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.
Pete Carroll has accepted the ALL IN Challenge and he is fired up (per usual).
The Seattle Seahawks head coach took to Twitter this week to announce he’s donating a one-of-a-kind Seahawks experience to help fight hunger.
“This is such a meaningful opportunity,” Carroll said in a video. “Please come through and help us out, tell your friends. Let’s raise a bunch of money—I hope you win. I just want you to know it’s an ALL IN Challenge, I’m all in, you be all in too."
Four (4) pregame sideline passes and four (4) game tickets to a Seattle Seahawks home game
Four (4) round-trip coach airfare tickets provided and two (2) night standard hotel stay
Winner (1) and three (3) guests invited to attend the Seahawks' closed Walk-Thru on Saturday before the game; Watch 1/2-hour of team practice and Meet and Greet with Pete
One (1) '100th' season football autographed by Pete along with a practice facilities group tour with Coach Pete
Compete to Create' private webinar hosted LIVE by Coach Pete Carroll for you and up to ten (10) guests; One-hour session via competetocreate.net
The ALL IN Challenge is a digital fundraiser created by Fanatics which aims to alleviate food insecurity for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
Carroll will take his philanthropic efforts one step further on June 10, as he joins Russell Wilson and Ciara along with Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Dave Matthews in a virtual concert for COVID-19 relief benefiting All In WA. The goal is to raise $65 million to provide immediate support for Washington workers and families.
There are sneakerheads and there is Nate Burleson.
In an episode of Houseguest via The Players’ Tribune, the former Seahawks wide receiver and NFL commentator showed off his Ridgewood, New Jersey digs to former NBA guard, Nate Robinson.
Burleson’s crib has it all: A spacious kitchen with marble countertops, a theatre, framed worn jerseys and of course, the chandeliers were on-point. But then the tour got real.
The two Nate’s headed down to the basement—home of Burleson’s insane shoe closet. The Seattle native showed off his retro concord Jordans, classic Chuck Taylors, Adidas Dikembe Mutombo shoes and his Nike LeBrons.
Burleson also showed love to Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony and displayed his Jordan Melo 1.5 signature shoe.
We got to give a shout out to Melo man. Melo’s been out here ballin’. Hoodie Melo.
The pair then recounted their special times in Seattle. Robinson grew up in Rainier Beach and originally enrolled at University of Washington on a football scholarship before committing to play basketball for the Huskies. He went on to play for NBA teams including the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, Bulls, Nuggets, Clippers and Pelicans during his 11-year NBA tenure.
Burleson attended Rainier View Elementary, Lindbergh High School and O’Dea High School in the Seattle area before attending the University of Nevada in college. He returned to his hometown from 2006-09 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Both agreed that athletes that come out of Seattle don’t get the recognition they deserve.
The 206 is a special place to me, man. I got the Space Needle tattooed on me three different times. There were so many individuals that I saw growing up that I felt were overlooked, so that kind of motivated me. I saw Doug Christie grind and make a career out of being like a complementary player. I saw Jason Terry become, in my opinion, one of the most decorated hoops stars of all time, and still not get appreciated. This isn’t like we’re all from spread out areas, we’re all from the heart of the city. -- Nate Burleson
“I think they’ve been the most aggressive team with him financially,” Schefter told ESPN Cleveland. “And I just think he has balked at going to Cleveland for whatever reason. I think he’s been hesitant to go because if he wasn’t, he would’ve gone already because it’s the most money. It’s the richest offer on the table and he hasn’t taken it. So why is that? I don’t know. Is that not wanting to be in that city? Is that a lack of belief in the organization? I don’t know what it is.
“But there’s no doubt that Cleveland has offered the most money to date. For whatever reason, he has not been willing to take it so far. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t change, but it hasn’t changed just yet.”
I want to get that Super Bowl, by any means. That’s what I’m looking for. Who’s going to get me there? I’m not looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain’t gonna fly. I’m not going to fight through it all that just to lose 16 games and go home with my check. I hate that. That ain’t what I’m doing. If I can’t do that – I’m not going to no team that can’t win. —Jadeveon Clowney
Perhaps the Browns, who finished 6-10 in 2019, did not fit Clowney’s criteria.
The three-time Pro Bowler initially entered free agency in search of a contract worth more than $20 million annually. A report from ESPN’s Diana Russini suggested Clowney had dropped his price tag to closer to $17-18 million annually.
Clowney finished his 2019 campaign in Seattle with 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks through 13 games last season. As of now, the possibility of the star defensive end returning to Seattle remains on the table.
It’s funny to look back and see how drastically the NFL has evolved. The 1983 draft is remarkably bizarre when you look at it through the lens of how the game is played today, specifically in regard to the running back position.
Everyone knows at this point that ball carriers have been devalued over the course of the last decade. Taking a running back in the first round is largely seen as taboo and the free agent market at the position has gone dry for the most part. Only the elite of the elite (aka Christian McCaffrey) still have the chance of getting paid megadeals.
Of course, things weren’t always that way. Just ask Seahawks legendary runner Curt Warner, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.
Warner was the third-overall pick in that year’s draft, behind John Elway and Eric Dickerson. Two running backs in the top three picks! That would be blasphemous today. And not only did the Seahawks take Warner with the third pick, but they traded their first- second- and third-round picks in order to move up in the order and get him. There would be WTO-level riots in the streets of Seattle if John Schneider made a similar move.
And it gets better. The Eagles selected running back Michael Haddix with the ninth pick and the Lions drafted fullback James Jones with the 13th pick. The 14th pick that year? Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. The 27th pick that year? Dan Marino.
There’s really no point here other than a fun (potentially funny?) look at how drastically things have changed.
Fortunately for Seattle, Warner ended up being an absolute stud and is in the franchise’s Ring of Honor. His 6,705 rushing yards and 55 rushing touchdowns are both third-most in team history. Warner shared that former Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox’s nickname was “Ground Chuck,” which tells you just how much he loved to run the football.
“He’d tell us, ‘the football ain’t heavy,’ which meant we were going to get a lot of carries,” Warner reminisced.
Warner said he understands why running backs have been devalued over the years. He gets that offenses are now mostly focused on the quarterback, protecting the quarterback and pushing the ball down the field in the passing game.
“The quarterback plays such an instrumental role in the offense and needless to say, they’re getting paid that way. You want to feature these guys more than everyone else. It’s how the game is played today.”
Could things change back to the smash-mouth days of old? Maybe. But Warner is aware such a pivot won’t be coming in the near future.
“It’s a copycat league,” Warner said. “So if somebody wants to go old school and line up with the fullback in there and go back to the I-formation and start pounding on some people and they win and they’re winning Super Bowls, then it will change. But I don’t see it happening right now.”
You can listen to the full interview with Warner here.
Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need
Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need
Russell Wilson’s connection with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf was on full display last season.
Lockett recorded 82 receptions for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns while Metcalf far surpassed the norms for rookie wide receivers, catching 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.
But Wilson wants to add more superstars and another offensive weapon is at the top of his list. Enter veteran receiver Antonio Brown.
He’s recently been linked to the Seattle Seahawks, after a report circulated that Wilson “would love to add” Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time First-Team All-Pro.
But Brown comes with baggage, and if you ask Colin Cowherd of FS1’s “The Herd,” it’s a problem the Seahawks don’t want to have.
“Why deal with Antonio Brown?” Cowherd said. “Certainly talented, but not that talented that he blows up a locker room like the Oakland situation, like the Pittsburgh situation, they had to throw him out of New England.”
Cowherd isn’t wrong. The controversial wideout requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers following an alleged argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
He was then traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he was scrutinized for missing practices for heavily blistered feet due to cryotherapy, a helmet grievance and reportedly had verbal altercations with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock that led to Oakland voiding the guaranteed money on his contract and leading to his release.
Then, everything seemed to be going well with the New England Patriots, when allegations of sexual and personal misconduct were issued against Brown. He was cut by the Patriots following one game where he had four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.
The NFL announced it was investigating Brown under its personal conduct policy and the investigation remains ongoing at this time. He could face a lengthy suspension.
Cowherd doesn’t seem convinced that Brown has changed, citing details why the “diva wide receiver” doesn’t have a place in today’s NFL.
My entire life of the NFL there has been this thing called ‘diva’ wide receivers and they’ve had remarkable power. You just deal with the headaches because the guys are so special. Here’s the problem – the diva receiver has become the hockey enforcer in 2020, you don’t need ‘em.
Everyone used to have a hockey enforcer, a tough guy who couldn’t skate and wasn’t fast, but the game is too skilled now. You don’t need the diva wide receiver.
Duane Brown will celebrate his 35th birthday before he embarks on the 13th campaign of his NFL career. Given that fact, and that he endured two injuries that cost him a combined five games in 2019, it would make sense for Brown to ponder just how much he has left in the tank.
However, he made it clear he hasn’t gone down that road just yet.
“I don’t think about it too much,” Brown told reporters on Wednesday via Zoom call. “I tell myself I don’t want to put a number on when I want to walk away. I’m enjoying it. This year my goal is just to stay as healthy as possible and be out there every Sunday. That’s all I’m really concerned with.”
Brown dealt with a nagging bicep injury last season that forced him miss two games early in the year. He then suffered a knee injury at the end of the season that kept him out of the final two games of the regular season as well as the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
He made a heroic return against the Packers in the Divisional Round having undergone knee surgery just a few weeks prior. The good news is that he didn’t need additional work done on his knee following the season. The same went for his bicep.
Brown has since worked back to full strength.
“It’s just a typical offseason for me at this point,” Brown said regarding his health.
Staying healthy through a 16-game season is much harder to do at 35 than it was at 25, but he knows his presence in the lineup is vital for the Seahawks in 2020. Seattle will feature at least three new starters on the offensive line (B.J. Finney at center, Damien Lewis at right guard and Brandon Shell at right tackle) and potentially four if Mike Iupati isn’t able to win the competition at left guard.
That makes it imperative for Brown to anchor the line at left tackle. In order to give himself the best chance of maintaining a clean bill of health, the four-time Pro Bowler has turned to yoga. He’s focusing less on typical Olympic lifts that hit major muscle groups and more on working smaller muscles.
Brown shared that he’s stretching at least three times per day for 15-20 minutes each time. The goal is to improve his mobility and flexibility. Anyone who has seen a picture of Brown knows that his brute strength isn’t going anywhere.
The veteran left tackle has two years left on his deal, although there’s no guarantee he remains in Seattle in 2021. There’s a good chance that he becomes a cap casualty a la Justin Britt, given the Seahawks would save $11,000,000 by cutting Brown next offseason.
But that’s a next year problem and not worth worrying about at this point. Brown surely isn’t. That will all take care of itself if Brown is able to have a healthy bounce-back year in 2020.
Antonio Brown gets in a workout with Seahawks QB Geno Smith
Antonio Brown gets in a workout with Seahawks QB Geno Smith
Geno Smith and Antonio Brown are staying ready this NFL offseason.
In a series of videos posted to Instagram, Smith shows off his footwork skills at Brown’s facility 84/7 Fitness. In one of the later videos, Smith is throwing passes to the seven-time Pro Bowler, who is suited up in the No. 84 in what looks to be Steelers pants, a Raiders jersey, and yes, a helmet.
Take a look:
Meanwhile, 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton reported last week that none other than Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was pushing for Seattle to sign Brown.
“It’s not out of the question for the Seahawks to add another wide receiver,” Clayton said. “According to sources, Wilson would love to add Antonio Brown. Brown is also close with backup QB Geno Smith, whose one-year contract with the Seahawks was finalized Wednesday.”
This isn’t the first time the Seahawks have been linked to the All-Pro wideout. Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Seattle had checked in on Brown after he was released by the Patriots last September.
“Why wouldn’t you?” Carroll continued. “He’s a great player. Not everything is always what it seems. You’ve got to check into stuff and figure out what’s going on. I have confidence in our guys and John [Schneider], and our coaches that we can figure those things out and see what’s best. I don’t mind getting real close to the edge of it and figuring it out.”
Brown made one appearance for the New England Patriots in 2019 before the team released him in September after the NFL launched an investigation into his alleged sexual assault and harassment of a female who made claims against him.
Russell Wilson may be on board with adding Brown, Geno Smith likely is too, but until the Seahawks or any other NFL team extend an offer to the controversial wide receiver, Brown remains a free agent.