Seattle Seahawks

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

I’m sure Russell Wilson is going to like this news: He has a new weapon in Seattle.

Veteran tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a deal to join Wilson and the Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for one-year, $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. 

Olsen completed his free agent tour earlier this week with trips to the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks and began contract negotiations with each team on Friday, per Schefter.

The 34-year-old was also rumored to be considering a number of television gigs that are waiting for him upon retirement, but it appears he has more football left in the tank.

Olsen will join a Seattle tight end room that includes Will Dissly, Luke Willson, Jacob Hollister and Ed Dickson, all who remain question marks.

Dissly had a stellar start to the 2019 season, recording 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns in the five games, before going down with an Achilles injury in Cleveland. He is expected to return healthy in 2020 and is entering the third season of a four-year rookie deal. Hollister is a restricted free agent, but a likely candidate to be re-signed. Dickson will likely be released for salary cap relief, while Willson is set to hit free agency in March.

Despite his age, Olsen is still a reliable receiver with a veteran presence Seattle could benefit from. In his final season with the Carolina Panthers, Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. He did all of this with an injured Cam Newton, then Kyle Allen and rookie Will Grier leading the way.

Olsen has been in the NFL for 14 illustrious years, since being drafted by the Bears in 2007, spending nine seasons with Carolina. His tenure ended with the Panthers several weeks ago, when the two parties agreed to mutually part ways.

He accumulated three Pro Bowl nods and has three seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards. Now, he’s got a valuable quarterback to help take him to the next level. Let’s see if Olsen and the Seahawks can reach new heights.

Anna Wilson isn’t living in brother Russell Wilson’s shadow

Anna Wilson isn’t living in brother Russell Wilson’s shadow

Anna Wilson has been dealt plenty of hardship.

When she was in the fifth grade, her Dad was diagnosed with diabetes. He later stepped on a piece of glass in the house that resulted in an infection and his leg amputated.

After growing up a two-sport athlete at Dartmouth, Anna’s dad struggled to get out of bed in the mornings. One day, while she was staying with her grandmother, her dad fell and hit his head. He had a stroke. It didn’t get better from there. 

"He was in the hospital on June 8, 2010,” Anna told Katie Barnes of ESPN. “I remember it clearly because it was the day the Colorado Rockies drafted Russell. My mom and Russell were talking in a separate waiting room from me. When they came to get me, my dad stopped breathing -- he'd lost the strength to continue on his own. He died the next day. I was 12.”

Anna had to be strong for her mom, who was grieving the loss of the love of her life. She struggled to live in the shadow of her brother Russell, who by her senior year, had won two Super Bowls and a championship ring. 

So, she went to the gym, over and over again. And she found love on the basketball court. 

As a senior at Bellevue High School, Anna led her team to a 29-0 record her senior year. They won the state championship and the Nike Tournament of Champions. 

That was before a concussion sidelined her for eight months, and the beginning of her collegiate career at Stanford University.

“At that moment, basketball -- this thing that had provided such a path for me -- was being taken away. I was told I might never play again,” Anna said. “It took me a long time to feel that joy and happiness again.”

After recovering from significant brain trauma, she went on to play three more years at Stanford. Her career with the Cardinal ended in March 2020 when the NCAA Tournnament was canceled. 

“Even though my senior season ended the way that it did, there is always something good that can come out of the bad,” Anna said. “I got to sit in our team's circle for the last time, and I got to tell those people how they made me feel. I got to express that regardless of how my journey started, I saw the struggle all the way through. I made it.”

As for carving her own identity, Anna finally feels like she’s her own person now. She’s no longer living in the shadow of a great athlete. She is that great athlete.

“Over the years, as I've gotten older, I've gotten much closer with Russell,” Anna said. “And I feel like his shadow, for me, has dissipated. I don't feel like I'm living in it as much as I was in the past. I feel like I'm very much my own person now, following my own path."

Her brother is proud, too. 

Quandre Diggs ‘genuinely happy’ to be a member of Seattle Seahawks

Quandre Diggs ‘genuinely happy’ to be a member of Seattle Seahawks

This offseason looks a little different for Quandre Diggs. 

He is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks after being traded from the Detroit Lions last October, and after leading the Seahawks in team interceptions in 2020, Diggs cannot wait to get going. 

“It’s going to be cool to actually put an offseason together with the guys on the team,” Diggs told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant.“Because when I came in midseason, it was like thrown into the fire, which is totally fine with me. But being able to train and being able to prepare my mind and go into that atmosphere, that environment and just play ball, you know, it’s dope.”

Diggs says he is looking forward to getting the Seahawks secondary together post-quarantine. He’s been staying in touch with some of his younger teammates like Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi, as well as the team’s defensive leaders Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. 

He’s already made contact with his new teammate, cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who the Seahawks acquired from Washington on March 24. 

“I talked to Q a little bit last week… He’s excited to be there. He’s excited to be a part of the secondary to help us put together a good year. Add him to the secondary… it’s going to be fun,” Diggs said. “I like Q’s game. He’s a former receiver so you know he sees the game a different way – he sees it through the offensive lens.”

Diggs may have been a little too excited about the upcoming season, though. He says his girlfriend misinterpreted his comments initially. 

“I told her, it’s kinda cool thinking about how excited I am to get back to work with those guys. She kinda took it the wrong way at first, thinking I was excited to get back away from her,” he said. “It was more of just the idea of you going to work and work being fun, you just enjoying the teammates around you and enjoying the coaches. I think that’s what really means a lot to me is that I’m genuinely happy knowing I’m a Seattle Seahawk and knowing that the game is fun again for me.”

Like many of his Seahawks teammates, Diggs is doing his best to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s put together a quarantine gym complete with a Peloton bike, medicine ball, bench and ab rollers. 

Like all of us, he’s also been binge watching the Netflix series Tiger King. Diggs had a hot take on one pivotal scene, where Exotic Joe’s TV studio and building holding seven alligators and one crocodile was set ablaze. 

“I think he burnt down the crocodile, alligator thing,” Diggs said of Exotic Joe. “I really think he was the one who burned it down to get rid of all the evidence.”

You heard it here first.

Despite playing just five games in 2020, Diggs quickly made his impression on his new team. No longer the new kid on the block, he’ll look to carve an even greater role in the Seahawks secondary next season. 

Official: 2020 NFL Draft to go on as scheduled, will happen virtually


Official: 2020 NFL Draft to go on as scheduled, will happen virtually

What do you have in common with NFL GMs? You hold your annual fantasy draft at the same location as general managers will be selecting players in the 2020 NFL Draft: your respective homes.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that teams will not be allowed to convene at their own facilities for the draft. That means there will be no draft war rooms across the league. Additionally, teams are not allowed to congregate at one single house in order to create a mobile war room.

There are several challenges teams will face in the wake of this news. For starters, communication will be paramount. Pre-draft meetings will all take place over video calls. The same goes for conversations on draft night. That's no simple task when coordinating scouting departments of 12-15 people and coaching staffs of a similar number. Head coaches and GMs will have to be very strategic about how they organize these meetings as well as how they want to operate on draft night. There's a good chance that each team will have a small inner circle and then call scouts when needed.

For example, a team could have its GM, head coach and maybe one or two additional pro personnel guys on the call. Then when they're considering a few players and in need of additional information, they could call that prospect's area scout.

The additional challenge is the pressure on IT folks around the league. Not only is it vital that the call's video and audio quality remain strong through hours upon hours of the draft, but there's also an increased importance for IT security. Teams treat their draft boards like the nuclear codes. In some cases, few people in the building even get to see the final board. Now teams will be forced to digitize their board. While clubs are often already in a constant state of paranoia, you can bet that several teams will be fearful of hackers interrupting their calls or even sneaking a peek at their precious draft boards.

Be prepared for some wild reports from around the league as all 32 teams enter what's sure to be a memorable draft from April 23-25.

Russell Wilson shows off his epic jersey collection

Russell Wilson shows off his epic jersey collection

Postgame jersey swaps have been happening for years, but Russell Wilson’s collection is next level. 

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback joined Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ Lunch Talk Live on Monday afternoon and it was hard to ignore Wilson’s prized possessions in frames in the background. 

Tirico asked Wilson about his extensive collection, which featured some of the all-time greats. Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordon, and Joe Montana. 

“We got Gretzky. He’s obviously, arguably the greatest hockey player of all time,” Wilson said. “MJ behind us, that’s a good one. I’ve gotten to know him over the years. I’ve gotten to be pretty close to him, gotten to know Joe [Montana] a little bit too.” 

Wilson’s also swapped a few jerseys with some NFL favorites, including Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. His calls the two future Hall of Famers some of his “really close friends.”

“[They are] two of the most respectable guys in the game, these two guys and I’ve got a lot of respect for them, a genuine heart for ‘em in how they play the game, but how they live their lives, how they impact people, how they inspire,” Wilson said. 

“So, those two guys I really look up to in our own league in the NFL.”

Overall, Wilson’s comprehensive framed jersey collection shows a player who's been around the block and made a ton of friends along the way. Real recognize real, are we right? 

5 Seahawks named to NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team


5 Seahawks named to NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2010s on Monday. The Hall's selection committee was responsible for determining who made the cut.

Given the Seahawks run of success since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in 2010 (nine playoff appearances, two NFC titles, one Super Bowl win), it's no surprise to see the Seahawks were well represented.

Carroll, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and Marshawn Lynch were all selected.

HC Pete Carroll

Carroll has been the maestro for the most impressive run of success in Seattle sports history. He reached 100 wins with the Seahawks during the 2019 season, and his program continues to make Seattle one of the most mentally tough teams in the league. He was joined by Bill Belichick as the two coaches on the All-Decade Team.

RB Marshawn Lynch

Lynch did most of his damage in the 2010s with Seattle. The Seahawks acquired Lynch four games into the 2010 season, and the legend of "Beast Mode" began later that season with his iconic "Beastquake" run against the Saints in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. For the decade, Lynch posted 7,812 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns. he added 1,551 receiving yards and eight more scores through the air. Lynch made the Pro Bowl all four seasons from 2011-14 and was named All-Pro once (2012).

CB Richard Sherman

Seattle drafted Sherman in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Since, the corner has been on a warpath to prove all of his doubters wrong. The five-time Pro Bowler has also been named All-Pro three times. He's got 35 career interceptions and 114 passes defended in his nine-year career.

S Earl Thomas

Thomas patrolled the deep third of Seattle's secondary for nine seasons from 2010-18. The 14th-overall pick in 2010 is a seven-time Pro Bowler and was named All-Pro three-straight years from 2012-14. He owns 713 career tackles, 30 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and 71 passes defended. Thomas made the Pro Bowl in 2019 in his first season with the Ravens.

LB Bobby Wagner

It's remarkable to think that Seattle was able to get Wagner in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He's been an absolute monster in his eight seasons. Wagner has led the NFL in tackles twice, and he's already the Seahawks all-time leader in the category. He's a Pro Bowler six years running, and he's been named All-Pro five times.

Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin living their best life in "Shaqin It Up"

Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin living their best life in "Shaqin It Up"

The Griffin Twins, Shaquem and Shaquill, are practicing social distancing just like the rest of us. 

As we stay at home to flatten the curve, the brothers had a message for their fans. 

“We want to make sure y’all are keeping a safe distance,” Shaquem said in a video released on their YouTube Channel. "Taking care of each other and looking out for your family— Social distancing is important and not something to be taken lightly. And when this all blows over, let’s have some fun!”

“We just want to be able to push out the best content and keep you guys in high spirits,” Shaquill added. “We just want you all to know that we’re here for you guys.” 

On Sunday, the Griffin Twins released a new episode of “Shaqin It Up,” which catalogs some of their shenanigans off the field. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the brothers took a trip down to Cabo San Lucas Mexico with friends, filled with boat excursions, night club dancing and a boozy scavenger hunt. 

What could go wrong? 

Check out their latest installment in the video below

Seattle Seahawks need a back-up QB, but Jake Luton isn't the answer

Seattle Seahawks need a back-up QB, but Jake Luton isn't the answer

The NFL Draft is looming and the fate of college football athletes will be revealed. Until then, it's a big waiting game. Players are continuing to prepare for the Draft through social distancing workouts and are talking with teams via video chat. 

For the Seattle Seahawks, they've got a lot of tough decisions to make, which includes what they're going to do at back-up quarterback. Right now, no one is slated in that position, which makes the Draft a prime place to fill that position. 

But, who will it be? 

According to Bleacher Report, one QB who could fill that role is Oregon State's Jake Luton. 

General manager John Schneider should take a look at late-round prospects who can develop in the primary reserve spot. As we all know, Wilson can move in and outside the pocket, but he looks to deliver the ball downfield to his receiving options. The Seahawks don't need a dual-threat signal-caller in case the six-time Pro Bowler goes down with an injury.A quarterback who can escape the pocket and feed off the ground attack would likely fare well in Seattle's offense. Jake Luton isn't going to mimic Wilson's mobility, but he knows how to evade pressure and move the ball downfield. 

Last season, Luton passed for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The 6'6", 224-pound QB's career has been marred by injury, which is a hurdle he'll have to overcome at any time. And with the inability to meet with teams in person, that injury history may scare teams off. 

The former Beavers QB can certainly complete passes at the next level, but doesn't necessarily fit schematically and stylistically with the Seahawks.

Luton's biggest criticism is his difficulty to connect with players downfield and has a tendency to latch on and force the ball to his top receiver. Wilson's downfield eye and ability to share the wealth across the field would certainly be an uphill battle for Luton to develop into. 

Seattle may benefit more from a quarterback who does emulate Wilson a little more, though, in case he were out for multiple series or an extended period of time. A QB1B option is what every NFL team should look to try and fulfill as to not skip a beat should they be without their franchise quarterback. 

The Beavs QB may benefit more from a system like the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos. 

Luton would be a serviceable option as a back-up or third string QB in the NFL, but Seattle just doesn't feel right in the pool of quarterbacks that is available to the Seahawks in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Jermaine Kearse never got the credit he deserved

Jermaine Kearse never got the credit he deserved

Over the years, some serious talent has gone through Seattle which means some players have gotten more recognition than others.

To give those the credit they deserve, linebacker Cliff Avril has begun a series on his Instagram giving props to some of his more underappreciated teammates over the years, and he started with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. 

The biggest play of his career was when he caught a 35-yard, conference-winning bomb from Russell Wilson in overtime of the 2014 NFC Championship game to send the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. 

In that year's Super Bowl he also had one of the most improbable plays in Super Bowl history that would not have been forgotten had the unthinkable not happened on the goalline.

Coming out of the University of Washington, Kearse went undrafted in 2012 but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks where he stayed for the majority of his career through 2016, including a career season in a Seahawks uniform in 2015 when he started 15 games, 49 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns. Coming from UW as an undrafted free agent to becoming the hero that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, Kearse became a fan favorite from the 12's. 

In 2017, Seattle traded Kearse along with a second-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for Sheldon Richardson.  He had some alright seasons in New York before heading to Detroit. 

Cliff Avril is correct, he has gone underappreciated when telling the story of that era of Seattle Seahawks football. 

You can listen to Cliff Avril on the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast here.

NFL teams preparing for virtual, at-home Draft, will remain must-see TV

NFL teams preparing for virtual, at-home Draft, will remain must-see TV

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced multiple stay-at-home orders nationwide, putting on the NFL Draft with the usual fanfare was not an option this season without delaying it heavily.

Additionally, given that the NFL wants to begin their season on time, postponing the NFL Draft was also not in the cards, but now we have more of an idea of what the event will look like.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, multiple NFL teams are preparing for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft to be held entirely online and done from their homes virtually. 

So while the draft prospects may not be in college this semester, they will still need to utilize zoom like everyone else their age. This time, it'll be supplementing the largest moment of their lives up to this point. It should still be special and surely they will still get a call from the general manager before the pick gets announced on television. 

Also, given the news of an all-online NFL Draft let social media run wild.

This year, the NFL will be pushed to the brink in how to get creative, to turn one of their biggest events of the year into compelling TV. In part, the mystery behind how they're going to pull this off will be reason enough to watch. 

Virtual war rooms, live look-ins and overall logistics once a players' name is called will be fascinating. 

Will it have the pomp and circumstance of the Las Vegas Strip? No.

But, it will still be interesting to see how it's presented and how they'll pull it off.

And let's be honest, at this point, the country will take any taste of sports it can get.