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Russell Wilson signs four-year extension with Seahawks

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Russell Wilson signs four-year extension with Seahawks

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Russell Wilson is getting paid. 

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension with their quarterback to the tune of four-years $87.6 million.

The terms were first reported by Peter King of Sports Illustrated. 

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Seattle general manager John Schneider and Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, beat a 1 p.m. Eastern Time deadline—the official start time for the first training camp practice of Wilson’s fourth NFL season—by agreeing to a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension, making Wilson, for now, the second-highest-paid player in NFL history.

The deal includes a $31 million signing bonus and approximately $60 million in guarantees.

The previous biggest contract signed in the NFL was Aaron Rodgers’ five-year, $110 million contract in 2013. That contract became a major stumbling block in these talks, because it was signed 27 months ago, when the NFL salary cap was $123 million. Now, with the cap up 17 percent over the last two years (it is $143.8 million this year), Rodgers was insistent that the new contract wouldn’t be soon overtaken if Wilson was going to commit to the Seahawks long-term. With the cap likely increasing up to $10 million a year over the life of Wilson’s deal, Rodgers surely argued, Wilson’s deal had to be in Aaron Rodgers’ league. Turns out it was $100,000-per-year less.

Wilson was scheduled to make $1.54 million this season in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.

Rodgers had put a Friday deadline to get a deal done, stating talks would be cut off and Wilson would become a free agent next season. 

If no new contract was signed, Wilson faced being tagged as the franchise player next February.

Wilson commented on the deal Friday morning on Twitter.

The biggest hiccup in contract negociations stemmed from "new money," the cash up front and guarantees Wilson would receive, in addition to the debate over a yearly salary.

Wilson's agent didn't want his client to get a rich deal, similar to that of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, but be incentive laden without guarantees. 

Wilson will be under contract with the Seahawks through 2019.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson trains with the GOAT Serena Williams

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson trains with the GOAT Serena Williams

When Russell Wilson isn’t launching perfect passes to Tyler Lockett in the endzone or visiting Seattle Children’s on “Blue Tuesday,” the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is spending his offseason training alongside seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

“We were just in Cannes and I got to train with her actually,” Wilson said in an interview with Access. “We trained together, it was awesome. We’re fired up for her for sure.”

Wilson and his wife, Ciara, took the ESPYS red carpet on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles to support Williams, who took home the award for Best Female Tennis Player award.

They also gave us squad goals in this photo alongside U.S. women's soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe and reigning WNBA champion Sue Bird. 

Wilson wasn’t the only Seahawk to attend the biggest night in sports. The Griffin brothers, Shaquem and Shaquill, were also at the event promoting their new book Inseparable: How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL, which came out earlier this week.

The Seahawks head from the red carpet to the football field later this month when training camp begins on July 25. 

Russell Wilson bites: The Seattle Seahawks' QB touches on a variety of topics at minicamp

Russell Wilson bites: The Seattle Seahawks' QB touches on a variety of topics at minicamp

RENTON, Wash. - Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson met with the media following the second day of minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and had plenty to say about his evolving relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the receiving corps, the offensive line and facing the pressure brought by a signing a huge, new contract 

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Year two with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: Wilson went through the experimental phase with his new OC last year and the product turned out well. In year two, Wilson hopes to see the offense take another step because the synergy between the two has naturally improved.

Now, according to Wilson, when the two arrive for a meeting following practice they both have an idea of what the other is thinking and more easily share ideas. That enhanced relationship has helped the pair work on expanding the downfield passing game .

"How we're trying to attack defenses, how we're trying to make plays, it's very exciting," Wilson said. 

Last week Schottenheimer said he believed Seattle is the best play-action team in the league and that statement is not farfetched.

"Russ’s ability to throw the ball deep down the field, that was evident last year the last eight games, we were, I think, top three or four," Schottenheimer said. "He’s just got a great feel for it."

D.K. Metcalf and the rookie receivers: The shimmer and shine that covers rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf has yet to wear off. He's so far lived up to expectations this offseason, albeit in non-live action without pads.

"I think DK is looking really, really special," Wilson said. "He can do anything and everything. He's tremendous."

Seattle also drafted Gary Jennings - banged up and out of practice - in the fourth round and John Ursua in the seventh round. Having three rookie receivers can often prove daunting but according to Wilson, all three have assimilated well. 

"To be honest with you, not in a negative way, I'm kind of shocked at how good we've been in terms of the young guys coming in...," Wilson said. "Just how everything has clicked in such a smooth way. I feel like I've been doing it for years with these guys and so that's a good thing."

Wilson said he's been impressed with both the intelligence and skill of the new receivers. 

"The amount of guys that we have across the board from left to right that can really make a lot of plays and do a lot of special things is exciting," Wilson said.

At the forefront remains Metcalf, who is impossible to miss at 6-foot-3, 228-pounds of blazing beastliness. But there's more to Metcalf than physical prowess. Wilson said Metcalf is a very cerebral receiver, which has helped him make a strong transition thus far. 

"How he processes information and how he quickly he understands it, he is really intelligent," Wilson said. "He understands the game really well. He takes coaching well. He gets extra work. He's a legit pro wide receiver. He's everything that everybody was talking about in terms of what he's capable of and more."

Wilson said he learned quickly what Metcalf had to offer during a 20-minute conversation with him shortly after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of April's NFL Draft. . 

"You can sense it," Wilson said. "When you've been around and you've played and you've understand and you've played yourself, you can tell the guys that really hunting for something special. And I think he is."

Of course, all of the praise now ultimately won't mean much if the rookies don't shine when things get real come late July. 

"The biggest things is, the reality...we'll find out a lot when we strap on the pads and make plays," Wilson said. "That's when you find the true stars and the true players."

Wilson said he plans to host the receivers to Los Angeles, Calif., later this summer for some additional work, something he's done since following his rookie year. 

Surging offensive line: Left tackle Duane Brown said last week that he believes Seattle's offensive line could develop into the best the NFL has to offer. Right tackle Germain Ifedi said yesterday that he didn't believe Brown's assertions were out of bounds. 

Wilson said today that the continuity of the line (four starters return) gives the group a chance to be great.

"I think that finally we've got some consistency upfront of what we know what we want to do and how we want to do it," Wilson said. "If we continue to run the football really well, pass protect and make our explosive plays but also just be great in clutch time, then there's nothing we can't do.

Does $140 million bring added pressure?: Wilson signed a four-year extension this offseason that made him the highest paid player in the NFL and gave him five years total under contract with the Seahawks. Such status, Wilson said, does not come with added pressure.

"No, not at all," he said. "I think I always put enough positive pressure on myself. You look forward to the moments, you look forward to the challenges, you look forward to the opportunity, you look forward to greatness, you look forward to having success, and then it doesn’t waver. My mindset from my first year to this year, it didn’t change anything. I always say pressure was when my dad was on his death bed. And this is a game I get to play. I get to throw a football for a living and get to do what I love to do and get to be around a lot of great guys and a lot of great fans. So I think there’s an excitement to do what you set out to do, and that’s to win a Super Bowl."

 

Houston Texans part ways with general manager Brian Gaine

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Houston Texans part ways with general manager Brian Gaine

Brian Gaine’s tenure in Houston has come to a close.

A year and a half after Gaine was hired as the Texans general manager, the team announced Friday that he had been relieved of his duties.

“After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager,” Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization.”

In the statement, the Texans noted that “while the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of our organization in our quest to build a championship team for the City of Houston.”

Houston will begin an immediate search for a new GM. Chris Olsen, senior vice president of football administration, will serve as the team’s interim.

The Seahawks and Texans last met at CenturyLink Field in October 2017 following Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates running the prison” comments. The two teams are not scheduled to meet this season.

Haloti Ngata earns top Ravens' honor

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Haloti Ngata earns top Ravens' honor

After 13 seasons in the national football league, Haloti Ngata returned to Baltimore to officially retire as a Raven, bringing the career of one of the team’s all-time great defenders full circle. With about a dozen friends and family members present for Ngata's official retirement ceremony, owner Steve Bisciotti surprised Ngata by inducting him into the Raven's Ring of Honor for 2020. Coach Brian Billick will be inducted into the Ring of Honor this season too. 

The former Oregon defensive lineman announced his retirement from the league in March, literally on top of the world on Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

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The University of Oregon product was chosen by the Ravens in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, was selected to five straight Pro Bowls during his nine seasons with Baltimore and won Super Bowl XLVII. In nearly a decade with the Ravens, he missed only nine games.

The 6-foot-4, 340 pound athlete's legacy stretches far and wide. Ngata made our list of the greatest defensive linemen to ever call Eugene home and could be bound for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Ngata played for three seasons with the Detroit Lions (2015-2017) and spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Marcus Mariota weighs in with big numbers entering pivotal season

Marcus Mariota weighs in with big numbers entering pivotal season

It's a big season for Marcus Mariota at Tennessee and the former Oregon Duck is weighing in with big numbers. 

The Titans quarterback added 12-13 pounds to his frame since last season, according to a report.

Why does this matter? Mariota has yet to play a full 16-game schedule during his first four seasons in the National Football League. The Heisman Trophy winner had several outstanding games last season when not bothered by injuries that impacted his passing abilities. 

In 2018, he set the franchise record with a 68.9 percent completion percentage. However, his 11 touchdown passes were the lowest of his career.

Mariota heads into 2019 after the Titans picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract signed as the No. 2-overall selection in 2015. Basically, the Titans wagered $20.9 million that Mariota could still develop into a franchise quarterback and he has one year to prove it, or his career in Tennessee could come to an end next offseason. 

The extra bulk could help the mobile quarterback avoid injury in his pivital season. Also, it could garner some great new nicknames... Marcus Mari-HULK-a?

Former Beav QB, Derek Anderson, retires from the NFL

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Former Beav QB, Derek Anderson, retires from the NFL

Former Oregon State QB, Derek Anderson, has hung up his NFL cleats. 

From Pro Football Talk: "The 35-year-old Anderson, who entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon State in 2005, has spent time with the Ravens, Browns, Cardinals and Panthers before signing with the Bills last year. In his third NFL season and first as a regular starter, he surprised everyone by throwing for 3,787 yards and 19 touchdowns and leading the Browns to a 10-6 record — their best record since returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999."

Anderson was likely slated to be the backup QB in Buffalo this coming season behind Josh Allen. Anderson spent the vast majority of his NFL career, other than an out-of-nowhere season in in 2007 when he made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Cleveland Browns, as a journeyman backup. 

Marshawn Lynch hangs up the towel, parks his golf cart, expected to retire (again)

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Marshawn Lynch hangs up the towel, parks his golf cart, expected to retire (again)

After two seasons playing with the Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch announces that he is not planning on playing football again. (Reported by Adam Schefter):

The former Seattle Seahawks running back (2010-2015) had an instant impact in Seattle’s backfield, won a Super Bowl with the team, and will go down in the NFL history books in his Beast Mode ways as one of the toughest runners in the game. Anyone else remember the game where he single-handily took on the entire New Orleans Saints defense:

His career was long and glorious and filled with spectacular moments such as “I’m just here so I don’t get fined”. Selected No. 12 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, Lynch’s 12-year, three-team career as a running back was stellar to say the least.

In his final season with the Raiders, Lynch played just six games but averaged 62.7 yards per game. He will finish his career with over 10,000 rushing yards. 

Thank you Beast Mode.  

Ooooooh Sunday Night! List of all 2019 SNF primetime games on NBC

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Ooooooh Sunday Night! List of all 2019 SNF primetime games on NBC

Que the Carrie Underwood jingle… “I’ve been waiting all day for Sunday night. The tough get rough in the primetime fight.”

Sunday Night Football separates itself from the rest of the NFL football weekend. It is a night that showcases one of the “better” games of the weekend. It’s a night that even has it’s own theme song: P!nk in 2006, Faith Hill from 2008-2012, and Carrie Underwood.

The theme song returns on Sunday, September 8 when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the reigning Super Bowl Champ New England Patriots at 8:20 PM (ET) on NBC.

Full SNF schedule (all times at 8:20 PM (ET) on NBC:

Sunday, 09/15: Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, 09/22: Los Angeles Rams @ Cleveland Browns

Sunday, 09/29: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints

Sunday, 10/06: Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, 10/13: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Los Angeles Chargers 

Sunday, 10/20: Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 10/27: Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, 11/03: New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, 11/10: Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 11/17: Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, 11/24: Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, 12/01: New England Patriots @ Houston Texans

Sunday, 12/08: Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, 12/15: Minnesota Vikings @ Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, 12/22: Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears

 

Check out the full 2019 Seattle Seahawks regular season schedule here!

Breakdown of Seattle's 2019 regular season schedule courtesy of Aaron Fentress

Seattle Seahawks re-sign DB Neiko Thorpe

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Seattle Seahawks re-sign DB Neiko Thorpe

Seattle maintained some of its depth at defensive back with the resigning of Neiko Thorpe over the weekend.

Thorpe, a six-year veteran, has spent the last three seasons with Seattle as mostly a special teams ace. He's appeared in 41 games with zero starts while in Seattle. A gunner on punt team, Thorpe a special teams co-captain in 2018.

Seattle earlier in free agency lost backup cornerback Justin Coleman to Detroit.