DE Bennett Says a Holdout From Training Camp is “Definitely Possible”

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, unhappy with his current contract, said a holdout from the start of training camp is “definitely possible,” in a phone conversation Monday, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

Bennett said that he is willing to accept the hefty fines that come with missing training camp to further state his dissatisfaction with the four-year, $28.5 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) he signed in 2014. Bennett, who opted to re-sign with the Seahawks instead of signing as a free agent elsewhere, said he has outplayed his contract.

“I know a lot of people disagree because I don’t put up all the numbers, but if you watch the games, I’m doing good things,” he said. “They want me to play five positions but pay me for one.”

Bennett said there have been conversations between his representation and the Seahawks but there have been no indications if the team is willing to re-work his deal. Bennett, who had seven sacks last season and posted 24.5 in the past three seasons, missed Seattle’s voluntary workouts this offseason but attended mandatory minicamp.

Seahawks Agree to Bring Back QB Tarvaris Jackson

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The Sehawks have agreed to re-sign veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports via Marc Sessler of NFL.com. Jackson spent the past two seasons in Seattle as the trusted backup to starter Russell Wilson.

With only R.J. Archer on the roster behind Wilson, the Seahawks hoped all along to bring back Jackson, who has thrown just 14 passes over the past two campaigns.

Jackson also started 14 games for coach Pete Carroll in 2011 after spending his first five seasons with the Vikings. The nine-year veteran met with the Dolphins this offseason, too, but it always felt like T-Jax was bound to come home.

Richard Sherman Happy To Avoid Surgery; Responds to Cromartie

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Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said he was happy to avoid surgery on his injured elbow in the offseason since the procedure likely would have left him sidelined for up to nine months, Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports.

Sherman spoke after Seattle wrapped up its organized team activity on Tuesday. Sherman initially believed he would need Tommy John surgery on his left elbow after being injured in the NFC Championship game. But after speaking with other players and consulting with doctors, he decided against the surgery for now.

Sherman said it could be something that’ll need to be surgically repaired in the future if it causes problems.

Sherman also responded to recent comments from Antonio Cromartie criticizing Sherman for only playing one side of the field. Sherman called Cromartie’s comments “unfortunate.”

LB Bruce Irvin Says He Wants To Stay with Seahawks Long Term

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In an interview Saturday with NFL.com Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said he would “love” to remain with the Seahawks long-term, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. Irvin’s contract runs out after the 2015 season with the team deciding last month not to pick up an option for the 2016 season. That compelled Irvin to deliver a few angry Tweets and then be quoted by BlackSportsOnline that “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season.”

“I have one year left,” Irvin was quoted as saying in an interview that will air next week on NFL Total Access. “I would love to be in Seattle. That was the team that gave me a chance when nobody else did. A lot of people told me I wasn’t a first-round pick, but Pete (Carroll) and (general manager) John Schneider took a chance on me, so like I said I would love to be there, but I’m just going to go out here, I’ve been working my butt off, I’m going to go out here and have the biggest year of my career next year.”

The Seattle linebacker was interviewed while at a football camp in Ontario, Calif., hosted by Seattle teammate Bobby Wagner and Denver cornerback Omar Bolden, who each attended Colony High.

While the Seahawks declined to pick up a $7.8 million option for Irvin for 2016, both Carroll and Schneider have said on several occasions they hoped they could still work something out with Irvin, the team’s first-round pick in 2012 — the team could negotiate a deal with Irvin at any time, though logically would most likely let things play out and try to get something done after the 2015 season but before Irvin would become a free agent.

Carroll said last month he met with Irvin and explained that not picking up the option was solely due to needing to manage the salary cap in 2016 — which remains particularly tricky as long as Russell Wilson remains unsigned — and not an indication that the team doesn’t want Irvin back.

“It has nothing to do with the statement of how we feel about him in our program,” Carroll said. “We expect him to be here for a long time and we will work to get that done.”

Russell Wilson Mentioned as One of the Best Play-Action QB’s in the NFL

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Pulling off a perfect play-action is a lost art form in the NFL, but if you have a player at the quarterback position that can pull it off, it makes it a valuable weapon for a team when they pull it off.

Luckily for the Seahawks, they have a player that has gotten nothing but better at pulling off the play-action the past few seasons, that being Russell Wilson.

The QB is mentioned in an article by Sports Illustrated – The NFL’s Hidden Talents: Best play-action quarterbacks.

Here’s what author Doug Farrar has to say about Russell and his ability to shine when it comes to play-action:

Wilson has used play-action as much as any quarterback in the league since his rookie year in 2012, when he play-faked on 37.8% of his passing attempts. That rate dropped to 33.8 in 2013 and 30.4 in 2014, but with his ability to roll out and escape pressure, combined with Marshawn Lynch’s power and productivity, Wilson is very tough to stop when he shows run. Last season, he threw for seven touchdowns and three picks in 193 play-action attempts, as opposed to 19 touchdowns and nine picks in 441 attempts without play-action.

The Seahawks do things a bit differently, though. They run a ton of inside zone and base a lot of their option game off that, where Wilson has the choice to either hand the ball to Lynch, run it outside himself or roll out for a pass to an open receiver. One of the favorite plays in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s playbook sets Wilson up to roll right out of play-action, forcing the defense to either follow the back or the moving quarterback. When the back flares out for a route against the flow of the play, the attention is usually turned away from him. That’s when Wilson will reset and throw to Lynch, as he did on this touchdown against the Eagles in Week 14.

It’s a solid article that talks in-depth about the lost art in the league, and while Luck is on the list for his ability to produce magic, fellow QB’s that make the list include: Andrew Luck of the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steeers, Philip Rivers of the Chargers and Eli Manning of the NY Giants.

Seahawks QB Wilson Ranks 4th In May in NFL Jersey Sales

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Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson continues to be very popular in the NFL landscape, wrapping up the month of May ranked 4th overall in jersey sales among all players.

The player that led the month in sales is none other than Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in this last May’s NFL Draft.

Mariota outsold Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who was the first overall pick.

The ranking is based on sales on the NFL’s official online store from May 1-May 31.

Perhaps more shocking is that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, finished at No. 3 in jersey sales for the month.

The ranking is surprising not only because it suggests strong support for Brady over the past month, but also because he has been in the same jersey for the past 15 seasons, more than any other player in the top 25 best-selling jerseys in May.

Rounding out to the top 10 were New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Here’s the list of the Top 10:

1. Marcus Mariota, Titans
2. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
6. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
7. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
8. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
— Source: NFLShop.com

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Seahawks Catching Slack Regarding Clark Pick and His Domestic Violence Charges

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There’s controversy today about a Seahawks draft pick, that being Michigan defensive end Frank Clark, who was the teams’ first draft pick, taken 63rd overall.

The big issue is detailed in a piece today in the Seattle Times – it talks about his domestic violence charges which eventually got him kicked off the team at Michigan.

Here’s a portion of the piece in today’s Times:

Two women say they found the girlfriend of Seahawks draft pick Frank Clark sprawled half-naked on her hotel-room floor and barely moving the night of his arrest on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Lis Babson, 44, and Kristie Colie, 43, who were in the room next door with their young daughters at a Sandusky, Ohio, hotel and waterpark resort last November, say they heard loud banging, yelling and screaming coming from Clark’s room. Babson says she immediately sensed something was terribly wrong, ran outside and pounded on the door until Clark opened it.

In an interview with The Seattle Times on Monday, Babson said an enraged Clark tried to quickly slam the door in her face, but she caught it before it could close.

Colie, who had followed Babson into the hallway, said the woman on the floor inside the room “was definitely beat up” and initially didn’t move.

“She looked unconscious,’’ Colie said. “She looked like she was knocked out, and then she started to move slowly.’’

While the Seahawks are not doing anything about it yet, it sounds like they are going to have to do some serious damage control over this latest decision.

Contract Talks with Russell Wilson Slow but Ongoing Says Carroll

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Though the NFL draft is over, the Seahawks are not done with the business of their offseason, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

And the timeline for one of their more significant goals — signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension — remains uncertain.

In an interview with ESPN on Saturday, coach Pete Carroll said talks are “going a little slow, but it’s ongoing,’’ adding that the Seahawks are “waiting to hear from their side.’’

ESPN reported that one hangup is the amount of guaranteed money Wilson would receive.

Shortly after Carroll’s interview, Wilson tweeted: “I’d rather patiently wait & see what God has in store than do something that isn’t best for my life.”

Following the draft, Carroll said “we don’t want to talk much about it because there is just a lot of stuff, it’s such a crucial thing. We are so excited to get Russell and keep him here forever. … but it’s a big deal, and there is a lot of work to be done.’’

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