Aug 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) walks to the locker room following a 30-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks stand behind Drew Lock, not chasing QBs

Head coach Pete Carroll wants the Seattle Seahawks to stand pat at quarterback, throwing his support behind newcomer Drew Lock.

Carroll said Lock would’ve been the top-rated quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, couching the opinion as part of the reason he’s comfortable not chasing other available quarterbacks.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all. I don’t see that happening,” Carroll said in an interview with KJR-FM in Seattle. “But we’re certainly going to continue to be open to chances to help our club, and meanwhile we’re just going to be battling and competing our tails off. There’s always possibilities, so we keep open to that.”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is the name that continues to come up, but Carroll would only say the Seahawks are always going to “keep looking” and competing.

Lock came to Seattle as part of the package the Denver Broncos traded to get Russell Wilson in March.

Lock had 787 passing yards, two scores and two interceptions in six games last season, serving primarily as the backup to Teddy Bridgewater in Denver in 2021. He has 24 career appearances and is 8-13 as a starter.

A second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, he has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Mayfield was displaced as the starter in Cleveland when the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson. The Carolina Panthers are another team commonly associated with Mayfield rumors.

But Mayfield himself said last month he didn’t know where he might end up before suggesting “maybe Seattle.”

Carroll said the competition he envisions is with Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason.

“All three of our guys have great arms,” Carroll said. “They can rip the ball around the field. They are really talented, arm-talent wise. They are big, sharp and move the ball well. Right now, you can’t tell the difference from one thrower to the next because they can all just chuck it.”

–Field Level Media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks not in market for QB

The Seattle Seahawks, seven weeks removed from the trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, aren’t in the market for a veteran quarterback.

That was the message Thursday from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll while speaking to Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all,” Carroll told the radio station, according to ESPN. “I don’t see that happening. But we’re certainly going to continue to be open to chances to help our club, and meanwhile we’re just going to be battling and competing our tails off. There’s always possibilities, so we keep open to that.”

Carroll had been asked specifically about Baker Mayfield, who lost his starting quarterback job in Cleveland when the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in mid-March.

The Seahawks’ current quarterback depth chart is topped by Drew Lock, who arrived in the Wilson deal, and Geno Smith.

Lock, 25, produced an 8-13 record as a starter while appearing in 24 games for Denver from 2019-21.

Smith, 31, went 1-2 as a starter for Seattle last year. He previously had a 12-18 mark as the New York Jets’ starter, and he lost his lone start for the New York Giants in 2017.

The Seahawks have two other quarterbacks on the roster: Jacob Eason, a 2020 fourth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts who has yet to start an NFL game, and Levi Lewis, just signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana.

Asked again by KJR about the Seahawks’ QB situation, Carroll said with a laugh, according to ESPN, “There’s no chance I’m going to tell you anything more than what I just told you, but I love you for trying. Honestly, we’re going to keep looking and seeing what’s available, but only to help our club and try to make us better. If the case presents itself, we’re going to be ready for it.”

Wilson, 33, was the Seahawks’ starter ever since he was drafted in 2012. He led the team to two Super Bowls, winning one, and made the Pro Bowl nine times.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; A general overall view of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the British and the United States flags on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the  NFL International Series game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs and Seahawks to play NFL’s first game in Germany

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13 in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany.

The NFL announced the international schedule for the 2022 season Wednesday, including three games in England in October and one in Mexico in November.

The Buccaneers and Seahawks will play at 9:30 a.m. ET at Allianz Arena in Munich.

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will meet on Oct. 2 and the Green Bay Packers will take on the New York Giants on Oct. 9, with both games at 9:30 a.m. ET at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars will play at London’s Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, also at 9:30 a.m. ET.

On Nov. 21, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers will clash on “Monday Night Football” at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Broncos-Jaguars game will be the first NFL contest broadcast on ESPN+.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) jogs to the locker room following a 23-13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: QB Geno Smith to sign 1-year deal with Seahawks

Quarterback Geno Smith will sign a one-year contract worth $7 million with the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network reported on Thursday.

Smith, 31, started three games last season for the Seahawks while Russell Wilson was sidelined with a finger injury. Overall, Smith saw action in four games and passed for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

With Wilson traded to Denver in the offseason, the Seahawks’ quarterback room consists of former Bronco Drew Lock, Jacob Eason and Smith.

Smith, 31, went 1-2 as a starter last season and is 13-21 over his NFL career. He was a second-round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2013 and made 29 starts over his first two seasons.

Overall, Smith has passed for 6,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 45 games with the Jets (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018) and Seahawks (2019-21).

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (87) reacts after running into a cheerleader following a reception prepares in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks exercise fifth-year option on TE Noah Fant

The Seattle Seahawks exercised the fifth-year option on tight end Noah Fant, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The move guarantees Fant will make $6.85 million in 2023.

Fant was acquired from the Denver Broncos last month as part of the trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to the Mile High City.

The 24-year-old Fant caught 68 passes for 670 yards and four touchdowns last season and has 170 receptions for 1,905 yards and 10 scores in 47 games (41 starts) over three seasons.

Fant was the 20th overall draft pick out of Iowa in 2019 and signed a four-year, $12.6 million deal. He is slated to make $2.2 million in 2022.

Fant is the first player from the 2019 draft class to have his fifth-year option picked up.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) walks to the locker room following a 13-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ex-Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner visits Rams

Free-agent linebacker Bobby Wagner visited with the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, NFL Media reported.

Wagner, of course, is no stranger to the NFC West, having played all 10 seasons of his NFL career with rival Seattle.

The Seahawks released Wagner on March 9, saving $16.6 million against the salary cap for 2022.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection had a career-high 170 tackles in 2021 despite missing time with a knee injury. He added one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 starts.

Wagner, who will turn 32 this summer, made his initial voyage into free agency on the heels of suffering MCL and PCL sprains in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions, although he expects to be healthy for the 2022 regular season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown (76) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Panthers pursuing LT Duane Brown

The Carolina Panthers are pursuing veteran free agent left tackle Duane Brown, ESPN reported Sunday.

Brown is a five-time Pro Bowl selection. A first-round pick by the Houston Texans in 2008, he spent the past five seasons with the Seahawks. He signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract extension in 2018 with Seattle.

He has played in 203 career games, all starts, and didn’t miss a game the past two seasons. He’ll turn 37 just before the start of the 2022 season.

The Panthers need to upgrade their offensive line this offseason. Carolina quarterbacks were sacked 52 times last season, fifth most in the NFL.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (6) attempts to intercept a pass intended for Houston Texans tight end Brevin Jordan (9) during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks re-sign S Quandre Diggs to $40M deal

Subtractions stole the spotlight in Seattle last week, but the Seahawks are re-signing safety Quandre Diggs to a three-year deal.

According to reports, the contract is worth $40 million. Free agents can re-sign with their team before the start of the league year on Wednesday, whereas players changing teams cannot officially sign until the March 16 green flag.

Diggs, 29, was last seen leaving the field Week 18 on a cart with a leg injury, but head coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL Scouting Combine the 5-foot-9 safety was doing well in recovery from surgery to repair his dislocated ankle. He also broke his fibula.

“He’s an awesome part of our team, and we’d love to have him with us,” Carroll said. “This injury is not going to be one that’s going to keep him from playing, so we’ve just got to go through it. It’s unfortunate it’s a very difficult offseason for him for those first three or four months and all of that, but he’ll get back and get going, and we’d love to have him with us.”

The Seahawks acquired Diggs from the Lions in 2019. He played four-plus seasons in Detroit and has spent two-plus seasons with the Seahawks, starting all 33 games the past two seasons and posting 10 interceptions.

He’s played in 103 games with 414 tackles and 19 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Colin Kaepernick gets inducted into the Nevada Sports Hall of Fame during halftime of the game against Idaho State at Mackay Stadium in Reno on Sept. 11, 2021.

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Colin Kaepernick, eyeing comeback, to work out with Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett

Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t given up hope of rejoining an NFL roster. And he might have the help of a prominent former divisional rival in making his NFL dream reality.

On Sunday, Kaepernick wrote on social media that he has been training for the past five years with an eye on a possible return, but that he missed working with genuine NFL receiving talent.

It didn’t take long for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett to take him up on his request, with Lockett tweeting back to Kaepernick, “Let’s do it bro! Me and my brother will come run routes for you!”

Kaepernick, 34, and Lockett, 29, faced off several times as divisional rivals in the NFC West, with Kaepernick recording just a 2-6 record against the rival Seahawks as a starter.

The Seahawks are currently in the market for a quarterback after they traded away longtime starter Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos earlier this month.

Kaepernick, a two-time member of the NFL’s Top 100 list, famously took a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism and police brutality during the 2016 NFL season. He has been unable to make a return to the league since.

During the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came out in support of a team taking a chance on re-signing Kaepernick, saying “I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”

Around that same time, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed regret about not signing the quarterback to some kind of deal after he became available in 2017.

“The rest of that story is one that I regret that didn’t happen in some fashion. I wish we would have contributed to it, because again, he deserved to play,” Carroll said.

“I thought at the time and just in our situation as a backup, man, I didn’t feel it was right at that time, so I had to make that football decision. It was about our team and the situation. We had our starting quarterback and all of that, and it wasn’t going to be the open competitive situation that I’d like to think all of our spots are because Russell is such a dominant figure and all that. That’s what happened.”

Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards with a 72-30 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio on 59.8 percent passing throughout his career. He also led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance (XLVII) following the 2012 season.

Lockett, a former first-team All-Pro, is coming off a 2021 season in which he posted 73 receptions for a career-high 1,175 yards with eight touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Watson Watch: Panthers, Seahawks expected to make offers for Texans QB

Deshaun Watson demanded a trade more than 13 months ago, and his days with the Houston Texans appear to be numbered.

The Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions are among quarterback-needy teams pushing to the front of the line with trade offers to acquire Watson. The Panthers, per reports, are operating under orders from owner David Tepper to do what it takes to land Watson.

Watson, who learned Friday he would not face criminal charges for sexual misconduct related to claims from 22 women of wrongdoing, vowed not to play for the franchise in January 2021. He was inactive for all 17 regular-season games last season.

The Texans fired head coach David Culley after one season and promoted Lovie Smith to the role, but Houston’s position established by general manager Nick Caserio hasn’t changed: the franchise will deal Watson if it helps Houston.

Caserio hasn’t confirmed the asking price includes multiple first-round draft picks and additional assets — either draft capital or NFL players — but multiple reports Friday said the Texans have not shifted from their original ask of suitors.

The Panthers and Lions have veteran quarterbacks under contract they acquired in trades last offseason who could be included in any deal, and each team owns a pick in the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

ESPN reported the Panthers’ offer would be “aggressive” and the team is “all in” on a Watson deal.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported the Seahawks are “in the mix” for Watson after trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

Other teams who could push for Watson include the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

The Colts are unlikely to be a match with Caserio given they share a division with the Texans. Indianapolis is pursuing what will be the team’s sixth Week 1 starter in six years after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders.

Cleveland is at a crossroads with Baker Mayfield as the Browns decide whether to commit with a long-term contract, but general manager Andrew Berry reportedly has been engaged with the Texans and agreed to another trade for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Tom Brady’s retirement in February puts the Buccaneers in uncertain territory. Head coach Bruce Arians said second-year quarterback Kyle Trask could start in 2022, but also mentioned veteran journeyman Blaine Gabbert — Brady’s backup last season — as a possibility.

New Orleans hasn’t settled on a starter since Sean Payton’s retirement. Jameis Winston is an unrestricted free agent recovering from a torn ACL. Two quarterbacks are on the current roster, including versatile Taysom Hill and Ian Book. Teddy Bridgewater, who opened last season as the starter for the Broncos, is a familiar veteran who could make sense for head coach Dennis Allen.

–Field Level Media