Player News - Seahawks

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In an internal memo, the NFL announced players who have been convicted on domestic violence, sexual assault, or weapons charges will not be allowed to attend the Scouting Combine or NFL draft.

The memo says any player with a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction or any player who refuses to submit to a background check will not be allowed to attend "any league-related event." The event ban will not affect draft eligibility. The ban means someone like Seahawks DE Frank Clark, who pled guilty to a lesser charge after being charged with domestic violence while at Michigan, would not have been allowed to attend the Combine last year. Clark still would have been eligible for selection when the Seahawks picked him in the second round.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 9:23 AM

Seahawks signed CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste to a reserve/future contract.

The 58th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Jean-Baptiste flamed out quickly with the Saints and wasn't retained after a brief 2015 practice squad stint with the Lions. Turning 26 in April, Jean-Baptiste was viewed as a high-upside press corner prospect coming out of Nebraska at nearly 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds with a freakish 41 1/2-inch vertical. The Seahawks will try to coach up Jean-Baptiste, perhaps in hopes he becomes their next Brandon Browner.
Feb 8 - 4:15 PM

The Seahawks' official Twitter account confirmed Marshawn Lynch is retiring.

Lynch tweeted a "deuces" emoji and a picture of his green cleats hanging during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks' Twitter quoted the tweet and added the hashtag #ThankYouBeastMode. The timing and cryptic nature of the announcement are a fitting end to the spectacular career of one of the game's most enigmatic stars. Lynch finishes his career with 11,091 total yards and 83 TDs across 127 NFL games, and ranks 36th on the all-time rushing list. Though the stats are not overly impressive, Lynch was one of the most dominant backs in the game for the early part of this decade and made his mark with several memorable performances. Most iconic was his 67-yard touchdown run to clinch an upset Wild Card win against the Saints in 2011. Lynch was a First-Team All-Pro in 2012 and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. He amassed six 100-plus-yard rushing performances in the playoffs, third most all time behind Emmitt Smith (7) and Terrell Davis (7).
Feb 8 - 8:42 AM

A tweet from Marshawn Lynch on Sunday night indicated Lynch plans to retire.

Lynch's tweet -- accessible at the link below -- has a "deuces" sign with two fingers up and a picture of Marshawn's green cleats. The cleats are hanging; BeastMode seems poised to "hang 'em up" after nine NFL seasons.
Feb 7 - 9:54 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Marshawn Lynch has told "people close to him" he plans on retiring.

Lynch has reportedly told members of the Seahawks' organization that he plans on hanging it up. Lynch, who was on the fence about coming back last year, struggled through an injury-plagued season while being outplayed by rookie Thomas Rawls. If this is it for Beast Mode, he'll finish his career with 9,112 rushing yards across nine NFL seasons. That total ranks 36th all-time.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 10:53 AM

Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

Rawls avoided surgery, but is in the early stages of rehab. He could be limited for OTAs. With Marshawn Lynch not expected back, Rawls should open 2016 as Seattle’s clear-cut starter.
Feb 6 - 6:31 PM

NFL Network's Michael Robinson said it's "fair to assume" that Marshawn Lynch won't be back with the Seahawks.

Robinson, of course, is the Seahawks' former fullback and Lynch's best friend. "I don’t think that’s a slight to Marshawn, just after a while, a back gets older, still wants more money," Robinson said. "A team has to be prepared to get younger at some point. And I think the injury didn’t help this year. The fact that he didn’t get the yards that he usually gets didn’t help this year. So we’ll see." Robinson also said he knows if Lynch will retire or not, but passed on spilling the beans. The Seahawks can save $6.5 million by releasing Beast Mode.
Source: 950 Seattle
Feb 5 - 10:00 AM

Russell Wilson earned game MVP as Team Irvin downed Team Rice 49-27 in Sunday night's Pro Bowl.

Wilson went 8-of-12 passing for 164 yards and three touchdowns, engineering scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions. He hit Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, and Todd Gurley for scores, all in the red zone. Wilson's Seahawks teammate, DL Michael Bennett, earned Pro Bowl Defensive MVP by generating the game's lone sack. For Team Rice, Travis Kelce hit pay dirt twice. Team Rice's downfall was turnovers; Tyrod Taylor (3), Derek Carr (2), and Eli Manning (1) combined for six interceptions in the predictably sloppy affair.
Feb 1 - 12:32 AM

Seahawks DT Jesse Williams says he's back to 100 percent health after missing the entire 2015 season following a cancer diagnosis.

Williams was healthy enough to participate in the preseason, but ended up spending all 16 games on the reserve/NFI list. The 2013 fifth-rounder is an exclusive rights free agent. Williams has never appeared in a regular season game.
Jan 28 - 10:48 PM

Impending free agent LT Russell Okung will undergo surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder and will be sidelined five months.

Okung battled a shoulder issue most of the year and ended up dislocating it in the Divisional Round against the Panthers. The former No. 6 overall pick has never played a full 16-game season and will turn 28 next season. He's representing himself on the open market. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta doesn't expect Seattle to re-sign Okung. His market will be very interesting.
Jan 27 - 1:45 PM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta said "conventional wisdom" is Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin will move on in free agency.

Irvin said he would be willing to offer the Seahawks a hometown discount, but that might not be enough considering how much money Seattle has invested in MLB Bobby Wagner and WLB K.J. Wright. The decision not to pick up Irvin's fifth-year option last offseason also points to an impending divorce. With former coordinator Dan Quinn at the helm, the Falcons are the most commonly mentioned destination for Irvin.
Jan 26 - 12:31 PM

Marshawn Lynch could have to pay back $5 million of the signing bonus he received last season if he retires.

Lynch's deal included a $7.5 million signing bonus which was spread out over three years on the Seahawks' salary cap. If he retires, the Seahawks could ask him to pay back the $5 million remaining on the cap. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports it is "not expected" the Seahawks would ask for the money back, however, and Lynch could simply wait for Seattle to cut him to avoid repaying the money. It remains likely Lynch has played his final down in Seattle, but he will likely get to keep the signing bonus.
Jan 26 - 12:17 PM

Bellevue Police recommended felony hit-and-run charges for Seahawks RB Derrick Coleman stemming from an October accident.

Coleman left the scene of an accident which left another motorist with head injuries and a broken collarbone. He was found two blocks from the crash. The police allege Coleman smoked synthetic marijuana before the accident, and an open bag of "synthetic cannabinoids" was found in the car. Coleman's agents released a statement shortly after the accident claiming Coleman had simply fallen asleep and left the scene because he was disoriented. The case has now been turned over to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to determine if Coleman will be charged. That process could take several weeks. Coleman was suspended one game by the Seahawks for the incident, and he will likely face more punishment from the league once the legal process plays out.
Jan 26 - 8:57 AM

Marshawn Lynch's mother said she's unsure if her son will play another season.

Delisa Lynch tweeted on Saturday, "I have to admit I want to see my son play at least 1 more year but ... I do not know his plans so please wait for his decision and respect it!" This comes on the heels of a TMZ report that "Momma" Lynch said her son wasn't planning to retire. Regardless of whether Lynch plans to continue his career, it's unlikely he'll be back with Seattle unless he takes a significant pay cut. Thomas Rawls would take over as the starter in the likely event that Lynch retires or gets cut.
Jan 24 - 10:39 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider declined to say if SS Kam Chancellor will be back next season.

Chancellor has two non-guaranteed years remaining on his current deal. Releasing him would save $4.1 million, but Seattle has $26M in cap space. The Seahawks' top in-house free agents are LT Russell Okung, OLB Bruce Irvin, and WR Jermaine Kearse.
Jan 23 - 9:01 PM


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