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seahawks have an open roster spot — veteran pass rusher dwight freeney could be


veteran hall of famer dwight freeney could be an option to fill an opening on the seahawks' roster as he is expected to be in town and visit with the team on tuesday.the seahawks left one spot open on their roster last week after putting veteran defensive end cliff avril on injured reserve, deciding not to sign anyone to fill that opening.that had seattle playing the giants on sunday with 52 players on their active roster instead of the usual 53.but that figures to change this week as the seahawks will undoubtedly sign someone to fill out the roster.and on monday it was confirmed that the seahawks could look to veteran dwight freeney as an option to help fill in for avril.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.a source told the seattle times monday that freeney will be i






seahawks thursday injury report: earl thomas again sits out but expected to play


earl thomas sat out practice again thursday but defensive coordinator kris richard said to expect him to play sunday against houston.seahawks free safety earl thomas missed a second straight day of practice thursday with a knee injury. but seahawks defensive coordinator kris richard said not to worry about thomas playing sunday against the houston texans.“no —- that’s et,’’ richard said when asked if there’s any concern thomas won’t play. “he’s going to be ready to roll.’’thomas missed three practices last week to return home for a personal issue but then played every snap of the 24-7 win over the giants. and despite having been on the injury report a few times this season thomas has played every snap of every game other than when he was taken out for much of the final series of the blowou






falcons pass rusher beasley sidelined with hamstring strain


flowery branch, ga. — falcons all-pro vic beasley has a hamstring strain and is ruled out for this week's game at detroit, and could be sidelined even longer.atlanta coach dan quinn declined to say if last year's nfl sacks leader will be out longer than this week.quinn did say monday that it's too early to tell if right tackle ryan schraeder will be sidelined against the lions with a concussion. he and beasley did not return after getting injured in sunday's 34-23 victory over green bay.beasley grabbed his right hamstring as he was on the turf after making a tackle in the third quarter. he yelled in frustration, apparently knowing he was done for the night, as he stood up and walked off the field under his own power.rookie takk mckinley, the 26th overall draft pick, will take beasley's pla






seahawks happy to have ‘freakish athlete’ duane brown now anchoring left tackle


new seahawk left tackle duane brown said he hopes to end his career in seattle.on monday, shortly after the seahawks acquired duane brown from houston, seattle general manager john schneider talked of the stature that brown had earned among his peers during 10 years as one of the better left tackles in the nfl.“a lot of these guys know who he is,” schneider said then. “he’s one of those guys, it’s kind of like you saw with (the signing of veteran defensive end) dwight freeney coming in last week. it’s like ‘it’s dwight freeney!”wednesday, sitting again in a locker across the way from brown’s, seattle safety kam chancellor remembered a far earlier time when he was in awe of brown.the two played together at virginia tech for two seasons during which time brown not only was the team’s startin






seahawks roster cutdown q-and-a: why did seattle waive kasen williams? and more


why was kasen williams waived? and are any more roster moves coming? that and more addressed in a roster cutdown q-and-a.you have questions now that the seahawks have set their initial 53-man roster. here’s our attempt at answers.q: why was receiver kasen williams waived?a: seattle coach pete carroll isn’t scheduled to talk to the media until monday afternoon so any official word from the team will have to wait a little while longer. but carroll cautioned several times during the preseason to remember that personnel decisions are not just based on games but also on practice and everything else that the team does. williams has been with the seahawks since the spring of 2015 so the team had a lot invested in him and a lot of information.obviously, if the team had really wanted to keep him it






amara darboh ready to add some heat to seahawks’ receiving competition


rookie amara darboh is among the reasons the seahawks' receiving position figures to be more competitive in training camp this season.there came a time in the preparation for the nfl draft when the seahawks decided they knew just about all they needed about michigan receiver amara darboh.so rather than do any more digging that might possibly tip off other teams about their interest in darboh, the seahawks pulled back, enough so that darboh later admitted that it was “kind of hard’’ for him to know if seattle was really an option to take him in the draft.“he was one of those guys that we were kind of laying in the weeds a little bit,’’ seattle general manager john schneider said after the draft.but if the seahawks slow-played darboh to get him to seattle, there will be no surprise if he asc






amara darboh ready to add some heat to seahawks’ receiving competition


rookie amara darboh is among the reasons the seahawks' receiving position figures to be more competitive in training camp this season.there came a time in the preparation for the nfl draft when the seahawks decided they knew just about all they needed about michigan receiver amara darboh.so rather than do any more digging that might possibly tip off other teams about their interest in darboh, the seahawks pulled back, enough so that darboh later admitted that it was “kind of hard’’ for him to know if seattle was really an option to take him in the draft.“he was one of those guys that we were kind of laying in the weeds a little bit,’’ seattle general manager john schneider said after the draft.but if the seahawks slow-played darboh to get him to seattle, there will be no surprise if he asc






could colin kaepernick, robert griffin iii be an option for seahawks? pete carro


seahawks coach pete carroll said in a radio interview monday the team will continue to consider all options at backup quarterback.could colin kaepernick really be an option for a seahawks’ team whose backup quarterback spot hasn’t exactly gotten more clearer during the offseason?coach pete carroll didn’t rule it out during an interview on 710 espn seattle monday on the brock and salk show.asked if kaepernick or robert griffin iii, both free agents, could be options for the seahawks, carroll said “we are looking at everybody. we really are. we’ve been tracking everything that’s going on and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. but quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”it should probably be emphasized carroll gave a r






seahawks setting up a battle for the strongside linebacking spot


seahawks general manager john schneider on tuesday talked about the possible roles for the three new linebackers the team has signed in free agency.linebacker might not have seemed like the seahawks’ most pressing need entering the off-season.but seattle has been as active at the linebacker spot as any other the past month, letting three-year veteran brock coyle leave via free agency, letting six-year veteran mike morgan test free agency and signing three outside free agents to add depth and competition, and maybe a new starter at the strongside position.and during the nfl league meetings in phoenix tuesday, seahawks general manager john schneider added some clarity to the roles that the newcomers — michael wilhoite, terence garvin and arthur brown — will play.specifically, schneider said






center justin britt active for seahawks against texans


center justin britt is active for the seahawks' game against houston sunday.the list of the seahawks inactives for sunday’s game against houston was more noteworthy for who was not on it — center justin britt.britt had been listed as questionable for the game with an ankle injury but was able to practice on friday and coach pete carroll said it went well, which seemed to intimate he would be able to play.that britt is active doesn’t necessarily mean he will start — seattle could go with rookie ethan pocic at center. but it does at least mean the seahawks feel he is well enough to play if needed.seattle’s inactives were: rb c.j. prosise, safety tedric thompson, offensive lineman jordan roos, luke joeckel and isaiah battle and defensive lineman garrison smith and quinton jefferson.of those,






for seahawks de david bass, versatility could be his ticket to the 53-man roster


in two preseason games, david bass has shown his versatility on the defensive line. the fifth-year pro who played college ball at division ii missouri western state could be a valuable role player for the seahawks this season.the seahawks drafted rookie defensive tackle malik mcdowell in the second round this year hoping to add depth on the defensive line and groom a versatile pass rusher who could spell michael bennett in games.mcdowell’s injury in an atv accident in july derailed those plans, but his move to the non-football injury list has opened a door for one more defensive lineman to make the active roster.through two preseason games, with a third at home against kansas city looming this friday, fifth-year pro david bass has made a strong case for himself to be part of the committee






ap source: adrian peterson takes free agent visit to seattle


minneapolis (ap) — adrian peterson visited the seattle seahawks, while his original team in minnesota hosted fellow free agent running back eddie lacy.there’s still a path for peterson to return to the vikings, but the signs of his potential departure haven’t stopped popping up.peterson was at seahawks headquarters on sunday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to the associated press on condition of anonymity because the details weren’t being made public. this was peterson’s first in-person meeting with a team since the vikings declined their option on his contract for 2017 and made him a free agent for the first time.the vikings have stated their openness to re-signing their all-time leading rusher for the right price, but they entered the offseason with bigge






seahawks thursday injury report: seven sit out, including kam chancellor who con


seven seahawks sat out of practice thursday.seven players were listed by the seahawks as not participating in practice on thursday including strong safety kam chancellor, who continues to be tested to determine the nature of a stinger he suffered last thursday at arizona.also sitting out were offensive linemen luke joeckel (knee) and duane brown (ankle), defensive tackle jarran reed (hamstring), linebacker michael wilhoite (calf), defensive end michael bennett (heel) and defensive end dwight freeney (non-injury related).listed as limited participants were tight end jimmy graham (knee), running back eddie lacy (groin) and safety earl thomas (hamstring).among those listed as full participants was quarterback russell wilson, listed as having a jaw injury which was suffered on the hit against






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seahawks re-sign fullback brandon cottom


the seahawks on wednesday re-signed fullback brandon cottom, who missed last season with an achilles injury.the seahawks have re-signed fullback brandon cottom, who has also been used as a tight end, according to a tweet from cottom.cottom, who played at purdue, first signed with the seahawks in 2015. he was on seattle’s practice squad at the end of the 2015 season and re-signed in 2016. used as both a fullback and tight end, he was moved full-time to fullback last training camp and appeared to be making a legit run at a roster spot when he suffered an achilles tendon injury and was placed on injured reserve.cottom then became an exclusive rights free agent following the 2016 season but was not tendered a contract by the team, becoming an unrestricted free agent.but now he’s back, one of t






seahawks’ rookie receivers heighten competition for roster spots


the receiving competition is shaping up to be an especially interesting one for the seahawks.the first five days of otas (organized team activities) for the seahawks appear to have only made clearer what was thought going in — there will be some pretty fierce competition at the wide receiver position this year.true, a few things seem set — doug baldwin as the number one receiver, tyler lockett as a member of the three-receiver rotation once healthy.but just about everything else might be up for grabs, and specifically the makeup of the final few spots on the roster.baldwin, lockett, jermaine kearse, paul richardson and third-round pick amara darboh would likely hold five spots on the 53-man roster if the season began today.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but even






seahawks re-sign linebacker kache palacio


the seahawks on monday re-signed linebacker kache palacio, who played at washington state university.the seahawks on monday added another linebacker, this one a familiar name, re-signing kache palacio, who played at washington state university and spent most of last season on seattle’s practice squad.palacio ended the season on seattle’s practice squad/injured reserve list. palacio was not immediately re-signed, as were most of the members of the practice squad, while he recovered from his injury (which was not disclosed).but now healthy, palacio has been re-signed in time for the beginning of the seahawks’ official off-season program on tuesday.the 6-1, 237-pounder was initially signed by the seahawks last august as a fullback then moved almost immediately to linebacker, playing both weak






jamaal charles still expected to visit, but don’t expect seahawks to sign anothe


jamaal charles is due in for visit wednesday. but the seahawks are likely done adding to the tailback spot, for now.while the seahawks signed veteran running back eddie lacy tuesday, it is expected the team will still get a visit over the next day from longtime kansas city standout jamaal charles.but that doesn’t mean the team is necessarily looking to add yet another running back.instead, the visit with charles had already been planned and the visit is largely to meet with charles and gather information in case a need arises down the road (his agent is also the same as that of earl thomas and doug baldwin).but for now, the seattle tailback situation appears set heading into the draft with lacy, thomas rawls, c.j. prosise, alex collins and troymaine pope at the top of the list of those in






five key areas the seahawks addressed in the 2017 nfl draft


here’s a look at the five position groups the seahawks addressed in the draft and how they may be better today than a year ago, including defensive back and running back.if any nfl draft is a focus on the future, the 11-man class the seahawks put together this year was also a pretty direct reflection of the past.by the time the last of the 11 names had been called – tied for the most picks the team has made since 2001 — the areas of emphasis had become clear.seattle drafted four defensive backs to shore up an area that has long been one of the team’s biggest strengths but that last year proved as vulnerable as at any time since 2011.seattle also drafted two defensive linemen to beef up an interior pass rush that also proved lacking at times last season.most read storiesunlimited digital ac






seahawks’ 53-man roster projection: taking one last shot before saturday’s cutdo


one last guess at the seahawks' final roster before the team has to cut down to 53 on saturday.so here we go with one last seahawks’ 53-man roster projection before the team has to unveil the real thing by saturday at 1 p.m.but as we saw friday, when the seahawks made three trades in the span of about six hours to add two new players to the defense, things can change quickly this time of year.also worth remembering is that the roster will continue to churn during the season — remember defensive tackle justin hamilton initially making the 53-man roster last year only to be waived about 24 hours later?but while i won’t get them all right i’ll take a shot anyway at guessing what it will look like once the seahawks pare their roster from 90 to 53.quarterbackkeep: russell wilson, trevone boykin






five players to watch during seahawks’ otas: jermaine kearse, jeremy lane, and m


here are five seahawks worth watching when the team resumes otas on friday.after beginning otas with workouts on tuesday and wednesday the seahawks are off thursday before returning to the field friday.friday’s is the first of three of the seven otas the team will hold over the next two weeks that will be open to the media.earlier, i wrote about five things to watch.now, here are five specific players i’ll also be keeping an eye on during otas, in no particular order.most read storiessale! get 90% off digital access.wr jermaine kearse: kearse’s well-chronicled struggles last year make this something of a make-or-break season for him in 2017 in terms of his longterm seattle future. kearse’s contract would seem to give him a pretty significant leg up on a roster spot for 2017 — the seahawks






analysis: breaking down the seahawks’ initial 53-man roster


after cutting it down from 90 to 53 — including some surprising moves — on saturday, here's a look at the seahawks' official initial roster.now that the seahawks have set their initial 53-man roster for the 2017 season it’s time to take a quick look at each position and how it came together over the weekend.quarterbackkeep: russell wilson, austin davis.cut: trevone boykin.comment: ultimately the seahawks went with the steady vet over erratic youth, deciding to keep davis, who led a game-winning drive against the raiders in a contest in which boykin threw two interceptions, finishing the preseason with four — davis didn’t have any. davis will have to be paid about $300,000 more than boykin, but the seahawks obviously see some value in doing that, desiring someone who has played some after w






could defensive lineman jared odrick be an option for the seahawks?


espn reported friday the seahawks are one of three teams interested in free agent defensive lineman jared odrick.one position the seahawks have yet to really address in the off-season is the interior defensive line.so it only makes sense that seattle is listed as one of three teams interested in jared odrick, a 29-year-old free agent who is a veteran of seven nfl seasons with 63 starts.odrick was released by the jaguars in february having played just two seasons of a five-year, $42.5 million contract, after having played from 2010-14 with miami.espn reports the seahawks, eagles and giants have all expressed interest in odrick, a 6-5, 304-pounder who played mostly defensive end for the jaguars but could also be used as a pass-rushing tackle, a spot where the seahawks could use some reinforc






seahawks officially sign defensive end dion jordan


the seahawks on friday announced the signing of defensive end dion jordan, who had agreed to terms with the team earlier in the week.the seahawks on friday officially announced the signing of defensive end dion jordan, three days after it had been reported that he had agreed to contract terms with the team.the seahawks listed jordan at 6-6, 275 and as a defensive end with the announcement also referring to the team as having added “another pass rusher.” there has also been some speculation that jordan could be tried at strongside linebacker, a spot where seattle has some uncertainty with last year’s primary starter, mike morgan, a free agent who remains unsigned.jordan, who played at oregon, was the no. 3 pick in the 2013 draft by miami but has not seen action the last two seasons, first s






adrian peterson to visit with seahawks on sunday


a legit suitor has finally emerged for free-agent back adrian peterson.peterson, who generated little buzz in the first few days of free agency other than his camp suggesting which teams he would want to play for, will visit the seahawks on sunday, according to multiple reports.this is believed to be his first visit since becoming a free agent thursday.the vikings declined his team option for 2017, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. they say they have left the door open for a potential return, but ex-packers back eddie lacy is in town for a visit.peterson, 31, the leading rusher in vikings history, played in only three games last season due to knee and groin injuries. he rushed for 72 yards on 37 carries while averaging a career-low 1.9 yards per carry.while the seah






tommy la stella all-in on his attempt to earn cubs roster spot


tommy la stella showed off a strong arm thursday as he worked at third base at sloan park.for la stella, there were no signs of the discontentment that caused him to decline an assignment to triple-a iowa for nearly three weeks last summer. nor was la stella willing to say what he would do if he doesn't earn one of the few open spots on an otherwise set cubs roster."i really go one day at a time," la stella said. "that's all i can control. the roster is so far out of my control."la stella, 28, has one minor-league option remaining but has displayed plenty of desire to earn a roster spot. he has stuck with a diet he started before last season that allowed him to become more agile. he also has worked on improving his arm strength and arm angle to become a more reliable option at third base a






tommy la stella all-in on his attempt to earn cubs roster spot


tommy la stella showed off a strong arm thursday as he worked at third base at sloan park.for la stella, there were no signs of the discontentment that caused him to decline an assignment to triple-a iowa for nearly three weeks last summer. nor was la stella willing to say what he would do if he doesn't earn one of the few open spots on an otherwise set cubs roster."i really go one day at a time," la stella said. "that's all i can control. the roster is so far out of my control."la stella, 28, has one minor-league option remaining but has displayed plenty of desire to earn a roster spot. he has stuck with a diet he started before last season that allowed him to become more agile. he also has worked on improving his arm strength and arm angle to become a more reliable option at third base a






analysis | russell wilson’s big game earns seahawks an a-minus on offense


the seahawks qb threw for a team-record 452 yards, but the seahawks’ defense gets a c-minus after giving up too many big plays in a 41-38 win over the texans.here are some early grades on the seahawks’ amazing 41-38 win over houston sunday.offenseso this game should end forever any talk of russell wilson being a game manager.   seattle likely loses in blowout fashion with just about anyone else at qb on a day when the defense was getting run over and seattle had no running game to speak of.but wilson was electric in throwing for a team-record 452 yards along with four touchdowns and leading the amazing final drive.justin britt was able to play despite a sprained ankle and ethan pocic went the entire way at left guard after the coaches had said they might again alternate at that spot with m






freeney has a chance to go out on top with atlanta falcons


houston (ap) — dwight freeney is coming up on that time of year when he has to answer some hard questions.how does his body feel?can he still be effective at what he does?is the motivation to succeed as strong as ever?most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.once he completes that little self-evaluation, he can decide whether it’s time to call it a career.if this is where it ends, what a way to go out.less than three weeks away from his 37th birthday, freeney is back in the super bowl for the third time, essentially filling the role of player-coach for the atlanta falcons .he’s one victory away from being able to fulfill the dream of every great athlete: retiring on top.“i can appreciate the moment a lot more,” freeney said. “i’m at a different place in my career than i wa






griffen's sack showcases his changing role in vikings defense


minnesota vikings defensive end everson griffen (97) sacked tampa bay buccaneers quarterback jameis winston (3) in the second quater at u.s. bank stadium sunday september 24,2017 in minneapolis ,mn. ] jerry holt [email protected] jerry holteverson griffen has been the vikings’ most productive pass rusher through their first three games, and the way the team is using him suggests he’s still their premier option. he’s tied for third in the nfl with four sacks so far this season, and he’s mostly lined up as their right defensive end, where he’s spent the past three seasons attacking quarterbacks from their blind side.but griffen’s fourth sack of the season on sunday came in a role we could see the 29-year-old play a little more often this season. he rushed from the left end spot in t






what the luke joeckel signing means for the seahawks’ offensive line


how much can free-agent addition luke joeckel help the seahawks' offensive line?luke joeckel is not the answer for the seahawks’ issues along the offensive line. but he is, at least, an option.joeckel is a familiar name with an impressive pedigree — the jaguars drafted him with the no. 2 overall pick in 2013. but he lost the starting left tackle job before last season, moved to guard and then suffered a season-ending knee injury. even before that happened, the jaguars declined to pick up his fifth-year option, allowing him to become a free agent this offseason.the seahawks signed joeckel to a one-year deal, and reports indicated that he could earn up to $8 million (although it’s likely the deal is heavy on incentives).so what to make of the signing?most read storiesunlimited digital access






clearing out the seahawks mini-camp notebook: running backs who impressed, the b


clearing out the notebook following the end of seahawks' mini-camp thursday.here are three more notes from thursday’s seahawks minicamp:an injury that could shake up the receiver competition.second-year receivere tanner mcevoy, who was maybe the biggest surprise out of training camp last season to make the seahawks’ 53-man roster, has been sidelined the past few weeks with what coach pete carroll revealed on thursday is a toe injury that recently required surgery.“he had to have a little bone removed in his big toe and it’s all healed and ready to go for now to get on course to get in shape again,” carroll said. “so he had a big setback. it was a big setback for him. it bothered him some last year and it was just too aggravated and he had to get worked on.”appearing to take the most advant






receiver kenny lawler a standout as seahawks’ conclude rookie mini-camp


second-year wr kenny lawler was a star of the seahawks' rookie mini-camp, which concluded sunday.it was a relative veteran — second-year receiver kenny lawler — who stole the show as the seahawks’ concluded their three-day rookie mini-camp sunday.lawler was eligible for the camp since he didn’t see any time on the active roster last season after being taken in the seventh round in 2016.his experience seemed evident during a brief 11-on-11 period that concluded the camp as he caught two passes from jake heaps that led to the only touchdown in six possessions. he first caught a pass in traffic of about 20 yards or so to get his side close, then caught a fade route from heaps in the corner of the end zone for what was the only score of the day.“kenny had a really good camp,” coach pete carrol






seahawks to sign linebacker michael wilhoite


the seahawks on thursday agreed to terms with veteran linebacker michael wilhoite, according to a report from the nfl network.the seahawks have taken another step toward accomplishing an off-season goal of adding linebacker depth by agreeing to terms with veteran michael wilhoite. the move was first reported by the nfl network with a source later confirming it to the seattle times.wilhoite, who turned 30 on dec. 7, started six games last season for the 49ers and 36 overall the last four years before becoming an unrestricted free agent. wilhoite, who played at washburn university, originally entered the nfl as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2011.he visited seattle last week, one of four linebackers the seahawks have brought in during the free agency period in their attempt to add






pete carroll says seahawks not signing colin kaepernick now, but door remains op


seahawks coach pete carroll says the team is not signing colin kaepernick now but says seattle will continue to explore backup quarterback options.for now, the seahawks have no plans to sign quarterback colin kaepernick, coach pete carroll said friday.but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t still happen down the road.“the doors are always open to opportunities,’’ carroll said friday after the team held an ota (organized team activity) open to the media. “we are just going to try to do the best we can for guys, whatever opportunities present themselves, and we’ll see. as of right now, we know what we are doing.’’and that, for now, means going forward with the three quarterbacks on the seattle roster – russell wilson, trevone boykin and jake heaps.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






seahawks’ twitter mailbag: what to make of jermaine kearse’s future? and could m


questions about jermaine kearse and the fullback position in our latest seahawks' twitter mailbag.with a little lull (well, other than the backup qb intrigue) in the action for the seahawks following rookie mini-camp, it’s time to get answer a few questions from twitter. and as always, you can chime in at @bcondotta.q: @jaysondemers asks: will jermaine kearse make the cut this year with such a competitive wr spot?a: if my twitter mentions are any indication, kearse’s status going forward is one of a lot of interest among seahawks’ fans. i often get suggestions that the team should just cut him now following a season in which almost all of his stats were a step back from the previous year.i don’t really see that happening, though, as there is little real financial advantage in doing so. the






seahawks to sign linebacker michael wilhoite


the seahawks on thursday agreed to terms with veteran linebacker michael wilhoite, according to a report from the nfl network.the seahawks have taken another step toward accomplishing an off-season goal of adding linebacker depth by agreeing to terms with veteran michael wilhoite. the move was first reported by the nfl network with a source later confirming it to the seattle times.wilhoite, who turned 30 on dec. 7, started six games last season for the 49ers and 36 overall the last four years before becoming an unrestricted free agent. wilhoite, who played at washburn university, originally entered the nfl as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2011.he visited seattle last week, one of four linebackers the seahawks have brought in during the free agency period in their attempt to add