2017 offseason stories

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MAY

Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy stunningly died at age 48. Many former teammates and coaches spoke glowingly of him as both person and player.

The Seahawks darkened their stadium, the only light the one shining on Kennedy’s No. 96 hanging from the rafters. Kennedy also had close ties to the Saints, who are honoring him during their offseason workouts.

Observations from rookie minicamp.

Dave Boling gave a revealing look at former Seattle star Curt Warner’s difficult family challenges since he retired.

We learned further details on the reason Richard Sherman seemingly has become a team pariah: He reportedly still harbors a grudge over the Super Bowl XLIX debacle and is jealous of Russell Wilson. As expected, Sherman dismissed the story

Michael Bennett clearly loves Wilson; he reportedly went off on a teammate who was ripping Wilson last year.

Larry Stone asks: Is there a statute of limitations on Positive Pete in the NFL?

Tyrod Taylor, Bruce Smith and Cliff Avril were among those supporting Bam Bam’s Spring Jam, Kam Chancellor’s eighth annual Memorial Day cookout in Norfolk, Va.

Meanwhile, Sherman canceled his celebrity softball game in Seattle (draw your own conclusions about why).

Avril told 710 ESPN that Seattle’s veteran defenders “still have that fire, that passion” to remain one of the NFL’s best defenses. Of Sherman, he said, “I can’t tell any difference in his attitude. … He’s ready to make things happen.”

Ricardo Lockette reunited with the firefighters who saved his life on the field in Dallas in 2015.

The Jets reportedly tried to trade DT Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks (and others).

NFL owners reduced overtime periods to 10 minutes (largely spurred by the Seahawks-Cardinals marathon tie last season) and also will allow teams to carry 90 players all the way until the 53-man roster is set

APRIL

We covered the draft via our draft page and other reports.

We followed the Marshawn Lynch saga until he was traded to Oakland. He took out a full-page ad thanking Paul Allen and Seattle fans.

We tracked all the reports and key quotes about Richard Sherman.

Russell Wilson became a father on draft day.

Germain Ifedi talked about switching positions.

Garry Gilliam signed with San Francisco.

The Seahawks took a flier on 2013 draft bust Dion Jordan, who’s recovering from a knee injury.

Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Lynch built houses and offered other humanitarian aid in Haiti.

Bennett also took a trip to Guam.

MARCH

At the NFL owners meetings, Pete Carroll and John Schneider talked about the state of their roster.

Big surprise: Carroll is stoked about the team’s future.

The Seahawks have heard from teams interested in acquiring Richard Sherman. Carroll said he doesn’t see anything happening and also said he hopes Sherman puts his acrimonious 2016 in the rear-view mirror.

Doug Baldwin also weighed in on Sherman and his ego (and more).

Sherman displayed more of that ego in his response to the trade reports, and he exhibited more of his hatred for the league that earns him millions.

Marshawn Lynch is considering coming out of retirement, with the desire to play for the Raiders. Carroll said they would deal with that if it happens (probably in July).

Trevone Boykin was arrested for pot possession, but it sounds like the Hawks will keep him for now.

The NFL approved the ban on leaping over the line during kicking plays — much to the disappointment of Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor.

Michael Bennett said he is giving all of his endorsement money to charity this year. He also weighed in on his breakout Seahawks for 2017 (Jarran Reed, Thomas Rawls and Garry Gilliam), gave his two bits on Sherman and more.

Health updates: Earl Thomas and Tyler Lockett should be back for training camp, but DeShawn Shead won’t be ready for the season. Frank Clark had his appendix removed. Chancellor had surgery on both ankles at the same time in February. Cliff Avril apparently has had two surgeries this offseason.

The Hawks looked at Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray before signing Eddie Lacy, who has a weight clause but also is ready to become Beast Mode 2.0. Here are some runs he made against Seattle in the 2014 playoffs.

The Seahawks guaranteed Luke Joeckel $7 million. Here’s a little scouting report and another look at some of his play the last couple of years.

The Hawks really wanted T.J. Lang but lost him to his hometown Detroit Lions. The Hawks instead signed Oday Aboushi. Here’s a video breakdown of Aboushi,  who appears to struggle in the running game but do well pass blocking.

Carroll talked to 710 ESPN and KJR about Lacy and Joeckel and missing Lang.

Russell Wilson has had a busy offseason, as always. He took a lot of flak for the weird nude family pic for a magazine cover. Then his pregnant wife, Ciara, was in a minor car accident. Wilson also has been working out with Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson in Los Angeles.

The Seahawks brought in Jared Cook for a visit but ended up bringing back Luke Willson for one more year.

Neiko Thorpe is the only player the Hawks have signed for more than one year this offseason. The Seahawks also re-signed Shead, giving him $1.5 million even though he probably will miss half the season while recovering from an ACL injury.

The Hawks signed Bradley McDougald, a versatile safety who could fill the “big nickel” role the Hawks tried with Brandon Browner in summer 2016.

Brock Coyle headed down to the Bay Area to join Malcolm Smith with the 49ers. The Seahawks basically traded Coyle for former 49er Michael Wilhoite. The Hawks also signed linebackers Terence Garvin and Arthur Brown and brought back Dewey McDonald, whom they acquired via trade with Oakland last summer.

Mark Glowinski, George Fant and Shead led the Hawks in performance pay.

Steven Hauschka shuffled off to Buffalo — and Jon Ryan had a great goodbye message.

The Seahawks gave Garry Gilliam the low RFA tender: $1.8 million. Now he has to beat out Germain Ifedi if he wants to make that money.

Before free agency, Carroll and Schneider spoke from the Combine.

A behind-the-scenes look at the Seahawks’ personnel department at the Combine.

FEBRUARY

The Seahawks received two third-round comp picks, giving them five of the top 106 picks in the draft.

Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini will be available. Will the Seahawks be interested?

Luke Willson expects a lot of interest in free agency.

Sherman Smith said he was demoted by Pete Carroll and chose not to take a lesser role. Smith also said the Seahawks didn’t play with the same desire in 2016 that they had in 2013.

The Seahawks got off with a warning from the NFL in the Richard Sherman injury report case.

Lots of speculation about the Seahawks possibly adding a veteran left tackle. Seems unlikely.

More coaching moves: Sherman Smith and Lofa Tatupu will not return. Chad Morton, 39, will replace Smith, 62.

Cliff Avril (sports hernia) and Kam Chancellor (ankles) underwent surgeries.

Avril and Michael Bennett were among several NFL players pulling out of a trip to Israel.

Jeremy Lane’s salary became guaranteed in early February.

The Hawks apparently are letting Steven Hauschka go, as the Blair Walsh signing seems to indicate.

The Hawks lost Tyvis Powell on waivers to — who else? — the Cleveland Browns. And he was very happy to return to Ohio.

Kenny Easley was elected to the Hall of Fame, completing Seattle’s Mount Rushmore.

The election of Terrell Davis to the Hall of Fame helps the case of Marshawn Lynch.

JANUARY

Marshawn Lynch is still popping up here and there — this time pimping Skittles in Scotland.

DeShawn Shead is already hard at work trying to return from his ACL injury.

The seven Seahawks in the Pro Bowl seemed to have a good time.

We’re not into the watered-down event known as the Pro Bowl, but the Seahawks have a few guys in it.

John Schneider said the Seahawks didn’t do anything “malicious” in not reporting Richard Sherman’s injury.

Sherman said it was no big deal and the team shouldn’t be punished.

The Seahawks really missed Earl Thomas.

Pete Carroll admitted he basically lost control of his team in 2016.

Jimmy Graham and K.J. Wright were added to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Longtime Carroll lieutenant Rocky Seto talked about leaving for the ministry.

The Seahawks signed Perrish Cox to fortify their weakened cornerback position.

Will the Seahawks keep Kam Chancellor?

Tom Cable is staying.

Carroll ripped Darrell Bevell haters.

Paul Richardson showed he could be a big factor in 2017.

J’Marcus Webb, cut by Seattle in November, reportedly is suspended for the first four games of 2017.

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