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NFC Championship – San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have reached agreement with coach Pete Carroll on a new three year deal.

The deal was announced in a press conference Friday morning. The exact terms of the deal were not immediately released, but it was prefaced the deal was entirely new, not an extension on the old deal which ran through this year.

Carroll, 62, already one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL, was entering the last year of his contract. The new deal will run though 2016.

Carroll said though the team won a Super Bowl last year, he is by no means done striving for accomplishments.

“One time is cool, but to come back and show you can do it again is a tremendous challenge,” Carroll said at the press conference.

Carroll became the Seahawks head coach on Jan. 11,  2010, after signing a five-year contract that reportedly was worth $35 million. He led the team in four seasons to a Super Bowl victory. He is one of only three football coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship (the others are Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer).

 

 

 

 

 

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Cornerback Phillip Adams, who spent time with the Seahawks in 2011 and was cut in 2012. (Photo: Seahawks.com)

RENTON — The Seahawks on Thursday night signed cornerback Phillip Adams, who was Seattle’s team in 2011 but cut following training camp in 2012, seahawks.com said. He played on the Oakland Raiders the past two seasons.

In 31 games with the Raiders, he racked up 45 tackles, two interceptions, and defensed six passes, the website said.

The Seahawks lost cornerback Brandon Browner to the New England Patriots and nickel-back Walter Thurmond to the New York Giants in free agency this offseason. Adams adds some needed depth to a position that also features All-Pro Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon,Chandler Fenner and Akeem Auguste.

Adams also saw action as a punt returner during his two-season stay in Oakland, bringing back 33 balls for 198 yards (6.0-yard average), including a long of 47 (2012). Seattle is currently without a designated punt returner with wide receiver Golden Tate taking his talents to the Detroit Lions in free agency, so Adams could compete for playing time in that area as well.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Adams, who played his collegiate ball at South Carolina State, was originally drafted by the division rival San Francisco 49ers in 2010.

 

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Golden Tate, right, is now a Detroit Lion. (Photo: Seahawks.com)

SEATTLE — Former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate,  who signed with the Detroit Lions last week, said the contract offer from Seattle was “laughable” and it upset him that some fans turned on him for leaving, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

In an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle, Tate said he felt fans expected too much when he said he was willing to give the Seahawks organization “a hometown discount.”

“I didn’t mean a 40 percent discount,” Tate told the ESPN radio station. “I’m going to earn in one year at Detroit what Seattle was going to pay me for two years. Seattle offered numbers that were laughable. I thought, ‘I’ve given you everything and this is what you give me?’”

According to ESPN, Tate signed a five-year, $31 million contract with Detroit.

ESPN quoted Tate as saying, “People are starting to show their true colors. I think the world of the 12s [Seahawks fans], but there is a large group who very quickly turned on me. It kind of bothered me because I felt like I gave everything I possibly could to the city of Seattle.

“I was out in the community and I played my tail off every game. And I helped bring the first ever Super Bowl [championship] to Seattle. I don’t care who you are. If you have an opportunity to earn way more money in another city, you’ll leave in a second. Every single person in the world would have done what I did.”

To read the entire ESPN.com article, click here.

Seattle Seahawks v Houston Texans

Brandon Browner, No. 39, of the Seattle Seahawks waits on the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Suspended Seahawks free agent cornerback Brandon Browner — one of the original members of the team’s ‘Legion of Boom’ — announced Friday he has signed a deal to play for the New England Patriots and thanked the Seahawks and the 12th Man “for everything you have done for myself and my family.”

ESPN reported it was a three-year, $17 million contract.

Browner, 30, is suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In addition, as part of his penalty, he will forfeit another four weeks of pay after that, the league announced. But the Patriots obviously were willing to work around the fact that he will miss the first four games of the season.

“Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot,” Browner tweeted late Friday afternoon. “I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am grateful for the opportunity Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Nick Caserio and the entire team have given me.

“I intend to diligently work with the same passion and dedication that I have displayed since coming into the NFL to uphold the great traditions and qualities that are embodied by the Patriots.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a young boy’s dream come true. To Coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, John Idzik, Coach Richard, Rocky Seto, the LOB, my teammates, the training staff, the equipment guys, the Seahawks organization as a whole and most importantly the 12th Man, I say thank you for everything you have done for myself and my family. I am a truly blessed person.”

seahawksRENTON — The Seattle Seahawks have announced season ticket prices for 2014 will increase an average of $12, from $99 to $111 in 2014.

“Seventy percent of season ticket-holders will see an increase between $3 – $11 per ticket,” Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin said in a news release. “In addition, approximately 10% of tickets are priced at or below the average lowest ticket price in the NFL.”

The team will introduce “variable ticket pricing” for the first time, which will be finalized once the NFL schedule is released, the team said.

“Through variable pricing, ticket prices will better reflect the value and demand for each game, once the schedule is announced next month,” said McLoughlin.

Individual game tickets will continue to be sold at a higher price, offering season ticket-holders the greatest value for their Seahawks game tickets.

Since 2003, the team has sold out 95 consecutive games, including playoffs, the Seahawks said.

The team has 12,000 paid members on the Blue Pride Waitlist and 30,000 non-paid members on the Blue Pride Notification List.

Season ticket-holders will begin to receive renewal information in the next few days.

For more information on season tickets, please visit seahawks.com or call 888/NFL-HAWK.

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Golden Tate, right, is now a Detroit Lion. (Photo: Seahawks.com)

By Clare Farnsworth

Seahawks.com

RENTON, Wash. — The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver/punt returner Golden Tate to a five-year contract Wednesday.

Tate was the leading receiver for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2013, when he also ranked ninth in the league with an 11.5-yard average returning punts.

The Lions got an assist from the latest snowstorm to hit the Detroit area, as Tate could not catch his scheduled flight out on Wednesday.

“I came here and kind of hung out,” Tate said during his introductory news conference. “I couldn’t go anywhere because there weren’t any flights outbound, which is probably a good thing. I had a chance to hang around here a little longer to give these guys more of a chance.

“Actually, they have a sleep room here, did you know that? With like three beds, three or four beds and it is comfortable. So, I got a nice little nap in and I woke up and the next thing I know I had a great offer on the table that I couldn’t wait to jump on.”

Also gone is offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and backup safety/special-teams standout Chris Maragos.

Giacomini agreed to terms with the New York Jets, whose general manager John Idzik was the former vice president for football operations at the Seahawks during Giacomini’s first two seasons in Seattle. He started 12 games, including the Super Bowl, in 2013, though missed seven midseason games while rehabbing from knee surgery.

Maragos’ agreement  to terms on a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles was announced on the team’s website, and included a “Ten Things You Need to Know About Chris Maragos” photo blog. For example: “Chris Maragos’ father, Nick, was a free safety at Northern Iowa. His brother, Troy, was a former Bucky Badger mascot at Wisconsin.”

The NFL Network reported that the two-year deal defensive end/linebacker O’Brien Schofield agreed to Tuesday is on hold because of an issue with his knee from the physical he took.

NFL.com reported that defensive end Chris Clemons, who was released by the Seahawks on Wednesday, is close to signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars – who are coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

A look at the players the Seahawks have signed and lost in the first two days of the NFL’s free-agency period, as well as their remaining free agents:

Re-signed
DL Michael Bennett
C Lemuel Jeanpierre (restricted)
SS Jeron Johnson (restricted)
TE Anthony McCoy

Tendered
WR Doug Baldwin (restricted)

Agreed to terms with other teams
OT Breno Giacomini, Jets
DT Clinton McDonald, Buccaneers
FS Chris Maragos, Eagles
DE/LB O’Brien Schofield (pending to Giants) WR Golden Tate, Lions

Released
DE Red Bryant, signed with Jaguars
DE Chris Clemons (pending to Jaguars)
WR Sidney Rice

Remaining unrestricted free agents
CB Brandon Browner
TE Kellen Davis
K Steven Hauschka
QB Tarvaris Jackson
DT Tony McDaniel
OL Paul McQuistan
FB Michael Robinson
CB Walter Thurmond

Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants

Jason Hatcher, No. 97, bearing down on New York Giants’ Rueben Randle on Nov. 24, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Dallas Cowboys free agent defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is flying to Seattle to talk with the Seahawks, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

The move comes after the Hawks lost veteran DT Clinton McDonald on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which signed him to a four-year contract. The Bucs announced the signing on their website. McDonald had 5.5 sacks for the Seahawks last season.

Hatcher, 31, is 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds and can play defensive tackle or defensive end. He recorded 11 sacks for the Cowboys last season — the best of his pro career.

Hatcher was a third-round pick by the Cowboys in 2006 out of Grambling State University. He started 31 games in the previous two seasons and made 92 tackles.

Meanwhile, NFL.com reported that Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate will be visiting with the Detroit Lions, and cornerback Walter Thurmond is slated to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, which also signed Red Bryant.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks re-signed tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year contract.  McCoy, 6-foot-5, 259 pounds, was a sixth-round choice in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Hawks. McCoy injured his Achilles during an OTA workout last May and spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve.

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks on Monday struck a deal with defensive end Michael Bennett, who was slated to become a free agent on Tuesday.

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Defensive end Michael Bennett speaking at Seahawks facility in Renton, Wash., on Monday, March 10, 2014. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Seahawks re-signed Bennett to a four-year contract worth $28.5 million, with $10 million coming in 2014 and $16 million guaranteed, according to a source who had spoken with the player.

The team later made the move official.

Bennett compiled 8.5 sacks and was considered one of the strongest defensive ends in the league last year with the Hawks, helping them secure a Super Bowl win and a 13-3 record throughout the season. He had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery with the team.

Bennett considered one of the Hawks’ off-season priority signings. Earlier media reports suggested he would sign with the Chicago Bears.

“I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation and a lot of teams tried to get me to come there,” Bennett said at a news conference in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. “But ultimately I wanted to come back and get a chance to play with these guys and just win some more games.

“My brother understands my situation. It was all on me, not really him. So I feel like I made the right decision and I’m just happy to be back.

“I just love the organization and the things they’re about,” Bennett said. “I love the staff – from the equipment staff to the medical staff, it just goes on and on. Everybody here, they’re good people. And I really enjoy that.

“I love the fans here, and that’s one of the main reasons I came back. … These people, they just love the players and I appreciate that and how much they put into being one of the biggest reasons why we win games.

This is actually exactly what it was for,” he said. “To come here, win the Super Bowl, play with all the guys I grew up with, just to win it felt really good and to get the contract is even better.

“It’s been amazing the career I’ve been able to have so far. Just to be a guy who wasn’t drafted and to be more successful than a lot of guys who were in front of me, it’s just been a great ride so far.”

Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

Recording artists Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks attends a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on February 3, 2014. From Getty Images.

 

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