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Seahawks News

Russell Wilson addresses trade talk and Seahawks frustrations, but ‘ultimate goal is to win' – The Athletic
Wilson, in his first public comments since offseason trade chatter, said Thursday that he "got his wish" in staying with Seattle.

Clayton: What you need to know coming out of Seahawks' OTAs
John Clayton breaks down observations and notes from Seahawks OTAs, including what Bobby Wagner had to say and impressions of the offense.

Heaps: The 'all-in' Seahawks trade target no one is talking about
The hopes of the Seahawks getting Julio Jones have been dashed, but Jake Heaps says Bears DT Akiem Hicks should be Seattle's next target.

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner On Showing Up For OTAs, K.J. Wright’s Future & More
News and notes from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner’s press conference following Thursday’s session of organized team activities.

Russell Wilson: ‘I did not request a trade’ - National Football Post
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday insisted he never asked the organization for a trade while acknowledging “unfortunate frustrations” with how the season ended.

Russell Wilson rumors: Seahawks QB denies requesting a trade - Sports Illustrated
After a tumultuous offseason flooded with trade rumors, the Seahawks' franchise QB reaffirmed his commitment to Seattle.

NFC West News

Kyler Murray keeps door open for baseball - ProFootballTalk
From Tom Brady to Deshaun Watson to Russell Wilson to Aaron Rodgers, quarterbacks increasingly have realized the power they have.

Red Rain Podcast with Host Walter Mitchell - Revenge of the Birds

Candlestick Chronicles: Injuries, OTAs, and Kyle Shanahan’s rank among head coaches
Chris and Kyle are back for a jam-packed episode of Candlestick Chronicles where they discuss injuries and OTAs before Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus hops on the pod.

How 'freak athlete' Trey Lance has impressed George Kittle | RSN
George Kittle likes what he's seen from "freak athlete" Trey Lance thus far.

Who is the best general manager in the NFC West? - Niners Nation
We’ve gone through the All-NFC-West offenses and defenses so far, where I forgot to add notable names like Rodney Hudson and Chandler Jones.

Gold Standard: One quote on injuries that could come back to haunt 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan - Niners Nation
In April, Kyle Shanahan went before the media and apologized after he, "totally bombed" his response to a question about whether Jimmy Garoppolo would be on the roster later this year.

Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay says happiness with Matthew Stafford no slight to Jared Goff
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said his remarks about Matthew Stafford were "taken out of context," saying his excitement with his new quarterback wasn't a slight to former QB Jared Goff.

Comparing Matthew Stafford’s weapons with Rams to the 2020 Lions - Turf Show Times
Matthew Stafford’s 13th season in the NFL will be his first away from the Detroit Lions.

Around The NFL

Slow pace for NFL player vaccination causes NFLPA, coaches and agents to push for action – The Athletic
"There really shouldn't be any excuse for not having the answers to the questions that you have,” NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith said on Thursday.

Mac Jones is being challenged by the defense, and Dont’a Hightower returns: Patriots practice report – The Athletic
Bill Belichick’s defense is not throwing vanilla looks at the rookie QB. They're working him pretty hard in spring practices.

Julio Jones on targets with Tennessee Titans -- I'm a team guy, not a stat guy
Julio Jones said Thursday that his main concern is helping the Titans win, not how many targets per game he will get in the team's offense.

Report: Bears QB Justin Fields inks $18.8M rookie deal - National Football Post
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with first-round pick Justin Fields on a fully guaranteed four-year, $18.9 million contract that includes an $11.1 million signing bonus for the quarterback..

Packers TE Jace Sternberger explains reason for 2-game suspension
A “horrible decision” stemming from a mix of anti-depressants and alcohol resulted in Jace Sternberger’s two-game suspension from the NFL.

Falcons mandatory minicamp: Highlights from all three days
The Atlanta Falcons wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday, and signed a tryout player, linebacker Jeff Holland, to a one-year deal.

Anti-Dynasty Rankings 31-40: Kelly Abandons Buffalo | Football Outsiders
Our anti-dynasty rankings continue! Come learn about the worst coach in Jets history (no, not that one), players shunning the NFL for other leagues, the St. Louis relocation blues, and the 1920s NFL Barry Horowitzes.

FO Radio Hour: Site Updates, Julio Jones, NFC South | Football Outsiders
An all-new stream of the FO Radio Hour hosted by Aaron Schatz featured guests Mike Tanier and Scott Spratt.

Todd Gurley visiting Ravens as former All-Pro seeks his third NFL home, per report -
Gurley would join a loaded backfield in Baltimore.

Former first-round CB Johnathan Joseph retires after 15 seasons in NFL
Veteran CB Johnathan Joseph, a 2006 first-round selection by the Bengals and two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Texans, announced his retirement Thursday.

Move The Sticks Podcast: Anatomy of Jordan Love's Career
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are back for a deep dive on Packers QB Jordan Love's college and NFL career.