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Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

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Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

Greg Olsen had several options upon his release from the Carolina Panthers: He could retire from football and pursue his broadcast career or he could suit up in a uniform, join a contender, and give it a go one more time. 

The three-time Pro Bowler had visits with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, before arriving in Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, his eventual choice.

"It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," Olsen told Seahawks.com. "Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I've played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I'm confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge."

The veteran tight end signed his one-year deal reportedly worth $7 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money on Monday.

For Olsen, the opportunity to play alongside quarterback Russell Wilson and under head coach Pete Carroll is something special. But at 34, Olsen is also determined to add Super Bowl champion to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

"I’ve seen you guys from the other side of the field, numerous times over the last few years,” Olsen told fans in the video above. “I’m glad to join you guys and try to bring the Super Bowl back to Seattle.”

And hopefully Olsen will get his opportunity to play for a championship in 2020. The Seahawks have been in the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, and are coming off an 11-5 season that ended in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Hampered by injuries at the tight end position, Olsen will have the opportunity to make an impact immediately as one of Russell Wilson's top targets. 

Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson wants Jadeveon Clowney back in a Seattle Seahawks uniform next season. 

The Seahawks franchise quarterback took to Instagram on Thursday night while Super Bowl 48 was replaying on NFL Game Pass. During a break in the game, a fan asked Wilson if he could “talk some sense into Clowney.”

Wilson delivered this authentic response: 

“I need you homie,” Wilson said. “Clowney come back. Don’t leave me, don’t Clowney, don’t leave us. We need you bro. Anyways, Clowney, I love playing with you bro. Hopefully we get to do it some more that’s what the fans want.”

Clowney remains the top defensive player in NFL free agency. While his three sacks in 13 games for Seattle didn’t live up to many fans' expectations, his presence had domino effects for the pass rush. He was consistently one of the most disruptive defensive linemen, scoring two defensive touchdowns and 1.5 sacks in the Seahawks' two playoff games. 

The 27-year-old has reportedly dropped his asking price from more than $20 million per season to the $17-18 million range. 

Clowney may not be ready to make a decision yet, but one thing is for certain, Wilson is hoping the three-time Pro Bowler will return to Seattle in 2020. 

CenturyLink Field Events Center to be converted into 148-bed Army field hospital

CenturyLink Field Events Center to be converted into 148-bed Army field hospital

We are seeing lots of professional athletes, teams and team owners, stepping up throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. 

CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, is next in line. 

According to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk, CenturyLink Field Events Center is being converted into a 148-bed Army field hospital to help relieve some of the strain on the health system in the Seattle area created by the spread of the coronavirus.

Via Michael Crowe of KING5, the field hospital will be utilized to service patients not stricken by the COVID-19 infection. Instead, it will attend to patients dealing with other difficulties to allow local hospitals in the area more resources to handle virus patients.

So the idea is once the medical system is overwhelmed that they’re able to offload patients here that we can take care of, while they focus on the COVID patients. — Lt. Colonel Jason Hughes said.

Out of the 148 beds, 48 will be set aside of intensive care needs with 100 beds for more intermediate cases.

The greater Seattle area was home to the first diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. The field hospital could open for use by next week.

#WeGotThisSeattle has been spreading hope throughout the greater Seattle area during these troubling times. Seatlte-based athletes Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe are constantly encouraging everyone to #StayHome. Russell Wilson and Ciara are donating 10 million meals to Feeding America.

Way to go, Seattle.

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Michael Dickson was just eight years old when he ditched his soccer kicks for an Aussie rules football.

Fast forward 16 years, he’s one of the premier punters in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in his rookie season. 

It took grit and determination to get to the NFL, but he wants young athletes with NFL aspirations to know they can do it.   

“Make a plan for it,” Dickson said on the Seahawks Instagram. “Think it’s gonna happen, believe that it’s gonna happen. Dedicate yourself to it, discipline in all areas of your life. Put in the extra work that others don’t. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but just aim very high. Aim higher than you think you can get.”

In the Q&A Thursday, Dickson also shared his takes on everything from his favorite pre-game snack (coffee with chocolate milk of course) to his favorite special teams play and the first player he interacted with, Will Dissly. 

“I think he’s the first Seahawks player I met,” Dickson said. “I think we were just waiting at the airport without luggage waiting for the buses to take us to go to the facility for rookie minicamp.”

Dickson has had a number of special moments in his two years with Seattle. His game-clinching first down run against Detroit in 2018 was his best special teams play, but another game takes the cake. 

“Definitely the Monday Night Football game against San Fran where Jason hit the game winner, just being out there for that,” Dickson said. “Yeah that’s definitely the best game.”

Head on over to the Seahawks Instagram story to hear more from Dickson. 

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

The DK Metcalf vs. PFT Commenter showdown is back. 

After the two exchanged an endless flood of Instagram story posts in late February where PFT Commenter mocked Metcalf’s 40-yard dash technique, the social media brawl has been reignited. 

In a Twitter post on Thursday, Barstool’s PFT Commenter poked fun of Metcalf’s infamous 3-cone-drill and 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine last year. Metcalf passed nearly ever test at the combine in flying colors, but recorded a 7.38 3-cone drill time and 4.5 shuttle run. 

PFT Commenter called out Metcalf with a video of a helpful grizzly bear picking up a safety cone that had fallen over. A real hero, if you ask us. 

Metcalf clapped back with a gif of a rolling tumbleweed and the response “livelook at your athletic career.” We are dead.

PFT Commenter knew exactly how to respond to this one. He shared a video of himself and Metcalf competing in a 40-yard dash with the comment “how’s the weather back there. #slow.” 

It looks like Metcalf was a good spirit about the post. After all, PFT Commenter unofficially said “go” when he competed against the freakish athlete in the 40-yard dash in March. The evidence lies here

Haters gonna hate, DK. 

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

While we still wait to find out whether or not the Seahawks are able to land a top-tier pass rusher, Seattle continues to target familiar faces in the secondary wave of edge rushers.

On Wednesday, Seattle signed former 2013 undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa. This move comes two weeks after the Seahawks reunited with Bruce Irvin. According to Tom Pelissero, Mayowa will make a fully guaranteed $3 million in 2020 with incentives that could get him up to $4 million.

Mayowa won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013 but appeared in just two games. He's since played for the Raiders from 2014-15, the Cowboys from 16-17, the Cardinals in 2018 and the Raiders once again in 2019. He posted 6.0 sacks with Dallas in 2016 and is coming off a career-high 7.0 sacks with Oakland last season.

He joins an edge rush rotation currently led by Irvin, followed by Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green. While Seattle still obviously needs an elite player above Irvin, the depth on the roster is starting to fill out nicely.

 

Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

It’s pretty wild to look back to 2013, especially now when the Seahawks are once again in the market for elite pass rushers. Seattle is in desperate need of landing Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden via free agency or trading for Matt Judon or Yannick Ngakoue.

Plenty of Seahawks fans are holding out hope that the team can acquire two of the aforementioned names. That feels like a bit of a pipe dream, even though there’s precedent for such blockbuster moves in Seattle.

The Seahawks signed Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on back-to-back days in 2013. Here’s the nutty part (and why it makes replicating such moves so challenging), Seattle did so for a mere $11.3 million combined – $6.5 for Avril and $4.8 for Bennett.

Avril and Bennett, that year’s two top free agent pass rushers, joined the defense that led the league in scoring in 2012. So it’s no surprise that they led the NFL in scoring for the following three seasons (2013-15) as well. Seattle allowed 10 points or less in a ridiculous 21 separate games (playoffs included) during that span. The “Legion of Boom” era will forever remain one of the most vaunted defenses in NFL history.

Avril, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, discussed what it was like to join a defense that loaded. He recalled the first moment he had that “oh damn we’re gonna be so good” feeling.

“You know what’s crazy? My first practice I go out there and I’m watching these guys,” Avril began. “The music is bumping. I see Earl. I see Kam. I see Sherm. All these guys are on 1,000, meaning they’re everywhere all across the field, going as if it’s a game. I’m sitting there thinking these young dudes were going to get burnt out. I’m like, ‘How are y’all practicing like this?’ But at that moment was when I realized, ‘Oh, no, this is just why they are so good. This is why some of these guys are going to end up going to the Hall of Fame.’

“For me, honestly, when I was watching practice, when I was watching film – it just boiled down to, ‘Where do I fit into this scenario? These guys are great. How am I going to put my footprint on games.’ Honestly that’s how I got so good at the sack-fumbles. Those guys were getting turnovers and they were scoring off of it.”

Avril had six sack-fumbles in 2013 and two were returned for touchdowns as he played a crucial role in Seattle’s first ever Super Bowl-winning season.

“It was all about trying to find out how you fit into this puzzle of greatness,” Avril said.

From 2013-17, Avril appeared in 64 games for the Seahawks and posted 16 passes defended, 14 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 88 quarterback hits, 30 tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks.

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

If you are a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, here’s a bit of positive news. 

Per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the Seahawks have said they will work with season ticket holders who may have been impacted by COVID-19. 

The team’s website lists a final renewal payment of June 15 for 2020 season tickets, however a team spokesman said the Seahawks “are working with each season ticket holder to accommodate those who need personalized payment plans, which includes deferment.”

The Seahawks now have a section on the site where 12s can find information on ways to help those impacted by COVID-19. 

This is an uncertain and sometimes unnerving time for our city, our region and our world,” the site says. “As a community of Pacific Northwesterners and 12s, it’s an important time to work together and help.

As of now, there have been no announced changes to the 2020 NFL season. The NFL Draft is expected to go on as scheduled, despite the NFL shutting down all team facilities and discontinuing all physicals during the ongoing crisis. 

Since 2003, the Seahawks have sold out every regular season game at CenturyLink Field.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Hey everyone, Joe Fann here with your daily Jadeveon Clowney update.

Sarcasm aside, ESPN's Dianna Russini checked in on Wednesday with a potentially significant report that Clowney has lowered his asking price from $20 million APY to $17-18 million.

There's still no telling how big the gap is between what Clowney wants and what the Seahawks have offered thus far, but this should make it easier for both sides to potentially meet in the middle. Although sacks don't tell the full story of Clowney's 2019 season, it became very evident that no team was willing to pay $20 million for a player with 3.5 sacks and a checkered injury history.

But while it was wise for Clowney to lower his asking price, it would also be smart for the Seahawks to get closer to meeting his new demands. Clowney is an elite player at a position of dire need, and it doesn't make sense for Seattle to play a game of chicken over a few million dollars. It's as simple as this: the Seahawks desperately need Clowney at this juncture, and they shouldn't continue to risk losing him to another team.

The Titans in-house insider Jim Wyatt reported on Wednesday that Tennessee has confirmed interest in Clowney. GM Jon Robinson confirmed as much on a conference call with reporters. The Titans interest was assumed when they traded Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos, opening up a sizeable amount of cap space. EA Sports also accidentally included Clowney in a Titans jersey in a Madden promo last week.

Obviously EA doesn't have any inside info on where Clowney is headed, but it is an obvious reminder that the pass rusher's return to Seattle isn't a certainty.

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett knows Russell Wilson’s off-script Houdini magic is something special. 

It’s why the new Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2015, is looking forward to catching balls from arguably the best downfield passer in Wilson this season. 

“I personally believe he’s the best deep ball thrower in the NFL,” Dorsett told Chuck Powell and Bucky Jacobsen of Sports Radio 950 KJR. “You can see it week in and week out with DK [Metcalf] and Tyler [Lockett]. I’ve been sitting back, taking advantage of the NFL Game Pass (being) free so I’ve just been watching games and you can see it every possession.”

Dorsett said he’s watched several Seahawks games and is impressed by Wilson’s late-game heroics. 

“His deep ball ability and then the way he plays. You can just see it. He’s a magician,” Dorsett said. “I feel like honestly, he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He’s a great quarterback and the way he does what he does under the center back there is amazing. He’s a magician. He’s Houdini and he can make every throw.

“It’s a blessing that I get to play with him, and I can’t wait to get there and work him.” 

Wilson conjured up several last-minute miracles last season. The Seahawks tied an NFL record with 10 wins last season by a one-score margin, but not even Wilson could deliver magic in the frozen tundra in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. 

Dorsett, alongside receiving threats Lockett and Metcalf, will give Wilson another speedy weapon at his disposal. He will compete for the No. 3 spot against David Moore, John Ursua, and Malik Turner this spring. 

The 5-foot-10 wideout started 14 games for New England last season, catching 29 passes for 397 yards from Tom Brady and tacked on a career-high five touchdowns. Dorsett has 124 career receptions for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns.