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Former Oregon Duck TE Ed Dickson released from the Seahawks

Former Oregon Duck TE Ed Dickson released from the Seahawks

More shifts in the Seattle tight end room in this NFL offseason.

10-year veteran Ed Dickson has been released by the Seattle Seahawks.

The news was first reported by National Insider for NFL Network Ian Rapoport:

The 32-year-old, 10-year veteran signed with Seattle on March 16, 2018, but unfortunately his career in Seattle was plagued by the injury bug. He did not play in 2019.

This news may not come as much of a shock due in part to the Seahawks signing Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen during the offseason, Will Dissly returning from injury, Jacob Hollister stepping up big time last season, and Luke Wilson returning to Seattle. 

In 2018, Dickson caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Dickson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (No. 74 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent four years in Baltimore before the Carolina Panthers picked him up in March 2015.

Dickson earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors during his senior season at the University of Oregon. He was Oregon's second-leading receiver in 2009 and helped lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense and ranked second in total offense, looming as the Ducks' lone representative on the league's first-team all-conference contingent.

Bobby Wagner’s full statement on the death of George Floyd

Bobby Wagner’s full statement on the death of George Floyd

Bobby Wagner spent nearly an hour talking to local reporters on Monday. There was some football discussed, but as expected, most of the conversation centered around the current events in this country.

Wagner began his Zoom call presser with a lengthy statement on the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police and the fallout from that event. The Seahawks linebacker explained that he’s not much of a social media guy, and so he wanted us (and you, for that matter) to get to hear it from him directly.

But for those who didn’t watch the presser live, here’s his full statement, transcribed in its entirety. I bolded a few parts that stood out to me in particular.

“Before I wanted to speak or before we talk about football, obviously there’s something more important that we need to address before we get to football. Obviously, the stuff that has gone on the past week, especially the past few days, weekend, has been crazy. Like many of the black community you know I am hurt, sad, in pain, that we had to watch another video of another black man being murdered and watching him gasp and try to get air, say to the cop “I can’t breathe” and ask you know basically ask him for life that’s not something that I that you ever get used to, you know. So I want to say that I support the protesters. I understand the message; I understand why, what’s going on, what’s happening. I feel like it’s important, especially sitting here with you guys in the media. You guys play, I think, a pretty big role in what’s going on right now because you guys play a part in the narrative. Over the years, we have talked to you guys about you being able to control the narrative and say what’s really going on. I feel like a lot of focus is on the rioting, the looting, the people stealing stuff, but we’re not talking enough about what started that. I think the black community is tired of seeing the same things going on and not seeing change. I think we’re tired of not seeing people being held accountable for the actions that they do, but understanding that if we were in that position, we would be held accountable. So I challenge everybody on this call to be a part, and the media, to report the message and what it really is. We’re tired of seeing black people killed, you know what I’m saying? I’ve been having conversations with people and somebody said, ‘Man, you know what? I’m afraid to have a child - I’m afraid to have a black child because I don’t know how they’re going to be treated in this world based off their skin color.’ That’s not a position that anybody should be in. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t even know if what I’m saying is coming out perfect, but I do know that we need to educate ourselves, on both sides. I feel like white people need to educate themselves on what the black experience is like. We look at the media and the media is very white but there is some black media and I think it’s important to have a conversation with them to understand what are some of the things they’re going [through] because it’s just as important for you all to understand who you’re working with the things that they have to deal with. Football is a special place because we get to be around all walks of life – white, black, people from Canada and all over to be exposed to different things. So I challenge you guys to educate yourselves on what it’s like to be black in America. I definitely feel like we have to educate ourselves as well because there’s a lot of things that they’re not teaching us in school, we’re not learning in schools and we need to figure out why that is. Everybody’s supposed to be getting the same education but we all know that’s not the case, and we need to fix that. What’s the point of having a camera, and watching someone murder someone, if they’re not going to be held accountable for their actions. So I feel like this is a very interesting time right now. I feel like a lot of people are listening, especially in the white community—maybe, I’m not sure—but I think it’s important that you try to get that knowledge. And I think it’s important that you reach out to your fellow black members in the media to try to get that knowledge, because they always say ‘Knowledge is power’ and I believe that, but I also believe that the ability to use and apply that knowledge is where the true power comes. What’s the good in having knowledge if you ain’t going to use it? So use the knowledge, see how you can help, and spread the message. I was there at the protests on Saturday until some white people started burning up cop cars. So instead of reporting—report the peaceful side of the protests as well. Report the people that are doing good, because there’s a lot of people doing good out there. There’s a lot of people that want to see the world change and don’t want to see the world like this anymore. We want to feel good to have our kids in this world, and it has to mean something to you guys. I feel like it doesn’t really hit home until it happens to you. In the media, I can’t see everybody on this call but I would go out on a limb and say you all rock with me, so imagine I was that person, having a knee to their neck – how would you feel? It doesn’t need to happen to someone close to you for it to feel that way. So I just urge everybody to educate themselves, urge everybody to figure out what we can do to make this better. I don’t have all the answers. I’m hurting, I’m pissed off like everybody else, I’m tired like everybody else and I want to see something different but it’s going to take some leadership. We don’t have that leadership right now. We have someone in the office that’s calling black protesters ‘thugs’ and white protesters ‘good people,’ and that’s not okay. As white people, ya’ll need to check that. That’s on ya’ll to check that. We can only check something so much – it’s got to mean something to you. Yeah man, that’s kind of what I had on my heart. Hopefully that came out how I wanted it to come out and now we can talk about football.”

Seahawks vs. 49ers: The game-altering plays from Seattle's wild overtime defeat

Seahawks vs. 49ers: The game-altering plays from Seattle's wild overtime defeat

The Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers Monday Night Football game during the 2019 season was a game for the ages. 

It was a pivotal NFC West matchup between two of the NFL’s heavyweights with the Niners 8-0 as the NFL’s last undefeated team. The legendary battle between the defenses kept fans at Levi’s Stadium on the edge of their seats. 

And it wouldn’t be a Seahawks game without some late-game magic from Russell Wilson, who led a game-winning drive in overtime after throwing a rare red zone interception on Seattle's previous possession. This ultimately set up Jason Myers for a 42-yard field goal as time expired. 

All the feels. 

Let’s take a look back at the impact moments in this game that helped the Seahawks knock the Niners from the unbeaten ranks:

Down 10-0, the Seahawks needed a spark to get the game started. Jarran Reed came up with a huge fumble/sack on Jimmy Garappolo and Jadeveon Clowney recovered with the scoop-and-score.

After the extra point, Seattle trailed 10-7, but the momentum was in the Seahawks favor. 

The Seahawks looked primed to take the lead before halftime, but 49ers safety Jacquiski Tartt had other plans. Tartt stripped DK Metcalf at the 2-yard-line as the Seahawks rookie was darting towards the end zone with a minute remaining in the first half. 

About midway through the third quarter, Quandre Diggs intercepted Garappolo and returned the ball for 44 yards. This was Diggs' first debut as a member of the Seahawks. 

Then Russell Wilson took over. He found tight end Jacob Hollister, who had a one-handed touchdown grab in the end zone to give the Seahawks a 14-10 lead. 

Less than three minutes later, running back Chris Carson powered through the 49ers defense for a 1-yard touchdown. 

With 1:45 remaining in the game, Jason Myers got his redemption after an unfortunate Week 9, kicking in a clutch 46-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 24-21 lead. 

The 49ers, of course, tied things up again when Chase McLaughlin kicked a field goal from 47 yards out. He drilled it down the middle and we're headed to OT! 

Geno Smith's good-luck charm worked again when the Seahawks quarterback won the magic coin toss. Listen closely...did he say heads or tails? Hails is always a good call. 

Just as the Seahawks were getting ready to score, Dre Greenlaw intercepted Wilson's pass for Jacob Hollister. The interception was just the Seahawks quarterback's second interception in 10 games. 

Seattle got the ball back after Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard attempt to win it. Wilson then threw incomplete on third down and Seattle punted. 

Then, Shaquill Griffin came up with this incredible play.

With the game on the line, Myers is GOOD from 42 yards. Holy moly--what a game! 

Honestly same, Russ. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seahawks finish behind Tom Brady, Bucs in Peter King’s NFL Power Rankings

Seahawks finish behind Tom Brady, Bucs in Peter King’s NFL Power Rankings

NBC Sports’ Peter King just released his NFL Power Rankings ahead of the 2020 NFL season and for the most part, everything went as forecasted. 

  • Kansas City No. 1
  • Baltimore No. 2
  • New Orleans No. 3 
  • San Francisco No. 4
  • Tampa Bay No. 5. 

Wait, what? Tom Brady and the Buccaneers at No. 5?

Yeah, that’s right. Tampa Bay slid into the fifth spot ahead of the Seattle Seahawks, who went 12-6 in 2019 and fell to Green Bay in the Divisional Round. King said he made a judgement call to inflate the Bucs (7-9 in 2019) after underrating the 49ers last season. 

Here’s some insight on why Tampa Bay is slated at No. 5. 

Brady and maybe tight end Rob Gronkowski (assuming he’s still Gronk) should make an explosive offense more efficient. The defense needs to be a tick better. Keeping Shaq Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, and Jason Pierre-Paul, and continuing to build around defensive keystone Devin White at middle linebacker, are smart moves. Developing a better secondary, the team’s Achilles heel, should be helped significantly by second-round safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Nothing’s guaranteed, particularly in a season with the tough AFC West on the schedule. But I think the Bucs have a good chance to be 2020’s breakthrough team.

There's a lot of optimism in Tampa Bay and yes, Tom Brady is good...but he’s 42. Gronkowski can be good too, if he returns as Gronk. But the Bucs have not won a single playoff game since 2002, and it’s hard to think the tides could shift that drastically in one season. 

King had a few reasons for slotting the Seahawks at No. 6. But first, he noted the stellar play of Russell Wilson, who is a favorite for MVP honors in 2020 despite not receiving a single vote over his past eight seasons. 

You might prefer other quarterbacks if you had the first pick in an NFL QB draft. I might too. (Give me Mahomes.) But what Russell Wilson has done in his Seattle tenure is phenomenal. Since making Wilson the third-round pick in 2012, the Seahawks have played 143 games, 15 in the postseason. Wilson has started every one. He’s made the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons and won at least one playoff game in six of those seven seasons. (In those eight seasons, a total of 400 NFL MVP votes have been cast. Wilson has never gotten one of those MVP votes.) Seattle doesn’t have the greatest offense, or the most explosive numbers, but over the past three seasons, Wilson has thrown 100 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions. He’s the reason, basically, that I have the Seahawks this high in my rankings. He’s been the deodorant for an oft-sketchy offensive line.

King says in order for Seattle to reach the Super Bowl they’ll need a few strong defensive efforts, and that includes more than re-acquiring Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa and counting on 2019 first-round pick L.J. Collier to have a turn-around season.

Seattle still needs a cornerstone to its pass rush and that means Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen is on the field opening day. 

[RELATED: Jadeveon Clowney breaks his silence, remains open to signing with Seahawks]

Just last season, Seattle beat the 49ers, Rams and Eagles -- the NFC's last three Super Bowl reps. The Seahawks are overdue for another Super Bowl appearance and it's only a matter of time before Wilson, Pete Carroll and Bobby Wagner return to the Promise Land.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seattle Seahawks pledge $500k to law enforcement training, policy reform

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Seattle Seahawks pledge $500k to law enforcement training, policy reform

In wake of the tragic death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis, the Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that players will donate $500k to policy reinforcement, judiciary protections and accountability, and for advanced education related to the history of race in America.

In the statement, the Seahawks organization offered their condolences to the families of Floyd, as well as Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her home in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while out for a jog in Georgia. These three incidents have raised the calls for reform and change in the United States. 

These biased actions are systemic and have plagued our society for generations and have culminated to the current state of unrest we are experiencing. The Seahawks are guided by overall principles of acceptance and understanding that help us create a culture of respect, equality and inclusiveness both on and off the field. We, as an organization and as individuals, represent and respect a wide range of human differences, personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. We stand with Seattle, and every community in uniting to help heal our society and overcome the hurt, anger and frustration through peaceful protests and acts of togetherness.

Per the statement, Seahawks players will begin the process of determining recipients for grants from the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund in the amount of $500k. 

Several Seahawks players including DK MetcalfRussell Wilson, L.J. Collier, Duane Brown and Tyler Lockett have spoken out against social injustice towards the black community and used their platforms to shed light on racial injustice and police brutality in America. 

Linebacker Bobby Wagner told reporters Monday that he participated in Saturday’s protests in downtown Seattle. He says head coach Pete Carroll held a team meeting where players could speak their emotions and feelings about the state of our world. 

"There's a lot of things that are happening that are bigger than football," Wagner said. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Russell Wilson: 'We cannot continue to ignore racism'

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Russell Wilson: 'We cannot continue to ignore racism'

Russell Wilson has joined the conversation surrounding the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

His message, posted Monday morning to his Twitter and Instagram, centered around the idea that this country can no longer ignore racism.

"The continual violence against blacks and people of color must stop," Wilson wrote.

Wilson is among a large contingent of high-profile athletes who have made public statements on the matter. DK Metcalf released a video on Sunday with his thoughts on the matter.

Protests have continued across the country as the Black Lives Matter movement seeks justice for police violence against people of color.

Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, the other three officers who were present on the scene are yet to be placed into custody. All three failed to step in as Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. On Sunday, Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said that those three officers were complicit in Floyd's death. Minnesota governer Tim Walz shared that the state's attorney general Keith Ellison, not county's district attorney, will lead the prosecution in this case.

How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


Ready to relive one of the greatest NFL games from the 2019-20 regular season? 

It never disappoints when the Seattle Seahawks meet up with divisional rival the San Francisco 49ers, and this was just another example of it.

On a cool, Monday evening at Levi’s Stadium in California, the 7-2 Seahawks were looking to make a huge statement in the NFL against the undefeated 8-0 49ers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but it was Seattle’s defensive line that led the way, something you couldn’t say often last season.

Each team recorded two special teams or defensive touchdowns, highlighted by a scoop and score from Seattle’s Jadeveon Clowney:

Make sure you schedule a little additional time on the couch this evening since this game needed an overtime period to determine a winner:

HOW TO WATCH:

WHO: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco

WHAT: Monday Night Football thriller

WHEN: June 1 at 4:30 PM (PT) (original air date Nov. 11, 2019)

WHERE: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV: ESPN

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

D.K. Metcalf gives emotional response to George Floyd's death

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D.K. Metcalf gives emotional response to George Floyd's death

Early Saturday evening, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf tweeted a video addressing the death of George Floyd and how the video hit him hard as an African-American man living in the United States.

“I watched the George Floyd video a couple days ago, and the one thing that kept sticking out to me was, I have family, friends, brothers that look like George Floyd,” Metcalf said. “To think being black in America can lead to that, it scares me. It breaks my heart that my uncles could go out into the world today and that could be them. 

I wanted to say something because if I didn’t, then I felt like I would be supporting it, and that’s not right. That’s totally not right.

The death of George Floyd went viral last week after the posting of a video showing police officer Derek Chauvin using his knee to pin Floyd's neck to the pavement for nearly eight minutes and 46 seconds, two minutes and 53 seconds of which happened after Floyd became unresponsive per a criminal complaint against Chauvin. The officer ignored Floyd's pleas for him to stop: "I can't breathe... Please, the knee in my neck, I can't breathe."

The lack of charges brought upon Chauvin nor the other three officers standing by the Minneapolis Police Department sparked nationwide outrage leading to national protests and riots against police brutality and public pressure to arrest the four officers. 

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s family said in a statement with their attorney, Ben Crump, that they “expected a first-degree murder charge.”

In a time where the country is massively divided, Metcalf wants to use his platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement and unite people. 

Black community, we just got to continue to fight and stick together man, because our ancestors have been through tough times and they taught us how to do it. So let’s just continue to stick together. - DK Metcalf

Russell Wilson gives TED Talk on the power of neutral thinking

Russell Wilson gives TED Talk on the power of neutral thinking

The 2020 TED Conference has been shifted to being online due to the COVID-19 pandemic which includes a talk from the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, Russell Wilson.

During the conference's second session, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback virtually gave a talk on the power of practicing neutral thinking in trying times.

“Mindset is a skill. It can be taught and learned. I started 10 years ago training my mind,” said Wilson, who is trained by mental conditioning coach, Trevor Moawad, author of It Takes What It Takes. 

Earlier this year 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.”

I have a choice, right now, in the midst of the storm, to decide to overcome. - Russell Wilson during his speech

Wilson also discussed how getting too hung up on the highs or lows can have consequences that affect the future. He would know having experienced both: winning and losing a Super Bowl, getting married, divorced and then married again, and losing his father. 

“Positivity can be dangerous, but what always works is negativity,” Wilson said. “I never want to live in negativity, so I stayed in neutral … that’s where I’ve been living ever since.”

He doesn't want anyone to get confused. Wilson's not a robot. He still feels emotions, but he's trained his mind to not allow him to act emotionally. 

“Does it mean I don’t have any emotion? Absolutely not,” Wilson said. “But you have to stay focused on the moment. It’s OK to have emotions, but don’t be emotional.”

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.”

We can all learn a thing or two from the Seahawks' greatest player. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Russell Wilson is the NFL's highest paid QB, so why isn't he on Forbes' list?

Russell Wilson is the NFL's highest paid QB, so why isn't he on Forbes' list?

The Seahawks made Russell Wilson a very wealthy man in 2019.

Wilson signed a 4 year, $140 million new money extension that included a $65 million signing bonus and $107M of total guarantees, and an average annual salary of $35M. 

At the time of the deal, Wilson became the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. 

Which for last year, Forbes list ranked Russell Wilson at No. 6 in their highest-paid athletes of the year at $89.5 million.

With making the list last year, how come Wilson didn’t make the list this year?

It seems as though Forbes counted all of WIlson's signing bonus towards last year's earnings.

Wilson was guaranteed $70 million at the signing of his new contract, which was added on to his 2019 salary ($19 million).

What Forbes missed this year is Wilson getting a signing bonus of $35 million that was deferred to this year.

If you include that in with his base salary for this year, as well as the endorsements he has with Microsoft, Nike, and Alaska Airlines, etc., which Forbes estimated as $9M last year, Wilson should absolutely be on this year’s list once again.

Forbes has a tendency of missing the mark when it comes to getting the correct numbers to the athletes featured on these lists.

Wilson keeps getting under-appreciated, even by Forbes.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner.