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Category: Draft-pick Signings


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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Absurdly early, snap first impressions from Seahawks rookie minicamp

Pete Carroll (above) put it best: “This is not real football.”

Helmets, only “shells” over shoulders and shorts — this year new ones, dark blue with the green dotted stripes down each side to mimic the Seahawks’ game pants. No contact. Pretty much pushing along the line of scrimmage.

Yet since it’s the first football since Seattle’s excruciating loss to New England in the final seconds of Super Bowl 49 on Feb. 1, here is what I saw yesterday in the first rookie minicamp practice at team headquarters in Renton.

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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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Confirmed: Josh Portis arrested for DUI; RB Christine Michael Signs

Seahawks quarterback Josh Portis is running out of lives.

First reported by Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the third-year pro was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on May 5. Portis has an arraignment hearing scheduled at the Redmond courthouse scheduled for May 28.

According to the police report, a Washington State Patrol officer pulled Portis over at 9:26 p.m. on May 5 after observing him driving 80 miles per hour in a 60-mile-an-hour zone exiting the Mount Baker tunner heading eastbound on Interstate 90 in a 2008 Range Rover.

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Seahawks sign FB Spencer Ware

The Seattle Seahawks announced that the team has signed sixth-round draft choice fullback Spencer Ware to a multi-year contract.

Ware, the 194th overall selection in this year’s draft, becomes the eighth Seattle draft selection to agree to terms.

Running back Christine Michael (second-round), cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth-round) and tackle Michael Bowie (seventh-round) remain unsigned.


Report: Hawks agree to terms with 4th round pick Howard

First reported by, the Seattle Seahawks reportedly agreed to terms with the team’s fourth round pick, defensive tackle Jaye Howard on a four-year deal.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Seahawks have not confirmed this report.

With Howard’s deal reportedly done, Utah State running back Robert Turbin, also a fourth round pick by the Seahawks, is the only one of Seattle’s 10 draft picks that remains unsigned heading into the team’s rookie minicamp that runs from Friday to Sunday.

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Hawks announce contract agreements with 8 of 10 draft picks

Word of first round draft pick Bruce Irvin agreeing to terms with the Seattle Seahawks emerged earlier today.

But the Seahawks announced that eight of team’s 10 draft choices had agreed to terms this afternoon.

Joining Irvin are Utah Sate linebacker Bobby Wagner, a second-round choice; third round draft choice quarterback Russell Wilson; fifth round draft choice linebacker Korey Toomer; sixth round draft choices cornerback Jeremy Lane and strong safety Winston Guy; and seventh round draft choices offensive guard J.R. Sweezy and defensive end Greg Scruggs.

Only fourth round draft choice defensive end Jaye Howard out of Florida and fourth round choice running back Robert Turbin out of Utah State remain unsigned.

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