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I am taking a family vacation and the blog will be quiet during this time, short of some significant breaking news. When I return I have a very exciting interview lined up so stay tuned…


  1. Ace

    Have a great time! You deserve it, enjoy it all!

  2. UkAlex6674

    Well deserved mate. Enjoy!

  3. Ashish

    Enjoy and have fun !!!

  4. MychestisBeastmode

    I truly hope it’s a beach on par with that photo. And if that’s your photo, then enjoy your time in paradise!

    • Palatypus

      Based on the sand I would say that is Smyrna Beach.

      Lots of shark attacks!

  5. Group Captain Mandrake

    Enjoy! You’ve earned it.

  6. TomLPDX

    Have fun at Disneyworld!

  7. Joshua Smith


  8. uptop

    Watching full Kentucky 2021 games and found something funny. Will Levis’ official player bio: calms butterflies pregame by doing breathing exercises and visualization to 2012 Bieber music. After football he wants to be a stay at home husband with a wife that earns six figures. Big shower singer.

    A real fun eccentric guy. Cant forget about the banana peel eating and coffee mayo.

    I’m all aboard the Lose for Levis train.

    • Ty the Guy

      Quality share.

      Good leaders have the ability to laugh at themselves. It appears Levis has that.

      I dont want to lose. But I’ll trade up all day, if the foundation looks real.

      YOU’ve earned a good holiday Rob!

  9. Big Mike

    Have a REALLY great time Rob!

  10. Mick

    Wish you best holidays!

  11. Palatypus

    Have a great time at Disney World! While you are here be sure to try a local favorite “beverage” before getting on a roller coaster. Just north of Pensacola in Brewton, Alabama is the Murder Creek Distillery. They sell jars of moonshine infused marinara cherries and pickles, but the real gem is the moonshine infused banana pudding.

    Suck down a jar and enjoy the ride! What could possibly go wrong?

    And remember first to eat your meat.

    How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?

    • Big Mike

      That’s right, you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat.

      • Palatypus

        It’s brown banana pudding after the tea cup ride.

  12. Scot04

    You definitely deserve it. Hope you and your family have a spectacular time. Enjoy.

  13. Roy Batty

    Upon your return, if you do not post an image of yourself in a Mickey Mouse hat, I will be devastated.

  14. KennyBadger

    Cheers Rob – travel safely!

  15. Pepoandart

    Enjoy Disney Rob! I’m sure the wife and kids will always treasure the vacation memories. Safe travels!

  16. samprassultanofswat

    Rob: Glad you are taking a HARD EARN rest. With all the time you have put into this SUCCESSFUL blog I wish you the BEST on your time off.

  17. JJ

    I went to Disney world about 15 years ago and had to listen to a 3 hour sales pitch in a time share. I was so drunk during the presentation that the rep was going to revoke my free stay

    • pdway

      why did I never think of doing that?

  18. Russ

    I hope you and your family have a great time Rob!

  19. BruceN

    Have a wonderful time off with the family! Thanks for all you do.

  20. cha

    Ian Rapoport
    Clowney wanted to be back in Cleveland. How badly? He turned down $14M to $15M a year offers from other teams on multi-year deals to go back.

    • Ashish

      Some how other teams GM find way to sign star players with limited or no visible cap space.

    • CaptainJack

      His underachieving style fits Cleveland’s culture like a glove.

      • RugbyLock

        The salt must flow!

  21. Robbie

    Seahawks expected to sign Marquise Goodwin! That’s interesting. Loading up the WR room

    • Big Mike

      That’ll make Geno happy.

      • CaptainJack

        He’s done. Can’t stick with a team this stage of his career. Camp body. Nothing more

  22. Palatypus

    Looks like Rob dodged a bullet with the weather here in Florida. Torrential rain and thunderstorms here in Pensacola all week. 93 degrees and partly cloudy in Orlando until Thursday.

    I do hope Rob’s kids get to see the awesome heat lightning in the lightning capital of the world. But I don’t think there will be extreme temperatures.

    It’s a tradeoff.

  23. cha

    I fully acknowledge this is probably nothing.

    Very likely nothing.


    • no frickin clue


      • CaptainJack

        Lol… he took a road trip to… Omaha, Nebraska.

        The clue means Denver is going to sign him to be Russ’s backup. Idk. Means absolutely nothing and anyone implying otherwise is being silly.

    • Hawk Finn

      Not expressing a preference one way or another regarding Baker in Seattle, but I was surprised with the number of comments lamenting the Browns moving on from him. Not exactly consistent with the narrative that he’s radioactive.

    • MychestisBeastmode

      SnowTown brewery sticker in back. Snohomish, WA. Mt. Baker. Baker Mayfield. Omaha, Nebraska. Seattle Seahawks. There’s a link somewhere in this mystery.

      Are Browns getting closer to eating some amount of contract Seahawks find palatable? Or does Baker Mayfield really enjoy road trips for good WA beer?

    • Spectator

      What am I missing?

      • Hawk Finn

        Look at the tap handle

        • Hawk Finn

          Oops it’s a chair. Better get my eyes checked

  24. no frickin clue

    Enjoy your vacation Rob!

    If you are in the market for a vacation drink, I recommend the Kentucky Mule. Easy to make and super-tasty.
    Just mix 2 ounces of bourbon with 1/2 ounce of sweetened lime juice, in a glass with ice, and top off with ginger beer. And as a bonus, it’s probably good karma for getting Will Levis in April 2023.

    I also think the SDB community ought to come up with a new mixed drink to be dubbed ‘The Bobby Wagner’. Which would enable all of us to continue to ask the question “How great is Bobby Wagner?” even after the mainstream Seahawks press moves on to other topics. 😉

    • Big Mike

      Yeah but if we make a Bobby Wagner, will the booze avoid contact with the ice cubes?

      • Starhawk29

        No, but it doesn’t hit you very hard. You get at least five steps after you finish it before you feel anything.

        • TomLPDX

          Oh that’s just bad! Shame on you Starhawk! 😉

  25. TomLPDX

    Live press conference on youtube getting ready to start. Here’s the link:

    • Hawk Finn

      Thanks, Tom

    • Big Mike

      Barely caught the end. Any highlights or lowlights?

    • cha

      I missed it but here’s notes on the rewatch

      [q] Drew Lock progress? “He’s right with us. Geno really has the package nailed. He’s hanging with Geno throughout all of this. We’re not holding anything back. We’re unloading the installation. He’s doing well.”

      [q] Measure the rookies against vets? Playbook for 2 weeks? “That’s the first thing is figure out where they are. Been with us enough, 15 plays, section of O and D they can run a ton of, so they’ve come along. Statement about teaching, nice job getting guys prepared. Working hard, I got no complaints. Able to see guys in situations, doing alot of situations to get looks we need. Will be fun?”

      [q] Can’t play 11-on 11, how evaluate QBs? “Controlled periods. Before on the field. Situational football. Get as close as you can, use your imagination. What we ask, what calls for, adapt make decisions, shows what you know. This phase is prep for camp. Making progress you can make.”

      [q] More accelerated installation because new QBs? “Making sure covering everything. Not assuming anything, leaving anything aside. Cover all bases as early as possible, have base to work from.”

      [q] Marquise Grissom? “Background, Sanjay coached with him, insights. Extraordinarily fast, day one can fly. Disciplined route runner, played all the spots. Adds athletically, but versatility. Not asking him to be a mentor to others, but rub off on other guys. Sanjay will use him to demonstrate to other guys. Really, really fast. Played against him. Thought seriously about drafting him way back when.”

      [q] Personal tragedy Grissom in 2018? “Don’t know him, really balanced guy. Makeup can handle alot. An awareness. Can deal with issues other struggle with.”

      [q] (muddled question) Something about vibe? “There is a vibe about this group. Every year team takes on new makeup. Comes from personalities of players. Leadership shifting a bit, obvious. New season, new team, here we go. Fun to watch take shape.”

      [q] Convo with Kam Year Two about leader, anyone like that? “That was first year. Example of nurturing process. See it as we go along. Helping the opps for guys to step out. Ongoing. Natural order to it.”

      [q] DK Metcalf into that role? “Yes. Specifically talked to him about it.”

      [q] Brooks taking Bobby’s role of play calls for D? “Yes.”

      [q] Different Brooks role? “Um….he’s feeling it. Him and Cody engaged with level and position of leadership. Not something we’re talking about.”

      [q] Injury guys out for OTA’s? “No. Be here for most part. Doing their own programs to get right. Guys be here at minicamp. Not able to do what we’re doing out here. Chris is around, will know more later in the week.”

      [q] Tariq Woolen better? “Wednesday’s his day to go. Ran really good today. Really intrigued by opp for him. Rare athlete. History, background, I like the WR background. But can’t tell much yet. Looks the bill, feels comfortable. Awareness of what we’re doing but until 1on1’s in camp won’t know.”

      [q] Cobe Bryant not here? “Family issue, was here this AM, had to leave, will be back Wed.”

      [q] Anniversary of ((something)), role of sports? “Title IX hit years ago, my wife first scholarship athlete at UP….” [cha ed – something more about social equality….]

      [q] Penny here but not doing anything? “Hamstring issue still tight. Making sure he’s OK. Running around, but not where he can control tempo.”

      [q] Collier role changing? “Just flexing his muscle. With the D looking for him, lot of stuff he can do in the scheme. Pass rush come to life, particularly in nickel group.”
      [q] Benefits from 3-4 looks? “Not necessarily different for him. Growth, maturity, all that should help him take next step to be viable part, hoping for.”
      [q] Where Collier play? “Base technique, 3 tech in nickel stuff.”

      [q] Pacific doctorate? [cha ed, blah] Call you doctor now?

      [q] Woods and Gabe Jackson? “They’ll be here for minicamp.”

      • Big Mike

        “Where Colluier play?”

        Probably in the USFL by next Spring

        • AlaskaHawk

          USFL – The next step towards playing football all year round. Maybe they should make the rookies play in the summer league.

        • TomLPDX

          Is he still a Seahawk? Really?!!

        • cha

          Collier will be 27 when the season opens, his fourth season as a first round pick. And PC is still talking about him needing to mature and take charge.

          This is it.

          • Big Mike

            Yep. May even be as quietly as possible, released at the end of TC.

      • Hawk Finn

        Not sure when they signed Marquis Grissom, but I hope Delino DeShields isn’t too far behind.

        • cha


          The deep recesses of my baseball card-collecting brain pulled that one out. Add Larry Walker and we’ve got all the Rookie Threats.

      • TomLPDX

        Grissom = Goodwin.

        I honestly don’t know how you can decipher all of that Curtis. I can’t hear any of the questions. Well done and thank you!

  26. TomLPDX

    So I’m just gonna put this out there…

    I hope Penny has the best year of his life this year. Get through the injuries and own the league this year! You can do it!!!

    • Big Mike

      Well Tom, he’s being held out right now due to hammy issue 🙄

      • TomLPDX

        Yeah, I know…that’s what prompted this comment to begin with. Another year with Penny hurt would completely derail his career at this point.

    • Ace

      The fact that that is even a possibility, is amazing. With no trading! Keeping the future resources. Snag the best Center with our 2nds and boom, we back at it.

  27. cha

    If you need a laugh, this piece by the SI’s Cowboy coverage site is absolutely *chef’s kiss*

    He starts the piece by subtly shading ‘talk show hosts and armchair general managers’ putting crazy pieces together to try and improve their teams.

    He then proceeds to do exactly that – put a crazy piece together to try and improve the Cowboys.

    He sees the Seahawks aren’t set at QB and notes that he thinks the Cowboys have a generous bounty there and posits that Cooper Rush is an attractive trade target based on – wait for it – one NFL start:

    But thanks to Rush’s performance in Week 8 last season on the road in Minnesota, he could be an appealing option for a team needing help at quarterback.

    OK. Rush is clearly awesome and would blow Geno and Lock off the field.

    The next step is to see what Dallas needs:

    Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy said the team needs a punt returner. McCarthy said recently that “player acquisition never stops. That’s definitely something we’ve got to get answered.”

    Is there a player on the Seahawks that could help the Cowboys there?

    Seattle could offer DeeJay Dallas, who’s a versatile running back and return specialist. Last season for the Seahawks, Dallas returned 33 kicks for 764 yards, an average of 23.2 yards per return. He also carried the ball 33 times for 138 yards and caught 21 passes on 23 targets for 133 yards.

    Ah, Deejay Dallas. He could handle the punt return duties the Cowboys so badly need.


    Deejay Dallas has never returned a punt in the NFL. Ever. He returned 11 punts in college, 4 seasons ago.

    He’s returned kickoffs, which is not the same thing.

    So the Seahawks are trading a player with zero NFL experience filling a need the Cowboys have, for a player that has close to zero NFL experience to fill a need the Seahawks have.

    This is by his own definition ‘armchair GM’-ing.

    Credit where credit is due though. At least he resisted the temptation to make a “Deejay Dallas is a natural fit to play for Dallas. Get it? Eh?”

    But here’s the pièce de résistance:

    He ends the piece by talking himself out of the trade he just proposed, rendering the whole piece moot:

    Of course … if Cooper Rush is really a starting-caliber quarterback … why should the Cowboys give him up for someone who specializes in the relatively-unimportant role of kick returner?

    More and more I cannot figure how Rob is not a paid NFL writer, given what else is on offer out there.

    • TomLPDX

      And they pay this guy real money to generate this stuff?

    • Big Mike

      That is some seriously pathetic crap.
      And yeah, how is it a guy like Rob that is succinct in his thoughts and how he presents them along with being very knowledgeable is a ghost on the NFL journalistic landscape?

  28. cha

    Charles Robinson
    The #NFL’s annual combine to assess college talent will stay in the same place — Indianapolis — for at least two more years. But the road show aspect is not dead. Just back-burdened for now.

    • Big Mike

      So is it a burden on someone’s back leaving it in Indy?

      Speaking of journalistic stupidity………’s freaking BURNERED, not burdened.

    • Big Mike

      Good news for our Robbie

      • Robbie

        This is great news for me! I might even be able to talk Rob into coming out for the combine next year.

        • Rob Staton

          I fancy it…

  29. cha

    Canzano: No wiggle room — NFL’s Seahawks and NBA’s Blazers must be sold
    Paul G. Allen Trust is very specific.

    • Jody Allen’s interest in remaining an owner of the Seahawks is unconfirmed. However, an insider at Vulcan, Inc. said this week that he believed Jody was slow-playing the potential sale of the NFL team — leaving the Seahawks for last — because she had interest in retaining an ownership stake.

    • JJ

      So who do we want to buy the hawks and any rumors of interest?

    • Jordan

      OVG would make a lot of sense.

  30. Big Mike

    You weren’t the only one that laughed at him Marshawn. Pretty much evet football fan in the world did too:

    • Palatypus

      Butler gets no respect for making a good play. It was low risk and good clock management.

      • Big Mike

        Far from low risk. A pass into a crowded spot on the field to a 5th string WR who’s main job on the team was gunner on KOs is not low risk. Low risk would’ve been a fade to the corner of the end Chris Matthews who was taller than the Pats DBs.
        Clock mgmt? Maybe tho this whole “don’t score too fast” to me is crap. Just score, get a lead and let the chips fall where they may. Every time an announcer says “they shouldn’t score too fast” it gets my hackles up.

        • Hawkdawg

          Agreed. Clock management? Maybe. But that play was about as high risk as it could get. Very, very risky call. Relied on Kearse to stone the biggest, strongest CB in the NFL at the time, and a special teams guy to fight for position to get the ball as a receiver, cutting into the middle of a stacked defense.

          Pete largely succeeded in getting the media to focus on the “run vs pass” issue, but that was a red herring. The right issue was “if you are going to pass, what pass should you call?” And the one he picked–on personnel and location–was just awful. Which of course he will never admit.

          • Big Mike


          • GoHawks5151

            Never liked that with the game on the line you go to your 5th WR. Keep rolling with Matthews or single up Doug. I understand the time stuff. Rodgers went straight down the field with little time 2 weeks earlier to to force OT. Kam, Sherm, Earl, Avril and Lane all hurt too.

            • Robert M

              You realize that Chris Matthews wasn’t even WR 5, right? Yes, he made some big catches earlier in the game, but if you’re going to complain about throwing to the special teams gunner – Matthews wasn’t even that.

              • GoHawks5151

                He had the hot hand. Lockette never once had a game like that. But I understand the point

        • Group Captain Mandrake

          I always felt like they should have called a roll out for Russ. Option to run or pass, gets him away from the teeth of a D that was set up to stuff the middle and leaves the option to just throw it away if needed and live to run another play.

          • Big Mike

            Also a good option imo

            • Hawk Finn

              Russ’s likelihood of taking an unnecessary sack playing hero is as high as Marshawn’s likelihood of fumbling, and would have been just as devastating. Loss of down, yardage, valuable time, and restricting available plays. The call was fine, the execution sucked

              • Hawkdawg

                False dichotomy. No play is called or run in a vacuum. At the least, the execution sucked because the personnel was wrong for the call. At the most, even the right personnel would not have justified that particular call.

              • Group Captain Mandrake

                The call was not fine. Russ trying to throw into a crowd to the 5th receiver who was not really known for his catching ability was not a great call. Maybe if they had called the play for Doug it would have worked better. There was just a much higher chance of something going wrong on that play than a fade or roll out.

    • 12th chuck

      I still think they watched and filmed our practice for that game, they were busted before and after this game filming.

      • Big Mike

        Won’t argue that your opinion is without merit. No evidence has ever surfaced like we’ve seen in other cases, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

        • Palatypus

          I believe that there were players that said they knew the play was coming.

          • AlaskaHawk

            The defensive guy said they had practiced against that play. But it’s a pretty standard play for every team except the Seahawks. So of course they would practice against that and the more common roll out and throw to the corner type plays.

            • DC

              Quite the opposite, Hawks ran that play quite a bit that year

  31. ska

    The only ‘evidence’ is that they practiced against this exact play.

    • 12th chuck

      All I can say, cheaters are going to cheat. Of course, they are going to say that they practiced that same play, what else would they say? We cheated?

      • DC

        I guess a good scouting report also doesn’t matter, it’s a play we ran many times before and could easily be recognized.

        • 12th chuck

          I guess filming another team’s practice would be considered a great scouting report. I am over the loss as much as possible, but one thing I can do is give the patriots benefit of doubt when it comes to spy gate etc. The biggest takeaway from all that is, they should have run the ball on that play. Clear and simple

          • 12th chuck

            I should be a better proofreader, it’s one thing I can’t do is give the pats the benefit of doubt

  32. Ace

    Thoughts on the new season long “docuseries” the Seahawks will be doing, starting tonight at 6pm? Seems like it’ll be their own Hard Knocks or something. Quite interested honestly.

    • Chase

      What service is it on?

      • Ace

        First episode was premiered through their youtube channel. Not sure where else it was. Might be just YT.

        • Sea Mode

          Cool. Thanks for mentioning it.

          Big buddy buddy vibe with Jody there.

          And how do you almost miss your draft call on draft day?! 😅

          Fresh Seattle Air | The Sound Of The Seahawks – Episode 1

  33. Palatypus

    Hey Rob,

    The new Obi-Wan Kenobi series drops on Disney+ this Friday. Are they doing anything at Disney World to promote it at Star Wars land?

    • Rob Staton

      Not to my knowledge but I’m not a Star Wars man so we didn’t spend much time in that section

      • Roy Batty

        So I’m not the only one.

        • Palatypus

          Stranger Things can’t get here soon enough.

  34. Sea Mode

    Brady Henderson

    Seahawks exec Alonzo Highsmith is leaving to become the GM of football operations at his alma mater, Miami, a source confirms. First reported by the @SunSentinel. Highsmith spent the past two years with Seattle. Most recently held the title of senior executive advisor to the GM.

    Highsmith is the latest high-ranking scouting executive to be poached from the Seahawks’ front office in recent years. Others are Ed Dodds, Dan Morgan and Scott Fitterer (who also took area scout Tyler Ramsey with him to Carolina as a national scout).

    • Palatypus

      Didn’t he play running back with Warren Moon in Houston?

  35. DriveByPoster

    Brock Huard’s take on the potential sale of the Seahawks is pretty interesting…

    When you read it bear in mind that Pete Carroll’s contract runs to 2025 & John Schneider’s to 2027.

    • JJ

      If the assets have to be sold does the Trust care about losing that money? I am sure some deal could be made if a buyer comes forward.

  36. brendon

    anyone read this article on the fangio defense? pretty cool breakdown of what we might expect next year.

    • cha

      I’m all for a change in defensive coaching. Lord knows the Seahawks needed it badly.

      And yeah, Sean McVay asking who gives him trouble and having him point at Fangio, and connecting that to the fact that the Seahawks promoted and hired Fangio people on defense – fantastic.

      Picking up Boye Mafe, Tyreke Smith and the two corners were excellent moves.

      But now the staff has to put all this together and reading that piece, it sure sounds like they’re using a lot of the same guiding principles they did last year.

      I’m bracing for another Week 6 press conference where Pete is asked about how the defense doesn’t look organized at all and is on track to give up an NFL record amount of yards and says ‘yeah, but we’re competing our butts off and we’ve got some things to clean up.’

      • Big Mike

        Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. If Desai in particular leaves after one year, we’ll know Pete couldn’t keep his hands out of the cookie jar as usual and didn’t let these new hires do their thing to the degree they want to/should be allowed to.
        Hope springs eternal, but Pete Carroll is still running the show here. I’m afraid expecting major changes in approach and/or performance is a fool’s errand. What I’m saying is by all means let’s hope our butts off, but expecting things to be different is setting ourselves up for disappointment.

  37. Roy Batty

    Kenneth Arthur curse-laden rant currently going on at Seaside Joe podcast over the Bill Barnwell article.

    I. Love. It.

    • TomLPDX

      What Barnwell article are you referring to?

  38. Ashish

    Hawks is heading right direction because media didn’t like their move this offseason.

    • Rob Staton

      It’s a crap argument by Barnwell. And I was very happy to fire Pete and move in a different direction. But his assessment of the situation feels lazy and quoting Baldwin is the pièce de résistance

      • Ashish

        Yes i was hoping to let Pete go and have Russ for the future. But Rob you made good point in number of articles to give Pete an chance to rebuild as he has earn it. For me, Russ trade is past if it is good or bad time will tell. It’s now history but Pete can rebuild the team and prove his worth. Here in SDB we think they did good in draft and we hope next year this time we are start dreaming for super bowl.

    • Denver Hawker

      Is Barnwell the same guy who used to write interesting articles based on unique metrics and insights and now mostly rights shock pieces behind a paywall?

      • Hoggs41

        100% agree on Barnwell article. Its just lazy as hell. I and we believe the Seahawks have a clear path at what they want to do at QB.

      • jed

        Yeah, Barnwell started out with Football Outsiders before moving to ESPN as part of Bill Simmons’ wing. Instead of moving to Simmons’ new site, he stayed with ESPN and is behind the paywall.

        I haven’t read his work since it started costing $, outside of what gets snapshotted on Twitter or Field Gulls or whatever. My limited exposure leads me to believe he’s part of the analytics crowd that thinks the numbers tell most (if not all) the story of football instead of adding a useful perspective to a complicated conversation.

        The “who had the worst offseason” is subjective, so he can believe it’s the Seahawks. I think the Browns had the worst offseason. The Watson trade/contract, while also alienating and tanking any value for Baker was terrible. I feel for Browns fans, but I hope they suck until Watson is gone.

    • Tomas

      Barnwell is right. Odious Jody’s decision to retain Pete will go down as an infamously bad decision, likely the worst in the history of Seattle professional sports. I take no pleasure in expressing this opinion.

      • Rob Staton

        And you’re welcome to that opinion

        But claiming the arguments he develops from that, including going down the tiresome running backs debate, is lame

      • Chris

        Worst in the history of Seattle professional sports … ? Seems like you’re blowing it a bit out of proportion …

        Howard Schultz would like to have a conversation with you.

  39. Big Boi

    The Brock Huard article is really interesting and brings up one of my big worries. The Paul G. Allen trust has a fiduciary responsibility to the trust and nothing else. Let’s say somehow we end up with a top-notch QB that needs a big contract and some $100 million guaranteed. That money has to be put into escrow from the owner. Does the trust allow that? I am going out on a limb and saying no, the trust would not allow the team to risk the trust’s money to that degree (even if there really is no risk). So does Jody have that kind of scratch to put into escrow? We know nothing about her- hell, she could be worth less than $100 million for all we know. I mean, we know literally nothing about her financial situation or if Paul left her anything at all. If the trust states that the team has to be run in a way that risks as little as possible so it can be sold as soon as possible for as much as possible, then we’re going to need these rookies to really turn out because our ability to sign big-ticket free agents may be very limited.

    • Palatypus

      I wonder if our season ticket holders could organize a Green Bay style public buyout.

      • 12th chuck

        I remember hearing that the nfl would never allow that sort of thing to happen again unfortunately.

        • Palatypus


          Really, as long as it makes money does Roger Goodell really care?

          • Dregur

            Yes, there are specific rules about NFL ownership. One owner needs to have at least 30% of ownership of the team, and there are a max of 24 people that can be part of the ownership team.

            Green Bay was grandfathered in.

            • Big Boi

              And to be honest I think having a strong owner is extremely important. Let’s be honest about the Packers- they kind of lucked into having back-to-back HOF QBs and even then only won two Super Bowls in over 25 years. Without Fabre and Rodgers they’re probably perennials also-rans. Give me a strong Paul Allen type any day.

              • Hawkcrazy

                Although the NFL will not allow community ownership again I wish that they would. No chance of a franchise moving with community ownership, it should be easier to get approval for stadium rebuilding with community ownership, and 2 championships in 25 years is way better than the Seahawks have done (and since Paul Allen we have performed very well).

                • DriveByPoster

                  I agree with Hawkcrazy. According to my extensive research (i.e. a quick look on Wikipedia), the Packers are the 27th most valuable sports franchise in the world, which ain’t bad for a team based in a city of c.100k inhabitants. Variety is the spice of life & a multiplicity of ownership models just adds to the flavour!

  40. Ryan Purcell

    Has anyone watched the Kinlaw/Cohn spat? I guess that’s what happens when you ask the tough questions. Yikes!

    • Rob Staton

      No, that’s not what happens.

      Cohn isn’t ‘asking the tough questions’

      He’s being a troll.

      Simple as that

      • Ryan Purcell

        Hmm.. I think I misremembered him as the guy you interviewed after he put Russ on the spot with some tough followups. My bad.

        • Rob Staton

          No that’s Rob Guerrera

    • cha

      For a credentialed member of the press, Cohn has consistently said some of the strangest NFL things I’ve ever read on Twitter. It was just a matter of time before he stepped on a player’s toes hard enough to make him squawk.

      • Rob Staton

        I watched one of his videos once

        Could barely believe what he was doing

        • Eric

          Am I the first to notice you are back? Or were you jonesin for fix of the SDB community?

          • Rob Staton

            I’m still away until next week

      • DriveByPoster

        I liked Pat Macafee’s take on this…

  41. cha

    Good grief

    Ian Rapoport
    · 51m
    The #Browns and franchise tagged TE David Njoku have reached an agreement in principle on a large new 4-year, $56.75M contract extension, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He gets $28M guaranteed at signing on the deal that averages $14.1875M per year, the fifth highest paid TE.

    • TomLPDX

      Puts Uncle Will in a different perspective.

    • Thomas Wells

      Lol such a browns move. My first thought was literally: why? That dissly contract is an underpay in comparison, good lord

    • Big Mike

      Kittle has gotta be drooling

  42. Eric

    I don’t know who approved this “vacation” but they made a great huge big enormous mistake.

    • Chase

      Selfishly I am prone to agreeing with you.

  43. cha


    It doesn’t necessarily mean the Seahawks will be less interested in Mayfield, but they also don’t want to pay much of the $18.86 million.

    One source told that the Seahawks, who have Geno Smith and Drew Lock on their roster, would sign Mayfield if the Browns cut him.

    • Rob Staton

      The Seahawks are doing the right thing here

      Don’t waste a pick on a rental/competition piece when the focus should be on the 2023 draft

      Be patient at QB

      If he’s there, cheap and available — fine

      Paying him more than a minimal amount and giving up a pick would be dumb

      The media who don’t get it and think they need to do whatever it takes to upgrade the QB position for 2023 need to realise what’s happening here. They might not publicly call it a rebuild but it’s a rebuild

      • cha

        They get to have a look at Drew Lock without giving Mayfield practice reps as well.

      • Bankhawk

        Rob, welcome back! Your post here is a breath of fresh air in the stifling thought-box that is MSM/YouTube (and probably Twitter, though I have eschewed any involvement in those quarters since back in the day).
        This is just me talking, but in a way, the thought of being able to relax and digest the young talent they have taken on board and concentrate on the development thereof without the distraction of fretting over how whatever QB the broader fanbase wants to believe might elevate the team is an oddly calming proposition.
        And I admit to a wee bit of curiosity as to how the QB room as is can make out. If they look flat, then we’ll be geared up to take a legit shot in the draft next year. If they surprise and outperform expectations, we’ll-all the better.
        I find I can muster the patience you mentioned in your post, and I’m no spring chicken. I say, bring it, come what may!

      • Jordan

        “The media who don’t get it and think they need to do whatever it takes to upgrade the QB position for 2023 need to realise what’s happening here”

        Exactly. And upgrading the QB position for 2023 doesn’t mean it needs to be urgently addressed during the summer of 2022.

  44. CaptainJack

    Terrible sad news, Cardinals corner Jeff Gladney has died at the age of 25. Car accident in Dallas. RIP Jeff.

  45. cha

    So this caught my eye but there’s no source to it and mere speculation.

    But I thoroughly enjoyed this

    Seattle is expected to rely on Bona Ford, Kenton Jefferson, Al Woods and Brian Moon for the majority of their tackle points this season.

    Somebody had a really good holiday weekend.

    • Big Mike

    • Big Mike

      I’ll have another round please bartender

    • 12th chuck

      I think he is using the seahawks as leverage again, he has done it before

    • Rob Staton

      Boner Ford

    • Aaron

      Someone had a little too much beer with their steak lol

  46. cha

    Kenneth has a worthy discussion here that the Seahawks have a big dead cap hit this year.

    He brings it up like it’s ‘irksome’

    Wilson’s dead money hit is $26 million, which is more than the entire 2022 dead money hits for all but six other teams in the league. But the Seahawks are only paying out $18 million spread over 10 other players, and that total on its own would sit in the middle of the league.

    Some of the players are even still on Seattle’s roster: Quandre Diggs and Phil Haynes.

    I’m not worried about it at all though. All the numbers are pretty well justified.

    -Brown and Diggs ($6m) are there because they were unhappy and the Seahawks reworked their contracts to give them money up front instead of extending them. They saved $6m on the 2021 cap and rolled it over. So it’s a wash that is inflating the number.

    -Mayowa, Everett, Pocic and Ogbuehi ($5.6m) are void years used by the Seahawks to squeeze under the 2021 cap due to the COVID cap deflation. Every team in the NFL had to manage that. Cost of doing business.

    -Hyder and Wagner ($5.45m) were dead weight and the Seahawks cleared almost $20m off the books by cutting them loose.

    -Witherspoon ($1.25m) they got a 5th round pick for, rather than carry him all year and pay him

    -The big enchilada – RW ($26m) – the Seahawks returned Harris, Fant, Lock, Charles Cross and Boye Mafe + the ammo to land a QB in 2023.

    I’m not worried about the dead cap number for this year, not one bit.

    Oh, and for 2023?

    The Seahawks are off the hook to Wilson and every other player on this list by 2023, with the only scheduled dead money hit to be a $4.2 million cap hit for Carlos Dunlap.

    Even money that the Seahawks will stack $4.6m for Chris Carson and at least $7.11m (and maybe all $21.33m) for Jamal Adams in 2023.

    • AlaskaHawk

      I was just looking at the cap and it looks to me as if the Seahawks are right on schedule in their two year rebuild.

      This year will be good training for the young tackles and defensive players. The offense will be supported by a strong running games that will hopefully be a double or triple headed monster. The defense will be work in progress but at the least should be better at pass rushing.

      Money wise, not much dead cap in 2023 so the Seahawks should have lots of money to work with. Now if they can just keep making good draft choices and not overpay the vets.

      Pete has gone from zero (Adams trade) to hero. Let’s hope he continues the trend.

    • AlaskaHawk

      Also I’m against guaranteeing alot of money to a running back. They aren’t valued that highly by the league, and the vets we have our recovering from injuries. Pay them when they play!

    • Big Mike

      “….and maybe all $21.33m for Jamal Adams in 2023.”

      Likely because of injuries to shoulders. Maybe an injury settlement.

  47. cha

    Bucs keep investing in the DL. When will they learn? Safeties are where it’s at.

    Adam Schefter
    · 1h
    Former Bears’ DL Akiem Hicks reached agreement today on a one-year deal worth up to $10 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per source. Deal negotiated by Bucs’ exec Mike Greenberg and agents @DrewJRosenhaus and @RyanMatha.

  48. TomLPDX

    In case anyone is interested, Pete and the boys will be having a press conference today scheduled for 1:45 PT.

  49. cha

    Gregg Bell
    Returning safety Ryan Neal on Seahawks’ new defense going to more 3-4 styles: “Letting people rush that are supposed to rush, letting people cover that are supposed to cover. That’s the change.”

    • Ashish

      Very good answer without giving too much information

    • TomLPDX

      The dude is just a breath of fresh air. Loved his press conference.

  50. Sea Mode

    Lol. Every year…

    Brady Henderson

    This time every year, you hear about players who returned in the “best shape of his career.” DC Clint Hurtt pretty much said that about DE L.J. Collier. “He’s come in bigger, stronger and faster than what he has been in previous years. Been rushing the passer really well.”

    • Sea Mode

      Haha, more of it…

      Brady Henderson

      Darrell Taylor on Cody Barton, who will now be a full-time starter at inside LB following Bobby Wagner’s departure: “Oh my god, that dude flies around. That’s what I’ve seen from the first day I got here. Him stepping up and everything now, it’s exciting to see.”

      • DC

        To be fair, Barton is much better playing on the inside than outside.

        • Hawkdawg

          Just not sure he can stack like you want your Mike to stack…

          • DC

            True, but IMO, I think he’s ok and can fill the role in the current state of the franchise. We definitely need to upgrade his position, but don’t think it’s urgent.

    • cha

      The only one more tiresome than ‘showed up in the best shape of his life’ is one the Seahawks have trotted out for the third year in a row:

      “Our high-paid stars aren’t on the field practicing, sure, but they’re on Zoom with all the planning meetings so they’re not missing anything. Besides this gives our backups a chance to get some first team reps, so this is actually a good thing!”

      This was about four months removed from Pete at the podium, eulogizing a poor defensive season with ‘not having our guys on the practice field really hurt us.’

      • Rob Staton

        I think it’s poor that certain players aren’t there

        More should be made of those who couldn’t be arsed

      • Big Mike

        Who isn’t there?

        • Big Mike

          I should ask, who isn’t on the field practicing?

          • cha

            Gabe Jackson and Al Woods aren’t there.

            DK, Adams, Diggs, Brown, BBK and Rhattigan are still rehabbing.

            • Big Mike

              Jackson likely knows he’s out the door but Woods? SMDH
              The rehab guys I get it.

        • Henry Taylor

          The only 3 I’ve seen about are Quandre, Jamal and DK. Which tbf makes sense with all 3 coming off injuries and DK presumably wanting a contract extension first.

          • Rob Staton

            Woods, Jefferson and Harris aren’t there

            • Big Mike

              If Harris isn’t rehabbing, shouldn’t he as a new guy that’s being counted on be part of the on field program? And Woods as a vet “leader” should be too right?

            • cha

              Giving me vibes of when the veteran players declined to attend due to COVID and Pete shrugged it off. Came back to bite them in the butt once again.

              • Big Mike

                So how much of this is on Pete who is well known for running a “loose ship”?
                Kind of a rhetorical question, but interested in people’s opinions about that.

                • cha

                  I would hope the ‘arrogant’ comment includes things like this.

                  Hurtt said the two big things for his crew are Accountability and Communication. Not off to the greatest start.

                  • Big Mike


      • Malc from PO

        I’ll submit “there’s a real buzz around here this year that reminds me of 2012” for “most tiresome Seahawks training camp platitude”

  51. Big Mike

    QJeff too?

  52. cha

    Ian Rapoport
    · 2h
    #Seahawks OT Charles Cross, the ninth pick & last unsigned Top 10 pick, agreed to terms and has signed. The highest ever drafted player without an agent, he gets a 4-year fully guaranteed deal worth $21.384M with a signing bonus of $12.73M and a fifth year option.

    • Big Mike

      So why would any 1st rounder need an agent? All their salaries are slotted are they not? I mean hire a lawyer to make sure the contract is the standard NFL rookie deal and keep the 10% for yourself. 2nd contract and on, I get it but not for the rook deal.

      • cha

        I think teams are finally giving the idea of trying for offsets in rookie contracts, so yeah that roadblock that would require an agent is almost done with.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        Blast his hide to Hades! And Leigh Steinberg was going to buy that ivory back scratcher too!

        Have you no heart, sir?

  53. Palatypus

    Jim Nagy interview on Locked on Seahawks.

    And I’m just going to put this out there.

    I want this new defense to make quarterbacks shit the bed like Amber Herd.

    • James Z

      It seems that Depp has some ‘shitting’ to do, also. But really, what is the purpose of you even using her to make a point in a sports blog?

      • Palatypus

        I guess you don’t watch Saturday Night Live.

  54. Jimmy S

    Ugh…Brady Henderson on 710 said “From what I’ve heard, I really think that Drew Lock is going to have to be the convincing winner of this QB competition and any tie will go to Geno Smith.” So it turns out Pete is full of more hot air than a balloon. Color me as shocked!

    • Rob Staton

      Well, bring on the high draft pick!

      (It will be torture having to watch Smith for potentially 17 games though)

      • McZ

        Talking about torture, it’s a good thing the defense has barely improved talent wise, so he will not hit the field that much.

      • RugbyLock

        That’s what the 30 minute replay is for!

    • cha

      Can’t imagine Lock won’t see any time this year. Whether that is due to Geno being ineffective or serving a suspension for his DUI.

    • hawkfanforetenity

      If Lock can’t convincingly beat out Smith he doesn’t deserve the job. It’s not exactly a high bar to clear.

      • JJ

        Yes, it would be nice if Lock beats out Geno, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. The future starter is not on the roster. Just get through the season and develop the young guys.

    • Pran

      If Lock cannot beat Geno…. top 5 pick here we come

      • MychestisBeastmode

        Yep. We’ve got pieces in place (admittedly a lot of unrealised potential) to replicate the Bills over the course of the next 3 seasons. A (potentially future) solid D and ground game just needing a QB to put us over the top for upper echelon contention… Again, most likely in 3 seasons, but possibly 2 if all the stars align.

  55. cha

    Tangentially Seahawks-related

    Adrian Wojnarowski
    · 2m
    Nike founder Phil Knight and Dodgers co-owner Alan Smolinisky have made a $2 billion-plus written offer to purchase the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell ESPN. Discussions are ongoing with the Paul Allen trust that’s overseeing ownership of team. Story soon.

    • TomLPDX

      This could be a good thing for the Blazers. Phil is as Oregon as it gets and him being part of the ownership group would be interesting, especially since Nike has athletes from ALL teams in pro sports signed to various deals, not just BBall.

      • Big Mike

        Seahawks likely the next sale in about a year’s time after this goes through, assuming it does. That’s speculation on my part but the time frame seems about right. I badly want both franchises to have quality ownership because success does indeed start at the top. Same goes for the “new” Sonics when the NBA expands to Seattle and Vegas in ’24.
        On a side note, I REALLY want all the historical team records of the Sonics back in Seattle where they belong and the OKC carpetbaggers can have their own history and team records. Fuck them.

    • Denver Hawker

      Broncos sale narrowed to 4 bids, local word is the sale will easily be north of $4B, but expect final price to land above $5B.

      Will be interesting to see who can cough up $6B for the Seahawks.

  56. cha

    PSA: Do not attempt to listen to a Shane Waldron interview while operating heavy machinery.

    • Big Mike


    • Hawkdawg

      Almost completely content free for 16+ minutes. Impressive.

  57. cha

    The Cleveland Browns have dug themselves such a deep hole they’ll be THE cautionary tale in the NFL for the next 3-4 years. Maybe a decade.

    Every time I think of the implications of what they’ve done this offseason I cannot fathom how people in charge of a legacy franchise that is worth billions have made the decisions they’ve made.

    I wouldn’t trade the Seahawks’ roster and cap obligations straight up for the Browns’ right now. That’s me saying no to Myles Garrett, Clowney, Nick Chubb, Jack Conklin, Jedrick Willis and Denzel Ward and yes to Drew Lock, Jamal Adams, Chris Carson and Gabe Jackson.

    Because that franchise is so monumentally screwed up.

    • Ashish

      Funny thing is no one in media is complaining about the moves how they mortgage Browns future decade hoping Watson clicks and not arrested.

      • cha

        Florio has been all over it.

      • Feindt

        Just watched RW3 shooting a „Let‘s Ride“ scene in front of a greenscreen.
        I can now comfortably say that Seattle won this trade 😂

    • Bankhawk

      Cha, it’s like the hole the Brown’s have dug for themselves with their recent dealings could almost take one’s mind off Seattle’s case of ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ with ‘Mr Designer Coffee Cup’!
      Okay-I did say ‘almost’. 😏

      • cha

        Adams is a drop in the bucket compared to Watson.

        • Scot04

          I didn’t think anyone could top how bad the Adams trade was. Regardless of the outcome, The Watson trade definitely has. I remember not understanding the Adams trade before hearing the compensation. I felt the same about anyone aquiring Watson, only worse. Yes QB was a need, but the cost & the risk; on top of everything else. Comparatively it makes the Adams trade look brilliant. Thank you Cleveland.

  58. 509 Chris

    I’m curious about Drew Lock. Was there a portion of the Denver fan base that believed in him? He had a pretty good rookie season as far as first years go, and then he was saddled with a new coordinator and play book during a season that didn’t really have all the off-season and pre season they usually get. That would be insane for a second year qb. I’m not saying I’m sure this guy will be the future, but what if? I have to think Denver fans might be feeling like they just traded the farm and are committing to a huge future cap hit before seeing if Lock could have been the guy. Imagine a world where Seattle doesn’t have to draft a qb in 23 and can use 2 firsts however they want. (Anderson)

    • Big Mike

      How can he be the future if he can’t seem to beat out Geno Smith to take snaps with the 1s?

      • 509 Chris

        There’s a lot of time left before the season starts. And I’m not sure that he isn’t really beating Geno out. I’ve heard good things so far, but who knows with all the double speak this time of year?

      • Peter

        Having listened to Lock a few times he seems likeable and has a good demeanor that i wouldn’t hate rooting for.

        However he has a real problem. He’s not accurate. Not in college. Not in the pros. And his mistakes are turnovers. It’s not just low percentage accuracy and simple td/int ratio. It’s a very low completion rate and a nearly 1:1 td/int rate. Maybe that changes but i don’t think that’s as simple of a fix as “waldron’s offense,” which remains basically a mystery as to what that even is.

        • MychestisBeastmode

          Seahawks did not get a proven bona fide stud at QB in Lock, which is why Lock was more of an add-on than a valued asset in the RW trade, at least from Denver’s perspective. However, his college TD:Int ratio was upper echelon, his Y/A were also generally around 8 (very good), and his accuracy was respectable and improved each year finishing at just under 63%.

          His best year in the NFL was his first. He showed promise. Then a middling full season under a new OC, then a very limited stint last year with also middling results, albeit with a few great throws in tight windows. He did have some mild gains in Y/A last season as well, which is important because check down QBs rarely win the big games.

          There’s no right answer on whether he should be looked at as glass half-empty or half-full. Though, given the situation of RW wanting out and limited teams he would go to, outside of landing Watson and the huge mess/moral/legal baggage, Lock appears to be the best available QB that was available. He arguably has a lot of unrealised potential and just may flourish in his new home. But if he doesn’t, and Geno also does not manage a 105 QBR over a full season (like he had last year) then we will be drafting our QoF in 2023.

          I’m content in either scenario, and also hope for the OP’s premise of “what if Lock is good” and we then get to use all of that draft stock on further strengthening the team rather than needing to draft a QB. Best Seahawks off-season in a long time. Go Hawks!

  59. Sea Mode

    Alex Mack retires

  60. CaptainJack

    I hope geno is the starter

    Would show the Seahawks are committing to the tank
    Which is what they need to do

    • UkAlex6674

      The tank narrative is getting old now. It’s not going to happen.

    • cha

      How the Broncos did not say to both parties “Russ signs an extension or no trade” is beyond me.

      What, did they think the market for QBs was going to cool down?

      AR had signed for $45m with $100m guaranteed just that day. Two weeks later Watson signed for $46m with $230m guaranteed.

  61. Schrub

    Good ol’ Mark Rodgers. Glad we’re rid of him.

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