Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks RB Chris Carson retiring with neck injury

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring due to a neck injury, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The team reportedly will release the two-time 1,000-yard rusher with a failed physical designation.

The 27-year-old Carson would be entitled to receive “several million” in injury protection benefits under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, per the report. He signed a two-year, $10.43 million deal in March 2021.

Carson suffered a neck injury in a Week 4 win against San Francisco last season and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16.

He later had surgery to repair the injury, finishing the season with 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns and six receptions for 29 yards in four starts.

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Carson rushed for 3,502 yards and 24 TDs and caught 107 passes for 804 yards and seven scores in 49 games (48 starts) over five seasons. He ran for 1,151 yards in 2018 and 1,230 in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Seattle Seahawks nose tackle Bryan Mone (90) at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks sign DT Bryan Mone to 2-year extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive tackle Bryan Mone to a two-year contract extension worth up to $13.8 million, NFL Network reported Monday.

Mone, 26, is an exclusive rights free agent who signed his tender for the 2022 season in April.

The new deal will pay him $12 million for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. It includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and he can earn up to an additional $1.8 million in incentives, per the report.

Mone played in 14 games (five starts) and contributed 35 tackles, three quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble last season.

Undrafted out of Michigan in 2019, Mone has 48 tackles and two sacks in 28 games (five starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks.

–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

Seahawks re-sign veteran QB Geno Smith to 1-year deal

The Seattle Seahawks officially re-signed veteran quarterback Geno Smith for the 2022 season on Tuesday.

Multiple outlets said Smith, 31, will receive a $3.5 million base salary — including a $500,000 signing bonus — and can earn an additional $3.5 million in incentives.

Smith started three games last season for the Seahawks while Russell Wilson was sidelined with a finger injury. Overall, he 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 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, he 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).

Seattle also announced the signings of eight restricted free agents or exclusive-rights free agents: wide receiver Penny Hart, guard Phil Haynes, defensive tackle Bryan Mone, linebacker Tanner Muse, safety Ryan Neal, cornerback John Reid, linebacker Jon Rhattigan and center Dakoda Shepley.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai gestures while walking on the field during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks hiring former Bears DC Sean Desai

The Seattle Seahawks are hiring former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai as an associate head coach, NFL Network reported Friday.

Desai, 38, interviewed for the defensive coordinator jobs with the Las Vegas Raiders and New York Giants this offseason.

He was a defensive quality control coach (2013-18) and safeties coach (2019-20) with Chicago before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2021. The Bears finished No. 3 in passing defense and No. 6 in total defense in his first season in charge.

Desai was not retained by the Bears when head coach Matt Nagy was fired after the season and replaced by Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

Head coach Pete Carroll’s Seahawks (7-10) missed the playoffs for just the second time in 10 years in 2021 after finishing 28th in the NFL in total defense.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to explore options

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to explore his options this offseason, sources told NFL Network.

Wilson has not demanded a trade, per Sunday’s report, but he intends to investigate other destinations that might give him a better shot at winning another championship.

Prior to the Seahawks’ Week 18 win at Arizona, Wilson said his plan was to win more Super Bowls with Seattle.

“For me, I think what I’m really super passionate about obviously, my goal is to win more Super Bowls,” Wilson said. “And my plan is to win them here. It’s that simple. There’s nothing really else other than that.”

Wilson, 33, made 14 starts in 2021, missing games for the first time in his 10-year career due to injury. He passed for a career-low 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He signed a four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019 that comes with a $37 million salary cap hit in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (6) is carted off the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks S Quandre Diggs breaks leg, dislocates ankle

Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs faces a long recovery but is expected to be ready for next season after breaking his right leg and dislocating his right ankle Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

The 28-year-old Diggs sustained the injury in the fourth quarter while making a tackle.

Diggs and several teammates were visibly upset after the play. The team’s medical staff attended to him and stabilized his leg before carting him off the field.

This season, Diggs led the Seahawks with five interceptions in 17 games. He has 19 career interceptions in 103 contests, including 38 with Seattle and 65 with the Detroit Lions.

Diggs is set to become a free agent during the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) stands on the sideline following an injury during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (knee) out for Week 18

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is reportedly done for the season after spraining his knee on the first defensive snap of Sunday’s win against the Detroit Lions.

NFL Network said Monday that the eight-time Pro Bowl selection suffered MCL and PCL sprains but avoided any major damage that would have required surgery.

The Seahawks (6-10) will close out a disappointing season on the road Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (11-5).

Wagner, 31, slipped while defending a screen play and fell awkwardly. He walked off the field under his own power and later attempted to check back into the game, only to be sent back to the sidelines. He did not return as Seattle cruised to a 51-29 win.

Wagner finishes the season with a franchise-record 170 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 starts.

He has started 150 of his 151 games since the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2012. The six-time All-Pro has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past eight seasons.

Wagner has one year remaining on a three-year, $54 million extension signed in July 2019.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Bilal Nichols (98) during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles leads late comeback as Bears rally to beat Seahawks

Nick Foles threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 1:01 remaining and completed a subsequent two-point conversion to Damiere Byrd as the Chicago Bears eliminated the Seattle Seahawks from playoff contention with a 25-24 victory on a snowy Sunday in Seattle.

The Bears (5-10) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, pulling to 24-17 on Cairo Santos’ 35-yard field goal with 10:46 remaining.

The Seahawks (5-10) had two chances to put the game away, but Jason Myers missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt with 7:23 to go and they punted on fourth-and-21 from Chicago’s 40-yard line with 3:03 remaining.

Foles, who started in place of the injured Justin Fields, drove the Bears 80 yards in five plays for the winning score.

He hit Darnell Mooney for a 30-yard gain on first down and a roughing-the-passer penalty on Darrell Taylor moved the ball to Seattle’s 35.

Foles then hit running back David Montgomery with passes of 10 and 14 yards to move to the 11 at the two-minute warning.

On the next play, Foles fumbled while being sacked by Seattle’s Carlos Dunlap II, but Bears offensive lineman Germain Ifedi recovered.

Immediately thereafter, Foles lofted a pass into the left corner of the end zone toward Graham — like Ifedi a former Seahawk — and the 6-foot-7 Graham came down with the ball against two defenders.

Chicago coach Matt Nagy decided to go for two, and Foles fired a strike to Byrd in the back of the end zone among three defenders.

Foles was 24 of 35 for 250 yards. Montgomery gained 106 yards from scrimmage, rushing for 45 yards and adding a team-high 61 yards on seven receptions. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Seattle’s Rashaad Penny rushed for 135 yards, two shy of his career-high set two weeks ago at Houston, and a touchdown.

Russell Wilson was 16 of 27 for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks played in the snow at home for the first time since 2008. Wilson threw a 41-yard scoring strike to DK Metcalf on Seattle’s second possession of the game and a 24-yarder to tight end Gerald Everett with 3:32 left in the third quarter that give the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.

Seattle led 17-7 at the half, but the Bears closed the gap on Khalil Herbert’s 20-yard touchdown run with 5:30 to go in the third quarter to stay within striking distance.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed (2) 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

Seahawks place six on COVID list ahead of rescheduled game

The Seattle Seahawks placed six players on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, just two days before their rescheduled game Tuesday at Los Angeles against the Rams.

Players designated Sunday included starting right tackle Brandon Shell and starting cornerback D.J. Reed. Also placed on the list were running back Travis Homer and defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr.

Two practice-squad players also were listed: guard Pier-Olivier Lestage and cornerback Mike Jackson. Seattle has eight total players now on the list, along with wide receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Alex Collins.

The Seahawks’ game against the division-rival Rams was moved to Tuesday night after Los Angeles had as many as 29 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including players from the practice squad.

The Rams have since activated a number of key players in recent days, including wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Darrell Henderson on Saturday, as well as star cornerback Jalen Ramsey on Sunday. The Rams still have 23 players listed.

Shell has started in all 10 games he has appeared in for the Seahawks this season, while Reed has started in each of the 12 games he has appeared with 65 tackles and a fumble recovery. Homer does not have a start, but has 146 yards rushing and a touchdown in 11 games, while Hyder has seven starts in 13 games with 30 tackles

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Adrian Peterson (8) takes a selfie with fans before the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks to activate RB Adrian Peterson

The Seattle Seahawks will activate running back Adrian Peterson from the practice squad for Sunday’s game with the visiting San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Saturday.

The Seahawks signed the 36-year-old veteran Wednesday, about a week after he was released by the Tennessee Titans.

“Adrian had a good week,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “It’s probably hard for people on the outside to understand the impact a guy with his kind of background can make. At a time where we’re battling to try to win a game and get going, he jumped in here and had a remarkable influence on the week.

“With three guys banged up at the spot, we’ll see how it goes on the weekend. He had a really productive week for us, and it was fun having him here.”

Running backs Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and Travis Homer (calf) were both full participants in Friday’s practice, while Alex Collins (abdomen) was a limited participant.

Peterson is the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history with 14,902 yards, including 82 yards on 27 carries in three games with the Titans.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and 2012 league MVP is fourth all-time with 119 career rushing touchdowns.

Seattle (3-8) brings a three-game losing streak into the NFC West clash with the 49ers (6-5).

–Field Level Media