Player News - Seahawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Free agent TE Luke Willson intends to test the open market.

Reporter Bob Condotta believes the 'Hawks would "undoubtedly love" to re-sign their 2013 fifth-rounder, but "only at the right price." Willson was a tool-sy project coming out of Rice, but has never developed into much of a blocker. He does have 74 career catches. Standing in at 6-foot-5, 252 pounds with 4.5 wheels, Willson could tempt some teams on the open market.
Feb 16 - 8:16 PM

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times expects C.J. Prosise (shoulder) to be "fully ready to go for OTAs."

Prosise missed the final eight games including the playoffs with a fractured scapula after missing time early in the season with a broken hand and most of the spring with hip and hamstring issues. All of those injuries led Pete Carroll to question Prosise's durability after the season. To retain a role behind Thomas Rawls, Prosise will need to stay healthy throughout the offseason program.
Feb 16 - 10:29 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports the Seahawks have escaped with merely a warning for failing to list Richard Sherman's MCL issue on the injury report.

Per Garofolo, the league was lenient because it deemed the violation a "misinterpretation of rules." The Seahawks claimed they believed they didn't have to list Sherman since he was practicing in full. As one of the league's preeminent boundary pushers, along with New England and Baltimore, that explanation is a little hard to believe.
Feb 14 - 1:45 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril underwent groin surgery on Tuesday.

Avril broke the news himself on Twitter. The operation was performed by Dr. William C. Meyers, who specializes in sports hernia injuries. The surgery could knock Avril out of OTAs, but he should be good to go well before training camp. Avril recorded 11.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016.
Feb 14 - 11:42 AM

The Seattle Times doesn’t expect the Seahawks to re-sign free agent Steven Hauschka.

Hauschka’s chances of returning took a hit after Seattle signed Blair Walsh. Despite a down year, Hauschka should rebound if he can cut back on his extra point misses. Hauschka’s 89.2 field-goal percentage ranked behind only Justin Tucker, Matt Bryant, and Ryan Succop.
Feb 11 - 8:21 PM

Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane's $4 million salary became guaranteed on Friday.

Lane had a rough year for Seattle, grading out as PFF's 104th cornerback out of 120 qualifiers. Coach Pete Carroll criticized Lane's tackling, but praised him for competing his "tail off." With RCB Deshawn Shead's (knee) status up in the air for Week 1, keeping Lane was a no-brainer for the Seahawks.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 10:28 AM

Seahawks signed K Blair Walsh.

Steven Hauschka is a free agent, so Walsh could have the inside track to Seattle's 2017 starting job. It won't be assured after he bombed out of Minnesota in 2016, but Walsh has usually been one of the league's better kickers since arriving in the NFL in 2012. He has had two years of hiccups, with 2014 accompanying 2016. Walsh has a huge leg. He'd be an asset if he can get right.
Feb 9 - 4:31 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks won't be penalized heavily if at all for not reporting Richard Sherman's MCL injury.

A report surfaced last month that failing to report Sherman's injury could cost Seattle a high draft pick, but that would have been a pretty extreme reaction to a relatively minor infraction. After reviewing the Seahawks' injury materials, it became clear to the league that the Sherman mishap was "not an egregious rule violation." If anything, the Seahawks will get a slap on the wrist.
Feb 5 - 9:13 AM

Jimmy Graham admits he "barely practiced" in 2016.

Speaking at the Pro Bowl, Graham confirmed his return from a torn patellar tendon was as arduous as possible, but that he's long since turned the corner, as evidenced by his excellent season. "Everything's in the rear view," he said. "So imagine how I played this year. I mean, I barely practiced ... just to be ready for the games." Graham tapered as the year wore on, but averaged a career-best 14.2 yards per catch. His 923 yards were his most since 2013. Although he's now on the wrong side of 30, Graham should remain a TE1 for 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 6:59 PM

Seahawks restricted free agent RCB Deshawn Shead recently underwent ACL surgery.

While the surgery will make Shead easier for the Seahawks to retain in restricted free agency, it puts his status for Week 1 in question and makes cornerback an offseason need for Seattle. 28-year-old Shead turned in a breakout 2016 campaign opposite Richard Sherman, racking up 81 tackles and 14 breakups with two forced turnovers. Shead still figures to land a second-round tender.
Source: USA Today
Jan 27 - 11:25 PM

Richard Sherman downplayed the severity of his MCL injury.

"It wasn't that serious, so there's nothing to address," he said. Sherman also said he'd be surprised if the league punished the Seahawks for not disclosing his injury. "There's been a number of teams that have been warned so we'll see what happens," said Sherman. 2016 was a relatively down year by Sherman's standards, but he still earned PFF's 10th-highest grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 1:55 PM

Coach Pete Carroll admitted there are concerns about C.J. Prosise's durability.

"I can’t tell you that I'm not concerned about C.J.," Carroll said. "He had trouble through the offseason. He was unavailable to us throughout, and there was a groin and a hammy and a wrist and the scapula thing he had. He has to show it." Durability concerns are probably the one thing that could hold Prosise back from being an every-down player, limiting him to 12-15 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 11:03 AM

Seahawks signed OL Robert Myers to a reserve/future contract.

A fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, Myers spent all of 2016 on Seattle's practice squad after bouncing around the league as a rookie. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports the Seahawks plan to give Myers a shot at right tackle this offseason, which is the position he played in college. Still, he is unlikely to crack the final roster.
Jan 21 - 10:13 AM

Seahawks signed CB Demetrius McCray, WR Jamel Johnson, DT Rodney Coe, TE Chris Briggs and WR Rodney Smith to reserve/future contracts.

A 2013 seventh-round pick of the Jaguars, McCray appeared in at least 14 games each of his first three years in the league before spending 2016 on the street. A big (6-foot-2) corner, he'll get a shot in Seattle.
Jan 19 - 5:07 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Seahawks could be docked a second-round pick for failing to disclose Richard Sherman's MCL injury.

Yikes. Coach Pete Carroll has to be regretting trying to explain away Sherman's (slightly) down 2016 right about now. What the Seahawks did is blatantly against the rules, but a second-rounder would be an extraordinarily severe punishment. The Seahawks are no strangers to pushing boundaries, but there's not a team in the league that doesn't play injury report games. The Seahawks are already missing a 2017 fifth-rounder for illegal offseason practice activity.
Jan 19 - 1:15 PM


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