Previewing The 2014 Seattle Seahawks Schedule Release

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The Seattle Seahawks schedule looks like that of a defending Super Bowl champion, as they have to take on the Cowboys, Giants, Packers, Broncos and Raiders on their own field. Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks should be up to the challenge, however, as they haven’t lost many players over the course of the offseason and lost just one game at home a year ago.

As studly home defenders with the “12th Man” leading the charge, how Seattle fares at home really isn’t the question. Neither is how they fare on the road, really, either, as they lost just two games away from home last year, as well. The road gets tougher for defending Super Bowl champs, though, and the Seahawks will see it up close when they travel to Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego.

Seattle does clearly get their toughest battles on their home field (Packers and Broncos), but still have to go win the games, while also worrying about a very tough and increasingly more competitive NFC West division.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Pete Carroll Gets New Three-Year Deal From Seahawks

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a new three-year deal which runs through 2016. This is a new deal, not an extension of the old one, Todd Dybas of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

“I feel very humbled and fortunate,” Carroll said. “It’s a day of gratitude for me.”

Carroll, 62, said he feels like the Seahawks are “right in the middle” of a run.

“The most important thing that happens is we rediscover every year — not just this year because it’s a Super Bowl year — every year we rediscover the work ethic that makes us who we are,” Carroll said. “That starts with the commitment our players have made to make this the greatest offseason of their life.

“We treat people in a manner, I think, that we can ask of them to give us everything they possibly have. It’s a fantastic opportunity to go for this. Yeah, one time’s cool and we’re excited and all that, but to come back and figure out a way to show you can do it again, it’s another tremendous challenge we’re faced with now. Russell (Wilson) and the fellas are ready to go. They can’t wait to get back.”

State of the Franchise: Seahawks Before Free Agency

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The honor and pressure it is to hold the name of “Defending Super Bowl Champions.” Statistically, teams that go to the Super Bowl do not do so hot the following season, but the Seattle Seahawks are looking to prove those odds wrong. Things are going pretty great in Seattle right now. After winning the Super Bowl, the Seahawks are now owning NFL jersey sales — with four in the top ten.

On Tuesday, Free Agency will kick off and teams are always interested in the players who just hoisted the Lombardi for leadership and talent. The Seahawks have several men looking for a pay day after their huge win on February 2. Starting with guys like Michael Bennett, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Brandon Browner, Pual McQuistan, and Walter Thurmond.

Secondly, guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are looking for contract extensions from the organization. Both players deserve a contract after their efforts in the title run of course, but will cost the Seahawks a pretty penny. So, it is simply evident, the Seahawks will have trouble keeping the team they just had in February together.

That is why, the Seahawks have already started re-signing some youth and depth onto the roster. The Seahawks re-signed safety Jeron Johnson and and offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre both on Friday. The 26-year-old Jeanpierre started three games last season. Johnson played in just seven games last season before being placed on injured reserve due to a nagging hamstring injury. Johnson holds second-string as he plays behind Kam Chancellor, so his reps are limited.

The Seahawks will do their best not to be “gutted” much like the Baltimore Raven were last year when losing most of their starters. ”Obviously, I would like to be in Seattle, but the hard part is over,” Tate says. “I did my job. I handled my business. I stayed healthy. I was reliable all year. Each year I’ve shown to be better than the last.”

Will the Seahawks be able to to retain any of their players? Perhaps but it must come at a very fixed salary.

Who will the Seahawks target during the time of Free Agency? Well, Sidney Rice will not be with the organization anymore taking away the team’s biggest wide receiver. The Seahawks may look in the direction of a big-bodied receiver. Then, I would expect head coach Pete Carroll to look for depth to continue his great program that he has implemented in Seattle.

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Seahawks QB Wilson Turned Down “Dancing With The Stars”

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Russell Wilson is well-known for his moves in the pocket, but he apparently has turned down the opportunity to showcase his skills on the dance floor, ESPN reports.

Wilson revealed in a recent interview with Access Hollywood that he has declined multiple opportunities to compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

“I have been invited, twice actually,” Wilson told Access Hollywood. “After my rookie year, I got invited to do ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and then after this year, I got invited to do ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

Wilson acknowledged that although he is a fan of the show and hopes to participate at some point, he currently wants to focus on his career with the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

“I need to focus on my football career right now,” the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback said. “I’m trying to do as much as I can in terms of winning football games for the Seattle Seahawks and our franchise. But I will do it at some point, for sure.”

Russell Wilson Wants To Someday Own A MLB Or NFL Team

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in New York today on a promo tour for Microsoft’s and revealed — among other things — that he wants to own an NFL or Major League Baseball team someday, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Wilson made that revelation while answering a question about his scheduled visit to training camp with the Texas Rangers next week, saying that while he hopes to “steal a base or something,” he mostly wants to be around the team and learn as much as he can.

“I want to be an owner of a team someday, so for me I’m looking to get around as many people as I can,” he said.

As for when he might want to own a team, he said “after playing 20 years, hopefully for the Seahawks, hopefully I can do that.”

Wilson can renegotiate his initial rookie contract following the 2014 season — he’ll again be one of the great bargains in the NFL in 2014, locked into a base salary of $662,434 under terms of his initial rookie deal signed in 2012. But Wilson said he hasn’t put much thought into that process.

“For me, I’m just trying to prove myself on a regular basis and prove myself on the practice field and the game field and let the Seattle Seahawks know that I’m a franchise player,” he said.

Report: Seahawks To Release DL Red Bryant

Red Bryant

The offseason has officially begun for the Super Bowl champs – and it could come with the release of one of their big defensive lineman.

NFL.com and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports
that the Hawks are considering releasing Red Bryant.

The big reason why of course is money, as Bryant this season is set to make $8.5 million – the sixth highest salary on the team.

If the team does release Bryant, they will save $5.5 million in cap space.

With Bryant and the expected release of WR Sidney Rice, the team could go after and re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett and receiver Golden Tate.

Bryant was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2008 and had 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.

The team needs to also think ahead to signing younger players, and that money they would save could also go a long way in starting that process.

Seahawks Won’t Use Franchise Tag Says GM Schneider

Steven Hauschka

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Thursday in Indianapolis that the team has no plans to place a franchise tag on one of its high-profile free agents, which include defensive lineman Michael Bennett, wide receiver Golden Tate and kicker Steven Hauschka, Terry Blount of ESPN.com reports.

“I don’t anticipate us having to do that,” Schneider said in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle radio. “It’s definitely a tool that you have in your back pocket, but at this point where we are with our unrestricted free agents, I don’t anticipate us using it.”

Schneider, however, hopes to re-sign each of those players, along with the majority of the other Seahawks free agents.

“Where we are right now is trying to keep this thing together as long as we possibly can,” Schneider said. “I’m not looking forward to the tough decisions ahead us. You’re affecting people’s lives and people you’ve become very close with.

“But in order to be a consistent championship-caliber team, you have to draft well, be able make tough decisions and live with those decisions. We don’t want to be a team that cruises in for a year and cruises out.”

Who Is On Your Mount Rushmore Of Seahawks Nation?

Mount Rushmore

Recently a lot has been made about ESPN’s interesting chat about who would be on various Mount Rushmore of professional sports leagues.

You know Mount Rushmore right – that National monument sculpture carved into the granite face of a mountain near Keystone, South Dakota. (Yes we looked it up on Wikipedia).

So today we throw out the question to our fan base – what Seahawks would make your ‘Mount Rushmore of Seahawks Nation.’?

Now of course right off the bat you would have to make sure a spot is saved for Steve Largent – One of the great Hawks of all-time, and Hall of Famer!

While Largent is the George Washington, that leaves three spots left, and that’s where our loyal readers and fan base come in to play.

Let’s leave comments about the three spots and come up with our own ‘Mount Rushmore Of Seahawks Nation.’

So many names, so few spots.

Let’s hear from you Seahawks fans – four names – one monument.

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