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Seahawks Bring Back Backup QB Geno Smith to Backup Russell Wilson

Geno Smith is back for another year, Joe Fann of NBC Northwest reports. ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Smith has agreed to a deal to return to the Seahawks for a third-consecutive season to serve as Russell Wilson’s backup. The Seahawks have also confirmed the signing.G

Smith has appeared in just one game over his two years in Seattle, that being the blowout against the Jets last season. He completed 4-of-5 pass attempts for 33 yards in that fourth quarter against New York.

Everyone within the organization has raved about Smith ever since he arrived in the Pacific Northwest, which made him the obvious choice to back up Wilson once again. Back in 2019, Smith beat out Paxton Lynch to earn the team’s No. 2 job.

Are the Seahawks Actually Taking Calls About Moving QB Russell Wilson?

It may seem like an extreme long shot, but when it comes to making a trade of a quarterback the worth of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks would be foolish not to at least listen.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is stating that Wilson’s name has come up a few times as the team has gotten a couple of calls about if he’s available for a trade.

The report went on to say that GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have zero interest in trading Wilson right now, but again, this is the NFL where things can change quickly if the stakes are made higher than they are at the moment.

Wilson has been under center for the Hawks since the 2012 season, meaning in 2021 he’ll be entering his 10th year as the team’s starter.

He’s made the Pro Bowl in seven seasons, led the team to two Super Bowl appearances, and won a Super Bowl in the 2013 season 43-8 when he and the Hawks defense dominated Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

It’s not the first time that Wilson’s name has reportedly come up in trade rumors, as last May around the NFL Draft when there were rumors that Seattle offered Wilson to the Cleveland Browns for the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Will the Seahawks Bring Back RB Chris Carson in 2021?

The Seahawks have a big decision to make this offseason when it comes to the future of running back Chris Carson, who will hit the free agent market.

Carson has been the best running back on the team the past two seasons, and if the club loses him to another team they are going to have to figure out a game plan, either signing another player via free agency or spending a high draft choice on a running back.

“I do know Chris has got to…look out for himself,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

“So he’s got to see what the situation is. We would love for him to be with us. He’s been a terrific part of our team, and hopefully we can keep that going. In my mind, I can’t imagine anything else happening.”

The former 7th round draft choice had 1230 yards back in 2019 with seven scores, and this season with the Hawks in 11 games he has 637 yards with five scores.

He has been injury prone, but the team still needs to make a decision on if he’s worth the risk to resign him as he’s still just 26 years old.

Seahawks Home Stadium CenturyLink Field to Be Renamed Lumen Field

The name CenturyLink Field is no more, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Starting with Thursday night’s Seahawks-Cardinals game, the Seattle venue will be known as Lumen Field, the move reflecting CenturyLink’s rebranding as Lumen Technologies in September.

The Seahawks made the name change official in a statement Thursday morning.

The new name is pending approval Thursday by the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, the Washington state public corporation owner of the stadium.

Video: Two 6-3 NFC West Foes to Do Battle as the Seahawks Host the Cardinals

If it’s anything like the first battle, Thursday evening’s matchup between the Seahawks and Cardinals should be a classic for all to see.

The Cards won the first game in stunning fashion in overtime, knocking the Hawks at the time off the ranks of the undefeated.

Seattle, now at home, will be looking for revenge as they come in at 6-3, the same mark as the Cardinals, who are coming off a huge last play win over the Bills Sunday 32-30.

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Seahawks Add Veteran DL Carlos Dunlap in Deal with Bengals

In a move that could have been considered a shock to many, the Seahawks finally added some beef to their defensive line, grabbing Cincinnati Bengals all-time sack leader Carlos Dunlap.

The Hawks sent back to the Bengals offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

The trade won’t be official until after 4pm EST today.

Seattle, who enter this weekend with a mark of 5-1, are still having major issues on defense, having allowed the most yards of any team through six games in NFL history.

Their defense continued to have problems Sunday night as they seemed to have their prime-time game against the Arizona Cardinals in hand, only to allow Cards QB Kyler Murray and the team to do enough to rally to eventually win the game in overtime.

The Hawks were not credited with an official hit on Murray during the three-point loss, reason enough for Seattle to pull the trigger on bringing in Dunlap.

The 31-year-old Dunlap had two more seasons left on the contract extension he inked a few years back. He had been getting more and more frustrated with the coaching staff as well as his role on the team.

In 11 seasons he put up 82.5 sacks, and should be able to add a big piece to the defensive line.

Currently L.J. Collier is listed as the starter at the left defensive end spot that Dunlap will take over once he arrives.

Collier this season has just seven total tackles to go along with one sack in the Hawks 3-4 base defense.

Russell Wilson Gives High Praise to Leading WR D.K. Metcalf

D.K. Metcalf is reaping the benefits of the big season that quarterback Russell Wilson is having, as the receiver is leading the NFL in receiving yards after four weeks.

Thus far Metcalf has 16 catches for 403 yards and three scores, of course he would have had four if not for the incident against the Cowboys, but he still rebounded to catch a TD later in the game.

Metcalf is putting up 25.2 yards per catch, the best in the NFL, and he’s got Wilson to thank for the his quick rise to being a star.

The QB spoke about Metcalf on Thursday, giving him quite a bit of praise for becoming of the best playmakers in the game.

“He’s the best in the world at what he does,” Wilson said to the Seattle Times.

“He’s continued to evolve into one of the best receivers in the game. Not to be shy about it, I think he is one of the top receivers in the game. He can do it all — he can run by you, he can jump over you, he can get physical with you. . . . He just approaches the game the right way.”

We shall see if Wilson and Metcalf can remain maybe the best 1-2 punch in the NFL, and if it means a Super Bowl trip for the Hawks come February.

Seahawks Add DE Damon Harrison to Practice Squad, Will He Impact the Roster?

Right now the Seahawks defense is last in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (476.8).

The team has especially struggled against the pass, allowing 401 yards per game, which also ranks 32nd, and their six total sacks through four games this season shows that this unit can very much use some work.

Wednesday the team added a piece to the team they hope will eventually help their defensive line, as the club added veteran defensive lineman Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who they met with last week.

The team inked the nine-year veteran and former first-team All-Pro to the practice squad, but there’s no doubt he’ll be on the active roster sooner than later.

The Seahawks also made an addition to their 53-man roster, signing defensive end Jonathan Bullard. Cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who has missed the past two games with a hip injury, was placed on injured reserve.

The 31-year-old is best known as a run-stuffing interior lineman, but has also contributed 11 sacks in his career, 9.5 of which have come since 2016.

“He’s been a real force in the league,” Hawks coach Pete Carroll said.

“He’s got a real special style, and he’s so big and so strong and stout in the middle. This opportunity to get him now and to get him on the practice squad is to give him some chance to work and get ready and learn what we’re doing and see where he can fit in as soon as possible.”

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