The Field Gulls Week in Review is back this week after a one-week hiatus during which almost nothing happened. The NFL shook itself out of that cocoon of inactivity, coming back into the news with a bang, thanks in large part to suspensions and extensions. Straight fire.
As you already know, Doug Baldwin signed a contract extension this week. The deal, worth $46 million over four years, ties Baldwin to the Seahawks until 2020. We celebrated the extension in true Doug Baldwin fashion; by talking about him a lot. First, Evan Hill breaks down the contract itself, right down to the signature at the bottom of the page. I wrote about where Baldwin could stand in Seahawks history at the end of his new deal.
Kenny wrote on Darrell Bevell and the Seahawks passing efficiency after three Seahawks receivers were in the top-10 of catch percentage and yards per target in 2015.
Lars Russell discussed how the Seahawks are nearly the best at not being the worst, which is a good thing!
After being arrested last week for aggravated assault, former Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has reportedly requested a public defender because he's broke. The request was reportedly denied because the judge didn't believe Jackson couldn't afford it himself.
Current Seahawks backup quarterback Trevone Boykin plead no contest this week to a resisting arrest charge stemming from a New Years Eve incident this past December. Boykin was sentenced to a year of probation, among other terms including fines and anger management.
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw was claimed by the Chicago Bears this week after his release from Cleveland. The Seahawks reportedly put in a claim for the former South Carolina Gamecock, signalling a desire for another quarterback now that Jackson's return seems unlikely.
The Wild Week in the NFC West
Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary was hired this week as a defensive assistant for the Los Angeles Rams. Singletary was last in the NFL as the Minnesota Vikings' linebackers coach, a role that he served for two seasons.
Amazon and NFL Films' joint venture All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals debuted this past Friday, and it's tremendous. As captivating as Hard Knocks and as entertaining as Bruce Arians on Sound FX, all parties involved did a great job capturing one of the NFL's more colorful franchises.
The Troubled and the Moronic
Cowboys linebacker Rolondo McClain was suspended ten games this week for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This will be the second straight season the troubled linebacker starts on the suspended list, and the third total suspension of his career.
Coachella's own Johnny Manziel was suspended four games this week for violating the league's substance abuse policy, despite the quarterback's NFL future looking doubtful at best. Manziel could still face further discipline for violating the league's personal conduct policy, if/when the troubled ex-Brown finds himself on a roster.
Sheldon Richardson was suspended one game by the NFL for violation of the league's personal conduct policy this week. The Jet was arrested last summer after being caught driving over 140 miles per hour with a young child and a handgun in the car.
The NFL informed players named in the infamous Al Jazeera report of their intention to interview them, per Ian Rapoport. For Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison the interview is expected to take place on the first day of their respective training camps, while free agent Mike Neal's will be done prior to July 22nd. Additionally, the league intends to also interview now-retired quarterback Peyton Manning, who was named in the report as well.
Former Seattle Seahawk Cory Redding retired on Wednesday, after 13 seasons in the NFL. Redding came to Seattle from Detroit in a trade for Julian Peterson, before going on to play for the Ravens, Colts and Cardinals to finish his career.
Superstar quarterback and nerdiest hundred-millionaire that isn't in the tech industry Andrew Luck signed a contract extension with the Colts this week, worth $140 million over six years. The contract, which is the richest in NFL history, sees Luck get $47 million fully guaranteed.
Sad news on Tuesday morning, as Buddy Ryan passed away after a lengthy fight against cancer. Ryan, best known for being the creator of the 46 defense, also is widely credited for putting together the defensive game plan that sprang the New York Jets to the greatest upset in sports history in Super Bowl III. Ryan will live on through his sons, Rex and Rob, who perfectly emulate Buddy's brash nature that made him such a captivating figure in NFL history. Rest in peace, Buddy.
That's it for this week in the NFL. Gooooooooo Hawks.