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Category: Contract analysis

July
10th

Cliff Avril glad docs kept him out of Super Bowl’s final quarter: “Concussions aren’t anything to play with”

The Seahawks were on their way to enjoying a double-digit lead in Super Bowl 49. They were getting to quarterback Tom Brady enough to keep him and New England stuck on 14 points late into the third quarter of the Feb. 1 championship game.

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn moved Michael Bennett inside from end to a tackle position for much of the game, and Bennett sped past New England’s rookie center Bryan Stork all night. Bennett had four hits on Brady. And the speed of fellow defensive end Cliff Avril coming off the other edge kept New England from totally

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July
8th

Who is Marshawn Lynch’s heir? It’s not apparent

When Marshawn Lynch signed his two-year contract extension in March, it not only gave him $5 million more in guaranteed cash this year. It made it more conceivable the 29-year-old star running back could retire before his three-year, $31 million deal’s expires with a $12.5 million hit against the Seahawks’ salary cap in 2017.

His ongoing back pain that caused him to miss the start of the key NFC West showdown at Arizona last December and his unpredictability make anything possible in regards to Lynch’s future beyond this season.

That all makes it more necessary than ever for Seattle

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July
6th

Who is going to block for Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, et al this season?

Lost amid all — and I do mean ALL — the noise over when or if Russell Wilson signs a contract extension this year is a more fundamental concern: Who will be blocking for him this season?

Finding the five starters on the offensive line remains the Seahawks’ most important task in training camp this summer, at least on the field. Line coach Tom Cable said last month he thinks that’s going to happen sooner rather than later once camp begins July 31 in Renton.

I came across this advanced statistic from Pro Football Focus a couple weeks ago, and

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July
2nd

Russell Wilson on Jimmy Kimmel Live: “I just want to be paid based off my play. It will all work out in the end. We’ll figure it out”

Russell Wilson’s stalled contract negotiations have become such a big story 29 days before training camp begins the star player is now going on late-night talk shows — and his agent is getting almost as much pub as the Seahawks’ two-time Super Bowl quarterback.

The day before Wilson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live late Thursday, Mark Rodgers’ home-base newspaper, the Vero Beach Press Journal in Florida, published a profile on him. It detailed how the baseball agent got back into representing NFL clients — and how he views negotiating contracts in the two sports.

“It’s so different in football,” Rodgers said to the paper

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June
30th

One month until Seahawks training camp–and, no, nothing new on Russell Wilson contract talks

This last day of June means it’s exactly one month before the Seahawks begin their 2015 preseason with the beginning of training camp at team headquarters in Renton.

One month for Seattle and its negotiators led by general manager John Schneider to make progress toward — or, hey, actually get — an agreement on a contract extension for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Then again, coach Pete Carroll said this month the Seahawks don’t consider the start of training camp July 31 to be a deadline because they are willing to negotiate well into and through the season, if necessary; this deal is that

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June
16th

Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin present as grounded Seahawks (sort of) begin mandatory minicamp

I’m told defensive end Michael Bennett and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin are present and inside Seahawks headquarters today, the start of the team’s only mandatory minicamp of the offseason.

Bennett and Irvin had skipped voluntary organized team activities and workouts this spring. Bennett wants a raise above the four-year, $28.5 million contract he signed before last season. Irvin isn’t happy Seattle decided to not exercise his $7.8 million contract option for 2016, meaning the $1,663,935 he’ll earn for the coming ’15 season is the final one of his rookie contract.

Coach Pete Carroll has said the team wants Irvin back

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June
9th

Michael Bennett’s only kinda-sorta OTA protest; Paul Richardson’s progress, more from OTA practice #8

The Seahawks just finished the eighth of 10 organized-team-activity practices on the field here in Renton. How relatively casual did this one feel to the Tuesday ones I witnessed the previous two weeks?:

Sherman spoke to the media afterwards — and chuckled when asked if he’s been talking to teammate Michael Bennett, the defensive end who has skipped these voluntary practices after saying

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June
9th

Seahawks enter third week of OTAs on the field, Bobby Wagner contract talks off it

The Seahawks today continue their third week of organized team activities on the field in Renton, the last before their only mandatory minicamp of the offseason next week. I’ll be there to

update what’s going on.

Off the field, the team is reportedly moving on to its second offseason priority in contract negotiations: All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner.

With talks on an extension with the agent for quarterback Russell Wilson remaining slowed — here’s another guess at what the hangups may be and where they could end up — Seattle has seven weeks to perhaps get at least one of

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