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Seahawks’ Wide Out Doug Baldwin Reportedly Considering Retirement

Seahawks veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin may not be back in 2019, as the eight-year vet is considering retirement.

GM John Schneider said on Friday he’s not sure if Baldwin will return for the 2019 season. Baldwin has been trying to make it back from knee, shoulder and sports hernia surgeries this offseason.

“We know Doug’s going to have a hard time,” Schneider said. “There’s a process we need to go through with the [league office and NFLPA].”

Baldwin has played all eight seasons of his NFL career with Seattle. Last season he pulled in 50 catches for 618 yards with five touchdowns.

“We’ll find out. We’re going to deal with Doug and respect everything that’s going on,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t know.”

Possibly foreshadowing Baldwin’s future, the Seahawks drafted Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf in Friday’s second round of the NFL Draft.

“He has been an extraordinary part of this program since we’ve been here and he has given us everything he has had, been a great competitor, player and all that,” Carroll said.

“We believe in him so much and trust in him so much that wherever this goes, we’re going to support him forever.”

Seahawks Grab TCU DE L.J. Collier with the 29th Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Seahawks used the 29th pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft to add some size to their defensive line, grabbing TCU defensive end L.J. Collier.

Collier is a prototypical 4-3 LDE with excellent length and power.

He improved his ability to locate the ball and get off blocks in 2018.

He turned heads with his ability to overwhelm tackles and interior offensive linemen as a pass-rusher during Senior Bowl week. He chases with good effort and plays faster than timed speed.

Seahawks Deal DE Frank Clark to the Chiefs for a Pair of Draft Picks

The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks made a deal on Tuesday, as two days before the draft the Hawks dealt defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs for a pair of draft picks.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal is done, and that Clark has agreed to a five-year, $105.5 million deal that includes $63.5 million guaranteed.

The defensive end did not sign the $17.128 million franchise tag given to him by the Seahawks.

“I feel like I’m good. I wanted to be somewhere where I’m wanted, where I’m appreciated,” Clark told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday.

“I thank God that K.C. came in and showed that. … In life, you just want to be shown that you are appreciated sometimes, and I feel like this was one of those things.”

Last season Clark had 14 sacks for the Hawks, and overall has 36 sacks in his four NFL seasons.

Check out the Complete 2019 Seattle Seahawks Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Seahawks fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Hawks slate!

Sept. 8 Cincinnati Bengals 4:05
Sept. 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00
Sept. 22 New Orleans Saints 4:25
Sept. 29 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05
Oct. 3 Los Angeles Rams (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 13 at Cleveland Browns 1:00
Oct. 20 Baltimore Ravens 4:25
Oct. 27 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Nov. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05
Nov. 11 at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 8:15
Bye
Nov. 24 at Philadelphia Eagles* 8:20
Dec. 2 Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 8 at Los Angeles Rams* 8:20
Dec. 15 at Carolina Panthers 1:00
Dec. 22 Arizona Cardinals 4:25
Dec. 29 San Francisco 49ers 4:25

Report: Wilson Won’t Sign Contract Extension If Not Reached by Midnight Deadline

There’s been plenty of chatter regarding the contract extension for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and the latest news about that extension isn’t very good.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Russell does not intend to sign a contract extension with the team this season if he does not reach an agreement by his self-imposed deadline of midnight tonight.

It will be a challenge to get a new deal done by that deadline, though the sides are trying as talks continue, sources told Schefter.

Wilson’s contract is up after this season. If a new contract is not agreed on, the Seahawks presumably will place their franchise tag on Wilson.

Wilson showed up Monday for the start of the Seahawks’ offseason program and is expected to continue to participate in all of the offseason activities and attend training camp.

As for suggestions that the Seahawks could trade Wilson if he does not sign a new deal, there are no obvious teams willing to surrender draft picks or pay Wilson what he is seeking, sources said.

In 2015, Wilson also set a deadline for an extension, but that wasn’t until the start of training camp, and the two sides agreed on a four-year, $87.6 million deal at the last minute. After that extension, Wilson said he would have tabled contract talks and played out the final year of his rookie contract had the two sides not met the deadline.

Seahawks Ink Former Browns DE Nate Orchard

The Seahawks signed defensive end Nate Orchard on Thursday, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Orchard was a second-round pick out of Utah by the Browns in 2015 and has five sacks in 38 career games.

He was cut by the Browns prior to the 2018 season after having had a starring turn on Hard Knocks, and spent time on the rosters of both the Bills and Chiefs before being released by Kansas City in November.

Seahawks GM John Schneider Says Team Being “Selective” in Free Agency

The Seahawks may not have been overly active since the free agent signing period began three weeks ago.

But Seattle general manager John Schneider said Monday that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. Instead, he said the relative inactivity — signing just two players from the outside — was part of a strategy to focus instead on re-signing some of its own key players as well as loading up on compensatory picks for the 2020 draft, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“Just being able to be a little bit more selective in how we are approaching free agency,” Schneider said Monday in an interview on the Brock and Salk Show on ESPN 710 Seattle during which he also helped promote his annual fundraiser for Ben’s Fund, which raises money to assist families impacted by autism. The fund is named after the first son of Schneider and his wife, Traci. Ben Schneider was diagnosed as autistic shortly after he turned 3.

Schneider said the team was more active in free agency last year — when the Seahawks signed the likes of Ed Dickson, Barkevious Mingo, Tom Johnson, Shamar Stephen and Jaron Brown — to make up for players it had lost, such as Kam Chancellor, Jimmy Graham and Cliff Avril. That resulted in Seattle getting no compensatory picks for the 2019 draft and, when combined with trading away three picks, leaves Seattle currently with just four picks when the draft rolls around April 25-27.

But this year, Schneider said the goal during free agency was designed to keep the team’s current core intact and load up on picks for 2020 — Seattle has all of its seven original picks and at the moment would also be awarded four as compensation for the loss of free agents such as Earl Thomas, Justin Coleman and J.R. Sweezy.

QB Russell Wilson Gives the Seahawks Till April 15th to Get a Deal Done

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has given the team an April 15 deadline to complete negotiations on a new contract, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

April 15 is the day the Seahawks will begin their official offseason workout program, and Wilson is thought to want the deal done by then. It’s also thought the two sides have had some negotiations in recent days with Wilson hoping to get the contract done quickly.

Wilson has one year remaining on his current four-year, $87.6 million contract, but it is typical for teams to sign key players to extensions before they enter the final year of their contracts.

Wilson signed his current deal July 31, 2015, the day training camp opened, with the two sides agreeing to the contract the night before. That fit the usual Seahawks timeline under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll of getting significant extensions done in the late spring and summer.

This time, it’s thought that Wilson wants to get a deal done earlier so he can avoid the speculation and discussion about the negotiations that lingered throughout the 2015 offseason.

It’s unclear what happens if the two sides do not agree to a deal by April 15 and if that means there would be no further discussions in 2019 and Wilson would play out the season without a new deal, though that would seem like one reason for setting a deadline. It was widely reported in 2015 that Wilson’s camp wanted a contract done by the time training camp started so that Wilson would not have to deal with negotiations — and questions about his future — during the season.

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