The rally for the playoffs starts now for Seattle, and how apropos that the Seahawks are facing the Green Bay Packers as it begins.
These teams have been intertwined like few others over the past 20 years — both on the field and off. This will be their seventh meeting in seven years, and — like many of these games over the past two decades — there will be some reunions: Jimmy Graham will return to Seattle and Brett Hundley will watch his old Packers teammates from the sideline.
On top of that, this game will be the head-to-head measuring stick for whether Russell Wilson deserves to be paid more than NFL salary leader Aaron Rodgers.
And, bigger than those personnel ties, this game basically will eliminate one team from the playoffs.
Continue reading Lots on the line as Hawks host Packers
John Schneider now knows what he needs to pay Russell Wilson — with Aaron Rodgers setting the bar at $33.5 million a year and $98 million fully guaranteed — and a deal for Seattle’s quarterback should be easy.
After Matt Ryan set the market for Rodgers in May, we wrote about all of the factors that could be in play for Wilson’s next deal. But it could be a lot simpler if Schneider is willing to let Wilson eclipse Rodgers and Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, doesn’t make it harder than it needs to be.
Now that we know the numbers to beat — and you can bet Wilson and Mark Rodgers will want to beat them this time — it’s just a matter of the details.
Continue reading Now that Rodgers is signed, Wilson deal should be easy
John Schneider went back to the 2015 draft with two big moves Wednesday and Green Bay’s quarterback deals impacted Seattle’s QB picture for this season and beyond.
Schneider’s first move was not a big shock: Making a cheap deal with Green Bay to bring in QB Brett Hundley as Russell Wilson’s ostensible backup.
The other was slightly more surprising, but in a pleasant way: Guaranteeing Tyler Lockett $20 million in a three-year extension that could be worth $37.8 million.
And, in other Green Bay-Seattle news, Aaron Rodgers reportedly agreed to a four-year extension worth $33.5 million a year — setting the market for Wilson’s next extension.
Continue reading Lockett gets great deal, and Packers affect Seahawks’ QB picture
Matt Ryan just became the NFL’s first $30 million player, and the handwringing is already beginning about Russell Wilson’s next contract.
Ryan reportedly signed a five-year deal worth $150 million, with $100 million guaranteed. So there’s the new bar for quarterbacks; Aaron Rodgers and Wilson (and maybe another QB or two) will surpass it in the next year.
Wilson is signed through 2019, so the Seahawks will need to extend him next offseason. However, it sounds like Wilson’s camp is expecting to get the franchise tag in 2020, which would mean Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, does not think the Seahawks will meet his asking price next year.
Continue reading Hawks will pay Wilson $30M APY in 2020, but in what form?
Quarterback contracts are just a game of leapfrog, so it’s no surprise to see Derek Carr jumping over Andrew Luck as the highest-paid passer in the NFL.
It’s easy to see where the market is going — a few more guys will leap Carr before the Seahawks and Russell Wilson start talking extension in a couple of years.
At least four more deals are likely to exceed Carr’s $25 million a year, and the APY could be around $30 million by 2020.
Continue reading QB leapfrog: Wilson will make another jump in 2019
The Seahawks are headed back to Green Bay this weekend to renew one of the best non-division rivalries in the NFL — the fifth time in five years they will have faced each other.
While the Hawks (8-3-1) fight to hold on to the No. 2 seed in the NFC, the Pack (6-6) is trying to get back in the hunt. It’s just the latest dramatic meeting between the two franchises, which have been deeply intertwined since 1999.
Newer Seahawks fans might think the Packers-Seahawks series consists of three games: the Hawks’ infamous Fail Mary victory on a Monday night in 2012, Seattle’s 20-point win in the opening game of 2014 and Seattle’s miracle comeback in a 28-22 overtime win in the NFC title game.
But this series was full of great matchups back when Mike Holmgren and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck were leading the Hawks against their old team — led by Brett Favre — and this will be the 13th meeting since 1999.
Continue reading Hawks, Pack meet again
In the NFL, April is draft month. But it also has become schedule month.
Word is the NFL will release the schedule April 19-21, a week before the April 28-30 draft.
We already know their opponents, of course. Based on 2015 results, the Seahawks have the fifth-toughest schedule next season. There’s nothing new about that, though: Their 2015 schedule ranked fourth and their 2014 slate was sixth.
But those preseason rankings don’t reflect changes teams have made since the last season ended.
As we transition from free agency month into draft month, let’s see how Seattle’s opponents have changed since last season.
Continue reading Pre-draft look at 2016 opponents
It’s that elusive feeling that athletes or any competitive people strive for — that je ne sais quoi that makes them invincible for a stretch, allows them to be almost superhuman, enables them to make it look so easy.
Russell Wilson is in the Zone.
Continue reading Secret to Wilson’s Zone? Gotta be the shoes
Controversy king Mike Freeman is at it again, claiming Jimmy Graham is ready to “explode” if he doesn’t get the ball. Freeman is the same dude who put out the inflammatory report last year claiming there was a schism in the locker room over Russell Wilson, who wasn’t black enough for some teammates. Pay no mind to his anti-Seahawk ramblings.
On a more constructive note, Bob Condotta reviewed every pass play that might have been able to go to Graham and determined what we all knew: He could have been more involved.
Field Gulls gave a much longer breakdown (with screenshots) of Graham’s Green Bay game.
At 0-2, the Seahawks look a lot like last year’s Super Bowl team.
Do the Seahawks miss Kam Chancellor on the field? Let their other defensive leaders tell you.
John Schneider visited Chancellor and asked him to come back, promising the team would take care of him at some point, Jay Glazer reported. Chancellor thinks he has great leverage, Glazer said.
Dave Boling says the Seahawks need to discover their post-Chancellor identity.
Bob Condotta points to the 1985 Bears, who won the Super Bowl with two season holdouts, as a case study for the Kam-less Seahawks.
The Packers might not be the only ones without their right tackle (Bryan Bulaga). Garry Gilliam is questionable with a rib issue.