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Speaking to a church congregation on Sunday, Russell Wilson again refused to rule out the idea of playing baseball.

"Both" was Wilson's answer when asked which sport he preferred. "I believe if anybody could do it, I could," Wilson continued. "And I believe God’s put me — gave me the ability to do it. I’ve done it my whole life." Why Wilson keeps talking about his theoretical baseball career is anyone's guess, but it still stands to reason that he's trying to leverage the Seahawks in long-term talks. For as earnest and humble as Wilson presents himself, we doubt he actually has designs on becoming a two-sport athlete at the age of 26.
Jul 6 - 5:13 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount says it's uncertain if Robert Turbin (hip surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

Although Turbin sat out the entire offseason program, he was always expected to be ready for training camp. It's unclear if Blount is reporting new information here or simply expressing concern due to the missed OTA time. Turbin, the heavy favorite for passing down job behind Marshawn Lynch, is entering a contract year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 9:02 AM

Seahawks UDFA RB Thomas Rawls has emerged as the rookie the coaches love.

Per ESPN, coach Pete Carroll "loves Rawls’ toughness, seeing him as a bruising runner similar to (Marshawn) Lynch." It's the same things we saw on Rawls as he ran extremely physical, aggressive and angry at Central Michigan. There's speculation he could push Christine Michael off the roster in Seattle, meaning he needs to be on deeper Dynasty benches. Lynch is 29 years old and Robert Turbin is ticketed for 2016 free agency.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 8:55 AM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.

Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 10:06 AM

Seahawks.com's John Boyle believes it will be a "tough challenge" for WR Chris Matthews to climb the depth chart.

Despite his Super Bowl heroics, Matthews is still clearly behind Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin on the target totem pole, and he could find himself behind rookie Tyler Lockett as well. At 6-foot-5, Matthews could be a good fit for the outside receiver role occupied by Kearse, but he will need a very strong training camp to earn a significant role early in the season.
Jul 4 - 1:59 PM

Russell Wilson said he'd "definitely consider" resuming his baseball career were he traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Wilson's MLB rights are currently owned by the Texas Rangers. It's the second time in four months that Wilson has refused to close the door on his baseball career, but it's almost certainly just a negotiating ploy as he angles to become the NFL's highest-paid player. Going on 27, Wilson was good enough to play in the minor leagues, but has never been considered a high-end prospect. He's not going to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.
Jul 3 - 1:33 AM

Seahawks NT Brandon Mebane's roster spot appears to be secure.

There was some light chatter that Mebane would be cut this offseason due to his $5.5 million salary and coming off hamstring surgery. But Seattle will keep its interior run-plugger for the final year of his contract. Mebane is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after sitting out much of the spring.
Jul 1 - 8:39 AM

Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."
Jun 30 - 8:42 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said the Seahawks "want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

Bennett continues to tell anyone who will listen that he's contemplating a holdout. That's nice, but the Seahawks just signed him to a four-year, $32 million contract 15 months ago. NFL deals don't get redone one year into a pact and Bennett likely knows this.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 30 - 8:24 AM

In an interview with ESPN, Russell Wilson mentioned $25 million as an annual salary figure.

Wilson continues to engage in subtle yet public negotiations with the Seahawks as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. "No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go," he said. The $1.5 million number is what he's set to make this season and $25 million would be $3 million more than current NFL leader Aaron Rodgers' $22 million annual average. After the interview aired, Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers wrote the following on Twitter: "I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline."
Jun 30 - 7:56 AM

Coach Pete Carroll singled out Jimmy Graham as a player who stood out during OTAs.

Graham has taken to his new surroundings well. "He’s fit in with the players," Carroll said. "There was some talk about stuff in other seasons and all, that’s become part of the fun. He’s a great addition." Graham doesn't have the same ceiling he once did thanks to Seattle's run-based attack, but he'll be Russell Wilson's top target and a good bet for double-digit touchdowns again.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 10:48 AM

Doug Baldwin said he wants to contribute as a blocker on special teams.

Rookie Tyler Lockett will be the Seahawks' primary return man on both punts and kickoffs. Baldwin, ever the glue guy, still wants to contribute. "Just helping my team in any way I can to help us get to another Super Bowl," he said. Baldwin remains a low-ceiling PPR option as a slot receiver who projects for 60-70 catches.
Jun 29 - 10:08 AM

In an interview at his annual passing academy, Russell Wilson said he wants to be with the Seahawks a "really, really long time."

While that may be true, Wilson also reportedly wants to become the highest-paid player in the league. To this point, the Seahawks have seemed hesitant to match the request, though that could certainly change as a potential future without a top-five quarterback comes into sharper focus. Wilson is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: Madison.com
Jun 28 - 4:22 PM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said he doesn't mind "staying home" in Honolulu while he seeks a new contract.

Bennett reported to mandatory minicamp, but it sounds like he's willing to sit out training camp if the Seahawks don't get the ball rolling on a new contract soon. The 29-year-old would face a $30,000-per-day fine for skipping training camp. That's simply too much money to pass up. We fully expect Bennett to cave before camp opens on July 25.
Jun 28 - 10:58 AM

PFT's Mike Florio's "current prediction" is that contract-year QB Russell Wilson won't be with the Seahawks in 2016.

Bold. It's only a prediction, but Florio is in the know and has plenty of sources. The two sides do seem to be pretty far apart on Wilson's value. The Seahawks are offering Wilson a deal in the Cam Newton range, while Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player. Florio thinks the Seahawks will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Wilson and another team signs him to an offer sheet the Seahawks are unwilling to match. When push comes to shove, it's hard to see the Seahawks truly letting their franchise quarterback walk out the door.
Jun 26 - 12:26 PM


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