While Michael Bennett babbled more nonsense about holding out, Russell Wilson made it clear he will show up no matter how much he is making. And then Marshawn Lynch finished the day with another hilarious appearance on “Conan,” saying (among other things) the $12 million the Hawks are paying him this year was a good reason to put off retirement.
Here’s Marshawn Lynch doing his touchdown dive into a huge sand box of Skittles on “Conan”:
Bob Condotta recapped the Week in Russell Wilson Reports.
Michael Bennett, who lives in Hawaii in the offseason, says he might hold out for an upgraded deal: “I don’t mind staying home for a little while.” It’s an empty threat, and he knows it.
Cliff Avril said contract stuff won’t affect how the Seahawks come together on the field.
Danny Kelly of Field Gulls put together a nice piece on the Seahawks’ focus on “sleep as a weapon.” This dovetails with an old Vince Lombardi quote that Jimmy Johnson loved to repeat: “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
Frank Clark was at the rookie symposium, where he hopefully learned a few lessons on how to stay out of trouble. He said he is not dwelling on the past and is looking forward to finding his role with the Hawks.
Rob Rang wondered whether the Seahawks might be interested in intriguing, though slightly troubled, left tackle Isaiah Battle in the supplemental draft. Probably would require a third-round pick.
If the Seahawks end up using the franchise tag on Russell Wilson in 2016, as it currently appears they might, it most likely would mean the end of the Seattle tenures of Russell Okung and Bruce Irvin.
Irvin knows that and doesn’t really care, even if he said last week that he wants to stay in Seattle. He clearly would be just as happy playing in his hometown of Atlanta. And he knows the Hawks have only so much money to go around.
“They’ve got a lot of people to take care of,” he said. “You’ve got Bobby Wagner, who deserves his money, and Russell, who deserves his money. Like I said, it’s a business and that stuff will work itself out.”
We fully expect Russell Wilson to be the Seahawks’ quarterback for at least the next three seasons, but there is plenty of speculation — including by him — that he might not be in Seattle for much longer.
On Monday, he told a North Carolina radio show that he hopes to stay in Seattle, “but I’ve also gone through ups and downs and been moved around before.”
He later tweeted:
Change is a constant! & Success is never final! #NoTime2Sleep
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) June 22, 2015
Those comments add to a growing chorus that already is singing Wilson’s swan song in Seattle — whether it’s 2016, 2017 or 2018.
Cassius Marsh is working at linebacker, plus other observations from Pete Carroll at minicamp.
A reminder that the NBA champion Warriors (co-led by former Cougar Klay Thompson) did it the Seahawks’ way, as Steve Kerr mimicked Pete Carroll’s approach.
Marshawn Lynch, Oakland’s favorite son, rode with the Warriors during their championship parade in the city.
Lynch said he is happy to see his hometown finally get a pro championship in his lifetime (well, the A’s won the World Series when he was 3). It’s not just the “Oakland Seahawks” anymore, he said.
They traded for tight end Jimmy Graham, moved up in the draft to take wide receiver/return maestro Tyler Lockett, drafted three offensive linemen, added defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin and Frank Clark, and reinforced the secondary with Cary Williams, Will Blackmon, Tye Smith and Ryan Murphy.
One of the few positions where they made no moves was linebacker, a group that seemed kind of thin behind Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle and Kevin Pierre-Louis.
But the Hawks apparently have plans to improve their depth and prepare for the likely departure of Irvin next offseason — 2014 draft picks Cassius Marsh and Eric Pinkins both are working at linebacker.
John Schneider’s worst draft pick is coming out of retirement.
John Moffitt was so bad that Schneider and the Seahawks actually changed the way they evaluate draft prospects largely because of him, focusing on football character over skill starting in 2014.
“There’s certain guys you spend a lot of time with, because you’re trying to figure out the man,” Schneider said before the draft last year. “What’s in his heart? What his personality’s like. Would he fit in in the locker room? There’s certain guys that we haven’t done that good of a job with, in my opinion, in the past.”
That’s a clear reference to Moffitt, who was traded by the team after Tom Cable got tired of his lackadaisical attitude — which it turns out was caused by his drug problem.
Moffitt started 15 games in 2011 and 2012, alternating with J.R. Sweezy toward the end of the latter year. Cable was never impressed by Moffitt, whose drug addiction apparently scuttled whatever ability or desire he had.
Moffitt always came across as a buffoon, running into trouble with the law and the NFL more than once. Apparently he has addressed his drug problem and wants back in the NFL. The Seahawks clearly are not an option.
We consider him the worst pick in Schneider’s six drafts. Here’s our bottom five:
We have known for a while that the holdup in negotiations between the Seahawks and Russell Wilson is guaranteed money, and another report this week reiterated that the sides are far apart in that category.
This contract should not be difficult, so clearly at least one side is being unreasonable.
The issue is probably a blend of the Hawks not offering enough and Mark Rodgers, Wilson’s agent, wanting too much.
Among the likely sticking points:
1 — The Seahawks might still be stuck on rolling annual guarantees and are well below the $40 million in fully promised cash they should be offering Wilson in a four-year extension.
2 — Mark Rodgers, Wilson’s agent, might want $60 million guaranteed by 2016 — beating the 12-month guarantees for Matt Ryan ($59 million), Drew Brees ($55 million), Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton (each $54 million).
3 — Rodgers reportedly is leaning on the franchise tag — and its guarantees — in negotiations.
Brandon Mebane says he will be ready to go full speed when training camp starts.
Cliff Avril talked about his concussion in the Super Bowl (which had a big effect on the defense). He said he has no fears about further concussions and is ready to win another Super Bowl while playing the full game. Avril also talked about Michael Bennett’s contract squabble, saying he understands both sides and isn’t concerned Bennett won’t play in 2015.
Jesse Williams is working out again after kidney surgery.
In news Sea Dawgs will like, the Seahawks signed Kasen Williams. (We couldn’t care less.)
Kevin Williams wanted to return to the Seahawks, but he ended up signing with the Saints.
Field Gulls broke out the Seahawks’ coaching candidates that were included in a MMQB survey.
Here’s a bunch of midweek CHAWK LINES on OTAs and contract issues.