Seahawks Insider

May
26th

Absurdly early — four months before the opener — impressions of organized team activities without helmets

All you need to know about how vitally important today’s OTA practice on the field at team headquarters in Renton will be to the Seahawks’ 2015 season: All-Pro safety Earl Thomas didn’t participate. Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, prized tight end Jimmy Graham, bedrock running back Marshawn Lynch, key rush ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and linebacker Bruce Irvin weren’t even in the same zip code during it.

And they weren’t even wearing helmets during scrimmaging.

That latter fact was because the Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll said, asked for input from the league office on the proper “tempo” for these OTAs that

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May
26th

Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson contract talks: “Hopefully we’ll get something done. But if we don’t, we’ll just have to deal with that.”

The Seahawks have announced the signings of their top draft choice, defensive end Frank Clark, plus wide receiver/kick returner and third-round pick Tyler Lockett. That means all of the team’s draft picks are now signed. The 2011 collective bargaining agreement with a slotted rookie pay scale has taken all the old haggling and impasses into the summer out of rookie contract negotiations.

As for the most important talks of all right now: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are close — in a literal, physical sense, if not in agreeable numbers during ongoing contract negotiations.

Tuesday in Renton, coach Pete Carroll briefly

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May
26th

No Wilson. No Graham. No Lynch. No … Seahawks OTAs more noteworthy for who wasn’t on the field than for who was

The Seahawks’ first day of offensive-versus-defense drills in voluntary organized team activities was more remarkable for who wasn’t there (and why) than for who was on the field.

Russell Wilson (along with Mo Kelly, Seahawks vice president of player engagement) took a transcontinental flight to be in Florida Tuesday with recently acquired tight end Jimmy Graham for the funeral of Graham’s close mentor Tamara Fox Meyerson. The quarterback was also trying to travel to the funeral for the father of defensive end Cliff Avril.

Wilson, Graham and

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May
26th

Russell Wilson reportedly with Jimmy Graham in Florida at funeral for the tight end’s mentor

We’ll see in a couple hours which Seahawks are present and which aren’t for the voluntary organized team activities on the field at team headquarters.

But if Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham are not there, and until we hear from the team, here is the reported reason why:

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May
25th

Veterans back on the field Tuesday for the first time since Super Bowl 49

The Seahawks’ veterans had voluntary workouts at team headquarters last month. But those were just in the weight room and training room.

The vets are due on the field Tuesday morning for the first time since Super Bowl 49 (above), to take part in organized team activities. It’s the next phase of their offseason workout program as defined by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Russell Wilson is expected to be throwing to newly acquired tight end Jimmy Graham for the first time as Seahawks with coaches watching (the players worked out informally last month on their own on Maui).

Since

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May
22nd

Jon Ryan goes very un-punter-like American Ninja Warrior Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC

The Seahawks have a bad-ass punter. How bad-ass? A national-television audience is about to find out.

Yes, Jon Ryan wants you to know he is no normal punter. Some evidence: his fake-field goal touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam started the Seahawks’ comeback from 16-0 down in January’s NFC championship Seattle ultimately rallied to win in overtime to advance to Super Bowl 49.

Now this: Monday, Ryan goes national with his offseason, full-body workouts on Monday, Memorial Day, when he appears on NBC’s America Ninja Warrior competition program (8 p.m. Pacific Time, channel 5 in the Seattle-Tacoma area).

How many punters are ninjas?

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May
21st

Michael Bennett nails it – again: Playing for Pete Carroll is “like playing for Willy Wonka”

Michael Bennett appeared in a telephone interview from his Seattle-area home on 750 The Game radio in Portland this week — and had what may be the most apt description yet of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from one of his players.

“It’s like playing for Willy Wonka,” the disruptive, and always glib, defensive end told the station’s John Canzano.

“He’s crazy. He wants to be young,” Bennett said of Carroll. “He just is one of those guys who’s always up beat, wants to have a good time, and let’s you be yourself.”

“You

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May
20th

“Entourage,” unheard-of poll numbers: Russell Wilson, the people’s quarterback (at least in Washington state)

By at least one measure, Russell Wilson should run for governor.

A firm known as one of the most accurate political polling companies in the country surveyed a same of Washington state residents and found the Seahawks quarterback has an unheard-of “favorability” rating:

Govornor Jay Inslee or even President Barack Obama — who has had Wilson as a guest at the White

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