Player News - Seahawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Free agent Byron Maxwell has changed agents.

The move's close proximity to the start of free agency is raising some eyebrows in league circles. "Why would you do that?" an anonymous GM asked ESPN's Adam Schefter. "It makes navigating the free-agent market confusing." The move is certainly unusual, but we'd be shocked if it cost Maxwell any money. He's this year's top-available corner by a comfortable margin.
Mar 3 - 1:26 PM

In an interview with a Turkish television station, Marshawn Lynch admitted he was expecting the ball on the final play of the Super Bowl.

Lynch is in Turkey with other NFL players for an American Football Without Barriers camp. "Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it's a team sport," he said. "I had no problem with the decision of the play calling. I mean, you know, I think it was more of a ... how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl, that's pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time." Lynch is currently weighing an eight-figure offer from the Seahawks to return in 2015, a deal we eventually expect him to accept.
Mar 2 - 8:52 AM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk there's "no doubt" Earl Thomas (shoulder surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

Thomas went under the knife on Tuesday, and has been slapped with a tentative 6-8 month recovery timetable. That would have him missing all of the offseason, and a decent chunk of camp and the preseason. Thomas hasn't missed a game in five NFL seasons, but there's a chance he'll be heading into Week 1 with very few practice reps under his belt.
Feb 24 - 6:24 PM

The Seahawks fully expect FS Earl Thomas (shoulder surgery) to be ready for Week 1.

Speaking at the Combine, GM John Schneider did admit Thomas may not be full go for the start of camp. "We are going to monitor him and make sure we do what’s best for the long term." ESPN reports Thomas' timetable is 6-8 months. He'll likely begin camp on the active/PUP list, and quite likely miss time in the preseason.
Feb 24 - 1:32 PM

The Jets are considered one of the "primary suitors" for free agent CB Byron Maxwell.

The New York Post's Brian Costello heard at the Combine the Jets and Eagles are "the two teams fighting for him." Antonio Cromartie also makes sense for the Jets given his familiarity with the organization, but that's only if they miss on Maxwell. New York could free up cap room for Maxwell by dropping underachieving wideout Percy Harvin.
Feb 24 - 12:01 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms Earl Thomas (shoulder surgery) is looking at a 6-8 month rehab timetable.

Thomas is having surgery today to repair a torn labrum. Seattle's secondary is arguably its biggest strength, but only when healthy. Jeremy Lane (arm and ACL) and Richard Sherman (elbow) are also recovering from injuries and free agent Byron Maxwell is looking at other teams. It's possible the Legion of Boom has already peaked.
Feb 24 - 10:15 AM

According to his agent, the Seahawks have not reached an agreement with Marshawn Lynch.

This contradicts a report from Jason La Canfora, who said Saturday that a deal was "in place." PFT's Mike Florio is adamant the Seahawks aren't close to any contract extension with Lynch and even suggested that Beast Mode could retire. We don't think that's the case, but if Lynch does call it quits, Seattle would be owed $1.5 million of the signing bonus he received in 2012.
Feb 22 - 8:38 AM

Seahawks CB Tharold Simon could need offseason shoulder surgery.

Simon will likely miss the majority of OTAs if he requires surgery, and should be considered questionable for training camp. With RCB Byron Maxwell possibly leaving in free agency and Jeremy Lane coming off a torn ACL, Marcus Burley is Seattle's only healthy corner behind Richard Sherman.
Feb 21 - 9:23 PM

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch a deal that would pay him between $11 million and $12 million in 2015.

The deal would span either two or three years, and include $9 million in 2016. "It's not clear whether Lynch is inclined to accept it," reports Getlin. The Seahawks seem to be using media reports like this one to put pressure on Lynch, who was reportedly disenchanted by coaches and management during the 2014 season. Although Lynch may need more time to make his decision, we suspect this generous pay day will be hard for him to pass up.
Feb 21 - 3:57 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says TE Zach Miller (ankle) is recovering well and on track for next season.

Miller is three months removed from his second ankle surgery in less than a year. He'll likely miss the majority of Seattle's offseason program and should be considered questionable for training camp. Miller has a $3.4 million 2015 cap hit.
Feb 20 - 5:49 PM

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that the Seahawks are negotiating "in earnest" to keep Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

The Seahawks want to keep Lynch and give him a raise. "We've had big offers out there," Carroll insisted. It's believed the Seahawks have offered as much as $10 million for Lynch to play in 2015. He's currently owed $7 million.
Feb 20 - 3:13 PM

According to NFL draft insider Tony Pauline, "present word" at the NFL Combine has the Eagles as the favorites to sign free agent CB Byron Maxwell.

Pauline is a draft analyst, but he's also one of the top information men in the business, particularly this time of year. Philadelphia makes a ton of sense as a landing spot for Maxwell. The Eagles prioritize big, physical press corners, and Maxwell fits the bill at 6-foot-1, 207 with long arms and plus speed. He would be a huge upgrade on free agent LCB Bradley Fletcher.
Feb 20 - 1:18 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline hears free agent CB Byron Maxwell is looking for $10 million annually.

Per, that would make Maxwell the sixth-highest paid corner in the NFL. With Russell Wilson up for a big extension, the Seahawks are going to be penny-pinching this offseason. If Maxwell is the free-wielding capitalist most players understandably are, it's likely he's played his final game with Seattle.
Feb 20 - 12:11 PM

Updating an earlier item, Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane's knee surgery was to repair a torn ACL.

It's a horrendous break for Lane, who was already dealing with a "significant" broken arm. Lane suffered both injuries picking off Tom Brady early in Super Bowl XLIX. Lane is now highly doubtful for Week 1, and will likely begin the year on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games. With RCB Byron Maxwell possibly leaving in free agency, the Seahawks may have to replace two of their top three corners.
Feb 19 - 7:14 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the possibility of Russell Wilson landing a fully guaranteed deal is "very real."

Fully guaranteed deals simply don't happen in the NFL, but it could be a tradeoff between the sides if Wilson agrees to take less money. We'd still be shocked to see Wilson land a 100 percent, no-strings-attached guaranteed deal, but even guaranteeing 75 percent of Wilson's contract would be way beyond the NFL norm.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

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