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April
28th

Why size at wide receiver likely remains a Seahawks draft priority, even after getting Jimmy Graham

For today’s News Tribune I was asked to list my three top weapons at each skill position on offense — not that any of of these players is likely to be available to the Seahawks when they first pick on Friday at 63rd overall at the bottom of the second round.

Quarterbacks

  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  2. Jameis Winston, Florida State
  3. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State/Heritage HS, Vancouver

Running backs

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
  3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Wide receivers

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
  2. Kevin White, West Virginia
  3. DeVante Parker, Louisville

Tight ends

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    April
    16th

    Draft preview: How much of a need is wide receiver for Seattle?

    Now that they have acquired Jimmy Graham, a tight end is name only for most of the last few years while split out wide or in the slot for New Orleans, how much are the Seahawks in the market for a wide receiver in the draft that begins April 30?

    Probably still quite a bit, though Seattle’s needs to find a new starting left guard and center are more pressing and fundamental right now. Graham’s arrival still leaves the Seahawks with previously undrafted Doug Baldwin, undrafted Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson, a 175-pound man whose rookie season ended last January

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    April
    14th

    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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    April
    2nd

    Is there a part of the Seahawks curious to give UW’s Keith Price a second chance? “Yeah,” Carroll says

    That was Keith Price throwing to former University of Washington teammates Kasen Williams, DiAndre Campbell, Michael Hartvigson and Jesse Callier today during UW’s packed pro day at the Dempsey Indoor facility next to Husky Stadium.

    There were at least a third more NFL scouts and media types than I’ve seen at any of the multiple UW pro days I’ve attended previously. Today’s attracted far more than were at Jake Locker’s pro day a few years ago.

    The latest NFL contingent at UW included Seahawks general manager John Schneider, coach Pete Carroll and most

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    March
    13th

    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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    March
    13th

    Jimmy Graham sees role as changing ways packed-in defenses play Seahawks; Stefen Wisniewski still visiting Seattle

    Give Jimmy Graham credit. During the two days of flying his private plane to the gulf coast of Florida, having his career uprooted from the only team he’s known in New Orleans, having someone else fly him to the opposite corner of the country, passing a physical, meeting his new coach, general manager and Seahawks staff, seeing his new city of Seattle and then flying all the way back to Florida, he’s somehow found the time to internalize why he is the newest Seahawk.

    Yesterday, on a conference call with Seattle-area reporters, the huge tight end with 171 receptions and 26 touchdowns

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    March
    11th

    Still buzzing over Jimmy Graham; more on salary cap, Lynch deal + Wilson, Wagner extension talks

    On the day after the trade that surprised the league, and there is still a buzz around the team for getting New Orleans’ 2013 All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham.

    “It’s a big deal for us, everybody in this building,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said this morning from the team’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on Seattle’s 710 ESPN radio.

    “He makes everybody better.”

    Schneider told the station Graham was chillin’ on a beach on the west  coast of Florida yesterday when he got call of trade that also nets Seattle a fourth-round choice in next month’s draft from New Orleans

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    March
    9th

    With Byron Maxwell leaving, Seahawks sign 30-year-old veteran CB Will Blackmon

    It’s not a Williams. It’s not a Maxwell.

    But the Seahawks have brought back a cornerback with a link to its recent past.

    Below is official confirmation from the league’s transaction wire of Seattle’s signing 30-year old Will Blackmon to a free-agent contract:

    Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Jacksonville released Blackmon last month to save about $980,000 against the Jaguars’ salary cap for 2015.

    Blackmon was with Seattle for much

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