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The Seattle Seahawks trading QB Russell Wilson would be insane, or would it?

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The Seattle Seahawks trading QB Russell Wilson would be insane, or would it?

The Seattle Seahawks are in a race against time to meet quarterback Russell Wilson's reported demand of a new contract extension by April 15 and avoid whatever undisclosed consequences could follow a failure to meet that deadline.

Maybe Wilson would refuse to negotiate further in hopes of testing free agency next offseason with the plan of holding out if Seattle dares slap him with the franchise tag. Or, maybe Wilson would simply table negotiations until next year as to not burden himself with sticky negotiations for longer than needed. 

Or, maybe, just maybe, he would demand a trade. And maybe, just maybe, Seattle should oblige. 

The idea of Wilson and Seattle parting ways is flat out frightening. He is the greatest quarterback in franchise history and one of the 10 most important and influential athletes to ever play in Seattle. The odds appear to be long that the Seahawks would even entertain trade offers for Wilson, disgruntled, or not. He is the face of the franchise. A marquee talent that is only 30 and still in his prime and who one day will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NFL teams simply do not give up quarterbacks who fit that mold. 

But that doesn't mean an argument cannot be made for making such a deal. 

High-priced quarterbacks past the age of 30 that eat up a huge portion of cap space and aren't named Tom Brady have not proven to be the keys to very many Super Bowl success stories. In fact, since John Elway won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with Denver following the 1997 and 1998 seasons, it could be argued that destroying your cap allotment on a high-priced quarterback is not the way to go. 

So, let's at least ponder all the avenues here before outright rejecting the notion of trading Wilson for a king's ransom that could create cap space for other key players and net Seattle at least two first-round draft picks, one of which could be used to acquire a new, younger and cheaper quarterback just like Wilson was when he led Seattle to a Super Bowl title in his second season before he became a highly-paid superstar. 

Wilson, whose cap number is $25.286 million this season, is next in line to become the highest paid quarterback in the league, is likely going to command an annual salary at or above the $33.5 million that Green Bay is paying Aaron Rodgers. Seattle could argue that Rodgers is better that Wilson - he is - and maybe get Wilson off of that number, but he at least will get paid more than the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, who has never started a full season and makes $27.5 million per year with San Francisco. Wilson should also receive more than Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who makes $30 million per year and is very good but in no way better than Wilson. 

Paying Wilson north of $30 million would put a huge strain on the Seahawks' salary cap, which for all teams is set at $188.2 million for the 2019 season. His cap number would account for nearly 16 percent of the pie. Seattle also is in a predicament with defensive end Frank Clark, who wants a new deal. He just watched Dallas give defensive end Demarcus Lawrence $105 million and certainly will want a deal at least in the neighborhood of $20 million per year. Clark, who has been franchised tagged by Seattle, is set to be paid $17.1 million this season. 

[RELATED: Can the Seahawks afford to break the bank for DE Frank Clark?]

Should Seattle end up with big cap numbers on both Wilson and Clark, winning a Super Bowl could prove problematic. 

Of the past 20 Super Bowl champions, only two teams have won the Super Bowl with a quarterback making what would be considered huge money for his position and they are New England with Brady and Denver with Peyton Manning when he was far past his prime.

During that same time frame, only five titles were won by quarterbacks who were over the age of 30 when the season began. Brady won three. Peyton Manning got one. The other went to Brad Johnson, who was 34 the season Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in 2002.

The average age of the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks over the past 20 years has been 29.5 years. Remove from the equation Brady's three recent titles and Manning's win with Denver at the age of 39 when he was merely a game manager and the average age drops to 27.1. 

Most marquee quarterbacks don't start getting paid the big bucks until their late 20s, so the idea that the majority of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks during the past 20 years were under 31 is telling. It means that the aging, superstar veteran quarterback is not the key to Super Bowl success. Well, unless he is married to Gisele. 

Other factors, of course, come into play with teams not winning multiple titles with elite quarterbacks. First off, if a league has 10 great quarterbacks they can't all win multiple titles before all 10 retire. It's not mathematically possible. Also, just because a team wins a Super Bowl doesn't mean that that same group of players should be guaranteed to win another in a league built on parity. Rosters change, players get injured and retire.

Take Seattle for example. The Seahawks' failed to repeat following the 2014 season because they lost to New England, a franchise that has won six Super Bowls titles since the 2001 season. Since gone from those Seattle teams are a plethora of stars who have aged or been injured. The odds of Seattle having been able to rebuild while losing star after star to win another Super Bowl along the way, even with Wilson at quarterback, were not very strong. The question now is if the team can do so again with Wilson making about 60 times more than the $526,000 he pulled in during the 2013 season when the Seahawks won it all.

Now let's return to Elway and then take a look at some other championship quarterbacks since he retired. 

Elway signed his final contract with Denver in 1996 shortly before turning 36. The deal paid him $29.5 million over five years at an annual rate of $5.9 million per season. That is the cost of a good backup quarterback these days but back then his salary accounted for 14.4 percent of the salary cap of $40.7 million. That percentage shrunk to 11.2 percent when the Broncos won their second of two consecutive Super Bowl titles following the 1998 season when the cap was $52.3 million. 

Still, that signing and Elway's success qualifies as an example of a team signing a veteran quarterback to big money and still winning the Super Bowl. But since then, such scenarios haven't played out very often.  

Here are some examples:  

  • 2012, Joe Flacco and Baltimore: The Ravens went on to win Super Bowl XLII when Flacco, who during the regular season threw just 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, ignited during the playoffs and tossed 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions over four games including a 34-31 win over San Francisco in which he was named Super Bowl MVP. Flacco that offseason received a six-year, $120.6 million contract. The Ravens have made the playoffs just twice since.
  • 2010, Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay: Rodgers lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title following the 2010 season at the age of 27. His statistical output improved dramatically the following season when he was named league MVP. In the spring of 2013, Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million deal. His average annual salary of $20.2 million accounted for 15 percent of the $133 million cap in 2014. Green Bay has not returned to the Super Bowl since but has reached the NFC title game twice. Rodgers last year signed a four-year, $134 million deal. The average amount of that deal, 33.5 million, will account for 17.8 percent of the 2019 cap of 188.2 million. Green Bay went 6-9-1 last season. 
  • 2009, Drew Brees and New Orleans: The Saints won their first Super Bowl following the 2009 season with Brees leading they way at age 30 while he was in the middle of a six-year, $60 million deal. The annual salary of $10 million accounted for just 8.1 percent of the $123 million salary cap for the 2009 season. Three years later in 2012, Brees signed the richest contract in football worth $100 million over five seasons. His $20 million average salary accounted for 15 percent of the $133 million cap in 2014. The Saints have yet to return to the Super Bowl despite Brees continuing to put up ridiculous numbers that led to him becoming the league's all-time leading passer. Of course, they came one bad pass interference no-call away from going to the big game last season.
  • 2007 and 2011, Eli Manning and the New York Giants: Manning, drafted in 2004, is actually an exception to this rule. He led the Giants to an improbable Super Bowl over undefeated New England in XLII following the 2007 season. In the summer of 2009, he signed a six-year, $97.5 million extension. The Giants would win the Super Bowl three seasons later, again over the Patriots. He, along with his brother Peyton, and Brady, are the only quarterbacks in the last 20 years to win Super Bowls at or below age 30 and also over the age of 30, and they did so while making huge money. 
  • 2005 and 2008, Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh: Roethlisberger game managed the Steelers to a Super Bowl title his second season in the league in 2005. He had a subpar year again in 2008 and again the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Roethlisberger entered the league with a six-year deal worth $22.6 million that did include plenty of incentives. But his impact on the salary cap was nothing compared to when with two years remaining on his rookie deal he signed an eight-year extension worth $102 million. Roethlisberger has developed into a hall of fame quarterback but the Steelers have yet to return to the Super Bowl. However, his contract was actually cap friendly. His annual average salary of just under $13 million per year has never devoured a ridiculous amount of cap space. His latest deal, which expires after this season, counts $23.2 million, or 12.3 percent, against the 2019 cap. 

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Now consider teams that won Super Bowls without big money stars at quarterback. The St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl following the 1999 season with Kurt Warner, an undrafted free agent who only became the starter after Trent Green went down with a knee injury during the preseason. Warner, famously, went on to win both the regular season and Super Bowl MVP while orchestrating what was to that point the most potent offense in league history. Trent Dilfer quarterbacked the 2000 Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl title while producing an unimpressive 12 touchdown passes with 11 interceptions thanks to an all-time great defense. There's the already-mentioned Johnson with Tampa Bay, which cruised by Oakland thanks mostly to a devastating defense, and nobody will soon forget the great run put forth by Philadelphia's backup Nick Foles during the 2018 playoffs. He replaced starter Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win over Brady & New England and was named the game's MVP.

To be fair, it must be pointed out some high-priced quarterbacks making big money have come close to winning it all in recent years. Ryan and Atlanta lost in overtime to the Patriots when Ryan was 31. Peyton Manning was 37 and making a boatload of money with Denver, and still playing at an elite level, when his team lost to Wilson and the Seahawks during the 2014 Super Bowl. And we've already mentioned Brees, who last season lost in the NFC title game to the Rams on a controversial no call.

You might be wondering about Carolina's Cam Newton. He reached the Super Bowl at age 26 following the 2015 season before his $100 million contract extension kicked in and hasn't come close to returning since losing to Denver.

Let's get back to Brady and his most recent titles after the age of 35 and while making great money. It cannot be ignored that he should be considered the model an elite athlete giving up money late in his career for the sake of winning (it must be mentioned that former San Antonio forward Tim Duncan did the same thing late in his career).  According to Business Insider, Brady, 41, has made $197 million during his career but has forfeited about $60 million along the way by restructuring deals and taking less than market value to allow the Patriots to spend money elsewhere to improve the team. He is scheduled to be a $27 million cap hit this season but was just a $22 million hit last year when the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in five seasons. Brady won his first three Super Bowl titles before the age of 28 and before he broke the bank. His willingness to take less money in the twilight of his career has certainly helped him earn the most Super Bowl rings for any quarterback in NFL history. 

Would Wilson do the same for Seattle? Given the past 20 years, a safe bet would be that Wilson and Seattle would not win another Super Bowl title if the Seahawks pay Wilson north of $30 million per season. There are a lot of good, young quarterbacks in the NFL playing on rookie contracts that already play for legitimate contenders, such as reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes II (Kansas City), Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago), Deshaun Watson (Houston), Carson Wentz (Philadelphia), Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) and Dak Prescott (Dallas).  However, the latter three, all drafted in 2016, are due huge raises soon. 

Wilson's best play from a winning standpoint would be to take less per year for more guaranteed money over more years in order to help Seattle's cap space so it can better build a contender around him. This is a fact proven out over time and by Brady's career. 

Should Wilson balk at this and command Rodgers money he could be dooming Seattle to not winning another Super Bowl during his time with the Seahawks. Should he play hardball with Seattle, after the team issues what would appear to be a reasonable offer, Seahawks' fans could turn on the QB making it easier for the franchise to sell the idea of trading him for a large haul of assets. 

Such a haul would start with at least two first-round draft picks. One of which would likely be used on a quarterback. Seattle could then take the money saved by letting go of Wilson for a cheaper option at quarterback, and additional draft picks and build a stronger team around the new leader in the huddle. 

Unfortunately, that's far easier said than done. Seattle could easily whiff on its choice at quarterback. A rehash of all of the failed highly-drafted quarterbacks is far more enlightening than the list just presented of high-priced quarterbacks unable to duplicate their early Super Bowl success. 

The bottom line is that Wilson is special. Even if Seattle relies heavily on the run and playing good defense to win, Wilson is the key. His ability to avoid mistakes and come up big in the clutch makes him great. Those traits are not easily replaced. But it's a virtual guaranteed that none of the teams with young quarterbacks previously listed would trade their passer for the right to sign Wilson to $30 million plus. They'd rather have the younger, cheaper quarterback because in today's NFL, unless you have Brady at the helm, the most desirable way to win is with a very good but relatively cheap, younger quarterback and plenty of cap space to build around him. 

Seattle will likely reach a deal with Wilson. But if an agreement doesn't materialize, trading Wilson could also end up setting up a young Seahawks team for an equally bright future. 

How Ugo Amadi inadvertently landed at Oregon because of a wrong phone number

How Ugo Amadi inadvertently landed at Oregon because of a wrong phone number

Ugo Amadi didn’t always know he wanted to go to Oregon. 

In fact, the John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee standout, who initially committed to Ole Miss, had a roundabout way of landing in Eugene, Oregon. 

On the Talkin’ Seahawks podcast with host Joe Fann, the now Seattle Seahawks safety explained in great detail how he unexpectedly ended up in an Oregon uniform.  

That was a very, very stressful moment in my life. That’s where I hit adversity. A lot of stuff went down. I was committed to Ole Miss and then I was supposed to graduate early, and enroll early at Ole Miss. But when I had graduated high school, which was in December 2014, they didn’t want me to come in early. So I’m already at home, not doing anything but working out because I’m not in school anymore. They’re like we don’t want you to come in early, I’m like nah—I don’t want to sit at home in January and wait until June to enroll. I was like it’s alright and I just decommitted from there. -- Ugo Amadi 

Not even days after Amadi decommitted at Ole Miss, LSU head coach Les Miles and former defensive coordinator John Chavis showed up at his hometown in a suit and tie. They wanted Amadi to become a Tiger. 

“Later on that day, they came to my house,” Amadi recalled. “They talked to my parents, they’re all like “Yeah, you want to come and be a Tiger?’ They said you can play special teams, defense for us, all that stuff. And then some days go by and I ended up committing to LSU, the day of the Music City Bowl, the day they played Notre Dame in 2015.”

But the story doesn’t end there. Amadi found out following the game that Coach Chavis was leaving and after a few days of getting his voicemail, Chavis slid into his DMs with a scholarship offer to Texas A&M. 

At only 17, Amadi was faced with a difficult decision. Follow Coach Chavis to Texas A&M or explore other options. He chose the latter…and here’s where the curveball comes in. 

While working out one day, Amadi’s trainer said he knew Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s assistant. He asked the four-star cornerback if he wanted him to reach out and a text was sent. 

The text, however, didn’t go to Harbaugh’s assistant, but instead John Neal, Oregon’s defensive backs coach. 

He said for some reason, it’s Coach Neal at Oregon, and then Coach Neal DMs me, gives me his number—this is when they’re getting ready for the Rose Bowl... After the Rose Bowl, they ended up offering me a scholarship and their media guy sent me a Twitter video of what University of Oregon looks like and it was like a 360 kind of video, you can move your phone and see the whole stadium. It was crazy. And then they sent me my initial letter of intent and then I signed at Oregon. I didn’t take a visit or anything, it’s kind of like a blessing in disguise. -- Ugo Amadi 

Blessing in disguise is a perfect way to put it, but Amadi arriving at Oregon is no coincidence. 

In his illustrious four-year career in a Ducks uniform, Amadi was a five-time game captain and shared Oregon’s 2018 team MVP award with Justin Herbert. Over his final two seasons, Amadi amassed six interceptions, highlighted by three pick-6s, and forced four fumbles.

He took home the Lombardi Award his senior year, an honor given annually to the best college football player regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency.

We catch up with Amadi on the latest Talkin’ Seahawks about his first year as a pro, how he’s preparing for competition this offseason and his favorite Oregon uniform combo. You can listen to the full podcast with Amadi here.

Ugo Amadi peels back curtain to Seahawks virtual offseason program

Ugo Amadi peels back curtain to Seahawks virtual offseason program

Pete Carroll has raved about the Seahawks virtual offseason program. He did so on a Zoom call with local reporters a month ago and again this week in an interview with Doug Farrar.

“We killed it during the offseason in a way I couldn’t envision it going as well as it did,” Carroll told Farrar. “It went great, and we accomplished a lot, and we’re smarter than we’ve ever been. The transition we make now will be huge. Who would have thought that we could come out of the offseason and say that this was an extraordinary offseason – learning and teaching and concepts, and then all of the social stuff and personal stuff we dealt with has been so challenging, but necessary. Hopefully, we’re really going to make a turn here that’s extraordinary. There’s so much happening, even though we’ve been sitting at home! It’s just amazing.”

Nickel corner Ugo Amadi, as a guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, was kind enough to pull back the curtain and shed some light on what the team accomplished over the course of the spring. He explained that the coaching staff did a fantastic job maintaining a strong level of productivity in the meetings despite not being able to have everyone in person.

There were full team meetings and separate positional meetings each day via Zoom.

“The talks were the same. The meeting was the same,” Amadi said. “The coaches spoke to us the same way. I felt like they tried to keep it as real as possible, and I feel like they did a really good job at that.”

While there will be some catching up to do physically, it sounds like Seattle accomplished everything from an install standpoint.
“We’ll definitely be ready to hit the ground running,” Amadi said. “We’ll be ready to go.”

Each player was given the same workout regimen from the Seahawks strength and conditioning coaches, but they were allowed to accomplish each task at their own leisure. Everything was on the honor system outside of a minor fitness test, according to Amadi.

As you’d expect, Carroll found ways to create lighter moments and competition to keep everyone engaged. Will Ferrell joined one meeting to roast newly signed tight end Greg Olsen and Steve Kerr was a special guest one day while “The Last Dance” was airing.

There were a few trivia challenges as the rookies were tested on Seahawks franchise history as well as Carroll’s famed three rules.

“He finds any little way to find competition, whether it’s offense vs. defense or between position groups,” Amadi said. “We find ways to compete at all times, and it makes it fun.”

Amadi’s favorite part of the offseason program was a Madden tournament that Carroll organized. The second-year corner made it to the championship by blowing out David Moore 56-0. Amadi said he used the Seahawks and Moore used the Ravens. In that game, Amadi used his own player to intercept Lamar Jackson.

His title run fell short as he lost to Shaquem Griffin, 35-29, in the championship game.

There’s no doubt that all 31 other teams would tell you they had an equally productive virtual offseason program. However, there’s reason to believe that the Seahawks could have an edge in that regard. The stability and creativity of Carroll combined with Seattle’s tenured veterans should allow the Seahawks (the rookies especially) to feel as prepared as possible for when camp opens on July 28.

Ugo Amadi reveals his favorite Oregon football uniform swag 

Ugo Amadi reveals his favorite Oregon football uniform swag 

Long before Ugo Amadi stepped on the field at Autzen Stadium decked out in Ducks swag, he knew of Oregon football’s reputation for eccentric, tricked out, statement-maker uniforms, and he couldn’t wait to get his hands on one.

Little did Amadi know, he’d own about 60 Oregon uniforms over his four-year career with the Ducks. 

“It got to a point where I didn’t know which ones were my favorite uniforms because all of them look good. It was so tough,” Amadi told Joe Fann on the latest episode of Talkin’ Seahawks. “And then my senior year, we got to choose our uniforms, what we wanted to wear each weekend because Cristobal let us have fun with it man, it’s just crazy. The uniforms are ridiculous.”

Ridiculous is right. Whether we’re talking about the all-white stormtroopers or the green-on-green slick unis from the 2015 Rose Bowl, Oregon has been at the forefront of innovation while annihilating opponents. 

We discuss The Uniform Craze That Revolutionized College Football in our NBC Sports NW podumentary on the Sports Uncovered podcast feed

Amadi says the Oregon equipment room is a secret spot for hidden treasures. Inside, you can find the black and pink 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys and other vintage uniforms that players have never returned to claim. 

He wouldn’t leave his favorite combo behind though. Amadi says one highly-touted uniform paired with black winged helmets is his most cherished. 

I like the Jordan and Oregon collab they did with UCLA. I like that collab the most. But we had a lot of good uniforms. Even the Ducks uniform we wore against Colorado my sophomore year, that was really good too. I feel like Oregon likes to be different and that’s what I’m like, I like to be different, I like to standout. -- Ugo Amadi 

While Amadi’s days at Oregon are now in the past, the Seattle Seahawks safety says there’s one stylistic choice he still wears as a nod to his college team, who always strived to be offbeat. 

I always wear the action green gloves just so my family can tell me apart from other people, just look at my gloves. Everybody else wear their white gloves, but I like to wear the action green. -- Ugo Amadi 

Hear more from Amadi on the latest Talkin’ Seahawks podcast as he looks to his second season in Seattle and discusses how he’s adjusted to the unusual NFL offseason and learning from All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner. 

Ugo Amadi fueled by Divisional Round bout against Davante Adams

Ugo Amadi fueled by Divisional Round bout against Davante Adams

It’s always interesting to see how a young player responds to his first real taste of adversity. Each player, no matter how talented, has their own “welcome to the NFL moment.”

Ugo Amadi’s came in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. Amadi, a 2019 fourth-round pick by the Seahawks, had earned the starting nickel job by that point after biding his time for much of the season. In addition to being a special teams standout for most of the year, particularly as a gunner on punt coverage, Amadi had some promising moments at nickel.

But he struggled against the Packers. Davante Adams tormented Seattle’s secondary all game long with Amadi being victimized on a few occasions. Green Bay’s superstar wideout racked up eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m glad you brought that up because that’s something I can’t forget,” Amadi said on the latest episode of the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. “I’m constantly thinking about that all the time.”

Amadi said he watches that game film regularly and as recent as Tuesday night. He has found the balance of using the game as fuel and as a source of motivation rather than lamenting on his shortcomings in that particular contest.

“Whenever you don’t play well, it’s hard to watch it,” he said. “Everyone wants to watch themselves doing good, but it’s hard for them to watch themselves doing bad. I’ve watched that game and play so many times.”

The play that Amadi is referring to is the Adams’ third-down reception that sealed the win for Green Bay late in the fourth quarter. On 3rd-and-8 from the Packers 22-yard line, Aaron Rodgers found Adams down the right sideline for a back-breaking 32-yard gain.

Amadi was in single coverage against Adams on the play.

“I was thrown in the fire, and it was tough,” he said. “I knew who I was going against, but all of my offseason training has been all about that. That’s something that I can’t forget. That’s something I’ve been preparing for – my technique, my feet, my hands, my eye coordination – all that stuff.”

He’s spent his offseason working at being more confident and stronger at the line of scrimmage. Amadi has also put in considerable work on the mental side of the position. Understanding how down and distance as well as personnel impacts a team’s (and receiver’s) tendencies and pre-snap route recognition have been particular points of emphasis.

“It’s checking off all those things just to help me out and put me in a better position,” Amadi said.

Earlier this offseason, Pete Carroll said that nickel job is Amadi’s to lose in 2020. That doesn’t mean Amadi won’t have competition. There will be others vying for the role, and if Seattle doesn’t feel comfortable with any of their options, the Seahawks could once again opt to remain in base defense at a higher rate as they did in 2019.

Every indication is that Amadi is well aware of the opportunity he’ll be afforded once training camp opens on July 28 and what it will take to earn considerable playing time in his second NFL season.

“I’ve always had that mentality, that my job is always at risk every day I come to work,” he said. “For me personally, I need to make sure I’m just as sharp as everybody out there and make sure that my iron is just as sharp as everybody out there. I’ve got to come back in shape and know the playbook.

“I’ve got to do everything right. There is no room for error for me. I’m only worried about myself, the man in the mirror.”

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You can listen to the full podcast with Amadi here.

Former Ducks standout Ugo Amadi delivers meals to Tennessee healthcare workers

Former Ducks standout Ugo Amadi delivers meals to Tennessee healthcare workers

Ugo Amadi’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee holds a special place in his heart. 

It’s where he grew up, made a name for himself on the John Overton High School football team, and where he found out he would be taking his talents to Oregon over offers from LSU, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Duke, amongst others, as a four-star cornerback. 

It’s also where his sister works today as a part of Tennessee Valley Healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amadi began to realize the challenges and unrelenting work healthcare workers like his sister face daily. 

To express his appreciation, the Seattle Seahawks safety recently spent a day at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center and passed out meals to the frontline workers. You can watch the entire video of his visit here

I'm so blessed and fortunate to not only have a platform but to also be able to give back to the community. I want to thank my family, Slim and Husky, AHAUTE cookies for helping give back to the Alvin C York VA hospital. Without them this wouldn't be possible. I was able to feed the frontline workers at the hospital and spread awareness about racial injustice that's at the forefront of our country. I want Healthcare workers to know that they to have a platform and can help make this a better environment for black people. -- Ugo Amadi 

 

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This isn’t the first time the 2018 Lombardi Award winner has participated in community outreach projects. As a member of the Oregon Ducks, Amadi took the lead in organizing a group of teammates to visit a local woman battling cancer. 

The Nashville native had a successful career at Oregon before being selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Amadi played 51 games in four years in a Ducks uniform and helped lead Oregon to a Redbox Bowl victory as a senior. He was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive back. 

Amadi is entering his second year with the Seattle Seahawks and is a strong candidate for the team’s starting nickel corner spot this upcoming season.

[RELATED: Seahawks nickel Ugo Amadi isn’t competing against anyone other than himself]

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Antonio Brown is working out with Russell Wilson in California

Antonio Brown is working out with Russell Wilson in California

Every offseason, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heads down to Southern California and invites his wide receivers, amongst others, for organized passing sessions to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Wilson recently hosted second-year receiver DK Metcalf for a workout, before the NFLPA recommended players suspend private workouts due to COVID-19. Now, it appears the Seahawks franchise quarterback has another wideout in for a visit. 

If you take a look at Antonio Brown’s latest Instagram posts, you’ll see that he’s been training on the Russell Wilson property. If it’s not obvious on first glance, these next screenshots are a dead giveaway. 

In one video, Brown is stretching with resistance bands and a Seahawks helmet sits directly across from him. 

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Then, if you look at the logo in the middle of the field, it matches Wilson’s Nike logo, which is a combination of his initials and jersey number. 

You can see the same logo in Wilson's latest video with a robot defender. 

So, who exactly is throwing to Brown in the video? It's Wilson as confirmed in a post from Brown himself.

The workout between the quarterback-wide receiver duo comes as no surprise, especially considering recent rumors linking the Seahawks to the talented wide receiver. 

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.

Adding Brown would definitely solidify the Seahawks as contenders and give Seattle arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL, alongside DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. 

But there are still several hurdles in Brown’s way and considering the fact he is facing a potential suspension that stems from sexual assault and rape allegations, it’s a road the Seahawks may choose to avoid rather than take. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest former Seattle Seahawks legend Steve Largent].

NFL cancels Weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason

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NFL cancels Weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason

It was rumored a few weeks back, but now it's official: The NFL has cut the preseason in half, from four games down to two. Pro Football Talk reported the adjustment on Wednesday.

Mike Florio added that it's Weeks 1 and 4 that have been eliminated from the preseason. The Seahawks were slated to host the Raiders and visit the Vikings in those weeks, respectively.

The writing was on the wall for this decision following the cancellation of the annual Hall of Fame game. The NFL is hoping that the regular season can still go on as scheduled despite the continued concerns surrounding COVID-19. Traning camp for all 32 clubs is scheduled to start on July 28.

We will keep you posted with any future announcements in this regard over the course of the next month leading up to camp.

Russell Wilson ditches Seahawks teammates for tech-fueled defender 

Russell Wilson ditches Seahawks teammates for tech-fueled defender 

When you can’t work out with your Seattle Seahawks teammates, do as Russell Wilson does and hire a robot. 

As the Seahawks franchise quarterback prepares for the upcoming NFL season, he’s been seen throwing routes to second-year receiver DK Metcalf and staying in shape on the beach.

But considering the NFLPA’s recommendation to halt in-person workouts with teammates, Wilson has found a more inventive way to prepare for the 2020 NFL season. 

In a video shared to social media Tuesday, Wilson is seen dodging a robot dummy coming in on the pass rush. The robot is known as MVP Sprint, a remote-controlled padded training dummy that weights 160 pounds, runs as fast as 16 mph and trains on grass and turf. The device costs $3450, according to the mobile device’s website

The transition from real life teammate to cyborg football player after both Wilson and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady drew criticism for their decision to not adhere to the NFLPA’s guidelines. 

While the robot is no Jadeveon Clowney, the tech-fueled defender will certainly do the job until Wilson can reconvene with his teammates when training camp begins in late July.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest former Seattle Seahawks legend Steve Largent].

NFLPA urges players to halt in-person, private workouts

NFLPA urges players to halt in-person, private workouts

Obviously, the sports world is navigating uncertain waters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But that is not stopping a handful of players from conducting their own individual workouts and workouts with their teammates.

New Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has been doing so for quite some time now and even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and breakout rookie DK Metcalf have been running routes.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Seahawks legend Steve Largent].

Also to note, Josh Gordon, who was released by Seattle back in December, has been working out with former teammates Bobby Wagner, Metcalf, and San Francisco corner Richard Sherman.

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On June 20, NFL Players Association doctor Dr. Thom Mayer advised players to stop activities immediately, while the NFL and the players association figured out how to move forward:

Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts. Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months. — Dr. Thom Mayer

Wilson and Metcalf were running routes three days after Dr. Mayer and the NFLPA released that statement.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also voiced his concern over two of the top quarterbacks in the league exposing themselves at a higher risk by holding these in-person workouts with others. 

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According to Alistair Corp of SB Nation’s Field Gulls, “Should Wilson, Brady, or any other player contract COVID-19 while taking part, they could land on their team’s non-football injury list, meaning they would not be paid until they were able to come off the list.

“Additionally, in a worst-case scenario, they could be forced to pay back some or all of their signing bonus for the 2020 season. For a Brady or Wilson, the forfeited money may not be a huge deal. But for a player on the edge of the NFL, landing on the NFI list could have a massive, lasting impact.”

A lot is riding on the shoulders of Wilson and Metcalf this upcoming season after a breakout rookie year for Metcalf. So it makes complete sense why they are continuing to build their relationship on and off the field. It’s just a matter of doing so safely.