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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.

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. 

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

It’s not the roaring crowd of the 12s or the potential for another Beast Quake to erupt at any time that makes CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums in the NFL. 

According to a recent study by University of Oklahoma graduate student Erin Pšajd, it’s the turf. Pšajd reveals that football stadiums that feature synthetic turf are more likely to lead to non-contact, lower-limb injuries as opposed to natural turf. She also found these injuries were more likely to occur earlier in the game. 

She isn’t the only one who has linked turf type to odds of injury. Zach Binney of Football Outsiders listed Seattle as the most dangerous stadium with field turf. Baltimore, which has multiple surfaces, and Indianapolis which also has field turf had the highest chance of injury risks. 

The Seahawks NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, have grass and are at about a 20 percent decrease in odds of injury.  

The Seahawks had several injuries during the 2019 season which occurred during the first drive of the game, but not many of them occured on home turf. Rashaad Penny suffered an ACL injury during the first drive of Seattle’s 28-12 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles and Justin Britt also went down with an ACL tear in the opening drive in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium. 

The injury bug also depleted the Seahawks offensive line, who saw a bevy of injuries to guards Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, and Jamarco Jones in the latter half of the season. 

So, what does this all mean? It’s difficult to say how much weight these studies carry, as they are far and few between. But a change in turf could be important to evaluate, especially if further studies tie synthetic surfaces to more injuries. 

For now, the Seahawks are scheduled to play 10 of their 16 games on synthetic turf in 2020. 

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