NFC West Podcast Episode 3

In this episode of the NFC West Podcast, hosts Mike and Kidd get very in depth with recent trades and moves within the division. Hosts also discuss the first preseason game.

The Seattle Seahawks got a win in their first preseason game versus the Los Angeles Chargers. The game wasn’t really close and their backups on defense looked postseason ready. The Seattle defense was simply dominant. Michael Bennett stole the show with his activities off the field. Hosts of the NFC West Podcast also discuss the next preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Seahawks Ink OL Darrell Brown; Rookie Safety Simone

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The Seahawks on Sunday waived rookie safety Jordan Simone and signd offensive lineman Darrell Brown to take his place on the 90-man roster, the Seattle Times reports.

Simone, a graduate of Skyline High, was signed by the Seahawks in May after taking parte as a tryout in the team’s rookie mini-camp.

The 6-5, 317-pound Brown played at Louisiana Tech where he was a tackle.

Seahawks WR Baldwin Says NFL Owners Sending a Strong Message to Colin Kaepernick

In the spring, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said he didn’t think free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social activism was the reason for his unemployment.

But with the start of the 2017 season approaching, Baldwin has changed his mind. He said Saturday that he believes NFL owners are trying to send a message by not signing Kaepernick, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

“My original position was I thought that the situation last year with him taking a knee didn’t have anything to do with it,” Baldwin said. “After viewing what’s going on, I’ve got to take that back. I definitely think that the league, the owners are trying to send a message of, ‘Stay in between the lines.’ It’s frustrating because you want to have guys who are willing to speak out about things that they believe in, whether you agree with it or not. But I think that’s definitely playing a role now moreso than I thought it was going to.”

“If you take a step back and you look at the overall picture, there’s a lot of teams in this league that could use a quarterback of Colin Kaepernick’s ability,” Baldwin said. “And why he doesn’t have a job, it’s very telling to me. He’s a very capable player. There’s a lot of teams out there that need quarterbacks — whether they’re a starting quarterback or a backup-caliber quarterback. The fact that he hasn’t been brought into camp yet is questionable.”

Seahawks DL Frank Clark Kicked Out of Practice for Punching Offensive Lineman

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Seahawks defensive lineman Frank Clark punched offensive lineman Germain Ifedi in the jaw forcing Ifedi to head to the locker room and miss the rest of practice today, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Veteran Michael Bennett, who is often at the center of such incidents, said may have crossed a line and one coach Pete Carroll called disappointing.

Carroll said Ifedi is “fine” but did not elaborate and also referred to him as “hurt.” Clark was escorted out of practice after the incident while Ifedi, who lay face down after the punch for a few seconds, got up and left alongside a trainer.

Neither player was involved at the start of the incident, which began during pass rush drills in which a defensive lineman tries to rush the quarterback against an offensive lineman.

Near the end of the drill, recently-signed defensive tackle Rodney Coe was called on to rush against backup offensive lineman Will Pericak. Pericak appeared to grab a hold of Coe by the waist and didn’t let go as the play continued and the two moved near a water cooler. Coe then appeared to push Pericak over the water cooler with both players falling. Offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo rushed into the fray in apparent defense of Pericak and then both defensive and offensive players moved into what became a big scrum.

It appeared that maybe the incident had passed as players began to move to their respective sides of the line of scrimmage. But Bennett appeared to continue jawing at the offense and then Ifedi — who was not wearing a helmet — took a move toward the defense. Clark, a third-year player out of Michigan, then rushed Ifedi, the team’s first-round pick last season, and appeared to throw a punch, decking Ifedi.

At that point there was more rushing into the group and players from other drills ran over to try to break it up, notably safety Kam Chancellor.

Coaches also rushed into the pile and it ended there and there were no more incidents the rest of practice.

Seahawks and Kam Chancellor Agree to Three-Year Extension

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Safety Kam Chancellor has agreed to a three-year, $36 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. This according to a source.

The deal includes $25 million in guaranteed money, a source said.

Chancellor indicated on Monday that the two sides were close to finalizing a deal.

“I love this team,” Chancellor said. “They gave me the first opportunity and the only opportunity, and I would love to retire here.”

Chancellor, 29, started 12 games last year and played at a high level with two interceptions, a forced fumble and 85 tackles. He wanted a new contract before the 2015 season and held out through the first two games.

Seahawks Re-Sign Veteran LB Mike Morgan

The Seahawks have re-signed veteran linebacker Mike Morgan, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. The team released Arthur Brown to make room on the 90-man roster.

Morgan was the team’s starting strongside linebacker for much of last season but he played just nine games after having abdominal surgery at mid-season and officially making three starts.

Morgan has been with Seattle since 2011 and has played in 76 games. Morgan also played under coach Pete Carroll at USC. He became an unrestricted free agent following last season and had gone unsigned.

Seahawks Think DL Malik McDowell Could Miss Season Following ATV Accident

The Seahawks put second-round defensive lineman Malik McDowell on the reserve/did not report list Sunday amid concern the former Michigan State player could miss his entire rookie season according to the team’s official website.

Head coach Pete Carroll announced the news in a media session this morning. McDowell reportedly suffered a concussion and undisclosed “facial injuries” during the pre-training camp ATV crash and has remained in Michigan undergoing treatment.

The 21-year-old was considered a first-round talent this spring but slide to the No.35th-overall draft pick due to a combination of off-the-field disciplinary issues and a perceived lack of effort at times on the field. The Seahawks were counting on McDowell to play a pivotal role as an interior disruptor in tandem with Michael Bennett, Jarran Reed, Ahtyba Rubin, and fellow rookie Nazair Jones

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Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Says He’s Healthy and Ready for Camp

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Seahawks training camp begins on Monday and All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas says he is ready, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“I’m feeling really, really good,’’ he said. “I’m feeling solid. That’s all I can ask for going into this part of the season. I’m excited and ready to get back out there with the guys and try to take this thing, take it all the way.’’

Thomas, in fact, said he thinks he will be ready to take on anything and everything the team asks of him from the first day of camp Sunday.

“I don’t think I’ll have any limitations,’’ said Thomas, a first-round pick in 2010 who had not missed a game in his NFL career until sitting out five regular season contests last year and both in the post-season. “The thing about (training) camp is it’s going to put me in a lot of great situations where I can see how I will react and then I can kind of go from there.’’

Though Thomas said he thinks he’ll be without limitations it’s likely the team will make sure he doesn’t overdo it as he comes back from the first significant injury of his career at any level and he could be given some drills and days off here and there.

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