Seahawks Insider

Tag: Bobby Wagner


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

Read more »


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

Read more »


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

Read more »


Kam Chancellor, finally surgery-free: “This is the strongest offseason I’ve had”

The Seahawks are back on the field today for the third of their three days this week of organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Quarterback Russell Wilson was expected to participate for the first time this week after being with Jimmy Graham in Miami Monday to attend the funeral of Graham’s mentor and manager, and after Wilson attended the funeral of the father of fellow teammate Cliff Avril Thursday in Jacksonville.

Kam Chancellor was back on the field, too, as he’s been all week. That is one of

Read more »


Russell Wilson on baseball comments: “I didn’t say I was going to leave the NFL”

Russell Wilson was on ESPN Radio today with Colin Cowherd, and the first question the host asked the Seahawks’ two-time Super Bowl quarterback was “You aren’t going to play baseball and leave the NFL, right?”

Wilson laughed.

“I didn’t say I was going to leave the NFL,” Wilson responded. “Obviously, I love playing the game of football. It’s been something that is a tremendous thing, obviously, to be one of 32 men in the world to get to do what I do. It’s a special, special thing. To have been fortunate enough to win a lot of football games

Read more »


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

Read more »


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

Read more »


What Chris Borland’s stunning retirement after just one year says about football, what it could (or won’t) mean

Chris Borland sure got our attention.

My pals in the Bay Area are still buzzing over the 49ers middle linebacker who started last season abruptly retiring after playing just that lone season in the NFL because of his concerns about the long-term effects of  head trauma from playing football.

This was the cover of Wednesday’s Mercury News in San Jose:

Mark Purdy, the longtime columnist with the Mercury News I last saw again

Read more »