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May
19th

History says Steven Hauschka won’t notice PAT snaps moving back to the 15-yard line this season

NFL owners today approved a rule change of point-after-touchdown kick attempts now being snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the 2. That makes the 1-point try the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.

Seahawks’ kicker Steven Hauschka hasn’t missed from the 30-39-yard range on a field goal since 2011. He is 52-55 from that range in seven NFL seasons.

Another rule change that came out of the league meetings in San Francisco also make the PAT ”live,” in that now the defense can return a blocked kick or a turnover on a two-point play for two points. Two-point conversion attempts

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May
18th

Wait…Ryan Tannehill, $45 million guaranteed? A good day for Russell Wilson’s side of contract talks

That clicking noise you might be able to hear could be the meter running up on the Seahawks’ negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson on a contract extension.

Monday, a member of Wilson’s 2012 QB draft class got his new deal: Ryan Tannehill agreed with Miami on a $77-million, four-year contract. That’s on top of the $18.3 million and two years he still had left on his rookie deal as a first-round pick three years ago.

The more pertinent — and stunning — detail: the reported $45 million in guarantees Tannehill will be getting from the Dolphins.

Even if some

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May
14th

Bruce Irvin tells online outlet: “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season… believe that.”

Maybe he was caught in a very Atlanta moment — courtside at the Hawks’ NBA playoff game — looking very Atlanta (Hawks cap and T-shirt with, check ‘em out, matching red, canvas sneakers) in his hometown.

Or maybe Bruce Irvin really does want to leave the Seahawks that have started him in the last two Super Bowls, after drafting him 15th overall in 2012, to join a team hasn’t even made the playoffs over those same, last two seasons.

Whatever the reason, Irvin reportedly said publicly last night he wants to play for the Falcons in 2016.

“I’m going to

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May
7th

Michael Bennett, do you want a trade? “No.”; Tye Smith, Kristjan Sokoli first 2 draft-picking signings

While talking to pal Tom Glasgow yesterday afternoon during the afternoon show on Seattle’s KOMO newsradio I gave my ongoing opinion that defensive end Michael Bennett isn’t going anywhere. That is despite continued reports, the latest, from CBS’ Jason LaCanfora Wednesday, that Bennett and his representatives have made it known that he wants out of Seattle.

Today, Bennett appeared on KING-5 television’s “New Day” talk show in Seattle and said that’s false.

“I think everybody that has a job, they want a raise, whatever they do,” Bennett said. “So I’m just like every other American.

“People assume when you

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May
1st

Seahawks top draft choice Frank Clark, kicked off Michigan’s team in November after DV charge: “Believe in me.”

The Seahawks rarely do the expected in the NFL draft. It’s how they have separated themselves with 36 wins in their last 48 games and reaching the last two Super Bowls, winning one.

They just did the unexpected — and already controversial — by drafting defensive end Frank Clark from Michigan with the next-to-last pick of the second round, at No. 63 overall tonight. It may be the riskiest, leap-of-faith pick in their franchise’s 39-year history.

Sure, Clark is 6 feet 2 and 277 pounds, described as having an explosiveness in pass rushing that Seattle loves. The Seahawks’ team

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May
1st

Will Seahawks trade up in today’s 2nd round. Better question: Why should they?

So now it’s day two, the Seahawks’ time to jump into the NFL draft after basking in the Jimmy Graham glow during last night’s round one. They have their initial pick right now at 63 overall at the bottom of the second round that begins at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, and then the 95th-overall choice near the end of round three tonight.

The talk now is: Will Seattle, with a league-high 11 picks, trade up higher in the second round today?

What might prompt general manager John Schneider to do that?

The popular buzz (for whatever that may or

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April
30th

Dawg Day at NFL draft: UW’s Danny Shelton 12th to Cleveland, Marcus Peters 18th to KC, Shaq Thompson 25th to Carolina

The photo above was the best — and most genuine — moment of the first round tonight. Nothing but happiness from, and for, Danny Shelton. For all he got through to be here.

Tonight is the first time Washington ever had three players taken in the first round of any NFL draft. That’s saying something for a program that won a national title in 1991, had some NFL talent for decades — and went 8-6 with those guys last season.

1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Buccaneers do the expected, take the homestate guy from four hours

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April
23rd

Kenny Easley to announce Seahawks’ second-round pick May 1 at NFL draft

Kenny Easley remains for many as popular a former Seahawks as there is — and, for many, especially Seattle fans such as TNT Seahawks Insider regular BobbyK, an unjust omission from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The thumping former high school quarterback from Chesapeake, Virginia, was the 1981 AFC rookie of the year, a five-time Pro Bowl strong safety, a two-time All-Pro and the 1984 NFL defensive player of the year over 89 career games from ’81-87.

He was forced to retire in 1987 after a physical that was going to be part of a trade from Seattle to

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