Player News - Seahawks

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are more likely to give contract-year FS Earl Thomas an extension than trade him.

Rapoport says that's the plan unless Seattle is offered a "huge allotment" of draft picks for Thomas. Thomas turns 29 in May but rebounded nicely in 2017 from his broken leg suffered at the end of the 2016 season. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 safety out of 89 qualifiers, ranking sixth in coverage. Thomas intimated last month he'd be willing to hold out for a new contract. He's set to earn just an $8.5 million salary in 2018 but probably wants $12 million-plus annually.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:18 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks are unlikely to use the franchise tag on free agent DL Sheldon Richardson.

Per Rapsheet, the 'Hawks "want to keep" Richardson, but apparently not at the roughly $14.5 million it would cost under the tag. GM John Schneider could gamble that Richardson's market will be depressed thanks to his ever-present character concerns. Richardson tallied only one sack in 2017 but mostly played up to his standards.
Feb 22 - 1:46 PM

The Seahawks don’t plan to re-sign free agent Eddie Lacy.

This is expected after Lacy finished the final weeks of 2017 as a healthy scratch. Coming off a down year with a history of conditioning issues, Lacy is going to struggle for guaranteed money this offseason. The Seahawks have a healthy Chris Carson returning and look likely to add a running back in the draft.
Feb 17 - 5:15 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) "intends to play" in 2018.

That's "if he gets medically cleared." Coach Pete Carroll has said this is not a guarantee. It's hardly surprising Chancellor is going to give it a shot, as his $6.8 million salary fully guaranteed earlier this month. It could be a while before we gain clarity on Chancellor's health.
Feb 13 - 1:56 PM

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor's 2018 salary is fully guaranteed after the team kept him on its roster past February 9.

This is an expected move from Seattle. Releasing Chancellor would have pushed his $9.6 million cap hit to $19.5 million in future charges and may have led to an injury grievance. Coach Pete Carroll said in early January that Chancellor might not play football again, but the Seahawks deemed him worth keeping for 2018 and perhaps beyond. Signed through 2020, Chancellor should return as Seattle's starting strong safety.
Source: ESPN
Feb 10 - 7:16 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers the Ravens a potential fit for free agent Jimmy Graham.

Baltimore was forced to rely on a 37-year-old Ben Watson last season, so Graham would be an upgrade to an offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in passing. With Watson a free agent and considering retirement, the Ravens make sense as a landing spot given their lack of a supporting cast for Joe Flacco. Graham's big play ability dropped off in 2017 (9.1 YPC), but he remained one of the best red-zone threats in the league.
Source: ESPN
Feb 10 - 2:30 PM

Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin had the charges dropped from his March 2017 arrest.

Boykin had multiple off-field issues last year, but none of them were serious. He spent all of 2017 on the practice squad and will return on a reserve/future deal. The Seahawks should add competition behind Russell Wilson this offseason.
Feb 9 - 6:10 PM

Richard Sherman expects to be back with the Seahawks in 2018.

When asked if he had any doubts about returning to the Seahawks next season, Sherman said, "not in my mind." Coming off a torn Achilles that cost him the final seven games of 2017, Sherman will represent himself in contract negotiations. The 29-year-old will earn $11 million in the final year of his deal.
Feb 9 - 3:03 PM

Contract-year CB Richard Sherman plans to represent himself in negotiations with the Seahawks.

"I'm sure we'll have some communication," Sherman said of offseason talks with the 'Hawks. "I'm representing myself. The whole agent thing is really overrated at this point." It's a bold gambit from an unconventional player. Sherman and the Seahawks have appeared headed for a divorce at the end of his current deal but there is plenty of time for that to change. Sherman turns 30 in March.
Feb 8 - 11:37 PM

The MLB's Texas Rangers traded Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees.

Wilson played his college baseball at NC State and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round in 2010. In 2013, he was dealt to the Rangers and went to spring training in 2014 and 2015. He has always dreamed of playing for the Yankees, Wilson says, and plans to attend spring training with the Bronx Bombers this year. Wilson still has no plans to be a dual-sport athlete.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 2:23 PM

The Seahawks are likely to move on from contract-year DE Cliff Avril.

Avril missed the final 12 games of last season due to November neck surgery. He expects to get cleared for 2018, but there's a good chance he won't be back with the Seahawks. Avril's release would save $7 million in cap space and leave just $500,000 in dead money. Seattle has Frank Clark as an in-house replacement for Avril.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 3:06 PM

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) isn't expected to retire this offseason.

Chancellor could have trouble getting cleared from a career-threatening neck injury, but he's going to remain in Seattle for at least another season. The Seahawks owe Chancellor $12 million in guarantees and would increase his cap hit to $19.5 million from cutting him. 29-year-old Chancellor looks likely to open 2018 on the reserve/PUP list.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 2:34 PM

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, free agent Paul Richardson could pursue a deal in the range of $7 million annually this offseason.

Per John Clayton of ESPN Seattle, the Seahawks won't go over $5.5 million a year to re-sign Richardson, who set career-highs with 703 receiving yards and six touchdowns this past season. If Richardson walks, the Seahawks could replace him by signing a mid-tier receiver like Brice Butler or Taylor Gabriel. Condotta doesn't expect the team to make a play for Jarvis Landry, who could command up to $13 million annually.
Feb 1 - 8:59 AM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas suggested he'd be willing to hold out for a new contract.

"I definitely don't see myself going out there not signed," said Thomas at Thursday's Pro Bowl practice in Orlando. "As far as my future in Seattle, I think if they want me, you know, money talks." Thomas clarified that he'd prefer to finish his career with the Seahawks and is "confident we'll get something accomplished." The Seahawks have yet to open extension talks with Thomas, who is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million pact.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 3:01 PM

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril said he "definitely" thinks he will be able to play again but is "okay" if it does not happen.

After the season, coach Pete Carroll said Avril will "have a hard time" getting cleared to play again, but the player is cautiously optimistic. Still, playing football again is not his top priority. "I just want to get back to being able to move around and hopefully be able to get outside and play basketball with my kids," Avril said. "I definitely think I can get back on the field. If it’s possible, I will. But if not, I’m OK with that." Avril will turn 32 in April.
Jan 18 - 9:08 AM


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