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Seattle Seahawks' Draft Preview - Quarterbacks: Is a young QB on the menu?

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Seattle Seahawks' Draft Preview - Quarterbacks: Is a young QB on the menu?

Part 1 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Today: Quarterbacks:

Depth Chart: Russell Wilson, Paxton Lynch. 

Need: Low. 

Expectations: Seattle likely won't draft a quarterback but taking one late wouldn't be a horrible idea.

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a rundown of QBs Seattle could select in the mid to late rounds.   

Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).

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Tuesday's news that quarterback Russell Wilson has inked a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the Seahawks through 2023 puts to bed any idea that he wants to play in New York or could be traded at all. 

The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, also ends any idea that the Seahawks could be in the market for a young, starting-caliber quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

[RELATED: All is well in Seahawksville after Seattle signs QB Russell Wilson to record deal]

However, even with Wilson locked up Seattle might want to consider adding a young quarterback to the mix that could be groomed into a legitimate alternative should Wilson ever go down for any length of time. Consider that Seattle has selected just one other quarterback in the draft since taking Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft. That player was Alex McGough, a seventh-round pick last season. He is now with Jacksonville. 

The need for a solid backup has not been great since Seattle acquired Wilson given that he has not missed a start in seven seasons. But he's bound to miss one, or more, at some point. Virtually all great quarterbacks eventually miss time. 

Right now, Seattle's backup is Paxton Lynch, signed this offseason after the Seahawks failed to bring back last year's backup, Brett Hundley, now with Arizona.

Lynch, just 24, could actually qualify as a young player worth developing. Denver selected him with the 26th pick out of Memphis in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He appeared in five games with four starts and threw four touchdowns with four interceptions. Denver general manager John Elway hoped Lynch would be the answer at quarterback but ended up bringing in Case Keenum last year and this offseason acquired Joe Flacco in a trade with Baltimore for a fourth-round pick. 

“At this point it’s really still about potential to play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the Lynch acquisition. "But he’s got some great aspects in his background and he’s got some NFL experience. It wasn’t all great, but it was still experience and that will help him with good coaches and all that.”

While the 6-foot-7 Lynch is at least somewhat intriguing, the reality is that a franchise with quarterback issues gave up on him and there's no real reason to believe that Lynch would help Seattle win very many games should Wilson become injured. 

Enter the idea of taking a promising quarterback to be developed over the next few years. 

Quarterback certainly isn't a strong need, but should Seattle identify a quarterback in the middle rounds that looks to have at least the potential to develop into a competent starter, the Seahawks should at least give him some consideration. With Wilson set to turn 31 in November, it could be better to groom someone in-house rather than rely on acquiring the failed projects of others. 

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 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. 

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man, died Monday after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes while Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, has ignited protests in Minneapolis and other US cities. What happened to Floyd has immensely impacted many, including professional athletes like Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier.

The Seahawks 2019 first-round pick said he’s been watching the violent protests take place in Minnesota, and while he is disturbed by the senseless acts on the black community, Collier says he hopes people will start listening. 

It’s upsetting just to see what those people are going through, the way that that’s what they have to resort to just to be heard, just to be seen. Just at what point does people have to continue to be killed just for somebody to understand what being black is like. That’s what we go through every day, just the fear that being pulled over you don’t know what’s gonna happen, just like no one wants to live with that. Just the rioting to the point of what do we have to do for you to hear us? It’s just a sad thing. I wish it was handled better. 

I feel like this should open the doors to help people understand what’s going on in this world, how people of color are being oppressed.

Collier is not alone in sharing his thoughts. 

His teammate, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, shared an eloquent poem on Twitter speaking out on racial injustice and police brutality.

The powerful piece from Lockett also shed light on athletes kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social justice issues and police brutality toward African Americans.

But if we take a knee. That’s when they light their torches. And when we start to speak. That’s when we lose our endorsements. -- Tyler Lockett

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to publicly and peacefully kneel to raise awareness about the major systemic problem. 

Many other NFL athletes have protested over the years, including Duane Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson, who remained in the Seahawks locker room while the national anthem played before games last year.  

Brown doesn't believe he's seen any progress since Kaepernick began kneeling in 2016. 

“No, not really," Brown told reporters earlier this week. "If you know the details of what happened (in Minneapolis), it’s a tragic situation. ...It’s just an awful situation—that could have been prevented.

“I feel like, someone called the cops on him for, potentially, writing a bad check. And he ended up dying, on camera, unarmed and in handcuffs. So, I mean, it seems like this continues to happen, every year, at some point. I don’t know when it will change.”

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

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier said all the right things on Friday.

During a Zoom call with local media, the Seahawks 2019 first-round pick explained the plights of his rookie season and anticipation for what he believes is coming in 2020.

Collier’s first NFL campaign, for all intents, was over before it started. A significant ankle sprain on July 30 cost him the entire month of August. Missing all of those reps in training camp and preseason games set him back to a degree in which he was never able to recover from.

Beyond that, at no point in 2019 did Collier’s ankle get back to 100%. The result? Just three tackles in 11 games. Additionally, he was a healthy scratch in both playoff games.

But now Collier is fully healthy once again with essentially a fresh start following somewhat of a redshirt year as a rookie.

“With the team we have, you can’t help but be excited,” Collier said.

According to Collier, Seattle drafted him to fill a Michael Bennett-type role where he will play defensive end on early downs before moving inside to 3-tech in nickel. The Seahawks, to this point at least, have been unable to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, or any other premier pass rusher for that matter.

That leaves reps open for the taking if Collier is able to prove himself worthy this summer.

“The name of the game is to stay healthy, and you need those reps,” he said. “I’m going to be there, and I’m going to get every rep I can possibly get, whether it’s at 3-technique or whether it’s end. I just want to play, honestly.”

John Schneider and Pete Carroll have defended Collier at every turn. They are counting on their 2019 first-rounder to bounce back and contribute in 2020. However, there’s a contingent of fans who have already labeled Collier a bust.

Calling any player a bust after just one down season, injury-related or otherwise, is unfair. But Collier didn’t give people even a single glimpse of his potential, either, which has understandably limited most expectations of him.

Collier is on social media. He’s seen the comments from his naysayers. As cliché as it might be, the proverbial chip is sitting comfortably on his shoulder heading into Year 2.

“I am champing at the bit to get out there,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you didn’t have the year everyone wanted you to (have). They shift you off to the side as if you can’t play. It’s disrespectful, and I feel very disrespected. But, I’m the type of person where there’s no need for talking, just show them.

“If you run through a couple people; if you make noise, they’ll remember who you are very quickly.”

Collier is confident in his ability to rush the passer and stop the run. Seattle is counting on him to do both this season.

“I’m excited to get back out there and show people who I am,” Collier said. “I don’t really care about the first-round pick stuff. I’m a football player at the end of the day, and I can play football at a high level. I’m out there to prove that I’m one of the best.

“At the end of the day, it’s time to eat.”

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

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

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."

The winner will receive:

  • 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.

You can see the full list of Carroll’s Seahawks experience listed out on the auction page here. 

The deadline to bid on this package is 8:59 PM (PT) on Wednesday, June 24. To make a bid, visit www.allinchallenge.com. 

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.

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