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Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is backing up Russell Wilson what’s next for Marcus Mariota? It could be...

Is there any shine left on Marcus Mariota’s star? 

That’s what we’re going to find out this offseason as Mariota is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2015 has fallen from the pedestal of the Titans franchise QB to a signal-caller whose future is a gigantic question mark.  

Mariota was benched after six games (2-4) in 2019 in favor of Ryan Tannehill, a fellow first-round flameout… or so we thought. Tannehill sparked a turnaround in Tennessee and led the Titans to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth in the postseason. The Titans magic continued through the Wild Card Round against the Patriots and the Divisional Round against the top-seeded Ravens – two stunning upsets. Tennessee lost on Sunday to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round, and the Titans must now decide what they want to do at quarterback in 2020. 

The one thing that feels evident is that it won’t be Mariota.  

The former Oregon Duck has a 29-32 record in 61 games as a starter with 13,207 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. The highlight of his five seasons in Tennessee was a playoff win against the Chiefs in 2017.  

Now, he’ll presumably pursue an opportunity to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Here is a list of teams that could potentially sign Mariota in such a capacity: Dolphins, Chargers (if Rivers leaves), Colts, Bears and Panthers.  

There’s no guarantee any of those clubs will view Mariota as the stopgap QB they want running the show in 2020. Should all of them pass, Mariota would then be relegated to taking a backup job (or even competing for a backup job). That won’t be a problem. 

On that note, the Seattle Seahawks will be in the market for a backup quarterback as Geno Smith is also scheduled to be a free agent. Mariota’s mobility and experience as a starter could potentially be a perfect fit behind Russell Wilson. From Seattle’s standpoint, the Seahawks could do much worse for an insurance policy should Wilson miss a game for the first time in his career. 

There’s potential that Mariota would welcome a return to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is about as close to the quarterback’s home of Hawaii as you can get in the NFL, and he’s already familiar with the region from his college days. 

This scenario is purely speculation at this point, but it’s not one that can be ruled out. 

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

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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.

Tyler Lockett, Quandre Diggs among NFL players reacting to potential new CBA

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Tyler Lockett, Quandre Diggs among NFL players reacting to potential new CBA

NFL owners approved the terms of a potential new collective bargaining agreement between the league and NFL Players Association on Thursday, but not everyone is thrilled about the negotiated terms.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett and safety Quandre Diggs expressed their disapproval for the latest proposal, which would expand the season to 17 regular season games and shorten the preseason to three games.

Lockett and Diggs are not pleased with the idea of NFL owners making more than 50 percent of the league’s revenue.

Lockett voiced his opinion on the proposed CBA’s compensation for a 17th game, which says players would get an extra game check, but it would be capped at $250,000. This would impact some of the highest paid players in the league.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also had some thoughts on the proposed CBA. He liked a tweet from Texans defensive end J.J. Watt who said “hard no on that proposed CBA.”

The players and their representatives will consider the owner-approved CBA proposal on Friday. 32 player reps will vote on the proposed CBA and if it passes by two-thirds majority, the proposal will next go to the players for a final vote. It would need a simple majority to pass. Many believe the players will vote down the new CBA agreement due to a lack of support for a 17-game season. The current CBA expires in March 2021.

UPDATE: The NFLPA's board of representatives are no longer planning to vote Friday on the proposed CBA. Per Pelissero, the NFLPA will meet with NFL leadership in Indianapolis next week to discuss things further. 

Russell Wilson responds in perfect way to claim his shoulder was photoshopped

Russell Wilson responds in perfect way to claim his shoulder was photoshopped

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara are having baby number three!

That much is clear. They announced the news on social media on January 30th. 

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But, some people on social media are wondering... was Russell Wilson's photo announcing the news photoshopped? 

After looking at this from many possible angles, I still can't decide. 

The main point of confusion rests on Russell Wilson's shoulders... literally. 

The main point of contention is the indent off Wilson's right shoulder. 

If you've ever used Photoshop, it can be difficult to cut/crop out a person cleanly for the purposes of adding it to another layer or photo. 

However, this could just be Apple's Portrait Mode messing up. Or, it could be how Wilson is holding the phone and contorting his body. Maybe Wilson's shoulder has been messed up to the point that that's the appearance. Or, maybe someone's hand was removed during the cut-out portion of the edit and wasn't replaced. But wouldn't we see that person in the reflection of Wilson's glasses? And there's the tree in Ciara's photo and the reflection of the tree in Wilson's

It could also be edited. But, why would it be?!

It's very likely 100% totally real and Apple's portrait mode is throwing things off. 

You decide for yourself. 

UPDATE: We have an answer from the man himself.

Looks like it wasn't photoshop or Apple's portrait mode. Just football. 

Russell Wilson advised to avoid country music by his mental conditioning coach

Russell Wilson advised to avoid country music by his mental conditioning coach

Seahawks fans are accustomed to seeing their franchise quarterback overcome any obstacle put in front of him.

Third round selection? Check.

Fourth-quarter deficit? Check.

Part of that success comes from Russell Wilson's drive to defeat the obstacles in his head with the help of his mental conditioning coach, Trevor Moawad.

In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Seattle’s Morning News, Moawad talked about how he helps Wilson maintain a mindset conducive to success, including always focusing on the ensuing action rather than past events. 

“You have three bad quarters, you’ve thrown four interceptions, you own that,” he said. “But the next seven minutes are going to be based on what you do, not what you did.”

Wilson echoed that sentiment when he spoke to NBC Sports Northwest for the Headstrong documentary last fall about the importance of mental health.

[RELATED: Headstrong: Russell Wilson on his approach to goal setting]

“The easiest way to start, in my opinion, is to one, write out where you want to go," Wilson said. "What’s my end destination? Then I think about where I am currently, right now. Then I think about the necessary steps to get there.”

Moawad, author of It Takes What It Takes, also had some specific advice for Wilson about the type of media he consumes should not be too negative: including country music.

You know, country music is great, but it’s so negative that … we don’t want to have that really dictating our internal ad campaign. …That doesn’t mean you can’t listen to it, but if you’re going through a divorce or a tough challenge and you’re listening to sad music, you’re going to be influenced negatively. It's going to be harder to move forward.

Surely Wilson will continue this mindset as he prepares for the upcoming season.

Seattle Seahawks linked to Vikings DE Everson Griffen

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Seattle Seahawks linked to Vikings DE Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen is set to hit the market in free agency and the Seattle Seahawks have been one of several teams linked to the Minnesota Vikings pass rusher.

Per Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, Seattle could be a potential landing spot for Griffen, who has reportedly voided the final three years of his deal in Minnesota. He also formerly played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC.

As ESPN’s Courtney Cronin pointed out, two unique metrics made it possible for Griffen to void his contract: He tallied six or more sacks and played 57 percent or more of the snaps last season.

What we know is this: Seattle is looking to retain star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney this offseason. Carroll and Co. made it clear Clowney was their top priority and he has said “he wants to be here.”

A report from Bleacher Report recently suggested the three-time Pro Bowler could be seeking market-setting money and if so, he has test the market first and see what’s out there. The Seahawks currently have somewhere north of $51 million in cap space when free agency begins, and keeping Clowney may or may not make since depending on his market value.

If the Seahawks are unable to retain Clowney, Griffen is a more than suitable backup plan. In 2019, he recorded eight sacks and 41 tackles. He did deal with some personal struggles in 2018, limiting him to 11 games, but he’s played in at least 15 games eight of the last nine seasons.

Considering his experience playing with Carroll at USC and the fact he is not too far removed from double-digit sack numbers, the Seahawks should at least reach out to Griffen when free agency opens on March 18. 

Marshawn Lynch makes a cameo in the new Westworld trailer

Marshawn Lynch makes a cameo in the new Westworld trailer

Beast mode, an actor? It appears Marshawn Lynch is looking to make even more “chicken.”

The Seattle Seahawks running back popped up in the new Westworld Season 3 trailer that was released on Thursday. He appears at the :55 second mark.

It’s unclear how much of a role Lynch plays in the HBO show, and whether he will take his talents to the screen permanently, rather than the football field.

The five-time Pro Bowler came out of retirement for a second stint with the Seattle Seahawks this season. He rushed 30 times for 67 yards and had four touchdowns in the three games while Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were sidelined with season-ending injuries.

The Seahawks have entertained the idea of Lynch returning in 2020. Pete Carroll even hinted at the possibility of Lynch being offered special terms to stay. 

We'll find out soon if the 33-year-old running back is a dual-threat actor as well. Season 3 of Westworld premieres on March 15. 

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

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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.