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Fann Mail: Who are the Seahawks potential surprise cuts?

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Fann Mail: Who are the Seahawks potential surprise cuts?

With the Seattle Seahawks having broken camp and taking Wednesday off, now is as good a time as any to introduce our weekly mailbag. Throughout the year, I’ll take your questions and give you my take on the most pressing topics facing the Seahawks. I want to start by thanking all of you who participated in Round 1.

With that, let’s dive in.

We’re just over two weeks until the deadline for roster cuts (Saturday Aug. 31 at 1:00 p.m. PT), and there’s still plenty of uncertainty as to which names will be on that 53-man list. This question is a little subjective because it all depends on how you define “surprise.”

I’ll give you three that I think fit that bill: Shaquem Griffin, Barkevious Mingo and Jaron Brown.

Griffin has struggled to find a home on defense, and guys like Cody Barton and Austin Calitro would be safer plays at SAM should Mychal Kendricks go down. His contributions on special teams may be what keep him around for one more season. To me it comes down to Griffin or 2019 fifth-round pick Ben Burr-Kirven. Seattle may opt to part ways with Burr-Kirven rather than break up the Griffin twins this year.

Mingo might be pushed off the roster by Ezekiel Ansah and L.J. Collier being on the active roster in Week 1. Cassius Marsh, Rasheem Green and Jacob Martin are three other defensive ends that should make the team. Like Griffin, Mingo may benefit from playing on special teams, which could give him a spot over a defensive tackle like Earl Mitchell. However, Seattle may look for those contributions elsewhere and save $4.1 million by cutting Mingo.

I think Brown is the safest of the three. Seattle doesn’t have enough sure things at wide receiver to part ways with the veteran who scored five touchdowns in 2018. But it’s still conceivable, especially if the Seahawks decide they want to keep Jazz Ferguson and John Ursua on the roster. More on this in a moment.

I’d be shocked if the Seahawks didn’t keep six receivers. They simply have too many talented rookies to go with just five.

Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and David Moore, in my opinion, are locks. Gary Jennings is also a safe bet and would really need to stumble the rest of the month in order to get cut. I’m also of the belief that Ferguson will be on the roster because he’s been too good already to sneak onto the practice squad. There aren’t enough 6-foot-5 receivers with 4.5-second speed going around to do that.

So then it comes down to Ursua vs. Brown. Like I mentioned before, with all of the unproved names on this list, it makes sense to keep Brown. Sure, Seattle could save $2.75 million by cutting the veteran, but that’s not a big enough number to have money be the primary factor in this decision. I think ultimately it’s Ursua who gets cut and ends up on the practice squad along with Malik Turner and potentially Terry Wright.

Rashaad Penny will be involved, but he’s the clear No. 2 in the 1-2 punch between him and Chris Carson.

I anticipate Carson taking at least two thirds of the workload, but Penny will still get a few series a game. Brian Schottenheimer’s plan to utilize running backs more in the passing game will also help bump Penny’s usage a bit.

It feels like Week 1 is more imminent than it really is. We’re still more than three weeks away from Seattle’s opener on Sept. 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals, which gives Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) plenty of time to get back into the fold.

Pete Carroll has had nothing but positive updates regarding Ansah’s progress, but he’s also said that every player needs to practice. Unless Ansah gets a full week of work without limitations leading up to Week 1, I don’t see him being a major factor against the Bengals.

My guess is that Ansah is active but doesn’t play more than 15 snaps. The Seahawks are going to be extremely cautious with the guy they expect to be their top edge rusher.

Shaquill Griffin has been the Seahawks most consistent corner. He’s given up the fewest big plays, and has had his share of pass breakups.

However, Griffin and the rest of Seattle’s corners need to improve their ball skills. Griffin had just two interceptions last season and fellow starter Tre Flowers had zero. The pair hasn’t had many in camp, either. Getting more takeaways through the air is a point of emphasis for them in 2019.

I don’t see this happening for several reasons but here are the top two:

1. Seattle won’t part ways with the draft capital that the Houston Texans will be seeking in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney.

2. While the Seahawks can afford Clowney, who is due to make just shy of $16 million, it would be a one-year rent-a-player with no guarantee of working out a long-term deal. Clowney will play the 2019 season on the franchise tag, and the deadline has passed to sign him to an extension. All around this simply isn’t the kind of move that’s been in John Schneider’s DNA.

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.

'TE room is going to be dangerous': Twitter reacts as Greg Olsen signs with Seattle Seahawks

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'TE room is going to be dangerous': Twitter reacts as Greg Olsen signs with Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson wanted his team to add more "superstars," and his wish just came true.

The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran tight end Greg Olsen to a one-year, $7 million contract that includes $5.5 million guaranteed on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Olsen also made visits to Redskins and Bills, but the Seahawks won the sweepstakes for the 13-year tight end, who will now call Seattle his home. 

Several Seahawks, including Wilson and tight end Will Dissly, shared their thoughts on Seattle's latest addition. Here’s a look at how Twitter reacted to the news:

[RELATED: Greg Olsen's Twitter foreshadowed him signing with Seahawks]

The three-time Pro Bowler was released earlier this offseason by Carolina after nine seasons with the Panthers. His veteran leadership and experience will benefit the Seahawks, who could use help at the tight end, a position that was hit by injuries in 2019.