite category” of current NFL quarterbacks, but he recognizes that many don’t share that sentiment.

“I know there are some haters out there who don’t like when I say that,” Robinson said.

Which is shocking, really. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir for anyone who is reading this, but it’s wild that Wilson has any skeptics at all. He’s tied as the winningest quarterback ever over a QB's first eight NFL seasons, and he’s led the Seahawks to the postseason seven times. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler and was named second-team All-Pro in 2019.

Something would have to go catastrophically wrong in order for Wilson to not be enshrined in Canton one day. And yet, Robinson explained that Wilson’s detractors will follow him all the way to the Hall of Fame if he’s unable to win another ring.

“If Russell can lead a team to a Super Bowl and win it, just off his abilities – because most people would say we won that Super Bowl off our running game and defense,” Robinson said. “If he can get this Seahawks team back in that type of position, I think you’ll see the narrative change about Russell Wilson.”

Fair or unfair (you know which way I lean), Robinson is probably right. The good news for Wilson and the Seahawks is that as long as he’s under center, Seattle should remain an annual playoff contender.

What signing TE Greg Olsen means for the Seahawks in 2020


What signing TE Greg Olsen means for the Seahawks in 2020

The Seahawks have already checked a box off their offseason to-do list.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that veteran tight end Greg Olsen has signed a one-year, $7 million deal with Seattle.

Olsen immediately provides the Seahawks with an insurance policy on Will Dissly, who will be working his way back from a torn Achilles in 2020. Seattle needed a quality option, and the Seahawks opted to go the veteran route rather than find a tight end in the draft.

Beyond that, Olsen showed in 2019 that he can still be productive. The 34-year-old (soon to be 35 in March) caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns last season. His debut with the Seahawks will mark the beginning of his 14th NFL season. Olsen was originally drafted in the first round by the Bears in 2007. He spent four seasons in Chicago before playing for the Panthers for the last seven.

Schefter reported that Olsen was also in deep talks with Washington and Buffalo, but ultimately signed with Seattle due to the allure of playing with Russell Wilson. The two have crossed paths during the Panthers and Seahawks many matchups over the last several seasons, and they also each made the Pro Bowl in 2015. For his career, Olsen has 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.

Once Dissly is healthy, Olsen will allow the Seahawks to regularly operate out of 12 personnel. That works perfectly given Seattle's current set of skill players as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are the only two dependable wideouts on the roster. Having Metcalf, Lockett, Olsen and Dissly on the field at the same time should be a regular occurrence in 2020.

Ed Dickson still has a year left on his contract but he isn't likely to remain on the roster following this move. Jacob Hollister is still an option as a No. 3 tight end. Seattle would be wise to keep Hollister (he's currently set to become a restricted free agent) around given his moderate success in 2019 (41-349-3) as well as the injury histories for both Olsen and Dissly.

Olsen benefitted from hitting the open market prior to the official start of free agency, which doesn't begin until March 18. The tight end and the Panthers mutually parted ways on Jan. 30 which made him an immediate free agent. Seattle quickly showed interest, as did Buffalo and Washington (notably coached by Ron Rivera now). Because he was released, signing him won't cost Seattle a compensatory pick as ESPN's Brady Henderson wisely pointed out.

It makes sense that Olsen opted to play with Wilson rather than Washington's Dwayne Haskins or Buffalo's Josh Allen. Wilson gives Olsen the security that the Seahawks will be in contention for what is likely to be one lone season in the Pacific Northwest. Olsen is set to embark on a broadcasting career once he finally decides to call it quits. Many thought that the tight end had played his last snap. Instead, he'll be one of Wilson's go-to targets in 2020.