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Bobby Wagner Seems To Know Earl Thomas’ Pain in Terms of His Holdout

It’s easy to connect the two dots and say, as many do, that Earl Thomas is under contract thus he has an obligation to be at all mandatory Seahawks events.

That includes training camp that begins in 2 1/2 weeks. The three-time All-Pro safety may be for the start of camp what he’s been for every other team event since Seattle last played a game seven months ago: absent. Thomas is protesting not having a new deal beyond his that ends after 2018.

Bobby Wagner
outlined why he and some of Thomas’ teammates don’t blame him for skipping out on the Seahawks so far, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

Wagner said he understands if the 29-year-old Thomas continues his principled stance of staying away from training camp that begins with players’ reporting day July 26, staying away until he gets top dollar on a new Seahawks deal.

Such is life for players under the NFL’s non-guaranteed contracts.

“You’ve got to do what’s right for you,” Wagner told KJR. “Because at the end of the day, whenever you are done they don’t care about you. You’ve got to get what you’ve got to get while you can. Because as soon as you can’t play… ”

“As soon as you get hurt,” Avril interjected.

“Yeah,” Wagner responded. “As soon as you can’t play and they don’t want you no more, it’s over. So you’ve got to make the best of your opportunity.”

This could be Thomas’ last one to get top-of-the-league money, a deal with tens of millions in guaranteed cash for many years to come.

Seahawks Give a Fond Farewell to an Original Employee from 1976

The Seahawks today said good-bye to one of their oldest tenured employees, Sandy Gregory, as she retired from working from the team after 42 seasons.

The team announced the retirement on Twitter, and also former players on the team said ‘so long’ to Gregory on Twitter as well.

Happy Retirement Sandy!

Seahawks Charging Season Ticket Holders Additional Fees For Hard Tickets

It looks like the Seattle Seahawks are the latest NFL team making the move to mobile tickets, with the team announcing last week via an e-mail to season ticket holders that the team is “excited to introduce an expanded mobile ticket offering for the upcoming 2018 season!”

While mobile ticketing is nothing new, the Seahawks have taken it a step further, actually penalizing those fans who want to receive their season tickets in physical form, with a $35 add-on fee. (Whether that’s $35 per ticket/game or $35 for the entire season is unclear, but we’re hoping it’s the latter)

Naturally, the team is using “security” as the reasoning behind this switch, saying that print-at-home tickets were rife for fraud and counterfeiting. But in reality, they likely want to keep tabs on how their tickets are being used (and resold), as they attempt to keep seasons out of the hands of the big bad ticket brokers.

Given that mobile tickets have had their share of issues (like the Falcons debacle last fall when Ticketmaster’s systems went down), some fans are voicing their displeasure with this move.

“Come on, Seahawks! We gotta keep those hold-in-your-hand tickets. It’s traditional. It’s real,” wrote Peter House, a season ticket holder since 1997 in an email forwarded to the Seattle Times. “Ticketless entry just turns one more good thing into those ephemeral pixels on a screen. It will take all the fun out of giving tickets to my friends and family. What will I do now? Send them an e-mail?”

Furthermore, single-game tickets are also going mostly mobile. Only tickets purchased at the box office in a one-time event in July will be paper this year.

Not sure how this fares for those who don’t have a smartphone (yes, there are plenty of folks out there rocking 2005 Nokia’s, I actually saw someone using one yesterday), but it should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

What do you think of the Seahawks’ mobile ticketing initiative?

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.

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