Texas defensive lineman Byron Murphy II

Seahawks sign first-round pick Byron Murphy II

The Seattle Seahawks announced coming to terms with their first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Byron Murphy II, following his first minicamp practice Friday.

“I feel like there’s some things I need to work on, but I feel like I’m learning, still getting in the groove of things,” Murphy said. “Growing up, Seattle has been my favorite team, so just to be a part of this team and this organization, it really means a lot. I’m going to give everything I’ve got each and every day, 110 percent.”

Seattle chose Murphy, a native of Texas, No. 16 overall with their first selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Seattle Times reported the contract as being a four-year, fully-guaranteed, $16.083 million deal with an $8.516 million signing bonus.

Murphy, 21, was a second-team Associated Press All-American playing along the defensive front for the Texas Longhorns in 2023 after two years of mostly backup duty.

He was tabbed the Big 12 Conference defensive lineman of the year after recording 8.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks, in helping Texas win the Big 12 and earn a College Football Playoff bid.

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Sep 17, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Mazi Smith (58) rushes the passer while blocked by New York Jets guard Laken Tomlinson (78) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks agree to deal with G Laken Tomlinson

Free agent guard Laken Tomlinson agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

According to ESPN, the deal could pay Tomlinson as much as $4 million.

Tomlinson, 32, is headed to his fourth NFL team, but he has proven to be one of the NFL’s most reliable offensive lineman. In his nine-year career, the left guard has missed just one game (in 2017), and he has started every game since the beginning of the 2018 season.

The Lions used the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft on Tomlinson, who spent two seasons in Detroit. He then played for the 49ers from 2017-21, making the Pro Bowl during his last year in San Francisco. The past two years, he played for the New York Jets.

The Seahawks have a vacancy at left guard after Damien Lewis, their starter at the position the past three years, exited in free agency to sign with the Carolina Panthers.

Per multiple reports, the Seahawks don’t have enough salary-cap space to accommodate a $4 million deal for Tomlinson, meaning more changes would be in order for the club to finalize the contract.

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Dec 31, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) attempts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks to acquire QB Sam Howell from Commanders

The Seattle Seahawks are acquiring quarterback Sam Howell from the Washington Commanders, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

Per reports, the Seahawks also will receive a fourth-round pick (No. 102) and a sixth-round selection (No. 179) in the 2024 NFL Draft in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 78) and a fifth-selection (No. 152) in the same draft.

Howell is expected to compete with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job in Seattle. Drew Lock, who had served as the Seahawks’ backup for the past two seasons, agreed to a deal with the New York Giants.

Howell, 23, started all 17 games last season for the Commanders. He led the NFL in passing attempts (612) and interceptions (21) to go along with 3,946 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Howell has completed 63.2 percent of his passes since being selected by Washington in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Commanders are expected to select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in next month’s draft.

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Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Leonard Williams (99) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks, DT Leonard Williams agree to $64.5M deal

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to bring back defensive lineman Leonard Williams on a three-year contract worth $64.5 million, multiple reports said Monday.

Williams, 29, was dealt from the New York Giants to Seattle ahead of the 2023 trade deadline.

He started all 10 games he played for the Seahawks and compiled 41 tackles and four sacks.

In nine seasons with the New York Jets (2015-19), Giants (2019-23) and Seahawks, the former sixth overall draft pick has racked up 511 tackles, 43.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries across 142 games (133 starts).

He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016 when he had seven sacks for the Jets. His career-best season was 2020, when he tallied 11.5 sacks.

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

Seahawks let go NT Bryan Mone, clear $5.39M

The Seattle Seahawks announced the release of nose tackle Bryan Mone on Wednesday in their latest round of cost cutting.

Seattle cleared $5.39 million in cap space, according to spotrac.com.

The release of Mone comes one day after the Seahawks about saved approximately $34.5 million with the release of safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs and tight end Will Dissly.

Mone missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his knee late in the 2022 season.

Mone, 28, played in 41 games (eight starts) for Seattle since 2019 and had 73 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

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Jun 7, 2022; Renton, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and free safety Quandre Diggs (6) walk on the field during minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks releasing Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, Will Dissly

The Seattle Seahawks are releasing three-time Pro Bowl safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs and tight end Will Dissly, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Cutting ties with the three starters would save the Seahawks about $34.5 million in cash and significant cap space, per the report.

Adams, 28, made nine starts in 2023 and recorded 48 tackles. The 2017 first-round pick (sixth overall) has posted 494 tackles, 21.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 80 games (all starts) with the New York Jets (2017-19) and Seahawks.

Adams was due a base salary of $16.5 million in 2024 and carried a cap hit of $26.9 million, according to Spotrac.

Diggs, 31, started all 17 games and tallied 95 tackles and one interception in 2023. He has 580 tackles and 24 picks in 137 games (112 starts) with the Detroit Lions (2015-19) and Seahawks. Detroit drafted him in the sixth round in 2015 and traded him to Seattle in October 2019.

Diggs’ release saves the Seahawks an additional $800,000.

Dissly, 27, caught 17 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (14 starts) in 2023. He has 127 grabs for 1,421 yards and 13 scores in 72 games (65 starts) since Seattle drafted him in the fourth round in 2018.

His $6.49 million base salary for 2024 is not guaranteed and his release would save $6.97 million against the cap.

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Nov 16, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Richard Sherman, Thursday Night Football analyst, on set before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman remains jailed on suspicion of DUI, pending court appearance

Former NFL All-Pro Richard Sherman remained jailed Sunday morning in Washington state after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He was taken to King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on Saturday at about 4:30 a.m. local time. Sherman is expected to make a court appearance on Monday, at which point a judge can decide whether to grant bail.

Sherman, 35, was stopped around 2 a.m. on Interstate 405 in the Seattle suburb of Renton for allegedly driving 79 mph in a 60 mph zone, The Seattle Times reported, citing an arrest report.

Per the report, he told Washington State Police troopers that he had consumed two margaritas. While refusing to take a breathalyzer test, he agreed to voluntary tests, and the troopers saw signs that Sherman was under the influence, The Times said.

A member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010a, Sherman was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro defensive back.

Selected in the fifth round by Seattle out of Stanford, he played 11 NFL seasons for the Seahawks (2011-17), San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021). He recorded 37 interceptions, returned three for touchdowns, forced five fumbles and recovered seven while totaling 495 tackles in 144 games (136 starts).

The leader of the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary, he won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seattle over the Denver Broncos in the 2013 season.

Sherman has been an analyst for Amazon Prime Thursday night pregame and postgame shows for two seasons, and he joined Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” talk show in 2023.

He pleaded guilty on March 7, 2022, to first-degree negligent driving, second-degree criminal trespass and speeding in a construction zone in a July 2021 incident in Redmond, Wash., a Seattle suburb. According to media reports, he received a 90-day suspended sentence with two years of monitored supervision, and the two-year period has not expired.

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Jan 7, 2024; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks restructure QB Geno Smith’s contract

The Seattle Seahawks created $4.8 million in salary cap space by restructuring quarterback Geno Smith’s contract, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Seahawks on Feb. 16 guaranteed Smith’s $12.7 million salary for next season but have since converted a $9.6 million roster bonus due in mid-March into a signing bonus to be spread out over the next two seasons.

His cap hit in 2024 went from $31.2 million to $26.4 million — the 15th-highest in the league among quarterbacks — and the 2025 cap hit increased to $38.5 million, ESPN reported.

Smith, 33, had signed a three-year contract extension in March 2023.

The NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2022, Smith has been steady at the position over the past two seasons for the Seahawks since replacing Russell Wilson as the starter. A Pro Bowl selection in both 2022 and 2023, he threw for 3,624 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

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Jan 7, 2024; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks quarantee 2024 salary of QB Geno Smith

The Seattle Seahawks are keeping quarterback Geno Smith on the roster this week, guaranteeing his $12.7 million salary, ESPN reported Thursday.

The team had until Friday to release him to save the money.

He also has a roster bonus of $9.6 million that is due on March 17.

The immediate move either buys the Seahawks time to trade Smith or gives new head coach Mike Macdonald and recently hired offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb an opportunity to chart a path at the QB position.

Backup quarterback Drew Lock will become an unrestricted free agent next month.

With the high cost of starting quarterbacks, Smith could be an affordable option for a team looking for a quarterback, or for the Seahawks as they build their 2024 roster.

Smith, 33, has been steady at the position over the past two seasons for the Seahawks since replacing Russell Wilson as the starter. A Pro Bowl selection in both 2022 and 2023, Smith threw for 3,624 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

The Seahawks have the No. 16 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft but don’t have a pick in the second round. That’s where the latest mock drafts from 247Sports and The Athletic project quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will be selected. He ran Grubb’s offense at Washington, where Grubb was the offensive coordinator.

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Jan 6, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Huskies offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb talks to the media during media day before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Michigan Wolverines at George R Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ryan Grubb exits Alabama to be Seahawks’ OC

Ryan Grubb, who recently agreed to become Alabama’s offensive coordinator, reportedly changed his mind and is heading back to Seattle for a new job.

Grubb, the University of Washington’s offensive coordinator the past two years, will take over that job with the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN and NFL.com reported Friday night.

Mike Macdonald recently took over as the Seahawks’ head coach, and he settled on Aden Durde as his defensive coordinator earlier Friday, per multiple media outlets.

Grubb had been due to follow former Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer to Tuscaloosa, where DeBoer is stepping in for Nick Saban. Grubb worked under DeBoer at Sioux Falls, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State and Washington.

Grubb, 47, has no NFL coaching experience.

Last season, Grubb helped the Huskies to a 14-1 season that ended with a loss to Michigan in the College Football Playoff championship game. The Washington offense, led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr., running back Dillon Johnson and wide receiver Rome Odunze, finished second in the country in passing offense (343.7 yards per game), 12th in total offense (462.1 yards per game) and 13th in scoring offense (36 points per game).

Shane Waldron served as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator from 2021-23. Seattle’s offense wound up 21st in the NFL last year in total yards (322.9 per game), and Waldron subsequently was hired as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator after Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll moved to a front office position.

Durde, 44, was the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line coach the past three seasons. He previously was part of the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive staff from 2018-2020.

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