Updated Feb 1, 2014 - 1:52 pm
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 9:40am
By Danny O'Neil
Seattle's offseason conditioning program begins next week, and we're counting down the five Seahawks who have the most to gain this season in everything from playing time to future contract negotiations.
Byron Maxwell will presumably be a full-time starter in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract. (AP)
CB Byron Maxwell
Experience: Entering fourth season
Pedigree: He began last season as the fourth cornerback on the roster who had a history of leg injuries and an uncertain future. He ended the year starting in the Super Bowl, a player with enough future that the free-agent departures of Walter Thurmond and then Brandon Browner were met with a collective shrug.
A sixth-round pick out of Clemson in 2011, Maxwell has strong hands, a physical style and a nose for the ball. Remember the Super Bowl when he punched the ball away from Demaryius Thomas? Well, he has had a penchant for that in previous games and even in practice.
|• LB Bruce Irvin||• RB Christine Michael||• WR Jermaine Kearse||• DE Greg Scruggs|
Predicament: Maxwell was the presumed starter even before Thurmond signed with the Giants, Browner with the Patriots. Now, Maxwell must prove both his durability and the ability to stand up to opponents who are more likely to throw his way given the fact Sherman is on the other side.
The possibilities: Maxwell is in a terrific spot to showcase himself, entering the final year of his rookie contract and playing for a team whose secondary is the biggest strength.
On the flip side, Seattle is now going to be counting on him to be healthy, and after Maxwell played his way up the depth chart a year ago, we'll see how he handles being a starter now. It's a great opportunity for Maxwell. It's also more pressure than he has had before.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 9:21am
By Jim Moore
The Seahawks wisely released Sidney Rice in February to save $7.3 million in salary-cap space.
Now they should re-sign him if he's willing to accept a much smaller salary with incentives.
Sidney Rice never reached the production of his 2009 Pro Bowl season for the Vikings in his three seasons with the Seahawks, and he was released earlier this offseason. (AP)
On Monday, Rice received medical clearance to work out for NFL teams. As you'll recall, he tore his ACL last October in the eighth game of the season at St. Louis.
Rice was having a down year – 15 catches for 231 yards, and he was generally considered a disappointment in his three years here.
He had a hard time staying healthy and a harder time justifying the five-year, $41 million contract the Seahawks gave him in 2011 with $18 million guaranteed.
Rice never looked like the guy who went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after having 83 receptions for 1,312 yards with the Vikings.
We saw glimpses of his greatness in 2012 – against the Patriots, he caught the deciding touchdown on a 46-yard pass from Russell Wilson in a 24-23 win at Century Link Field.
Two months later in a 23-17 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field, he had six catches for 99 yards, including the game-winning TD.
If Rice were to return to the Seahawks at a drastically reduced price, I'm looking for negatives and can't think of any.
At 6-foot-4, he'd be the tall, rangy receiver they're currently lacking. They lost Golden Tate to the Lions, but how good would this receiving corps be with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Rice? I don't think anyone would be calling them pedestrian anymore.
What if Rice comes back and gets hurt again? What if he makes another trip to Switzerland for some kind of magical medical procedure that doesn't work out?
So what. If they're paying him peanuts, it's worth the risk when you consider the best-case scenario.
Rice turns 28 on Sept. 1. He could not only help you this year but for years to come. If he and Harvin are healthy for 16 games – a big "if," I know – imagine the possibilities for the Seahawks' offense.
If I were John Schneider, I'd be making a big push to re-sign Rice, which means he probably isn't because anything I'm in favor of is likely a bad idea.
But let's say he is pursuing Rice. I'd say it's 50-50 at best that the Seahawks re-sign him.
According to an ESPN.com post I saw this morning, the Seahawks are the favorites to sign him among the other teams who are reportedly interested in Rice – Carolina, New Orleans and the New York Giants.
They're the favorites because they have the most room under the salary cap at $15.8 million. Carolina, which needs receiving help the most, is $2.7 million under the cap; the Saints are at $3.7 million and the Giants are at $4.1 million.
But the Seahawks also have an Earl Thomas extension in the works, which reduces their wiggle room.
Carolina could really use Rice, and it's thought he might want to play for the Panthers since he grew up in Gaffney, S.C., just an hour from Charlotte.
But I'm hoping he'll want to return to the Seahawks. He's familiar with the system and was said to have enjoyed his time here.
If the Seahawks get Rice, they could still draft a tall, gifted receiver and groom him for the future – maybe even redshirt him like they did Christine Michael last year.
The chance for another Lombardi Trophy in which Rice has a more active role could lure him back and trump higher offers elsewhere.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 2:51pm
You could forgive Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson if he took it easy during the offseason. But it's pretty clear from some Instagram videos he just posted that Wilson and some of his teammates aren't resting on their Super Bowl champion laurels.
"Training with my offense down in California this week! #Repeat #AllInAgain!" Wilson wrote in a post on one of the videos. The video, shot in a gym in Huntington Beach, shows Wilson along with fellow quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and B.J. Daniels, tight ends Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Anthony McCoy, Travis Beckum, and Cooper Helfet, wide receivers Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, Arceto Clark, and Chris Matthews, as well as running backs Robert Turbin and Spencer Ware, according to Seahawks.com
The other video, posted Tuesday afternoon, shows Wilson tossing a perfect play-action pass to Jermaine Kearse on what appears to be a high school field.
"3 to 15 for the score. #notime2sleep #NoOffSeason," Wilson wrote.
It's comforting to know that while 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is in the news again for all the wrong reasons after a "suspicious incident" at an apartment in Miami (albeit with the Seahawks' Lockette,) Wilson is focused on business.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 12:24pm
By Brent Stecker
Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette made a 911 call when an unidentified female would not leave the hotel suite believed to be occupied by himself, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton on April 2, according to an incident report tweeted by Miami radio host Andy Slater.
The report states Lockette called 911 at 12:03 a.m., after which officers were dispatched to the Viceroy hotel in Miami. A Crisis Intervention Team was later summoned to the room as well.
Police are still investigating the "suspicious incident" involving the three NFL players, and have yet to file any charges while they wait for medical and toxicology reports on the 25-year-old woman.
Kaepernick denied any wrongdoing in the incident via several posts on his Twitter account Friday.
Per the initial police report, the woman claims to have blacked out after drinking with the players, and woke up the next day in a hospital room with no recollection of how she ended up there.
Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 1:13pm
By Danny O'Neil
Room to grow.
Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off a Super Bowl victory.
But that's the situation Seattle finds itself in after an offseason that began with the payroll pruning of veterans like Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, and continued with the free-agent departures of starters like Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini and even Brandon Browner.
Add in the fact the Seahawks have yet to sign another team's unrestricted free agent this year, and Seattle has plenty of opportunities for growth from within. This week, we'll count down the five returning Seahawks who have the most to gain this year whether that's in terms of playing time or negotiating position for a new contract.
We start with a guy Seattle drafted to be a pass rusher, and found himself downsized to linebacker a year ago.
Bruce Irvin had two sacks in limited pass-rush opportunities last season. (AP)
Experience: Entering third season
Pedigree: He was the single most surprising first-round pick in the 2012 draft, chosen No. 15 overall by a Seattle team that believed he was the best pass rusher available. Sure enough, he went out and led all NFL rookies with sacks in 2012 with 8. A knee injury to Chris Clemons forced Irvin into a starting role for the divisional playoff game against Atlanta, and the Falcons ran right at – and often over – Irvin.
Of all the players on the roster last year, Irvin is the one who took the biggest step back. First, there was a position switch as he moved from end to linebacker following the free-agent additions of first Cliff Avril and then Michael Bennett. Then came a suspension, Irvin forced to miss the first four weeks after testing positive for a substance banned under the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Drafted as a pass rusher, Irvin had two sacks all of last season, and while he started every game, he was only on the field for 25 percent of Seattle's defensive plays in the Super Bowl.
Predicament: Where does Irvin fit into Seattle's defense? Irvin is going to stay at linebacker, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was pretty clear about that back in February. But he's going to be pushed for playing time considering Malcolm Smith was only the Super Bowl MVP last season.
The possibilities: It's not quite a make-or-break season for Irvin, but it's getting close. Seattle has moved in a different direction at defensive end, first by signing Avril and now likely promoting him to the starter with Clemons gone.
That's troubling because pass rush is the one trait Irvin was drafted to play, and it's a role he moved away from in 2013 to the point he wasn't even part of the team's nickel pass-rush package like he was as a rookie.
|• CB Byron Maxwell||• RB Christine Michael||• WR Jermaine Kearse||• DE Greg Scruggs|
He's got a full offseason and training camp to carve himself a role, and his defensive coordinator sounded very excited about the possibility Irvin will do just that at linebacker.
"He's got all the stuff that we look for in our outside 'backer with speed and length and he can set the edge, he can rush," Quinn said in February.
As for Irvin's 2013 season?
"I thought for his first time playing linebacker he did a terrific job," Quinn said. "You know that it's only going to get better from here. So we feel like he's in the right spot and we couldn't be more excited to see how far we can take him."
Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 3:32pm
By Brent Stecker
Members of Miami Fire Rescue transported a woman at the center of an investigation involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton from their hotel suite to a hospital, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.
The woman claims to have blacked out after drinking with the players on April 1, and woke up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she ended up there.
"At 12:32 (a.m.), Miami Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Viceroy (hotel) and transported a 25-year-old female from the Viceroy to the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room," Miami Fire Lt. Ignatius Carroll told The Miami Herald.
The police department is only authorized to release the incident report and would not answer questions pertaining to the case, including who summoned emergency personnel to the hotel suite or why the woman was admitted to a hospital.
TMZ.com reported Thursday that Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, though the incident report does not include any mentions of sexual assault. Kaepernick responded to the allegations via Twitter Friday.
"The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened," Kaepernick wrote. "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."
The Miami Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which investigates sexual battery and other serious crimes, is handling the case.
Kaepernick, Patton and Lockette have not been interviewed by police, according to Barrows.
Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 6:42am
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated in connection with what Miami police are calling a "suspicious incident" that allegedly occurred at an apartment rented by Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette earlier this month.
Kaepernick issued a statement via Twitter Friday morning:
(1/3) The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
(2/3) I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
(3/3) I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
According to an incident report, a woman met Kaepernick, Lockette, and Quinton Patton, a wide receiver for the 49ers, at the apartment, made them drinks and served them shots, then was told to "hit" a bong that contained marijuana.
The report says the woman went to a bedroom where she was later joined by Kaepernick. He left the room, not having sex, the woman said in the report. She reported Patton and Lockette peeked inside the room and she told them to get out.
Police say the woman reports waking up in the hospital the next day with no memory of what happened after yelling at Patton and Lockette.
Kaepernick, Lockette, and Patton have not been charged with anything.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 4:22pm
By Brady Henderson
Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:
Jim O asked how linebacker K.J. Wright – who is entering the final year of his rookie contract – fits into the Seahawks' plans.
O'Neil: That's a really good question, and one that can be applied to the other linebackers as well: Bobby Wagner and to a lesser extent Malcolm Smith. We haven't seen the Seahawks pay a linebacker big money yet. We've seen them cut a linebacker when he didn't take a paycut: Lofa Tatupu. We've seen them trade an linebacker who was overpaid for his contributions: Aaron Curry. We've seen them let a productive linebacker walk in free agency: David Hawthorne. We haven't seen them pay a linebacker yet, though.
GM fan asked whether Seahawks fans should be worried about another team's owner luring general manager John Schneider away from Seattle with a huge contract and an opportunity to have complete control of an organization's football operations.
O'Neil: What could another team offer that he doesn't have here? I ask that in all seriousness because I don't think there is a better job. And if you point out final say over football operations, are you sure that he won't get that here in Seattle when coach Pete Carroll retires?
Jim O asked whether wide receiver Jermaine Kearse could have a significant impact next season if he's given a bigger role.
O'Neil: There's no reason to think he won't thrive with more playing time. At the same time, we haven't seen him exhibit that kind of consistency because he hasn't been placed in that role. I would list Jermaine Kearse and Greg Scruggs as the two veterans who will have the most to gain after the offseason attrition.
tom page asked whether the Seahawks will be more inclined to look for offensive linemen later in the draft because of the early-round picks like James Carpenter and John Moffitt that haven't panned out.
O'Neil: I agree with your observation, but don't believe it will have the tangible effect you're describing. I don't think the Seahawks will avoid taking O-linemen early in the draft because they weren't successful in the past. From what I know with the Seahawks, they would look at those past picks as experiences that would help them refine their draft rationale and avoid making similar mistakes in judgment.
howker asked about the nature of the foot issues that sidelined cornerback Tharold Simon during his rookie season.
O'Neil: It has been described in different ways. Coming out of training camp, Carroll said it wasn't quite a stress fracture, but an injury that could become a stress fracture if he didn't rest it. Then, toward the end of the season, Carroll said Simon was having a problem with his other foot, not the one that was previously the problem. Whether he plays or can contribute down the road is all projection at this point.
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