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A Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Prayer

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A Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Prayer

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Oh, NFL Draft gods of great acumen, foresight and prowess, we beseech thee now in our times of trouble. For thine alone has the power to save us from the vast emptiness of our current roster. Lo, gutted were we in the year of our Lord’s 2018 NFL free agency frenzy.

Yea, tho we walk through the valley of the shadow of the NFC West, we fear no 2018 NFL schedule — for we have yet to behold it. Once it shall be published, we may prefer a plague of locusts.

Thine Schneider-Carroll brain trust is our shepherd. We lack nothing, except Shermans, Chancellors, Avrils, Bennetts, Sheads, Grahams, Walshes, Joeckels, Boykins, Lacys, Richardson, the other Richardson, the other Willson, halt! We beseech thee. They make us lie down in green pastures and leads us to cry beside eternally muddy, grey-clouded, rainy waters.

Carroll’s sunny optimism refreshes our soul. He guides us along the right paths … at least that one time. More recently, not so much for his name’s sake.

Even though we walk through the darkest valley of the upcoming season and probably for many to come, we will fear no evil. For D.J. Fluker is now with us. He’s got 355 lbs. and plays like it. This comforts our remaining Wilson.

We can do all things through Fluker, which strengtheneth us when we must speaketh with Los Angeles Rams fans, whose Donald and Suh shall wreak havoc and rain hellfire down on the bones of our remaining Wilson and daily running back.

You prepare a table before us in the presence of our pigskin enemies. I mean, you are, right? You’re gonna fix it all in the NFL Draft next month, right? Because as of right now, thou anointst our heads with stale urine and yet profess it is merely our customary rain. Our cups overflow.

Thine Seahawkian offseason plan is patient. Love is … something we’d like to have. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud — for how could it be?

Roster building does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, although, let’s try a little self-seeking and see how it goes, hmm? It is not easily angered, tho verily, the 12s are. It keeps no record of wrongs. For that will happen soon enough when the 2018 season kicks off.

Roster love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Except right now. We better gloss over the truth. Speaking of truth …

Offensive lines always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. Except in Seattle. Thine truth hurts.

Seahawks love never fails. Unless you trade out of the first round again. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. Because we’re talking about a mob of Seahawks fans. Hast thou ever been to a Seahawks football arena? Then thou knowest of what I speak.

May the NFL Draft gods bestow their light and love upon us. Plus some impact players.

Surely your goodness and love will follow us all the days of our football lives, and the 12s will dwell in the house of the Super Bowl forever.

Achoo.

If Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett took Chemistry class, they would both get an A+

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If Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett took Chemistry class, they would both get an A+

You probably heard this once or twice or several times over the course of this 2018-2019 Seahawks regular season, but Tyler Lockett was stellar this season. No matter the down or distance, the chemistry between Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and his go-to No. 1 wide receiver Tyler Lockett was nearly unstoppable. 

This season was just different for Lockett. Yes he is fast and typically has 3-5 yards on his defender when going deep, but this season, it was his hands that made all the difference for Wilson down field making tough catch after tough catch with defenders in his face. 

Wilson and Lockett achieved perfection this season. 

According to Seahawks reporter John Boyle: “Over the course of the entire regular season, Wilson completed 80.3 percent of his attempts to Lockett (57 for 71) for 965 yards, giving him a 13.6 yards-per-attempt average, and Wilson did not throw an interception when targeting Lockett. Add those numbers up, along with the 10 touchdowns, and Wilson had a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeting Lockett.”

On Friday, Lockett was guaranteed $3.907 million from the Seahawks. 

The former third round, No. 69 overall pick out of Kansas State in the 2015 NFL Draft is a matchup nightmare. Lucky for Seattle, Lockett signed a contract extension in August 2018 for three years worth up to $37.8 million.

Safe to say this duo will be locked in for more seasons to come in Seattle. 

Kam Chancellor is still winning off the field, cashes in on 2019 salary

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Kam Chancellor is still winning off the field, cashes in on 2019 salary

Kam Chancellor may have sat on the Seattle Seahawks sideline all season long, but he’s still winning off the field.

The Seahawks safety got a big boost to his bank account Friday, when his 2019 base salary of $5.2 million of his $10 million salary became fully guaranteed as he remained on Seattle’s roster.

The four-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year, $36 million deal with Seattle just months before sustaining a season-ending neck injury against Arizona in Nov. 2017. Chancellor was added to the team’s PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list for the 2018 season, and later revealed he had been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and bone spurs in his neck.

The question now remains: will the Seahawks release Chancellor? 

Realistically, it comes down to whether the Seahawks want to save $2.5 million against the cap this year, or next.

Chancellor carries a $13 million salary cap hit for the Seahawks this season. Seattle could cut him by June 1 to save $2.3 million against the cap and would have a $2.5 million cap charge for him in 2020. If Seattle cuts him after June 1, they’d save roughly $4.8 million against the cap this year.

Chancellor shared a number of cryptic tweets hinting at his retirement, but he has likely not retired due to the fact he still has one year remaining on his legacy contract which is fully guaranteed for injury.

His extension through the 2020 season included a $25 million guarantee against injury.

Seattle has just $51.994 million in cap space, eighth highest in the NFL, in 2019. Four other Seahawks had money guaranteed on Friday: wideout Tyler Lockett, center Justin Britt, safety Bradley McDouglad and left tackle Duane Brown.

 

Pro Bowl: Perhaps Russell Wilson shouldn’t have been just an “alternate”

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Pro Bowl: Perhaps Russell Wilson shouldn’t have been just an “alternate”

It was all laughs and sunshine during the week of the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Then, Mother Nature took a turn on Sunday as the rain came pouring down on the NFL’s best of the best. It is a week not to be taken too seriously. You saw Jalen Ramsey the wide receiver, Mike Evans the defensive back, and Saquon Barkley the pass rusher as the AFC won its third straight Pro Bowl defeating the NFC 26-7 in Camping World Stadium.  

After a 10-6 “surprise” season in which many called a rebuilding season, the Seattle Seahawks were represented at the Pro Bowl on all sides of the ball: quarterback Russell Wilson (appearing in his sixth Pro Bowl), linebacker Bobby Wagner (fifth Pro Bowl) and rookie punter Michael Dickson (making his Pro Bowl debut).

The season was statistically one of Wilson’s best seasons in a Seahawks uniform: a career-high touchdowns (35) as well as a career low interceptions (7), and carried his team to round two of the NFL playoffs. But despite what he did this season, Wilson was just a replacement for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the Pro Bowl who was unable to participate due to injury.

Wilson finished the Pro Bowl five-for-eight for 68 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. During the week leading up to the game, Wilson and Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen won the Good Hands competition as well as Wilson winning the Precision Passing award.

Arguably the best linebacker in the league, Bobby Wagner is coming off a season with 84 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack, and one pick-six. He finished with five tackles, three solo at the Pro Bowl.

Michael Dickson had four kicks for 173 yards, averaging 43.3 yards per kick. His longest was 52 yards. 

Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch as potential backup behind Russell Wilson

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Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch as potential backup behind Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks now have a new option at backup quarterback. 

According to the official NFL transactions wire, the Seahawks have signed Paxton Lynch to a reserve/future deal, as previously reported by Ian Furness of Sports Radio KJR

Lynch was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft via a pick acquired from the Seahawks. That pick, coincidentally, came in full circle on Thursday, as the Seahawks traded the pick used on Lynch to lock up offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and tight end Nick Vannett in 2016. 

While in Denver, Lynch started four times and went 79-of-128 for 792 yards for four touchdowns and four interceptions, before being waived by the Broncos in September. He remained unsigned last season, making him eligible to sign a futures contract with the Seahawks before the start of free agency in March. 

The 24-year-old will compete for Seattle's backup quarterback role behind veteran signal caller Russell Wilson. 

Brett Hundley, who previously held the backup role behind the six-time Pro Bowler in 2018, did not take an offensive snap all season long. He is expected to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Seattle's other backup option, Alex McGough, signed with Jacksonville on Wednesday after spending a year on Seattle’s practice squad. McGough’s contract expired earlier this week making him a free agent. 

Russell Wilson replaces Aaron Rodgers on NFC Pro Bowl team

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Russell Wilson replaces Aaron Rodgers on NFC Pro Bowl team

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance as a replacement for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will not play due to injury.

Rodgers and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff were named to the team with Wilson being left out despite having arguably his best statistical season. 

Wilson, while leading Seattle to a 10-6 record, had career-highs in touchdown passes (35), touchdown percentage (8.2) and passer rating (110.9). He also set a career-low in interceptions (seven). His completion percentage of 65.6 was the second highest of his career. 

The Pro Bowl will be held Jan. 27 at noon at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Wilson will join punter Michael Dickson and linebacker Bobby Wagner on the NFC team.

The Seahawks have six other players listed as alternates: Running back Chris Carson, return specialist Tyler Lockett, defensive end Frank Clark, guard J.R. Sweezy and safety Bradley McDougald.

Happy Anniversary to BeastMode and his Skittles

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Happy Anniversary to BeastMode and his Skittles

8 years ago today, Marshawn Lynch AKA Beast Mode, went full Beast Mode and ate all the Skittles on his one-man wrecking ball wild run into the end zone. 

In one of the most remembered runs in all of the NFL, Lynch etched his name into history. It was the NFC Wild Card game vs. the New Orleans Saints in Seattle where the Seahawks found a 34-30 lead with just over three minutes remaining when Lynch began his lesson of “Get Off Me: 101” to the entire Saints defense. Missed tackle after missed tackle complimented by a nasty stiff arm that sent Tracy Porter back to the fifth grade. 

Beast Mode was hungry and Beast Mode ate.

The Seahawks went on to a 41-26 NFC Wild Card victory. Lynch recorded 19 carries for 131 yards. 

Has K.J. Wright played his final game with the Seattle Seahawks?

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Has K.J. Wright played his final game with the Seattle Seahawks?

Seattle's loss at Dallas on Saturday night in the NFL Playoffs might have been linebacker K.J. Wright's swan song with the Seahawks. 

Wright made a huge play in the game when he intercepted a pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter with Seattle trailing 17-14. He committed a costly penalty when he got flagged for pass interference on third down during Dallas' final scoring drive that gave the Cowboys a 24-14 lead late in the game. Seattle lost 24-22. 

“It was a tough game," Wright said in the visitor's locker room later. "We knew it was going to be a battle... It is a learning lesson for us. We just have to bounce back."

The question is if the "we," he speaks of includes Wright moving forward. 

Wright, 29, just completed a four-year, $27 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The 2016 Pro Bowler is coming off of an injury-riddled season in which he appeared in just five regular season games because of a recurring knee injury after having missed just five games during his first seven seasons. Drafted by Seattle in 2011, Wright performed well when able to play this season. His abilities are not an issue. The question is whether Seattle wants to reinvest in him moving forward?

Wright's expressed desires leave no room for ambiguity. 

"I head into free agency and we'll see how that goes," Wright said. "Like I've said, I want to be here. I love playing with this team...And I believe that it would be in the team's best interest if I stay here."

The franchise, Wright said, has given him no indication as to if he potentially has a future with the Seahawks. 

"I want to be here but there's decisions to make and they have to do what's best for their team," Wright said. 

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was asked on Monday about Wright's future. 

“We’d love to have K.J. back with us," he said. "That’s one of the many issues.”

Juxtapose that response to the one Carroll gave when asked about the future of wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who also had an injury-filled season. 

“Yeah, I’m planning on (Baldwin) being right with us,” Carroll told reporters.

Granted, the two situations are not exactly equal. Baldwin has one year remaining on his contract worth $10.25 million of non-guaranteed money while Wright is a free agent who could choose to sign elsewhere. Still, Seattle could release Baldwin and save the $10.25 million on the 2019 cap just like the team did last year when it let go of cornerback Richard Sherman. 

While this is clearly an attempt to read into one man's words, the bottom line is that it doesn't appear that Wright is at the top of the team's lists of offseason concerns. 

Carroll did say that having Wright return to action late in the season helped the defense. 

"He’s such a great player and a great leader and mentality," Carroll said. "He gives other people strength just being around him and he’s unbelievably valuable."

But will that make him worth a new contract?

Seattle has limited options on the roster to replace Wright. Rookies Jacob Martin and Shaquem Griffin had moments but neither appears ready to start next season. Seattle would likely have to draft a linebacker or sign one in free agency. There is always the chance the Mychal Kendricks could return if he avoids going to prison after pleading guilty to inside trading. He faces up to three years. 

Losing Wright would certainly impact the locker room. 

“KJ has been unbelievable for us. I remember coming here in 2012 and seeing this tall, long, athletic linebacker that could make all the plays," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "I was like dang they make linebackers like this? I thought he was a defensive end. He’s been tremendous for us just how many plays he’s made and how many great things he’s done. He’s battled all season through injury. To be able to show up tonight once again and play great football. Him and Bobby [Wagner] are as good as it gets. They are the best tandem in football at the linebacker position. Those guys are special. Hopefully, we can find a way to keep KJ.”

Baldwin called Wright a "rock." 

"He’s been one of those pillars you look towards in the locker room," Baldwin said. "I knew exactly what he stands for. I knew exactly what he was going to bring to the table both on and off the field. It’s a testament to the man he is, first and foremost. He’s been that for all of us. For myself, Bobby has leaned on him so many times. Now the young guys get to experience that. They get the joy of a leader like that in their corner this year. It’s going to be an amazing thing. Hopefully he gets to stay with us.”

Probably nobody on the team would miss Wright more than middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The two are the lone remaining defensive starters from the 2013 and 2014 Super Bowl teams. Wagner said the way Wright fought throw his injuries to work his way back and play the way he did on Saturday was special to behold. 

"It was a amazing," Wagner said. "Probably had a lot of guys counting him out, didn't think he was going to be good, or whatever the case may be. But you come and see when healthy how amazing of a player he is... It's amazing to have him on the field. It's amazing to see how great of player he is and see how even better of a person that he is. It's a person you definitely want to have in the building."

Wagner said he plans to keep a close eye on Wright's situation this offseason. 

"I'm pretty sure he is going to tell me everything that is going on," Wagner said. "I'll pay attention to it. He's my brother. I hope everything works out but I understand that it's a business, so I don't know what's going to happen."

Carroll likely has an idea what is going to happen. Certainly there are legitimate reasons to move on from Wright. He will be 30. He just made $7.2 million. Would he accept a pay cut to stay? Could he get a stronger offer on the open market than what Seattle would pay him? Would Seattle be better of using that money elsewhere? Also, he's coming off of a knee injury that cost him 11 games. 

But there are also many reasons to keep him around if the price is right. He can still play. He is a leader. And, will Seattle really find someone better for 2019? 

"He’s been a fantastic player for us for years in every way," Carroll said. "In every way he’s been a leader, he’s been tough, he’s been here, he’s been consistent. His messaging, everything he stands for is what we love about him and we’d love for him to be here throughout.”

We shall see just how deeply that love for Wright actually runs. 

Report Card: Grading the Seattle Seahawks' playoff loss at the Dallas Cowboys

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Report Card: Grading the Seattle Seahawks' playoff loss at the Dallas Cowboys

Seattle's season ended with a thud Saturday night when the Seahawks lost 24-22 at Dallas in the NFC Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. 

The game featured numerous key moments that contributed to the team's loss but there were several uncharacteristic performances that hurt Seattle's chance of winning. Here is a report card of the Seahawks' performance:

Offensive line: D

They say strong running games travel well in the NFL playoffs. If that's the case, Seattle simply didn't bother to pack theirs and the offensive line failed to get the job done on Saturday.  

That's a shame given how far this group had come this season and how it helped the Seahawks lead the NFL in rushing.
Seattle rushed for 73 yards on 24 carries with the running backs gaining 59 on 21.

That overall production was well below the team's 160 average and short of the 113 the Seahawks gained on Dallas in Week 3.

Saturday's poor rushing performance greatly contributed to the team converting on just 2-of-13 third-down attempts. 

Left tackle Duane Brown said Seattle knew that Dallas would do a lot of stunts in order to throw Seattle's linemen off of their blocking targets, and it worked.

"They were very good at it and we just weren't efficient in adjusting to it," Brown said. "Nothing that surprised us. They'd been doing it all year."

Brown added that Seattle didn't live up to its billing as a power running team. 

"I take my hat off to their defense," Brown said. "They played a very good game. But us up front, we created an identity of being a physical team and running the football and we weren't able to do that today."

 

Front seven: C-

Let's lump both the defensive line and the linebackers into this one.

Seattle had to control Dallas' "triplets" of QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper. The Seahawks failed. 

Elliott rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown, Prescott passed for 226 yards, threw for one touchdown, rushed for 29 yards and a rushing touchdown, and Cooper had 106 yards on seven receptions. 

The 29 rushing yards for Prescott might not seem like a lot but 14 of those yards ultimately decided the game.

With Dallas leading 17-14 and just over two minutes remaining in the game, the Cowboys faced a third down and 14 at the Seattle 17-yard line. As if the Cowboys had planned to kick a field goal, they ran a quarterback draw. But Prescott managed to gain 16 yards on the play to set up his one-yard scoring run that gave Dallas a 24-14 lead that Seattle did not have time to overcome. 

That play alone warranted a poor grade for Seattle's front seven, which registered just two tackles for loss and one sack on the night. Still, the group did not play awful football given that it kept the team in the game despite the poor play by Seattle's offense. 

Nevertheless, allowing Elliott to have a big game helped Dallas win the field position battle. 

“It’s bad. It’s so simple too," said Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright, who had a key interception in the fourth quarter. "I hate that we can’t watch the film and come back next week. It is just something that is easy. And you just have to pick up those easy plays in order to win these football games.”

 

Wide receivers: B

Where would Seattle have been without wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who caught four passes for 120 yards, 40.1 percent of the team's total output of 299?

The problem was that Seattle probably didn't turn to the passing game often enough, which limited Lockett's potential impact and certainly contributed to Doug Baldwin having just 33 yards.

When Seattle struggled rushing the football in a game this season at Carolina, a team with a top-10 rushing defense like Dallas', the Seahawks put the game in quarterback Russell Wilson's hands and he threw for a season-high 339 yards in a 30-27 win. Wilson passed for 233 at Dallas. 

Granted, Seattle began with minus 15 yards passing in the first half thanks to a screen pass that lost eight and a sack. But, after that, Seattle got the passing game rolling but still remained committed to the run game. 

One caveat to all of this is that the team mostly threw on third downs and converted on just 2-of-13 attempts. 

But one wonders what might have happened had Seattle allowed Wilson and his receivers to go gangbusters in this game. 

 

Bobby Wagner hopeful contract extension forthcoming from Seattle Seahawks

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Bobby Wagner hopeful contract extension forthcoming from Seattle Seahawks

One of the top storylines regarding the Seattle Seahawks this offseason will be the contract status of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. 

The four-time All-Pro has one year remaining at $10.5 million on his current deal but is hopeful that the Seahawks, whose season ended Saturday night following a 24-22 loss at Dallas in the NFL Playoffs, will rectify that situation before next season.  

"I let the business side play out," Wagner told reporters today at the team's practice facility in Renton, Wash. "I’m heavily involved in the business side. Would I like to be taken care of before the season? That’d be great. If I don’t, then that wouldn’t be the end of the world. I understand this is a business and I’m prepared for anything that happens. If they sign me before then, cool. If they don’t, cool too."

That attitude would be a dramatic 180 from that of safety Earl Thomas, who held out last offseason in search of a new contract with one year remaining on his deal. Thomas became a distraction before he went down for the season in Week 4 at Arizona with a broken leg that validated his search for financial security. Seattle could decided to make Wagner play out his contract, as well. Or, the Seahawks might decided that Wagner is simply too valuable both on and off the field to play contract games with and decide to get a deal done in order to prevent him from becoming a free agent in 2020. 

"I want to be here," Wagner, 28, said. "This is where I want to be for my career. This is an amazing city, amazing fans, an amazing organization and so I would love to be here. We’ll make sure business takes care of itself.”

Wagner, named to the NFC Pro Bowl team for the fifth time, had 138 tackles this season with a career-high 11 passes defended, third among all linebackers.