“It’s a critical time.” – Russell Wilson after another early playoff exit in January
A dramatic offseason and largely uneventful preseason are behind us, and we are finally about to see whether the Seahawks are any better than they were in 2020, when their offense and defense went in opposite directions over the course of the season and they once again failed to move past the first playoff game.
After a 3-5 record in the postseason over the past six years and two one-and-dones in the past three, the pressure is on to go deep into the playoffs and make a strong Super Bowl run in 2021.
Everyone was so excited Tuesday to see which third-stringers would make the Seahawks, but the big news was Quandre Diggs assuaging any concerns that he might extend his so-called “hold-in” and sit out games.
“As soon as this little business thing (is) done — signed, sealed, delivered — I’ll be back at practice,” Diggs said. “I think it should be cleared up pretty soon. Me and my team are handling that. At the end of the day, I’m grateful to be a Seahawk and I’m going to be here. I think I’ll be out there ready to play the first game of the season.”
Not counting gameday radio quick-hitters, you can count on three or four fingers the number of times a year John Schneider speaks publicly: At the Combine, the week before the draft and right after the draft.
Rich Eisen added another interview today and got a little from Schneider on the Jamal Adams deal, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and more.
The Seahawks reportedly used a cap mechanism for Jamal Adams that they used for Tyler Lockett earlier this year and we were going to suggest they use for Duane Brown: The option bonus.
With so much uncertainty over the 2022 cap and the Seahawks needing to plot for two or three more big extensions, the option bonus is the way to go.
Lockett got a $13 million option bonus, and Adams reportedly has a $12.44 million option bonus that pairs with a $2 million salary in 2022. That will keep his cap number at $9.11 million (instead of something over $16 million).
The Seahawks reportedly have made their final offer to Jamal Adams, and the bet here is he takes it by the opener. They’re too close for him not to.
The offer, per The Seattle Times: $17.5 million a year over four years, with $38 million guaranteed. Adams’ agents asked for $40 million guaranteed and more of it paid out over the first three years.
That’s not a big gap to bridge, but the Seahawks reportedly are done negotiating, so odds are Adams eventually will take the Seahawks’ stellar offer. It’s a whopping 14.8% raise over top-paid safety Justin Simmons — way more than Russell Wilson (4.5%) and Bobby Wagner (5.9%) got to be No. 1 at their positions.
Pete Carroll, ever a nonsensical and whimsical speaker, pulled off a sneaky double entendre Sunday that made it seem like the Seahawks were entertaining an extension for Duane Brown.
But it turns out, there have been no such talks, per The Seattle Times. So now the question is: Are the Hawks just waiting to get Jamal Adams’ deal done or are they simply not interested in paying a 36-year-old Pro Bowl left tackle?
“We have an amazing number of draft choices: Three.” – John Schneider
“Our No. 1 pick is Jamal Adams, and that’s a heck of a pick.” – Pete Carroll
“We’re not going into the draft with great needs. … We’re in a really good place.” — Carroll
Those three quotes say everything you need to know about this draft for the Seahawks, who made a purposeful choice to bail on 2021 by using their picks on veteran players Jamal Adams, Carlos Dunlap and Gabe Jackson.