Player News - Seahawks

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There's no out clause for the Packers' job in Seahawks GM John Schneider's new contract.

Schneider is a Wisconsin native with many Packers connections. "No," Schneider said of bolting Seattle for Green Bay. "There's been lots of whispers about a lot of things, and it's a small league, and I'm from a small hometown." With Packers GM Ted Thompson still going strong, it's a non-story on both ends.
Jul 28 - 4:46 PM

Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) won't be ready for the start of camp.

The Seahawks have been adamant that Graham will be ready for Week 1, but we'd consider him a candidate for the reserve/PUP list until proven otherwise. Graham can't be trusted as more than a flier TE2 in fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 4:44 PM

Thomas Rawls (ankle) won't practice on the first day of training camp, but the Seahawks remain undecided on the active/PUP list.

Rawls had previously insisted he'd be full-go for the start of camp. Either way, coach Pete Carroll maintains Rawls will be ready for Week 1. It's concerning Rawls still isn't 100 percent after going down last December, but it's been the belief all along that he will be ready for the opener. Barring a setback, Rawls can be drafted as an upside RB2.
Jul 28 - 4:40 PM

Seahawks agreed to terms with coach Pete Carroll on an extension through 2019.

The deal pairs Carroll with GM John Schneider for the next four seasons. Carroll is the league's oldest coach — really — but arguably its second best behind Bill Belichick. Carroll has staked his claim to being one of the greatest football minds of all time in Seattle, building on the amazing success he had at USC. The Seahawks have made the playoffs 5-of-6 years on Carroll's watch, advancing to two Super Bowls. Going on 65, it's possible this is Carroll's final contract.
Jul 26 - 7:59 PM

Speaking about Michael Bennett's contract situation, Seahawks GM John Schneider said "we think he's a hell of a football player."

The Seahawks continue to signal they may break their policy of no mid-contract extensions — like they did for Marshawn Lynch — for their perennially upset pass rusher. "Like I said earlier, there's 90 guys on this team, and everybody has their own story and situation, whether it's personal or professional," Schneider reasoned. "And we're always going to try to do what's best for everybody. We have to do what's best for the team." In this case, that might be getting Bennett to finally stop complaining about his contract.
Jul 26 - 2:17 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Seahawks will meet with disgruntled DE Michael Bennett's agent this week.

Bennett has been unhappy with his contract for quite some time, and he made waves again last week by telling The Huffington Post the Seahawks should "get rid of me" if they do not "think I'm valuable." Bennett still has two years left on a four-year, $32-million contract he signed in 2014. Seattle does not usually negotiate with players this far away from free agency, but they could make an exception considering how long this contract dispute has lingered. Coach Pete Carroll said the team is "gonna make an effort" to keep Bennett happy.
Jul 25 - 8:41 AM

Seahawks signed GM John Schneider to a five-year extension through 2021.

ESPN's John Clayton reports the deal will place Schneider "among the highest-paid GMs in the NFL," and is expected to pay him around $3.75 million per year. Ozzie Newsome is currently the league's highest-paid GM. Schneider and Pete Carroll were both entering contract years in 2016; a Carroll extension is believed to be forthcoming. In April, Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty ranked Schneider No. 3 among NFL GMs, behind only Bill Belichick and John Elway. Schneider has been able to mask mistakes (Matt Flynn, Percy Harvin, Jimmy Graham) with elite college-to-pro talent evaluation, plucking Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett in the third round, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor in the fifth, and Thomas Rawls in undrafted free agency, among many others. There isn't an NFC team with a brighter-looking present and future than Schneider's Seahawks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 9:53 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle adds a veteran quarterback.

The Seahawks like Trevone Boykin as Russell Wilson’s backup, but want to see how he does at training camp. Seattle hasn’t been connected to any quarterbacks since Tarvaris Jackson’s arrest. Outside of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Clausen, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Michael Vick are the top free agents.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 8:05 PM

Thomas Rawls (ankle) isn't expected to see much preseason action.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, who resides in Seattle, Rawls "probably" only will play one preseason game. For a young back like Rawls, that isn't very much tune-up action, but the team isn't going to rush him coming off ankle surgery. For preseason DFS purposes, this looks good for Christine Michael and rookie Alex Collins to get a ton of carries between the tackles.
Jul 22 - 12:32 PM

Michael Bennett remains upset about his contract.

"I just want to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league," Bennett said. "I’m definitely one of the top five defensive ends." Bennett went on in more dramatic language. "It is never-ending," Bennett said. "Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me." Bennett said in May he won't hold out of training camp, but perhaps he's giving it a second thought. Bennett signed a four-year, $32 million contract of his own free will in March 2014. Coach Pete Carroll says he's sympathetic to Bennett's gripes. "We’re gonna make an effort," Carroll said. "An effort so he remains a Seahawk."
Jul 21 - 2:26 PM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta believes fifth-round RB Alex Collins will compete for "immediate playing time."

Collins' path to playing time would be easier if Thomas Rawls (ankle) was forced to miss time, but it sounds like he will be ready for Week 1 at the latest. That leaves Collins to compete with C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael for a role. Collins' draft slot should earn him the benefit of the doubt, but his college tape left a lot to be desired. He could struggle even if given an opportunity this season.
Jul 19 - 12:21 PM

According to Football Outsiders, Russell Wilson was the most successful quarterback in the league when working from a clean pocket.

He was also the fourth-best quarterback while under pressure, but his DVOA of 86.4 percent was far and away the best when unpressured. PFF's charting agrees, showing Wilson completed almost 73 percent of his passes and compiled a 26-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio when unpressured last season. These stats raise questions about the Seahawks' decision to basically ignore the offensive line over the last several years. While Wilson has been excellent regardless, it appears he could be even better if given time to throw.
Jul 19 - 9:23 AM

A study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine revealed patellar tendon repair is the most difficult surgery for an NFL player to return from.

"Of all the different surgeries that these guys have," ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said, "those who fared the worst when it comes to rate of return to play and performance metrics like yards gained and touchdowns scored, [it was] patellar tendon repair." Jimmy Graham suffered a ruptured patellar tendon late in November, but the Seahawks have said they expect him to return by Week 1. Anecdotal evidence including Victor Cruz's almost two-year battle to get back on the field suggests that timeline is extremely optimistic, and this study backs up that notion. Even if he gets back on the field, it is not a given he will be effective. Graham is overvalued at his current TE12 draft cost.
Source: ESPN
Jul 18 - 11:34 AM

Seahawks second-round DT Jarran Reed is expected to start as a rookie.

After losing Brandon Mebane in free agency, the Seahawks had a big hole to fill next to Ahtyba Rubin. Enter Reed, who Seattle said they viewed as the best run-stuffing defensive tackle in the draft. Reed did not show much pass-rush pop in college, but he should serve an important two-down role early in his career. Jordan Hill and Michael Bennett will man Seattle's interior in sub-packages.
Jul 16 - 12:32 PM

The Seattle Times reports there's been consistent "buzz" that Tyler Lockett has made "significant strides," and "could become an even bigger factor in the offense in 2016."

Lockett showed rare dynamism as a rookie, and apparently kept his foot on the gas pedal this offseason. Lockett's mouthwatering upside and playmaking ability were evident to anyone who watched him play, but the presence of Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are still a concern in what's historically been a run-first offense. It's possible Lockett bangs down the door to WR2 value, but boom-or-bust WR3/4 status remains most likely.
Jul 14 - 4:14 PM


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