Report: Seahawks to Ink Former Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds

The Seahawks will sign Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 4,559 yards operating Navy’s famed triple-option offense, the most of any quarterback in FBS history, as well as 88 touchdowns, also an FBS record, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Reynolds was then given permission to play immediately as it was determined he could fulfill his commitment to the Navy by serving in the Navy Ready Reserve and was taken in the sixth round of the 2016 draft by the Ravens at 182 overall. With the Ravens he began a conversion to being a receiver/returner and it is expected he will also be tried by the Seahawks in those roles.

The 5-10, 185-pounder has yet to play in an NFL game but was on the Ravens’ 53-man roster for one game in 2016. He then was waived prior to the 2017 season and spent some time on Washington’s practice squad last season. But he was not re-signed after the season and became a free agent.

Former Seahawks Coach Chuck Knox Passes Away at Age 86

Former Rams, Seahawks and Bills head coach Chuck Knox has died at 86. The Seahawks confirmed Knox’s passing on Sunday.

Knox coached the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-1991, leading them to winning records in six of nine seasons. Knox’s Seahawks got off to a hot start, winning nine games and reaching the AFC Championship Game in the coach’s first season at the helm, and won 12 games the following season before a Divisional round exit.

Seattle posted a 3-4 playoff mark during his tenure. The coach who finished with an 80-69 record in Seattle was inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honor in 2005.

The coach also led the Los Angeles Rams in two different stints, from 1973-1977 and 1992-1994, compiling a 69-48 record combined between those two spans. Knox posted five straight seasons with double-digit wins in his first stint before leaving for Buffalo in 1978, where he coached the Bills through 1982. Knox returned to a much different Rams franchise in 1992, failing to win more than six games in a season before he was fired in January 1995.

Knox cut his NFL teeth as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets from 1963-1966 and Detroit Lions from 1967-1972. He finished his 22-year head-coaching career with a 186-147 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the postseason.

Dez Bryant and the Seahawks are a Perfect Fit; Can Seattle Pull It Off?

By Hayden Goldberg

With the losses of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson to free agency, the Seahawks have a clear need for a new target for Russell Wilson. With the Draft in less than a week, it makes sense for the team to pick up a few receivers. However, with their recent tear down of their defense they have holes all over their roster and would benefit from taking a variety of defenders. Further, there have recently been a plethora of wide receiver busts in recent drafts. Therefore it would behoove the to add a veteran player who can make an impact immediately. One particular player fits this description: Dez Bryant.

Recently released by the Dallas Cowboys for a variety of reasons, he fits the Seahawks. Since free agency is all but over and teams have spent most of their money, Bryant will be cheap, and his recent decline in production makes him even more affordable. In order to find out how much he could cost, a few things need to be hashed out, starting with his value to the team.

Richardson gave Wilson a deep threat, Graham a red zone target. Bryant can easily fill the deep threat void, and while 5 inches shorter than Graham, there are worse replacements in the red zone. Even in the past three years where he has been declining, he averaged 4 catches in 36 games, twice as much as Richardson’s average (through his four-year career) of 2 catches/game in 49 games (although in his second season, he only played one game with one catch). With a full and productive season, Bryant could easily keep a safety out of the box on late downs, draw a linebacker out on early downs, fill the entire hole Richardson left and partially take some of Graham’s targets, in addition to providing some veteran leadership.

As mentioned, he has been in a recent decline. He hasn’t hit 1,000 yards in three seasons, and since his career best 16 touchdowns four seasons ago, his high has been 8 TD’s. This is not to say that he won’t hit 1,000 yards or get double digit touchdowns again but is something the team needs to consider. Adding to this, he is 29, so his prime may be dwindling, if he is still in it at all, meaning the Seahawks need to be careful when considering the length of the contract.

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The 2018 Seahawks Season Schedule is Out – A Quick Glance at the Good and the Bad

The NFL Thursday evening released the entire slate for the 2018 NFL season, including the 16 game schedule for the Seahawks, an annual big day in the life of football fans everywhere.

Here’s a quick look at the Seahawks schedule, along with two quick thoughts on the good of the schedule, and the not so good.

The Good: The Hawks play four of its last five games at home, meaning that if they are in the chase for a playoff spot, playing a lot of home games last could be a great way to make the playoffs,

The Bad: Three of the first four games for the Hawks will be on the road, meaning that it’s going to be easy to fall into a slump for a team that might be in transition on defense.

Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Misses the Start of the Hawks Offseason Program

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas did not attend the beginning of the team’s offseason program Monday, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

The offseason program is voluntary and Thomas and other key vets have skipped some of it in past years.

But Thomas’ apparent absence this season could be more telling because he remains the subject of trade rumors and has said he may hold out if he does not get a contract extension prior to the 2018 season.

Thomas, who turns 29 on May 7, is entering the final year of a four-year $40 million contract signed in the spring of 2014.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have said in recent weeks the team would consider trade offers for all players, including Thomas.

Defensive End Dion Jordan Signs His Free Agent Tender to Return to the Seahawks

Former No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan is returning to Seattle for another season, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.

The restricted free agent signed his $1.9 million tender Thursday, the Seahawks announced.

Jordan, 28, is poised for an increased role after closing out last season with a career-high four sacks in five games. His impressive showing in limited down snaps down the stretch has been cited as a contributing factor in the team’s decision to trade star pass rusher Michael Bennett.

“He can be a legitimate factor,” coach Pete Carroll said, via the team’s website, after the season. “… He just has a really unproven background and there is not much to go on there, so we’re having to piece it together with the few plays that we’ve got. But he made some real positive overtures and he’s an exciting prospect for us. Really exciting prospect.”

General manager John Schneider echoed that sentiment at the Annual League Meeting late last month, telling reporters that Jordan is “a real big deal for us, because he played real well when he was out there.”

Seahawks Add Experienced CB Dontae Johnson

The Seahawks have a need at the corner spot, and addressed that on Wednesday with the pickup of former San Francisco 49er Dontae Johnson.

Terms of Johnson’s deal were not announced by the team.

The 26-year-old Johnson started 22 games over four seasons in San Francisco, which drafted him in the fourth round out of NC State in 2014. That included 16 starts last season, though Johnson’s struggles in coverage led to a benching in a December win over the Houston Texans.

The Seahawks had a void at cornerback after releasing Richard Sherman last month (he later signed with the 49ers). With DeShawn Shead also gone (signed with the Detroit Lions) and Byron Maxwell still unsigned, the Seahawks were thin on cornerbacks with starting experience outside of second-year pro Shaquill Griffin and nickelback Justin Coleman.

At 6 feet 2 and 200 pounds, Johnson has prototypical size for an outside cornerback in Seattle’s defense. Under former Seahawks assistant and current 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, San Francisco has run a defense that’s similar to Seattle’s.

In 63 career games, Johnson has two interceptions — including a 50-yard pick-six last year — and 21 passes defended.

Seahawks Announce 2018 Preseason Schedule

The Seahawks Today announced the four teams they will play and what order they will play them in the 2018 preseason.

Week One – Vs Indianapolis Colts
Week Two – At Los Angeles Chargers
Week Three – At Minnesota Vikings
Week Four – Vs Oakland Raiders

The NFL announced Wednesday the preseason opponents for all 32 teams—specific dates and kickoff times are still TBD—and the Seahawks will begin preseason play by hosting the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field.

That game against the Colts will take place during the second week of August, so sometime between August 9 and August 11 (the Sounders play at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, August 12). Seattle will then hit the road for its next two preseason games, playing at the Los Angeles Chargers and at the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks will then finish their preseason with a home game against the Oakland Raiders, the 13th consecutive Week 4 exhibition matchup between those two teams due to their close geographical proximity to each other. All preseason games can be seen on Q13 FOX.

Because the Seahawks are scheduled to play the AFC West and NFC North during the 2018 regular season, they will play the Vikings, Raiders and Chargers both in the preseason and regular season this year. Seattle’s trip to Minnesota will be its first since the Vikings opened U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, and they will play the Chargers in their temporary home, the StubHub Center, for the second straight preseason.

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