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Seattle Seahawks DB Quinton Dunbar responds to armed robbery allegations

Seattle Seahawks DB Quinton Dunbar responds to armed robbery allegations

On Thursday evening, Miramar Police in South Florida issued an arrest warrant for Dunbar on four counts of armed robbery who, along with Giants corner DeAndre Baker and one other unnamed person, allegedly stole upwards of $50,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables from attendees at a party. Baker was said to have a semi-automatic firearm during the robbery, and there were inconsistent witness reports as to whether or not Dunbar was armed.

Now following Dunbar's release from jail on Sunday, the Seahawks corner has released a statement via his Instagram surrounding the allegations. 

I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologize to the Seattle Seahawks organization for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me have caused. In addition, I am very grateful to be [a part] of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations. Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaractierize my values and who I am.

Attorney Michael Greico spoke publicly on Friday refuting the details of the warrant. According to Greico, he's acquired five signed sworn affidavits from witnesses that indicate Dunbar was not involved in the robbery.

“All of the affidavits indicate my client is innocent,” Greico told the Miami Herald.

Seattle acquired Dunbar from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the end of the March leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. In 2019, Dunbar started 11 games for the Redskins, tallying 37 combined tackles, eight passes defended and a career-high four interceptions. 

The former Redskin requested a trade in February. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Stanford coach David Shaw.

Josh Gordon is ready to sell you his Super Bowl ring

Josh Gordon is ready to sell you his Super Bowl ring

If you’ve ever wanted to add a piece of Super Bowl history to your collection, now is your chance. 

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon is auctioning off his 2018 New England Patriots Super Bowl LIII Championship ring on Heritage Auctions

The site advertises the ring, which is an estimated value of $100,000, as the sixth and final Patriots ring of the Tom Brady era. 

Now that the superstar quarterback has traded New England snow for Tampa Bay sunshine, we can be assured that this is the last Patriots ring of the Tom Brady era, that historic half-dozen making him the GOAT just like it did for Michael Jordan. This particular example was issued to the man who caught Brady's 500th career touchdown pass on October 4, 2018, a thirty-four-yard connection that was Gordon's first trip to paydirt with the Pats.

Gordon, however, did not play a single playoff game during the 2018 season. He missed the team’s run to the Super Bowl after failing a drug test in December, but still managed to take home some shiny hardware. 

The eight-year veteran is currently on the commissioner's exempt list after being suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s policies on substance abuse and performance enhancing drugs. Gordon applied for reinstatement in June and hopes to have the suspension lifted in time for training camp.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers last October following his release from the Patriots. Pete Carroll raved about Gordon’s presence on the team, but the embattled receiver only played five games for Seattle before his career was once again derailed. 

If his suspension is lifted, a reunion with the Seahawks could be in the works. Gordon has been working out alongside his former teammates in Seattle. If he is unable to return to the NFL, perhaps his Super Bowl ring will help him earn some extra cash. 

[RELATED: Seattle Seahawks should move on from Josh Gordon, even if reinstated]

Seahawks-49ers ranked fourth-best rivalry in NFL-- and that's bogus

Seahawks-49ers ranked fourth-best rivalry in NFL-- and that's bogus

There’s no better game during the NFL season than a meeting between archrivals. 

If you’d ask fans in the NFC West which two teams move the needle the most, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, by far, have the edge.  

But, in a recent poll conducted by SB Nation Reactions, the Seahawks-49ers rivalry doesn’t quite register with the rest of the nation, and honestly, we’re appalled.

Coming in first in the survey is the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, then the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles are No. 3 and finally… the NFC West Seahawks and 49ers make an appearance. The Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos round out the top-5. 

Here’s the poll: 

First of all, being the oldest rivalry doesn’t necessarily make you the best. Yes, we’re looking at you Bears-Packers. The two teams have met 200 times since 1921 with an all-time rivalry record of 99-95-6, but in recent years, Bears-Packers games have been just dreadful.

The Bears have won on just three occasions (2010, 2013, 2018) over the past 10 years and much of that due to Chicago’s rotation of QBs. We know Cheeseheads and Bearheads won’t agree, but the rivalry isn’t what it used to be since Mike Ditka and Forrest Gregg were the coaches.

Moving on, the Ravens and Steelers just makes sense. The two teams genuinely dislike one another. There’s been Ben Roethlisberger vs. Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco vs. Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis vs. everyone. With Lamar Jackson at the helm in Baltimore and the Ravens winning the past two division champs, the rivalry in the NFC North is revived. 

Given the Cowboys-Eagles intense fanbases, it’s obvious why they’ve made the list. But the legitimate bad blood between the two teams isn’t limited to the crowd. Remember that time Buddy Ryan called for a fake QB kneel to run up the score on the Cowboys? Dallas felt their wrath. Eagles vs. Cowboys is still going strong in 2020 with the two teams’ meeting on 11/1 and 12/27 this upcoming season. 

Chiefs-Broncos seem like the odd man out here, especially with Kansas City coming off a Super Bowl victory. The Chiefs are confident in Patrick Mahomes, as they made evident when signing him to a 10-year, $503 million deal. The Broncos will have some motivation with quarterback Drew Lock headed into year two, but how much can this rivalry heat up remains a question. 

When talking about the Seahawks-49ers, there is plenty of disdain on both sides. They are two of the NFL’s heavyweights and top contenders in the NFC in recent years. The games between Seattle and San Francisco in 2019 were instant classics.  

The Seahawks took down the then NFL’s only undefeated team in Week 10, winning 27-24 in overtime at Levi’s Stadium off a Justin Myers 42-yard field goal. The 49ers and Seahawks squared off in another legendary battle at CenturyLink Field that ended in another epic big-game fail at the 1-yard line.  

[RELATED: Seahawks vs. 49ers: The game-altering plays from Seattle’s wild overtime defeat]

Then there’s the constant trolling between the two teams on social media. 

Sure, the competition between the Seahawks and Niners has not been the same since the rivalry’s 2011-14 zenith, but the showdown between the two teams’ last season had all the making for a reborn rivalry.

The West-fueled rivalry is back and it's going to be even hotter than ever in 2020.  

Grading the Seahawks 2020 offseason with Bob Condotta

Grading the Seahawks 2020 offseason with Bob Condotta

With training camp approaching and players across the NFL scheduled to report on July 28, it’s time to recap what transpired over the course of the last five months and preview what’s ahead in the 2020 season.

It goes without saying that the NFL, like all sports, will look different this time around due to COVID-19. However, we’ll keep moving forward with the assumption that football will be taking place this year.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times joined the latest episode of the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast to run through a series of five bold predictions that we tackled “buy or sell” style. Before we get to that, though, here’s a look at how each of us graded the Seahawks offseason.

If you need to refresh yourself, here’s a solid one-sheeter to remind you of Seattle’s moves and acquisitions.

Condotta: B

“I’d probably give it about a ‘B’ simply because I’m not as down on it as some people who I know look at big names and Jadeveon Clowney – obviously the big name everybody wanted to keep. I never felt it was a ‘you’ve got to keep him or bust’ kind of thing,’ and obviously they didn’t either or they would have figured out a way to get it done. I’ve anticipated they were going to make another move at some point to do something to the pass rush to make that look a little better. I guess that’s sort of what I factor in there.

“I thought much of the rest of it made sense. The Jordyn Brooks pick obviously in the moment seemed a little surprising. … If you think about the long term and maybe how they want to use K.J. Wright this year and some things like that, then it does (make sense). It does give them a big insurance policy, too, for Bobby (Wagner) and K.J., who aren’t getting any younger. I thought a lot of that made some sense.

“One thing you could nitpick at a little bit is that they signed a lot of offensive linemen, but could you have pooled all that money and signed maybe one, more of a sure thing offensive lineman, especially at the right tackle spot. That would be another question I would raise about their offseason.”

Condotta added that the door seems open for signing another receiver even with the addition of Phillip Dorsett. He’s also high on the Carlos Hyde and Greg Olsen signings.

“I think they view (Olsen) as their potential third option in the passing game, even if that’s not the conventional way of thinking about it.”

“None of the deals they made are things that will constrain them salary cap-wise that will prevent them from doing things that maybe could crop up this year, but especially down the road. For better or worse, I know Seahawks fans sometimes want them to go crazy in free agency and look like they’ve built the best team in March, but that’s just not the way they’re wired with John Schneider and Pete Carroll. They’re always looking at the long haul.”

Fann: B-

I agree with Bob for the most part, especially in regard to the Seahawks offseason still being incomplete. It feels like Seattle still has one sizeable move left in them before Week 1, whether it’s a trade for Jamal Adams or Chris Jones or signing Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden. I do think Seattle has to balance their somewhat conservative approach of not mortgaging the future for just one or two years with being all-in while Russell Wilson is firmly in his prime.

I do think the Seahawks have done an admirable job of improving the overall quality and depth throughout the roster. Seattle rebuilt its offensive line that should at least be status quo to the 2019 version without investing much. Wilson will arguably have his best collection of weapons in the passing game with Olsen and Will Dissly at tight end and Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf (among others) at receiver.

All three levels of the defense should be improved as well. The overall rotation along the defensive line is far superior to what the Seahawks put on the field in 2019, even without Clowney. I believe Brooks will have an immediate role at linebacker. As for the secondary, it should be at least a tick better from the lone fact of having Quandre Diggs for a full season. That’s before you consider whatever impact Quinton Dunbar is able to give Seattle.

That being said, I believe superstars win championships and while the Seahawks are a more complete team, I’m still not sure there are enough top-end difference makers to get Seattle over the hump in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. There’s still time for that to change, though.

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Listen to the full podcast with Condotta here.

Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown?

Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown?

The Seattle Seahawks love to run the ball. It is known throughout the league. It was key to winning a Super Bowl.

In 2019, Seattle was fourth as a team in rushing at 137.5 yards per game and third in attempts.

But they also have a guy at quarterback named Russell Wilson.

The six-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl winning quarterback has only been in the top-10 in passing offense once in his eight-year NFL career (No. 10 in 2016). But, that hasn't stopped the Seahawks from signing him to a $140M extension. And for Wilson, he's generated MVP buzz while leading Seattle to playoff after playoff after playoff.

This offseason, with the NFL season on the horizon, Wilson has been running routes and working out with Antonio Brown. The former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots wide receiver has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but is attempting a possible comeback. Is it possible it can be with the Seahawks?

And is there a subliminal message that Wilson wants to up the amount of receiving targets so he can air the ball out more?

On Monday, 'Speak For Yourself' hosts Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley broke down Wilson’s somewhat hidden antics and signaling to the Seahawks organization regarding his workouts with Brown.

Six tight ends on this roster. The tight end room is deep. But that’s not how you effectively play the game if you’re going to do it to optimal standards… He’s [Wilson] is sitting there saying, ‘Look, the point is if you give me what I want, I’ll give you what you need.’ — Marcellus Wiley 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Seahawks free safety and former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi].

This has been a question for sometime now: will a team roll the dice on Brown?

NFL Network’s Mike Silver recently reported the Seahawks were having internal discussions about adding Brown to the roster, and why wouldn’t they do their due diligence if Wilson wants him in Seattle.  

"They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition," Silver said.

After Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a historic, 10-year, $500+ million contract on Monday, Emmanuel Acho also added this on Wilson:

"Russ realizes the weight of his legacy falls on his shoulders… If he wants to enter into that conversation of the Mahomes’ and Rodgers’ of the world, he needs a few more pieces." 

Agree or disagree with Acho’s statement, Wilson has already changed the game at the quarterback position. But here’s the thing, he continues to get better and better. He hasn’t reached his peak yet.

Seattle’s receiver duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf is good, but is it enough? Is signing Phillip Dorsett this offseason going to be enough? Which of those six tight ends will impact Wilson and the passing game? 

Will Seattle listen to Russell Wilson and bring in superstar-caliber players like Brown?

Russell Wilson’s tactics to make him measure taller at the NFL Combine are hilarious

Russell Wilson’s tactics to make him measure taller at the NFL Combine are hilarious

If the Seattle Seahawks are looking to add depth to their wide receiver room ahead of the 2020 season, Russell Wilson may have found his guy.

No, it’s not Antonio Brown.

No, it’s not Josh Gordon.

It’s Kevin Hart.

The comedian and actor hosts a show called Cold as Balls, where he interviews athletes in cold tubs full of ice. If you have ever taken an ice bath before, you know the feeling (or lack thereof) it has on your body and how hard it is to hold conversations. But that is what makes the show funny.

However, during this time of quarantine and social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hart has continued his show but in a virtual manner: Cold As Balls: Cold Calls. 

His latest guest is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Seahawks free safety and former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi].

I’m looking to train with you. I’m waiting for you to come be my slot receiver. — Russell Wilson

Hart responded, “The day that you do that, that be the day you add more Super Bowl to you.”

Lol.

All jokes aside, the two talk about what they’ve been doing throughout this quarantine, Wilson’s baseball career and the decision to play football over baseball, Wilson’s father passing, the evolution of the small quarterback, and much more.

Wilson has changed the game at the quarterback position in several ways, but arguably the most influential is the evolution of the smaller QB. Standing at just 5-foot-11, Wilson has changed the narrative that ‘shorter’ quarterbacks can’t play football. Well, they can and they can do it extremely well, just look at Wilson’s resume.

Wilson shares this one memory from the NFL Combine that he will never forget.

I was going to try to put some socks under these feet and try to get a couple inches. I had my hair all tall and had it all gelled up. I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’m gonna be 6 foot, 6’1” with this hair. Sure enough… this dude measures me at 5’10 1/4.” — Russell Wilson

So his tactics didn’t work, but what came next changed his mentality and gave him that “edge” and “chip on his shoulder.”

I’m walking down the aisle and everybody was like [whispering] and I’ll never forget this. There was a dude on the right, I ain’t gonna say who it is, he says to the guy next to him ‘He’ll never make it.’ I’ll never forget hearing that in my right ear. — Russell Wilson

To watch the full Cold As Balls: Cold Calls episode with Russell Wilson, watch the video below:

Seahawks could join NFL teams allowing season ticket holders to opt out of season

Seahawks could join NFL teams allowing season ticket holders to opt out of season

There’s a very real possibility that CenturyLink Field could be half-empty or vacant when the NFL begins the 2020 season. 

After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 NFL teams requiring them to reimburse any ticket sales if fans are unable to attend games, several NFL teams have motioned to allow season ticket holders the option to opt out of attendance. 

All clubs will have in place a policy under which, if a game is canceled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, anyone purchasing a ticket directly from the club (i.e., season tickets, group sales and/or partial season plans) will have the option of either receiving a full refund or applying the amount paid toward a future ticket purchase directly from the club.

Over the weekend, the Titans sent a letter to season ticket holders giving them an option to apply existing payments for this season toward next year or receive a refund for any money that’s already been paid. All remaining installments on payment plans have also been suspended as of July 1. 

With a possibility that games will won’t happen at Lambeau Field this year, Green Bay Packers season ticket holders can choose to “opt-in” or “opt-out.” For those who choose to opt out, their 2020 payment can be refunded in full or credited to 2021. 

The Houston Texans also provided their season ticket holders with a number of options. In short, Texans fans can keep their seats, defer the cost of their tickets to 2021, or get a refund for payments that have already been made in 2020 with payments resuming in 2021. 

Back in April, the Seahawks said they would work with season ticket holders individually to accommodate those who need personalized payment plans, including deferment. However, no updates have been released since.  

Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks with host Joe Fann and Seahawks DB Ugo Amadi 

What we do know is that the Seahawks are working toward reducing their stadium capacity to fulfill the state’s social distancing requirements. Depending on how coronavirus concerns play out in the state, the stadium could be at half capacity with empty rows and vacant seats. Someone would ultimately have to decide which season ticket holders can attend certain games. 

As for the team, they’ll have to also adjust to the potential of playing in front of empty seats or half-full stadiums rather than the roaring 12s.   

“Everybody needs to be wide open and ready to adapt and all of that and all aspects of our lives right now, and certainly as we approach the season,” Pete Carroll said earlier this spring. “We are going to have to be prepared. There’s still a great opportunity to show the game to our fans through media resources. But if that’s the way it is, it will be a different experience.”

Patrick Mahomes dethrones Russell Wilson as NFL's highest-paid player

Patrick Mahomes dethrones Russell Wilson as NFL's highest-paid player

Russell Wilson made headlines last April when he announced his record-breaking deal with the Seattle Seahawks while lying in bed with Ciara. 

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal…Go Hawks,” Wilson said in the video

The Seahawks franchise quarterback became the highest-paid player in the NFL after agreeing to a four-year, $140 million extension. The deal, which runs through 2023, included a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money. 

But Wilson could only be on top of the NFL for so long-- 16 months to be exact. 

On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs agreed to terms on a 10-year extension that will keep the quarterback in Kansas City through the 2031 season. 

The terms of Mahomes' extension were not immediately released; however, Schefter calls the deal the “richest contract in NFL history.”

The deal is reported to be worth $450 million in total with an injury guarantee of $140 million, per Schefter. Mahomes' $45 million per year will be the highest annual salary in league history. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero report the number is now worth $503 million. 

Mahomes has thrown for 9,412 yards with 76 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in 31 regular-season games.

In five playoff games, the Chiefs QB has thrown for 1,474 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks with host Joe Fann and Seahawks DB Ugo Amadi 

This is the first NFL deal to go beyond the 2020s and will keep the 2018 MVP and Super Bowl LIV MVP with the team until he is 36 years old. 

In terms of annual salary, Wilson previously held the record as the league’s highest-paid quarterback with a per year average of $35 million. He previously surpassed Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of a $134 million extension he signed in August 2018 with the Green Bay Packers.  

Since becoming the Chiefs starting quarterback in 2018, Mahomes has cemented himself as one of the league’s premier quarterbacks. Now, he’ll get paid like one too. 

Darrell Taylor recruits Jamal Adams to join Seattle Seahawks

Darrell Taylor recruits Jamal Adams to join Seattle Seahawks

Jamal Adams wants out of New York. 

The All-Pro safety, who is signed through 2021, has reportedly demanded to be traded by the Jets if a new deal isn’t done before the regular season.

He reportedly gave the Jets a list of seven preferred destinations and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Adams would welcome a trade to the Seattle Seahawks. 

So would Seahawks 2020 second-round pick Darrell Taylor. 

Over the weekend, B/R Gridiron shared a photo of Adams with a slideshow of possible landing spots. Taylor screenshotted the slide showcasing Seattle’s defense and delivered this message to the two-time Pro Bowler.

“Come on @PresidentMal.”

Taylor isn’t the first Seahawks player to drop Seattle’s name in the Jamal Adams sweepstakes. Quandre Diggs also chimed in on the idea back in March. 

Adding Adams to a loaded secondary with Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar (pending armed robbery charges) at corner and Adams and Diggs at safety could give Seattle a legit Legion of Boom 2.0.

Since the 2017 NFL Draft, Adams is the only defensive back with 10-plus sacks, 20-plus quarterback hits and 25-plus tackles for loss, per NFL Research. His 6.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss in 2019 were each career-bests. 

While Jadeveon Clowney watch continues over 100 days after free agency began, Adams could be that “wow” acquisition the Seahawks need to bolster the secondary for years to come. 

[RELATED: Report: Jadeveon Clowney offered $15 million to return to Seahawks]

Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks with host Joe Fann and Seahawks DB Ugo Amadi 

Seahawks CB Ugo Amadi raves about Bobby Wagner’s mentorship

Seahawks CB Ugo Amadi raves about Bobby Wagner’s mentorship

Bobby Wagner is the undisputed leader of the Seattle Seahawks. We’ve known this for quite some time now, but Ugo Amadi recently explained just how far Wagner goes on an individual basis to be a mentor to Seattle’s younger players.

“I can call him anytime,” Amadi said on the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. “He’ll take care of me and answer any question I have for him. When I first got drafted, he was the first person in the locker room to introduce himself to me.”

At the start of the preseason, Wagner urged Amadi to come to the facility early each day. Wagner arrives at 6:00 a.m., two hours ahead of the first meeting of the day at 8:00 a.m. Amadi began to join him, using the time to watch film and get his body ready for the day ahead.

The rookie saw immediate dividends. In the third week of the preseason, he delivered an impressive hit on punt coverage that went viral.

“See? That’s what happens when you come in early,” Wagner told him. “Good things happen for you.”

Amadi was fully bought in after that.

Their early mornings were also coupled with late nights following East Coast road games. Rather than go home when the buses arrived back at VMAC, Wagner and Amadi (and sometimes DK Metcalf) would stick around and get into the cold tub to help their recovery process. There were times, including after a playoff win against the Eagles, when they didn’t go home until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m.

Wagner also tasked Amadi with picking a collection for current or former NFL defensive backs that he admired and wanted to emulate his game after. The idea was that if he could pick out players with similar traits to his own, he’d be able to use their success as a way to visualize where he wanted his career to go.

Amadi picked three players: Tyrann Mathieu (Amadi’s favorite player since college who has a knack for getting to the ball), Ed Reed (for his natural feel for the ball) and Earl Thomas (for his open-field tackling).

“I had never done that,” Amadi said. “Nobody had ever taught me ball like that.”

Wagner encouraged Amadi to read more and even went as far as to buy him a few books. The linebacker also got his understudy involved in community service. It’s evident when talking to Amadi that he’s got a good head on his shoulders. There’s a strong chance that he starts at nickel corner for the Seahawks in 2020.

Should Amadi continue his upward trajectory, he knows it will be due in large part to Wagner taking him under his wing.

“Bobby, man, he’s special,” he said.