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Report: Seahawks expect TE Will Dissly back for Week 1 in 2020

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Report: Seahawks expect TE Will Dissly back for Week 1 in 2020

It’s been a big week for Seahawks tight end news. Seattle signed veteran Greg Olsen to a one-year deal on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Seahawks "fully expect" Will Dissly to be back in time for Week 1 in 2020.

Dissly is currently working his way back from an Achilles tear that occurred in Week 6 of 2019 against the Cleveland Browns. It was the tight end’s second season-ending injury in as many years since entering the NFL as a fourth-round pick in 2018. Dissly ruptured his patellar tendon as a rookie in 2018 in Week 4.

Despite the misfortune on the injury front, Dissly remains one of Seattle’s most promising young players. In just 10 career games, the University of Washington product has racked up 31 receptions for 418 yards and six touchdowns.

Backup tight end Jacob Hollister performed admirably in Dissly's absence, totaling 41 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He'll be the No. 3 tight end in 2020 if Seattle opts to bring back the unrestricted free agent.

If Dissly and Olsen can both keep healthy – and that’s a big if given their respective injury history – they figure to be a standout 1-2 punch at tight end for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense in 2020. Of a lesser importance, the pair of tight ends will have to turn to rock, paper, scissors in order to figure out who gets to wear No. 88 next season.

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

REPORT: Veteran tight end Greg Olsen signs with Seahawks over Bills, Redskins

I’m sure Russell Wilson is going to like this news: He has a new weapon in Seattle.

Veteran tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a deal to join Wilson and the Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for one-year, $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. 

Olsen completed his free agent tour earlier this week with trips to the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks and began contract negotiations with each team on Friday, per Schefter.

The 34-year-old was also rumored to be considering a number of television gigs that are waiting for him upon retirement, but it appears he has more football left in the tank.

Olsen will join a Seattle tight end room that includes Will Dissly, Luke Willson, Jacob Hollister and Ed Dickson, all who remain question marks.

Dissly had a stellar start to the 2019 season, recording 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns in the five games, before going down with an Achilles injury in Cleveland. He is expected to return healthy in 2020 and is entering the third season of a four-year rookie deal. Hollister is a restricted free agent, but a likely candidate to be re-signed. Dickson will likely be released for salary cap relief, while Willson is set to hit free agency in March.

Despite his age, Olsen is still a reliable receiver with a veteran presence Seattle could benefit from. In his final season with the Carolina Panthers, Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. He did all of this with an injured Cam Newton, then Kyle Allen and rookie Will Grier leading the way.

Olsen has been in the NFL for 14 illustrious years, since being drafted by the Bears in 2007, spending nine seasons with Carolina. His tenure ended with the Panthers several weeks ago, when the two parties agreed to mutually part ways.

He accumulated three Pro Bowl nods and has three seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards. Now, he’s got a valuable quarterback to help take him to the next level. Let’s see if Olsen and the Seahawks can reach new heights.

Seahawks could make Jadeveon Clowney the NFL's highest-paid defensive player

Seahawks could make Jadeveon Clowney the NFL's highest-paid defensive player

If the Seattle Seahawks want to retain Jadeveon Clowney, they’ll have to pay up.

According to a report from Matt Miller from Bleacher Report, Clowney is looking to reset the market and get paid this offseason. In other words, he wants a record-setting contract.

The Seahawks pass rusher is expected to receive a hefty sum come free agency, and is wanting to play for a contender. 

“I just want to win,” Clowney said after the Seahawks loss to the Packers in January. "I'm trying to get to the Super Bowl by any means. That's what I'm looking for: Who's going to get me there? I ain't looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain't going to fly. I ain't gonna put my body through all of that just to lose no 16 games, go home with my check. I'd hate that, so that ain't what I'm doing.”

Clowney was traded to the Seahawks in exchange for linebacker Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-round pick after five seasons with the Texans. He was one of Seattle’s elite players in 2019, recording 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception in 13 games.

It’s unclear what exact number Clowney would like to achieve in his “market-setting” contract, but Seattle will have to make a blockbuster deal to retain the star edge rusher. Aaron Donald signed a six-year, $135 million contract in 2018, while Khalil Mack inked a six-year, $141 million deal to make the most annually of any defensive player in history at $23.5 million per year.

Unlike the players mentioned above, Clowney failed to be named to a Pro Bowl last season. He’s never registered more than 9.5 sacks in a single season, tallying only three in 2019, while Mack and Donald produced double-digit sacks in eight combined seasons. 

If a deal between Clowney and Seattle did come to fruition and met his terms, he could become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. It would be the largest contract since franchise quarterback Russell Wilson signed his record-setting, four-year, $140 million contract extension last April.

The Seahawks have said they want to keep Clowney and he has said “he wants to be here.” Clowney is undeniably an asset the Seahawks need to keep, but can they afford to do so? Seattle will have north of $60 million in cap space once free agency rolls around in March. 

Quandre Diggs, Tyler Lockett open to Seahawks trading for Darius Slay

Quandre Diggs, Tyler Lockett open to Seahawks trading for Darius Slay

Trade rumors for Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay are heating up, and members of the Seattle Seahawks are weighing in. 

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Lions have “spoken with multiple teams about a potential trade” that would involve the three-time Pro-Bowler. Conversations with prospective teams include a new contract with Slay as part of the deal. The 29-year-old is in the final year of his four-year, $48.15 million contract. 

Many have surmised that Slay could be a good fit on the Seahawks roster. He would bolster the cornerback position. Here’s what we do know about the possibility of Darius Slay in a Seahawks uniform: 

The Seahawks have a history of trading with the Lions 

In late October, the Lions and Seahawks completed a trade which sent safety Quandre Diggs and a seventh rounder to Seattle in exchange for a fifth-round selection in 2020. 

After the Seahawks acquired Diggs in exchange for two draft picks from the Detroit Lions, Slay, bothered by the move, told reporters “nobody’s safe,” from being traded. 

Diggs paired up with Bradley McDougald in the defensive backfield and Seattle reaped the benefits (and seemingly won the trade). In five regular season games, Diggs recorded 21 combined tackles, three pass deflections, three interceptions and a defensive touchdown. 

The jury is still out for right corner 

Tre Flowers, while explosive at times, finished the 2019 season with just two sacks and three interceptions. His struggles in the playoffs were also on full display. He had two defensive pass interference penalties against the Eagles and another lackluster performance against the Packers in the divisional round. 

There’s plenty of evidence to support the argument that Flowers could make the third-year leap like Shaquill Griffin, who was rewarded for his standout season with a first Pro Bowl in 2019. However, the Seahawks should have an insurance policy in the case that Flowers does not continue on a positive trajectory. 

Seattle will likely sign someone to compete for the starting position opposite of Griffin, and Slay certainly has many of the qualities the Seahawks are looking for. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler, former First-Team All-Pro and amassed 13 passes defended, two interceptions and 46 combined tackle in 2019. Slay leads the NFL with 28 pass breakups since 2015. 

Money talks 

There’s some uncertainty on what it would take to get a Slay to Seattle deal done. The Seahawks already have some tough decisions to make if they want to retain Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed this offseason, but cornerback is a position Seattle could improve upon. 

Slay, who will turn 29 in January, is entering the final year of his four-year, $48.15 million contract signed in 2016. He will make a base salary of $10 million in 2020 with a cap hit of $13 million, according to sportrac. It’s quite possible he could see north of $15 million a year with his future team. 

Seattle has roughly $60 million in cap space and eight projected draft picks. A splash move to acquire Slay isn’t out of the picture, but it does complicate Seattle’s ability to retain Clowney and Reed. If Seattle can upgrade their defense by adding Slay in a similar trade with picks to Diggs, take it and run. 

Reuniting Slay and Diggs on the Seahawks secondary could be a game-changer

Diggs has supported his former teammate on Twitter, retweeting Adam Schefter’s post about a potential trade with money sign emojis. His received some backlash on the post, mostly from Lions fans, who don’t want to see another elite defender leave Detroit. Seahawks fans were intrigued by the possibility of Diggs and Slay in Seattle. 

Tyler Lockett has also defended Slay when a Twitter user said Detroit should “let him walk.”

“You ain't have to line up against him. You tripping,” Lockett clapped back. 

Always compete 

Here’s one thing we do know about Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll: Seattle is always looking to compete. The team has likely acquired about Slay nonetheless, but that doesn’t mean Seattle is Slay’s new home…just yet.  

 

DK Metcalf put to the ultimate test... with face mash-ups

DK Metcalf put to the ultimate test... with face mash-ups

D.K. Metcalf is quite the decorated football player as proven by his rookie season in Seattle. 

He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks just 296 days ago in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then, Metcalf has spent a lot of time with his teammates.

But, how well does he really know them, especially as it relates to recognizing certain facial features? 

Metcalf joined Mike Florio and Chris Simms on the set of Pro Football Talk where his knowledge was put to the test:

Marshawn Lynch + Tyler Lockett? Nailed it.

Russell Wilson and himself? Reluctantly, yes.

The Griffin twins? Well, he got half right. But hey, can you blame him? Yes, the Griffin’s are twins, but boy it is sometimes really, really hard to tell the two apart, as you can see by Metcalf’s expression in the video above.

Metcalf passed the test and won't have to hear it from his teammates. 

Twitter user suggests how Seahawks could save money, Tyler Lockett not pleased with response

Twitter user suggests how Seahawks could save money, Tyler Lockett not pleased with response

The Seattle Seahawks have several free agent decisions to make this offseason. Retaining star edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, defensive tackle Jarran Reed, or both are at the top of their list.

Coach Pete Carroll said bringing Clowney back would be a priority for the team, while Jarran Reed made it clear on clean out day, he wants to stay in Seattle.

With roughly $60 million to spend, the sixth highest in the NFL, Seattle will have some important decisions to make.

One Twitter user had a suggestion for how the Seahawks could improve their financial situation this offseason: cut wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

Needless to say, Lockett wasn’t impressed with the response.

Yeah…it probably wouldn’t make since to get rid of Russell Wilson’s main target. Prior to the postseason, Wilson threw 70 passes to Lockett this season and completed 57 of them for 965 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. Per Pro Football Talk, that’s a perfect 158.3 passer rating. No other receiver has accomplished such a feat, dating back to 2002, when being targeted more than 15 times.

Lockett may have not been selected to the Pro Bowl this season and his 82 catches for 1,057 yards and 8 touchdowns may not look perfect on paper, but Lockett had one of his most effective seasons ever while leading a young receiving corps for the first time.

We’re just going to leave it at this. Lockett’s not going anywhere, including with you to grab that beer.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has an update on his recovery

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has an update on his recovery

Rashaad Penny has an uphill climb ahead in his recovery from a torn ACL, but the Seattle Seahawks running back is on the right path.

The 24-year-old shared an encouraging post on Twitter Tuesday that he is “back on the bike,” quite literally.

Penny’s sophomore campaign came to a halt on December 8, when he suffered a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams. Unlike teammate Chris Carson, who avoided surgery on his hip, Penny did undergo surgery to repair his ACL as well as additional work that needed cleaning up.

“He’s doing great,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Penny during exit interviews last month. “He’s ahead of schedule already. They’re really excited about the progress that he’s making. That’s a much longer prognosis there. He’s got six or seven months ahead of him that are going to be really challenging. We’ll have to wait and see. He’s really determined, his attitude is great about it. He’s planning on making it back and getting ready to play. So, we’ll see how that goes.”

Penny emerged as the Seahawks No. 2 back before his injury, showing a lot of promise. He carried 65 times for 370 yards and three touchdowns in 2019 in 10 games. His road to recovery will certainly be a long one, but it's encouraging to hear Penny's making progress in his return to action. 

Greg Olsen’s three-team tour ends in Seattle on Wednesday

Greg Olsen’s three-team tour ends in Seattle on Wednesday

Free agent tight end Greg Olsen is making his rounds across the NFL in search of a new team.

After visiting the Buffalo Bills last week, Olsen’s next stops are with the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran tight end has a date with the Seahawks this Wednesday. Olsen is reportedly still weighing retirement and has a broadcasting job waiting for him at FOX should he decide to leave football.

The 34-year-old is expected to make a decision by the end of this week. 

An Olsen signing makes since for Seattle logistically. Will Dissly is coming back from a torn Achilles, his second season-ending injury in consecutive years. While Dissly will soon be back at full strength and restricted free agent Jacob Hollister is expected back in 2020, it wouldn’t hurt to have an insurance policy.

Olsen played 14 games in 2019 and finished with 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns with the Carolina Panthers. In his 13-year career, which includes two Pro Bowl selections, Olsen has 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.

The Seahawks are also listening to franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, who has made it clear he wants to surround himself with superstar caliber players. Could Olsen be one of those players for Seattle? We are days away from finding out. One thing is for sure: Olsen can still play. 

How Russell Wilson’s new hairdo broke the Internet

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How Russell Wilson’s new hairdo broke the Internet

We’ve got to talk…it’s about Russell Wilson’s new hair.

The Seahawks franchise quarterback, fresh off a guaranteed salary of $18 million in 2020, sported a new 'do when he and wife Ciara attended the Tom Ford fashion show in Los Angeles this weekend.

Let’s just say fans had mixed feelings about Wilson’s new look. The All-Pro quarterback drew comparisons to John Stamos, Prince, George Michael and more.

Here’s a look at a few of our favorite tweets: 

And it didn’t stop there. Wilson’s locks also caught some attention at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night. This time he was wearing a ponytail.

This isn’t the first time Wilson has gone viral for his questionable fashion choices. Last month, Andrew Hawkins of the Uninterrupted put out a parody video of professional NFL players walking into the stadium. Wilson served us his pre and post-Ciara looks, per usual. 

You do you, Russ. 

Seahawks’ John Schneider and his wife Traci receive Paul G. Allen award

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Seahawks’ John Schneider and his wife Traci receive Paul G. Allen award

When John Schneider steps on stage, it’s usually to honor the excellence of one of his Seattle Seahawks players or staff members.

But on Thursday, the Seahawks general manager and his wife, Traci, were the ones being recognized at the MTR Western Sports Star of the Year awards at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The two received the Paul G. Allen award, which is given to the individuals who have made a significant or compelling philanthropic contributon. The Schneiders were honored for their work with Ben’s Fund, a nonprofit named for their son Ben that helps support children with autism. Ben was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old and is now 17.

Ben’s Fund was started eight years ago to give back to the autism community in Seattle. The fund helps provide grants to families in need to cover costs for things like medical bills, therapies, equipment and more. The Schneiders goal is to help local families ease the financial strain associated with ASD.

The family recently worked with the Seahawks to launch the A-OK sensory rooming September 2019. The sensory room gives fans a safe place to come when they feel overwhelmed by the environment. It also helps those with autism and other sensory challenges.

The fund has raised more than $4.34 million, helping Washington families support their children after diagnosis. To learn more about Ben's fund, visit their website here

Congratulations to the Schneider family on their amazing work in the autism community!