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DK Metcalf says Russell Wilson taught him that ‘nothing is going to be handed to you’

DK Metcalf says Russell Wilson taught him that ‘nothing is going to be handed to you’

DK Metcalf has added an extra notch in his belt in Year 2. 

Metcalf locked in with quarterback Russell Wilson for 58 receptions, 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his stellar rookie season, and there’s certainly reason to believe Metcalf’s best days are ahead of him. 

“He had so much to prove in his first year,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a Zoom interview with reporters earlier this week. “And because he’s a great competitor and he had a chip on his shoulder — it was huge — he wanted to prove that he belonged and that he could be a star, and he did everything he could in his first year. Smart, bright, tough, consistent, applied himself, made the plays and overcame the disappointments of the plays that he couldn’t make at times that are well within his range.”

[RELATED: DK Metcalf could be poised for Julio Jones-esque jump in Year 2]

Metcalf has Super Bowl-sized goals for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, but his expectations for himself are just as hefty.   

“I know I had a few drops last year that I’ve got to clean up and just expanding my role in the offense,” Metcalf said on Thursday via Zoom. “I know I was just getting my feet wet with everything and the offense and being in the league. It’s just taking the next step.”

Metcalf has spent the offseason working out alongside several of the NFL’s best including his teammate Bobby Wagner and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. The second-year wideout has also spent some time with Wilson working out in Southern California. They made sure to social distance, he notes. 

“We know how one another is going to react to certain things,” Metcalf said. “It’s just a bond that goes further than football. Football is only a short period of my life, just building relationships that while I’m here that’s gonna last a lifetime.”

Metcalf’s undeniable connection with Wilson was on full display last season. But it’s the things he’s learned off-the-field from the seven-time Pro Bowler that inspire him the most.  

“Nothing’s going to be handed to you, if you want to be great, you’ve got to go get it," Metcalf said.

Greatness recognizes greatness. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Dave "Softy" Mahler].

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

DK Metcalf’s dad recently ‘rekindled an old flame’ with Greg Olsen

It’s been nearly 10 years since DK Metcalf’s father, Terrence Metcalf, stepped on the field as a professional NFL player, but not all of his former teammates have hung up their cleats. 

Greg Olsen, who signed with the Seahawks after being released by the Carolina Panthers in February, knows Terrence fondly. 

Olsen and Metcalf played together in Chicago when Olsen was a first-round pick in 2007 and Metcalf was a backup offensive lineman. They spent two seasons on the same team before Metcalf departed for the Lions in 2009.

12 years later, Olsen is one of the NFL’s elite tight ends and Terrence’s son, DK, is a star receiver for the Seahawks. About a month ago, DK decided to have his dad tag along for an offseason workout. 

He also invited a 35-year-old guest.  

It was one day, like a month ago, me and Greg worked out and I brought my dad up here with me and they rekindled an old flame. It was kind of funny because they just started smiling and Greg was like ‘I got to tell you about some stories in the locker room’ and all that. So, it looked like they had a pretty good relationship, but me just learning from Greg, it’s been great. -- Metcalf said during a Thursday press conference

Now, DK will be learning from the three-time Pro Bowler and seasoned veteran who played with his father. It’s an opportunity he doesn’t take for granted.  

“He can teach me a lot this offseason since he’s been in the league 20 years now,” Metcalf said of Olsen. “He’s a great player and just to learn from him is gonna be special.” 

Metcalf hauled in 58 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie debut and you can’t rule out a Julio Jones-sized jump for him in Year 2. 

The Seahawks believe the addition of Olsen can be a bigtime weapon for Russell Wilson and the offense this year. Olsen finished with 52 receptions for 597 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his 2019 campaign in Carolina. 

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

Report: Seahawks move on from Jadeveon Clowney, turn interest to Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

Report: Seahawks move on from Jadeveon Clowney, turn interest to Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

Following the Jamal Adams blockbuster trade, we teased out that another move for the Seattle Seahawks could be on the horizon. 

The Seahawks have had interest in veteran defensive end Everson Griffen for some time, and now they’re adding veteran linebacker Clay Matthews to the list. 

Per NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Seattle has finally moved on from Jadeveon Clowney and they have added Griffen and Matthews to their radar as possible additions to fill the Seahawks’ void up front. Silver also added that a deal could happen soon. 

The Seahawks had said they were leaving the door open for a possible reunion with Clowney, a former No. 1 overall pick. 

We made an effort to re-sign him. We'd still - the door is not closed, but we couldn't wait any longer. We had to conduct business, and so he knew that. He just is going to kind of feel his way through this odd process, and we'll see where that goes. -- Seahawks GM John Schneider said in April

The talented pass-rusher, who remains unsigned, reportedly turned down a deal from Seattle in early June. The Seahawks offered as much as $15 million for a one-year deal, per Mike Florio, but it didn’t move the needle for Clowney.  

After being traded from the Houston Texans to the Seahawks in 2019, Clowney finished with just 3.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and two touchdowns in 13 games, all while battling core muscle injuries. 

While Clowney waits for a potential suitor to meet his price tag, the Seahawks will look into two of Pete Carroll’s former players. 

Both players were highly productive in 2019. Griffen was a Pro Bowler in 2019 with 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss. Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowler, also managed to collect 8.0 sacks in his lone season with the Rams.

The Seahawks have one open roster spot on their 80-man roster once the re-signing of defensive end Branden Jackson is completed. 

[RELATED: Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist]

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Russell Wilson's “Mr. Unlimited” resurfaces, remains very cringeworthy

Russell Wilson's “Mr. Unlimited” resurfaces, remains very cringeworthy

You know it’s 2020 when the Russell Wilson “Mr. Unlimited,” video has made a comeback.

The two-year old video where the Seahawks quarterback refers to his alter ego as Mr. Unlimited unearthed on social media Wednesday morning and let’s just say Twitter was shook. 

Watch it below:  

Hey guys, Russell here. Yes, the typical boring Russell, Robot Russell the one you guys love to know. I’m real, real exciting. I’m real exciting. But anyways everybody has to have an alter ego right? And I’ve been thinking about what my alter ego would be and I think I have an alter ego. His name is Mr. Unlimited. You got to be unlimited. You got to have a thought process of being unlimited. So when people ask you what you’re thinking about or what you want to do in life or where you want to go, tell them I’m unlimited. You know what I mean.

Then, perhaps the best part of the video, is when someone, likely his wife Ciara, begins to yell questions about who helps keep Mr. Unlimited going and spoiler alert, the answer was always Mr. Unlimited. 

So when they ask you certain questions like… ‘What brings you motivation, Russell?’ Mr. Unlimited! ‘Who’s your role model, Russell?’ Unlimited! ‘Who’s your go-to person for advice, Russell?’ They think Pete Carroll, they think this person, that person . . . love you Pete but it’s Mr. Unlimited!

Seahawks Twitter had a field day roasting the corny video. 

Don’t worry, Russ, there are a lot of legends that have an alter ego. Beyonce becomes Sasha Fierce when she performs, Eminem becomes Slim Shady and Will Ferrell has Ron Burgundy. 

The Mr. Unlimited Slander will not be tolerated. 

Wilson, whose career is on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory, is a seven-time Pro-Bowler who was second-team AP All-Pro last year behind unanimous league MVP Lamar Jackson. After one of his most productive seasons in 2019, Wilson and the Seahawks are poised for another magical run. 

This year, the Seahawks’ prospects are, well, unlimited.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Former Duck Dion Jordan finds new NFL home with San Francisco 49ers

Former Duck Dion Jordan finds new NFL home with San Francisco 49ers

Dion Jordan is still trying to live up to his NFL draft standing. 

The highly-touted pass rusher out of Oregon was selected third-overall by the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but has yet to prove his career in the NFL can pan out. 

Now, Jordan’s getting another shot with the NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers. 

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jordan, who last played with the Oakland Raiders, is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. 

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Jordan, the highest member of the Ducks defense to be drafted (at No. 3 overall), has provided lackluster returns since he entered the NFL. 

The former Oregon standout began his career in Miami, where he produced three sacks in 26 games before the NFL handed Jordan a season-long suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was conditionally reinstated in 2016 but failed to see the field for the Dolphins that year. 

Jordan looked to salvage his playing career when he joined the Seahawks in 2017, ultimately spending two years in Seattle. In 17 games over two seasons, Jordan started three games and recording 5.5 sacks, 27 solo tackles and 11 quarterback hits. 

However, the following May, the embattled defensive end was suspended again. This time, Jordan was handed a 10-game suspension for using Adderall, which he later admitted he took for his ADHD. 

Looking for a fresh start, Jordan signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was immediately placed on the reserve/suspended list while he finished out his 10-game suspension and was reinstated by the NFL in November. In 2019, Jordan had a pair of sacks for the Raiders in seven games last year and played 173 snaps.  

Now, a member of the San Francisco 49ers, the 30-year-old pass rusher will be reunited with former Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who just re-signed to the 49ers this offseason. 

Jordan should see time as a rotational edge defender for the 49ers, providing speed depth behind Dee Ford. 

San Francisco also worked out current free agent Ziggy Ansah, who last played in Seattle in 2019, but it appears they have opted for Jordan instead. 

[Listen to the full Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Josh Jamieson, Director of Operations of Oregon men’s basketball].

Seahawks won’t hurry Rashaad Penny back, placed on PUP list 

Seahawks won’t hurry Rashaad Penny back, placed on PUP list 

As expected, Rashaad Penny has officially been placed on the active/PUP list on Monday as he continues to work his way back to the field. 

The Seattle Seahawks third-year running back, who suffered a torn ACL and additional damage to his left knee in the Dec. 8 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, has been sharing workout videos of his progress, leading many to believe he’s made a turn for the better. 

[RELATED: Rashaad Penny’s comeback tour from ACL injury is in full swing]

We didn’t think that we needed to rush him in because he’s still rehabbing, coming back, he’ll come in Thursday for Friday, and he’ll start his process of reconnecting with us on Friday. We just thought that’d be better. 

He missed a week in transition that we didn’t want to – because he would have had to sit around the days right here, right now. We’d like to go ahead, and hopefully we made a good decision there, we’re anxious to get him back. He’s been working out very hard, the reports are really strong that he’s doing well, but we have not had him in our building for a while now, so this will be our first chance. -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

As Carroll mentioned, Penny will return to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) this week for his COVID-19 tests. Assuming he passes all three, team doctors will then be able to evaluate his rebuilt knee. 

Prior to his injury, Penny rushed for 370 yards on 65 carries and had eight receptions for 83 yards in 2019. If he does in fact begin the season on PUP, Penny would have to sit out the first six games of the year.

While Seattle awaits Penny’s return, they’ve added fourth-rounder DeeJay Dallas and free agent Carlos Hyde in the backfield.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Seattle Seahawks still 'very open' to reunion with WR Josh Gordon 

Seattle Seahawks still 'very open' to reunion with WR Josh Gordon 

With Antonio Brown suspended for eight games and unable to play until after Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, Seattle Seahawks fans are officially on Josh Gordon watch.

Any day now, the free agent wide receiver is expected to find out if he will be reinstated by the NFL, specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, after repeated violations of the league’s policies on PEDs and substances of abuse. 

The 29-year-old submitted a letter to Goodell in June, asking him for another shot to play football. He was hoping for a resolution ahead of training camp. 

The Seahawks have spoken highly of Gordon, who has been working out alongside many of his former teammates and shared social media posts expressing his desires to return to Seattle. 

For Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the interest is mutual, but reuniting with Gordon isn’t his decision to make.  

It’s not in our hands. Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team and by the way, we opened and embraced his coming to us, but also by the way he attacked it. So, we’re very open to that thought, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t know, I can’t tell you what’s gonna happen with that. -- Pete Carroll

[RELATED: Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown]

Gordon has missed more than 50 games due to multiple suspensions, but many NFL teams, including the Seahawks, haven’t given up on the talented receiver due to his productivity. 

In 2019, he caught 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown for the New England Patriots. Once he was claimed off waivers by Seattle, Gordon notched seven receptions for 139 yards in five games. 

Gordon’s laywer said he had a relapse following his brother’s death in November, which ultimately led to his sixth-career suspension.

“He has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what's proper and understand how to manage these issues,” Gordon’s lawyer Adam Kenner told NFL.com. “He's installed the right team around him to make sure he's on the right path. He understands he's been given every chance. He's looking forward to make the most of this."

It appears the door is still open for Gordon’s return. Whether the embattled wideout gets another chance remains in Goodell’s hands at this point, not the Seahawks. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown may have been handed an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, but that doesn’t mean the Seattle Seahawks won’t still try to sign him this season. 

If you asked NBC Sports’ Peter King, he’d bet his money on it. 

I think if I had to put $5 down on Antonio Brown's team for this year after his eight-game ban is served, I'd put it on Seattle. Russell Wilson is a fan and wants it to happen, Pete Carroll isn't afraid of risky guys, and John Schneider (Percy Harvin, Josh Gordon) is okay with taking shots on game-breakers with baggage. -- King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column

OK, so $5 isn’t exactly the most promising wager, but as King notes John Schneider and Pete Carroll are all about risky moves, and Seattle’s title window under Wilson is slowly closing at 31 years old. 

Wilson, as well as Seahawks backup QB Geno Smith, have both been seen working out alongside Brown this offseason and have reportedly been advocating for his signing. 

The Seahawks had internal discussions and recently conducted a deep dive on the talented wideout, but a signing was not expected to be imminent. Brown shared news he was hanging up his cleats, before unretiring two days later.  

[RELATED: NFL Twitter roasts Antonio Brown after he says he’s retiring from football... again]

If signed by Seattle or any other suitor for that matter, Brown could technically return following Week 8, just in time for a potential playoff run.

But, and yes there’s a but, his suspension could be extended if further violations are found related to an ongoing civil suit in Florida. NFL Media reported that the league continues to investigate a separate sexual assault allegation involving Brown. 

The free agent wide receiver has been without a team since he was released by the Patriots, where he played just one game in 2019. 

Brown will begin the 2020 season unable to participate, but he would be allowed to take part in a team’s preseason activities if he were to sign. It’s worth watching to see if a team, perhaps the Seahawks, will take a chance on the controversial wideout now or at some point in the 2020 season. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Jamal Adams shows off his Seattle Seahawks jersey for the first time

Jamal Adams shows off his Seattle Seahawks jersey for the first time

For days following Jamal Adams’ trade from New York to Seattle, fans have been photoshopping Seahawks jerseys on the All-Pro safety. 

On Monday, finally,12s got a look at Adams’ No. 33 jersey hanging up in his Seahawks locker. He captioned the photo “legacy,” as seen in the post below.  

That’s not the only thing Prez will be rocking this season. Adams will be paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant while wearing these Jordan’s with the words “Mamba Mentality,” written on the left sole and his numbers 8 and 24 on the right sole.  

“Mamba Mentality on the field, always,” he captioned the post. 

Adams is already a bona fide superstar and now he looks like one too. 

[RELATED: Jamal Adams is all-in with Seahawks, plans on retiring in Seattle]

The sixth-overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft requested a trade away from the Big Apple earlier this offseason and listed Seattle as one of his seven preferred destinations.  

In late July, the Seahawks gave up two first-round picks, one third-round pick and now former Seahawk safety Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a 2022 fourth round-pick.

In just three seasons with the Jets, Adams made two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro in 2019. He has 12 career sacks, 28 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles. 

Seattle is fresh off a trip to the NFC Divisional Round last season and Russell Wilson is coming off one of his best seasons to date. Add Adams into the mix, as well as several offseason acquisitions including Greg Olsen and Bruce Irvin, and the Seahawks have a legitimate argument as one of the NFL’s top contenders for a Lombardi Trophy in 2020.  

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]

Arik Armstead delivers this perfect response after being snubbed on NFL’s Top 100

Arik Armstead delivers this perfect response after being snubbed on NFL’s Top 100

Apparently leading the juggernaut San Francisco 49ers defense in sacks wasn’t enough to earn Arik Armstead a spot on the NFL Top 100 list. 

Five of Armstead’s 49ers teammates were ranked in the 2020 edition of the NFL’s Top 100, a ranking of the league's best 100 players as voted by NFL players, but the San Francisco defensive lineman missed the cut…just barely. 

Armstead, who came in at No. 104, wasn’t too upset about the snub. The Pro Duck instead poked fun of his ranking with a throwback State Farm commercial. 

“Oh, you almost had it, you gotta be quicker than that,” the man with money on a fishing line says in the clip. 

"In due time," Armstead tweeted. 

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If Armstead would have hit the Top 100 mark, the 49ers would have had the most players of any NFL team on the list. Instead, the honor went to the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, who each had seven players. 

Armstead inked a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the 49ers following a career-high 10-sack season in 2019. With his former Ducks teammate DeForest Buckner now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, he’s poised to have a huge role in the 49ers defense this year.   

Perhaps 2021 will be the year Armstead finally cracks the NFL Top 100. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest former Duck and 8-year NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.]