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Category: Contract analysis


GM John Schneider on Russell Wilson, draft, Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, more

General manager John Schneider talked this afternoon at team headquarters in Renton with media members who regularly cover the Seahawks. The main topics were general and philosophical ones about the draft.

Near the end of the half hour or so I asked Schneider how he would now characterize contract negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson. The 26-year old is coming up on the final season of his four-year rookie

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Most return to team headquarters for phase 1 of offseason workouts–but not Michael Bennett

The Seahawks were back at team headquarters in Renton today for the first time since packing up to leave it Feb. 3, two days after the Super Bowl. They are beginning the voluntary phase one of their offseason workout program.

Tight end Cooper Helfet sounded excited about it:

Yet these sessions are as low-key as it gets. No on-field work. No media access. They are officially voluntary workouts that the league’s

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Seahawks have a decision to make by May 3 on Bruce Irvin’s future beyond 2015

The Seahawks raised eyebrows and curiosity by making Bruce Irvin the 15th-overall draft choice out of West Virginia in 2012. He was supposedly a one-dimensional pass-rush specialist for whom most of the league thought Seattle reached way high to get.

The Seahawks then raised Irvin’s profile and impact on the league’s No. 1-ranked defense when they benched Super Bowl 48 MVP Malcolm Smith last season and made Irvin an every-down player: a strong-side linebacker on running downs and a rush end off the edge of the defensive line in passing situations.

Now, will they give him the raise that speaks the

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Michael Bennett says he never asked for a trade: “They made rumors about Jesus, they’ll make rumors about anybody”

On Seattle’s 710 ESPN radio this morning, defensive end Michael Bennett dismissed a report from the Cowboys’ beat writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram rumoring Bennett wants traded from the Seahawks to Atlanta because he’s unhappy with his contract.

And he did it in a way only Bennett does.

“Man, they made rumors about Jesus, they’ll make rumors about anybody,” Bennett said on the “Justin and Gee” show, his voice rising in its familiar, semi-incredulous way.

Asked a second time a few minutes later about the rumor he isn’t happy with a Seahawks contract that will pay him $6 million guaranteed

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Spring fling: Russell Wilson, Texas Ranger (for a day)

Russell Wilson is in Surprise, Arizona, today, for his cameo with the Texas Rangers at their spring training.

It’s the second consecutive March the Seahawks quarterback has worked out for a day with the team that hold the former Class-A and college-baseball second baseman’s minor-league baseball rights.

Seattle Times Mariners writer Ryan Divish, formerly of the News Tribune, took this video of Wilson in batting practice:

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Graham trade official; S Jeron Johnson signs with Washington; Jesse Williams says he’s returning–or maybe he doesn’t; Greg Hardy?

Seahawks owner Paul Allen, taking time out from pulling relic warships off an ocean floor, puts the official stamp on the Jimmy Graham trade now being complete, with departed center Max Unger passing his physical with New Orleans:

Backup safety Jeron Johnson became the second Seahawks defensive back to sign with an NFC East team as an unrestricted free

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Pete Carroll on KJR radio: he still gets awakened by Super Bowl; Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for season

Credit host Dave Mahler for going beyond the primary news of the Seahawks’ week — the stunning trade to acquire premier tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans, the signing of Cary Williams to likely replace Byron Maxwell as a starting cornerback — and asking a checklist full of roster questions and follow-ups from post-Super Bowl issues to coach Pete Carroll today. The question-and-answer session aired live this afternoon on Mahler’s show on Seattle’s 950 KJR radio.

Here are the highlights of what Carroll said:

–All-Pro safety Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for the start of the regular season

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There they go: Free agents Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith, James Carpenter join new teams

Now, the flip side of signing free agent Cary Williams and trading for top tight end Jimmy Graham on the first day of NFL free agency.

He looked like an Eagle — albeit a young coach, wearing one of their coaching shirts and a matching, green team cap. And he sounded like one, thanking Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly and owner Jeffrey Lurie for giving him $70 million with $25 million of it guaranteed as the top free-agent cornerback in the NFL this year.

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