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Tag: Super Bowl MVP

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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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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Feb.
12th

After Super Bowl breakout, how much is Chris Matthews an option at wide receiver in 2015?

It didn’t register as anything more than a roster move at the time, just another promotion to the active roster. But when the Seahawks signed Chris Matthews off their practice squad on December 6, they as a procedure added a second season to the non-vested wide receiver’s contract. He is currently signed for 2015 at $510,000.

How much will he and they put that contract to use this fall?

Matthews recovered the onside kick late in regulation that allowed Seattle to take the lead in its eventual overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game Jan. 18. Then

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Feb.
3rd

Roger Goodell, Marshawn Lynch after the Super Bowl–and how we in the media view Lynch and the NFL

Going through my phone photos to clear some memory space, I almost deleted this one before recognizing what it was: The biggest blow by of Super Bowl 49.

I was trying to talk to Lynch as the star running back walked out of the Seahawks’ locker room before the media was allowed into it. It was minutes after Seattle decided to not run Lynch from the 1-yard line on second down with 25 seconds left and the Seahawks trailing the Patriots 28-24 in the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson threw the ball instead — to New England’s Malcolm Butler for the

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Aug.
20th

Praising DE O’Brien Schofield and S Jeron Johnson, Russell Wilson’s two words of advice for Johnny Manziel; Earl Thomas the punt returner

Malcolm Smith was all the rage yesterday at practice, his first full one since surgery in the spring to clean out his ankle. His twisting, leaping, one-armed interception was remarkable — even for a Tuesday in August — and that is what I lead with in today’s News Tribune.

–The notebook story details the NFL’s new rules on practice squads, highlighted by them now being 10-man squads instead of eight. Honestly, I’m still working through the permutations of the new rule and trying to apply them to which Seahawks may now be practice-squad eligible that weren’t before Tuesday.

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Aug.
19th

Malcolm Smith 1st full practice of Seahawks preseason is like his last game–when he became Super Bowl MVP

That was some of Malcolm Smith talking following his first full work on the field with the Seahawks since February’s Super Bowl.

In this morning’s practice, Smith was almost as good as he was in last game.

This was far from being the Super Bowl’s most valuable player, of course. It was only a Tuesday morning before the third exhibition game. But what Smith did during the final, team scrimmaging exemplifies why Seattle’s defense just got a lot healthier in more ways than one with his return from ankle surgery in the spring.

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