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March
4th

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report: Seahawks targeting Packers’ Tramon Williams to replace Byron Maxwell at CB

A report tonight out of Wisconsin says John Schneider’s roots in Green Bay could lead to a new starting cornerback for the Seahawks.

Packers writer Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes Seattle’s general manager, a former Packers executive, will seek Tramon Williams to replace unrestricted free agent Byron Maxwell as the Seahawks’ starter opposite All-Pro Richard Sherman should Williams reject Green Bay’s contract offer to return there.

McGinn is a veteran with connections inside the Packers’ organization, so I would give this story more credence than many of the national reports we’ve seen about the Seahawks in

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March
4th

Russell Wilson’s return for a workout at Rangers’ spring training March 28 “a big deal” to Texas

The most famous Rule 5 draftee in baseball is due back for another cameo with the Texas Rangers the last week of this month.

The Rangers have announced Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will workout with Texas for the second consecutive year at its spring-training camp in Surprise, Arizona, on March 28. The plan is the same as last year: the two-time Super Bowl quarterback, a minor-league second baseman at the low Class-A level during his college years at North Carolina State,  is scheduled to go through infield drills with the Rangers in the morning, speak to their minor-league players and

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March
3rd

Marshawn Lynch conspiracy theories at the end of the Super Bowl don’t add up; Jon Ryan, Ninja Warrior?

My story in today’s News Tribune leads with Marshawn Lynch in … Turkey, of course.

Specifically, it leads with what we’ve already discussed here, what I see as the news of what the Seahawks’ star runner told Turkish television network NTV Spor while there on a football goodwill trip. That is him describing the specter of becoming “the face of the nation” had he carried the ball from the 1-yard line at the end of Super Bowl 49 rather than Russell Wilson throwing a title-dooming interception with 20 seconds left.

Some readers have jumped me for inferring too much

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March
2nd

Jermaine Kearse goes Dr. Seuss at Tillicum Elementary in his hometown for Read Across America day

One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish.

That wasn’t Dr. Seuss in the huge Dr. Seuss hat today at Tillicum Elementary School. That was Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse reading to school kids in his hometown of Lakewood on Read Across America day.

The News Tribune photographer Peter Haley captured Kearse as one of nine “celebrity readers” who presented books to students throughout Pierce County on Monday.

Afterward Kearse went into the school’s gym to shoot baskets with kids — including one wearing a No. 24 home, blue jersey of Kearse’s teammate,

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March
2nd

As GM John Schneider had said, Seahawks don’t use their franchise tag for 2015

The NFL’s deadline of 1 p.m. Pacific Time today for teams to identify players upon whom they will place the franchise-tag contract designation for 2015 has passed without the Seahawks using theirs for this year, just as general manager John Schneider had predicted last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Some had wondered if Seattle might use its franchise tag to keep starting cornerback Byron Maxwell out of unrestricted free agency. But the one-year tender for using the tag on a cornerback this year is $13,075,000, far too expensive for what else the Seahawks need to do money wise

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March
2nd

Marshawn Lynch: “Maybe it was good I didn’t get that ball” at end of Super Bowl, for he’d become “the face of the nation”

Is anyone really surprised the first extensive, public opinions from the always unpredictable Marshawn Lynch about him not getting the ball at the end of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl are coming from … Turkey?

But here’s what’s being lost amid Lynch telling a Turkish television network that he was expecting the ball on second down from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds left in the Super Bowl Feb. 1 and his Seahawks down to New England 28-24: Lynch publicly raising the question of whether we were all ready for him to be “the face of the nation” had he scored

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Feb.
27th

Giving back: Garry Gilliam returns again to Milton Hershey, the remarkable school that made him

Garry Gilliam’s been at it again this week: Giving back to the remarkable school that gave him the opportunities to earn a scholarship to Penn State and eventually an unlikely place on the Seahawks.

By now you likely know his story, which, honestly, I cannot write about enough: A single, tremendously hard-working and proud mother raising Garry and his special-needs older brother in a bad part of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city. Thelma “Vene” Shifflett sending her younger son away at age seven, alone to Milton Hershey School, a residency school down the road in Hershey founded more than a

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Feb.
25th

Draft guru Rob Rang assesses Seahawks needs, talks WRs such as Funchess, Strong at top of draft

Before I left Indianapolis Saturday afternoon I asked Tacoma’s Rob Rang, a senior NFL draft analyst for CBS Sports and The Sports Exchange, to give me a rundown on the video above of what he thinks of this year’s draft class. He also offered what he sees as the Seahawks’ primary needs, and some ideas of wide receivers that may or may be available for Seattle should it choose to go that route with its first couple picks, currently scheduled for 31st and 62nd overall in the first two rounds.

“This isn’t like

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