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Seattle Seahawks' GM John Schneider ready to wheel and deal?

The Seattle Seahawks enter the NFL Draft process with four picks. That's about 10 too few for Seattle general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

Having picks in just rounds one, three, four and five certainly won't cut it. 

“That’s a challenge for us,” Schneider told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.  

Don't expect Seattle to sit still with just four selections once the three-day, seven-round draft starts on April 25. 

Schneider and Carroll love the NFL Draft process and for them, the more picks the better. The duo has made a living out of selecting middle-to-late-round gems such as quarterback Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), cornerback Richard Sherman (fifth round, 2011), safety Kam Chancellor (fifth round, 2010) and running back Chris Carson (seventh round, 2017).

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For those reasons, Seattle seeks to stockpile picks. They drafted nine players last year, 11 in 2017 and 10 in 2016. In fact, the last time Seattle drafted just the normal allotment of seven players was in 2009, a year before Carroll and Schneider took over.

“It’s what we do,” Schneider said. “Our guys do a great job of working their relationships around the league and we’re trying to navigate where we’re going throughout the draft and targeting players and moving around.”

There is a good chance that Seattle will do much of the same in April. 

"We don’t necessarily have to go down all the time," Schneider said in regards to trading down in the draft. "But it’s kind of fun." 

Seattle is light on picks because it traded its second-round pick to acquire left tackle Duane Brown from the Houston Texans in 2017, traded its sixth-round pick to Green Bay to acquire backup quarterback Brett Hundley and sent its seventh-round pick to Oakland for safety Shalom Luani.

On safety Earl Thomas: Schneider was asked about safety Early Thomas, who held out of training camp in hopes of a contract extension before returning to action and then breaking his leg in the fourth game of the season. Thomas is now a free agent.

"I understood his frustration," Schneider said when asked about how things ended with Thomas. "It's a business. He's a free agent. He’s going to test free agency. We’ll see what happens. He's going to be one of those dudes that's up in the (ring of honor)."

On running back Rashaad Penny: During last year's draft, Seattle traded down to acquire picks and then selected running back Rashaad Penny No. 27th overall. Penny battled injuries while rushing for 419 yards and two touchdowns while not being able to beat out second-year running back Chris Carson, a seventh-round pick in 2017 who rushed for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns. 

“He had a nice rookie year," Schneider said. "Battled through some things. He’s never been hurt before. As a rookie it was kind of hard for him to figure things out. But I think he’s on the path of getting ready to have a great season. We don’t have any reason to not think that.”

On defensive end Frank Clark: The biggest free agent on Seattle's radar is likely its own, Frank Clark, who led the team with 13 sacks. Seattle is expected to work to keep him but Schneider offered little insight into that process. 

"Frank and I, we have a great relationship," Schneider said. "Communication has been great. There’s a strong level of trust between the two of us."

Kicking situation: Another free agent is kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who turns 41 this weekend. Seattle made a move at that position shortly after the season ended by signing Sam Ficken to a futures contract in January. Ficken appeared in two games with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and two in 2017. The 26-year-old out of Penn State has attempted six career field goals making three.

"He had a great workout with us," Schneider said. "We wanted to get him in there as quickly as we could to have that stable guy. We will continue to look for someone to work with him.

Janikowski has made 436 of 542 career field goal attempts. 

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Michael Dickson was just eight years old when he ditched his soccer kicks for an Aussie rules football.

Fast forward 16 years, he’s one of the premier punters in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in his rookie season. 

It took grit and determination to get to the NFL, but he wants young athletes with NFL aspirations to know they can do it.   

“Make a plan for it,” Dickson said on the Seahawks Instagram. “Think it’s gonna happen, believe that it’s gonna happen. Dedicate yourself to it, discipline in all areas of your life. Put in the extra work that others don’t. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but just aim very high. Aim higher than you think you can get.”

In the Q&A Thursday, Dickson also shared his takes on everything from his favorite pre-game snack (coffee with chocolate milk of course) to his favorite special teams play and the first player he interacted with, Will Dissly. 

“I think he’s the first Seahawks player I met,” Dickson said. “I think we were just waiting at the airport without luggage waiting for the buses to take us to go to the facility for rookie minicamp.”

Dickson has had a number of special moments in his two years with Seattle. His game-clinching first down run against Detroit in 2018 was his best special teams play, but another game takes the cake. 

“Definitely the Monday Night Football game against San Fran where Jason hit the game winner, just being out there for that,” Dickson said. “Yeah that’s definitely the best game.”

Head on over to the Seahawks Instagram story to hear more from Dickson. 

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

The DK Metcalf vs. PFT Commenter showdown is back. 

After the two exchanged an endless flood of Instagram story posts in late February where PFT Commenter mocked Metcalf’s 40-yard dash technique, the social media brawl has been reignited. 

In a Twitter post on Thursday, Barstool’s PFT Commenter poked fun of Metcalf’s infamous 3-cone-drill and 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine last year. Metcalf passed nearly ever test at the combine in flying colors, but recorded a 7.38 3-cone drill time and 4.5 shuttle run. 

PFT Commenter called out Metcalf with a video of a helpful grizzly bear picking up a safety cone that had fallen over. A real hero, if you ask us. 

Metcalf clapped back with a gif of a rolling tumbleweed and the response “livelook at your athletic career.” We are dead.

PFT Commenter knew exactly how to respond to this one. He shared a video of himself and Metcalf competing in a 40-yard dash with the comment “how’s the weather back there. #slow.” 

It looks like Metcalf was a good spirit about the post. After all, PFT Commenter unofficially said “go” when he competed against the freakish athlete in the 40-yard dash in March. The evidence lies here

Haters gonna hate, DK. 

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

Seahawks sign, reunite with DE Benson Mayowa

While we still wait to find out whether or not the Seahawks are able to land a top-tier pass rusher, Seattle continues to target familiar faces in the secondary wave of edge rushers.

On Wednesday, Seattle signed former 2013 undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa. This move comes two weeks after the Seahawks reunited with Bruce Irvin. According to Tom Pelissero, Mayowa will make a fully guaranteed $3 million in 2020 with incentives that could get him up to $4 million.

Mayowa won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013 but appeared in just two games. He's since played for the Raiders from 2014-15, the Cowboys from 16-17, the Cardinals in 2018 and the Raiders once again in 2019. He posted 6.0 sacks with Dallas in 2016 and is coming off a career-high 7.0 sacks with Oakland last season.

He joins an edge rush rotation currently led by Irvin, followed by Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green. While Seattle still obviously needs an elite player above Irvin, the depth on the roster is starting to fill out nicely.


Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

Cliff Avril reminisces about the greatness of the ‘Legion of Boom’

It’s pretty wild to look back to 2013, especially now when the Seahawks are once again in the market for elite pass rushers. Seattle is in desperate need of landing Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen or Markus Golden via free agency or trading for Matt Judon or Yannick Ngakoue.

Plenty of Seahawks fans are holding out hope that the team can acquire two of the aforementioned names. That feels like a bit of a pipe dream, even though there’s precedent for such blockbuster moves in Seattle.

The Seahawks signed Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on back-to-back days in 2013. Here’s the nutty part (and why it makes replicating such moves so challenging), Seattle did so for a mere $11.3 million combined – $6.5 for Avril and $4.8 for Bennett.

Avril and Bennett, that year’s two top free agent pass rushers, joined the defense that led the league in scoring in 2012. So it’s no surprise that they led the NFL in scoring for the following three seasons (2013-15) as well. Seattle allowed 10 points or less in a ridiculous 21 separate games (playoffs included) during that span. The “Legion of Boom” era will forever remain one of the most vaunted defenses in NFL history.

Avril, the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, discussed what it was like to join a defense that loaded. He recalled the first moment he had that “oh damn we’re gonna be so good” feeling.

“You know what’s crazy? My first practice I go out there and I’m watching these guys,” Avril began. “The music is bumping. I see Earl. I see Kam. I see Sherm. All these guys are on 1,000, meaning they’re everywhere all across the field, going as if it’s a game. I’m sitting there thinking these young dudes were going to get burnt out. I’m like, ‘How are y’all practicing like this?’ But at that moment was when I realized, ‘Oh, no, this is just why they are so good. This is why some of these guys are going to end up going to the Hall of Fame.’

“For me, honestly, when I was watching practice, when I was watching film – it just boiled down to, ‘Where do I fit into this scenario? These guys are great. How am I going to put my footprint on games.’ Honestly that’s how I got so good at the sack-fumbles. Those guys were getting turnovers and they were scoring off of it.”

Avril had six sack-fumbles in 2013 and two were returned for touchdowns as he played a crucial role in Seattle’s first ever Super Bowl-winning season.

“It was all about trying to find out how you fit into this puzzle of greatness,” Avril said.

From 2013-17, Avril appeared in 64 games for the Seahawks and posted 16 passes defended, 14 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 88 quarterback hits, 30 tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks.

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

Seahawks to work with season ticket holders amid coronavirus outbreak

If you are a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, here’s a bit of positive news. 

Per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the Seahawks have said they will work with season ticket holders who may have been impacted by COVID-19. 

The team’s website lists a final renewal payment of June 15 for 2020 season tickets, however a team spokesman said the Seahawks “are working with each season ticket holder to accommodate those who need personalized payment plans, which includes deferment.”

The Seahawks now have a section on the site where 12s can find information on ways to help those impacted by COVID-19. 

This is an uncertain and sometimes unnerving time for our city, our region and our world,” the site says. “As a community of Pacific Northwesterners and 12s, it’s an important time to work together and help.

As of now, there have been no announced changes to the 2020 NFL season. The NFL Draft is expected to go on as scheduled, despite the NFL shutting down all team facilities and discontinuing all physicals during the ongoing crisis. 

Since 2003, the Seahawks have sold out every regular season game at CenturyLink Field.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Report: Jadeveon Clowney lowers his asking price to $17-18 million

Hey everyone, Joe Fann here with your daily Jadeveon Clowney update.

Sarcasm aside, ESPN's Dianna Russini checked in on Wednesday with a potentially significant report that Clowney has lowered his asking price from $20 million APY to $17-18 million.

There's still no telling how big the gap is between what Clowney wants and what the Seahawks have offered thus far, but this should make it easier for both sides to potentially meet in the middle. Although sacks don't tell the full story of Clowney's 2019 season, it became very evident that no team was willing to pay $20 million for a player with 3.5 sacks and a checkered injury history.

But while it was wise for Clowney to lower his asking price, it would also be smart for the Seahawks to get closer to meeting his new demands. Clowney is an elite player at a position of dire need, and it doesn't make sense for Seattle to play a game of chicken over a few million dollars. It's as simple as this: the Seahawks desperately need Clowney at this juncture, and they shouldn't continue to risk losing him to another team.

The Titans in-house insider Jim Wyatt reported on Wednesday that Tennessee has confirmed interest in Clowney. GM Jon Robinson confirmed as much on a conference call with reporters. The Titans interest was assumed when they traded Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos, opening up a sizeable amount of cap space. EA Sports also accidentally included Clowney in a Titans jersey in a Madden promo last week.

Obviously EA doesn't have any inside info on where Clowney is headed, but it is an obvious reminder that the pass rusher's return to Seattle isn't a certainty.

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett calls Russell Wilson ‘the best deep ball thrower in the NFL’

Phillip Dorsett knows Russell Wilson’s off-script Houdini magic is something special. 

It’s why the new Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2015, is looking forward to catching balls from arguably the best downfield passer in Wilson this season. 

“I personally believe he’s the best deep ball thrower in the NFL,” Dorsett told Chuck Powell and Bucky Jacobsen of Sports Radio 950 KJR. “You can see it week in and week out with DK [Metcalf] and Tyler [Lockett]. I’ve been sitting back, taking advantage of the NFL Game Pass (being) free so I’ve just been watching games and you can see it every possession.”

Dorsett said he’s watched several Seahawks games and is impressed by Wilson’s late-game heroics. 

“His deep ball ability and then the way he plays. You can just see it. He’s a magician,” Dorsett said. “I feel like honestly, he doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He’s a great quarterback and the way he does what he does under the center back there is amazing. He’s a magician. He’s Houdini and he can make every throw.

“It’s a blessing that I get to play with him, and I can’t wait to get there and work him.” 

Wilson conjured up several last-minute miracles last season. The Seahawks tied an NFL record with 10 wins last season by a one-score margin, but not even Wilson could deliver magic in the frozen tundra in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. 

Dorsett, alongside receiving threats Lockett and Metcalf, will give Wilson another speedy weapon at his disposal. He will compete for the No. 3 spot against David Moore, John Ursua, and Malik Turner this spring. 

The 5-foot-10 wideout started 14 games for New England last season, catching 29 passes for 397 yards from Tom Brady and tacked on a career-high five touchdowns. Dorsett has 124 career receptions for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Seahawks’ Weekly Challenge: Meditation with Seahawks Dancer Maggie

Seahawks’ Weekly Challenge: Meditation with Seahawks Dancer Maggie

Training the mind is equally as important as training the body. It doesn’t matter if you are on the field or off the field, an athlete or not, mental health is vital for everyone. 

With the #stayhome initiative in full force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is as important as ever.

The Seattle Seahawks and sports psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais are releasing weekly challenges to sharpen the mind during this tough time.

My job with the Seattle Seahawks is to train their minds. To be mentally strong. To help them be their very best together. — Dr. Michael Gervais

On Wednesday, Dr. Gervais released this week’s weekly challenge: meditation to sharpen the mind during this time. He had a little help from Seahawks Dancer Maggie in this week’s lesson on meditation. 

The two study breathing, taking slow deep breaths and focusing on enjoying the exhale. Then, the focus switches to color and how it affects the mind during meditation.

It’s a very interesting study to say the least.

You can listen to the full meditation routine below:

You can also follow along with Dr. Gervais' work with his Compete to Create campaign along with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

We really have found a way to put our curriculum together in a way to create an educational platform where we can help people find their best. We’ve realized that we really do have a mentality and an approach and a philosophy that we can share with people. That’s really what Compete to Create has become. -- Pete Carroll

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Russell Wilson’s stepson Future shows off his quarterback skills


Russell Wilson’s stepson Future shows off his quarterback skills

The ongoing COVID-19 quarantine has given families a little extra time to spend with one another. Russell Wilson is certainly taking advantage of that. 

In a video shared to Twitter on Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback got in a sweat sesh in with his stepson Future. The duo almost looks identical in the gym, but just wait until you see Future’s skills on the football field. 

“Bonding Time! #HardWork w/ Future Fun ballin’ today! The Best Teammate!” Wilson tweeted.

What can you say? It runs in the family. 

Future is only five years old, but he’s already proven to be quite the athlete, and dancer. In a TikTok video shared by Ciara, Future and his mom team up for the “Hit Yo Groove” dance challenge. 

Nothing passes the time like some quarantined dancing.  

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While the Wilsons have been spending a lot of quality time with family, they’ve continued to find ways to give back to the community. The couple announced Tuesday that they have partnered up with Wheels Up on an initiative that has a goal of providing 10 million meals to those in need.

They’ve also donated 1 million meals through Food Lifeline, a group that distributes to over 300 food banks, shelters and programs through Western Washington. 

“We want to encourage everyone out there to join us in whatever way that you can, big or small,” Ciara said. “Everything makes a difference, everything we do together makes a difference."