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Do the Seahawks really owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Antonio Brown?

Do the Seahawks really owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Antonio Brown?

The Seahawks know pretty well who helps drive the hypothetical car for the success of the team and it’s a pretty easy answer.

It’s Russell Wilson.

Since being drafted by the Seahawks in 2012, the now veteran quarterback has proven he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

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With 86 regular-season wins through 2019, 49 home regular-season wins, and the first player in NFL history with at least 200 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns in his first eight seasons, Wilson's stats don’t lie.

Not to mention he brought Seattle its first Super Bowl win in franchise history back in 2014.

It’s safe to say that Wilson has done a lot to help the Seattle organization get to where it is today.

This past offseason, Wilson stated his desire to have superstars on the team-- big names with big play ability. 

The Seahawks got that recently with the Jamal Adams trade. 

But, on offense, names like Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown seem to continue to drive discussion, but will it ever materialize?

On FS1's ‘Speak For Yourself’ with Emanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley, the Antonio Brown conversation continued: Do the Seahawks owe it to Russell Wilson to sign him?

While Marshawn Lynch and the Legion of Boom potentially overshadowed Wilson at times, he has been the fuel behind the success of the Seahawks organization the last eight seasons as their starting quarterback.

Antonio Brown, outside of his off-field actions, is one of the best wide receivers the NFL has seen in recent years.

As of last Friday, Antonio Brown was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the personal conduct policy set by the NFL. 

Even if the Seahawks were going to make a move for Brown, he would not see the field until October 8th against the Buffalo Bills, at the earliest.

If the Seahawks had a winning record up until then, would it be worth it to bring Brown in for a deep playoff push?

Or will Brown bring in negative energy into the locker room if he is not catching passes like he has done before in the past?

Who really knows at this point.

If Russell Wilson were to ask the front office to bring in Antonio Brown, they should seriously consider it.

The two already seem to have a connection, as evidenced by an offseason workout

Do the Seahawks owe it to Russell Wilson to sign Brown? That is up for debate. Seahawks did make Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL at one point, recognizing how valuable he is to the organization.

But if Wilson does ask for Brown to help him win games, the best thing to do is to try to make the face of the franchise happy for the years you have him, right?

We'll have to wait and see.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Seattle Seahawks are re-signing defensive end Branden Jackson

Seattle Seahawks are re-signing defensive end Branden Jackson

Well, that did not last very long.

The Seattle Seahawks plan to re-sign veteran defensive end, Branden Jackson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Seattle released Jackson about a week ago when roster cuts were being made to get the roster down to 80 players. 

All team rosters have to be at 80 by Aug.16, if teams want to be able to work with their entire team at once in the early stages of training camp.

Jackson will re-sign under a different contract on Wednesday, once he has cleared COVID-19 testing protocols. 

In order to clear that, players have to have three negative tests before being allowed in the building.

In making this move, the Seahawks were also looking to save some money for themselves.

Jackson was due to make $2.13 million in 2020 if he made the roster.

Jackson will likely sign a deal with a lesser-overall value, saving the Seahawks some salary cap space. He could likely get a bonus of some sort as well. 

Last year, Jackson was on the field for a career-high 418 snaps. He appeared in all but one game, making three starts.

49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

The 49ers, now more than ever before, do not appear to be the biggest fans of the recent Seattle Seahawks trade for Jamal Adams.

Adams had the Niners as one of his teams he would prefer to be traded to before the Seahawks made their move on the star safety.

But, general manager John Lynch indicated that they were never in conversation with the Jets to begin with.

In an interview with KNBR’s Murph &Mac Show, Lynch took a subtle jab at the Seahawks for what they gave up in the deal to land Adams from the Jets.

“With Jamal Adams, you saw all the trade capital that they had to give up, which the Seahawks – good for them – they made that decision,” Lynch said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “You also got to pay the man. That’s one of the reasons he’s not in New York. Being up there against it (the cap) with what’s happening with the camp due to the pandemic, it just wasn’t a reality for us.”

During the offseason, the NFC West and several of the teams in it made some significant moves to bolster the division.

The Cardinals with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, and the with the addition of Greg Olsen and now Jamal Adams.

The 49ers are more focused on retaining their own players including George Kittle, but Lynch noted that he takes it as a compliment that the franchise is being mentioned in the rumors.

“Yes, our division is getting better,” Lynch noted. “We understand that. That’s why we’re working so hard to get better. …I love it seems to be that every guy that’s up for a trade that we’re involved. I love that people talk about the Niners. But I try to be truthful. We’re talking about (George) Kittle. We’re trying to save room for him.

It wasn’t just John Lynch who seemed to talk shots at the Seahawks and the Adams trade.

Niners’ WR Deebo Samuels also appeared to troll the Seahawks after the trade was made.

Samuels did not seem all that impressed with Adams heading over to the Seahawks, saying he has “never feared a soul” on the football with this tweet.

The Niners edged out the Seahawks on the final week of the regular season to win the division, and the Seahawks are looking to take the division this year with Adams to help slow down George Kittle on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry seems to only have gotten stronger since Adams got traded over to the Seahawks.

Obviously, Seattle and San Francisco will enter the upcoming season as the two NFC West favorites this year while Los Angeles and Arizona are looking much more improved with their additions as well.

Look for the first match-up between the two giants in the NFC West to be a heated one at that.

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.  

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Seahawks TE Will Dissly named to ESPN’s breakout player list for 2020

Seahawks TE Will Dissly named to ESPN’s breakout player list for 2020

When Seahawks tight end Will Dissly is healthy and on the field, he is a productive asset to the team.

The sad thing is for Dissly, he has been more injury-prone than to really see what his full potential really is.

Coming into his third year in the league, maybe Dissly’s luck will finally change.

Seahawks fans always have hope, but ESPN expects the promising tight end to really shine this year. The four-letter network produced its list of players they expect to break out in 2020.

Dissly made the list at number 20 in the rankings.

ESPN’s methodology for the ranking goes like this:

- Drafted in the third round or later, or signed as an undrafted free agent.

- Entered the NFL between 2017 and 2019.

- Fewer than 500 career offensive or defensive snaps (except running backs, who are allowed just 300 offensive snaps).

- Have not signed a contract extension (players who have bounced around the league looking for the right spot, however, still qualify for the list).

- Age 26 or younger in 2020.

So far in his 10 career games, Dissly has seen 376 snaps, has 6 touchdown receptions on 31 catches, and has averaged 13.5 years per reception. He also has caught 75.6 percent of his targets.

To stat pad more, out of those 31 catches, 19 of them have resulted in a first down.

Six of Dissly’s receptions in his career have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

Not bad at all, Dissly.

Before his injury in 2019, Dissly was becoming, at the time, the second-best receiver Seattle had, and a very important asset for Russell Wilson. Dissly had four or more catches in weeks two through five of the season and had at least one touchdown reception in weeks two through four.

If Dissly can remain healthy, as ESPN points out, then he could be a fantastic offensive weapon. Sadly, he just hasn’t had the opportunity to show that just yet.

Dissly playing a full 14 games in a season could make the Seahawks offense immensely better.

He might be the one missing piece for the team to make a Super Bowl run this year.

The 49ers were in the back of the Seahawks mind when they traded for Adams

The 49ers were in the back of the Seahawks mind when they traded for Adams

The Seattle Seahawks were just inches away from missing out on an NFC West title-clinching win against the 49ers in Week 17.

One of the biggest advantages Seattle knows the 49ers have over them is at the tight end position. 

George Kittle is a difference-maker that can change the flow of the game, and the Seahawks knew that they needed to improve in the safety department to match up better with Kittle to slow him down.

That is why Seahawks GM John Schneider did what he had to do in order to get Jamal Adams from the Jets.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Gregg Bell to dissect the Seahawks offseason].

Over the past few days, the Seahawks have been criticized for giving up too much for the star safety. Schneider believes, however, it was a necessary move for his team to match up with Kittle, and the other dynamic athletes in the NFC West.

We needed to get faster on our team this year, especially on defense, and I feel like we have done that. If you look at the National Football League now, especially our division, with all the crossers and talented tight ends that we have, it's important Ugo [Amadi] and [Marquise] Blair and [Quandre] Diggs and now Jamal, it's a really good group. We also have Lano Hill who two years ago was playing ... at a very, very high level three games in a row and then had a very serious hip injury. He's had a really nice offseason so we're looking forward to seeing him as well.

The price of bringing a young, game-changing talent like Adams into the organizations when they will have to pay up for after the season.

But with Russell Wilson is in his prime, the best thing to do right now for him is to surround him with the talent of his caliber.

Adams is an athletic, versatile safety who excels in a number of roles. His arrival in Seattle undoubtedly helps make the matchup more even between the two teams now.

John Schneider gave a lot to get the best in the game at safety because the 49ers are the best in the NFC West at the moment. 

The Seahawks hope Adams can give the 49ers a run at being the best in the NFC West next year.

Only time will tell.

You can watch the full interview with Seahawks GM John Schneider with Peter King here.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Gregg Bell to dissect the Seahawks offseason].