Dec 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) catches a pass against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Josh Gordon signs with FCF league

Former NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new team — the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league, team owner Bob Menery told ESPN on Saturday.

Gordon will join Johnny Manziel — his former teammate on the Cleveland Browns — on a squad that competes in a 7-on-7 game in which fans set the rosters and call plays in a league that combines traditional football with esports.

The FCF league is amid a six-week season and its games, which are held on a field 50-by-35 yards with a 10-yard end zone, are live-streamed on Twitch from a facility in Atlanta.

The league’s players are from the FBS and FCS college levels, along with the CFL, XFL and the Indoor Football League, though the Heisman Trophy-winning Manziel is the league’s biggest name.

In January, Gordon, who was with the Seattle Seahawks, was suspended indefinitely after the NFL rescinded his conditional reinstatement and he was removed from the roster. Gordon violated the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which caused for his reinstatement to be revoked, according to ESPN.

Gordon, who had signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks prior to the 2020 season, was reinstated this past December, but he didn’t play this past season. He has been suspended six times since the 2013 season.

Gordon has 247 catches for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns in 63 NFL games.

The Browns took him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft out of Baylor.

In his second year in the NFL in 2013, Gordon became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yards, finishing with a team-record 1,646 yards on 87 receptions. He also was the first receiver to amass more than 200 yards receiving in consecutive games, which he did against the Jaguars and Steelers, that season en route to being named first-team All-Pro.

He played in five games the following season before he was suspended for the next two seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He returned to the Browns in 2017 and hasn’t posted more than 737 yards in a season since 2018, as his career also included a stop in New England.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks back to the sideline following a failed third down play against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stands behind Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders favored to land Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

The Las Vegas Raiders have emerged as the favorites to land Russell Wilson should the Seattle Seahawks trade their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

The Raiders were installed as the 5/1 favorite on Feb. 9 by SportsBetting.com to acquire Wilson. That was after the quarterback said in multiple interviews that he was not happy with the amount of sacks he takes in Seattle and wanted a voice in personnel decisions.

That reportedly did not sit well with the Seahawks’ front office. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that his client has not demanded a trade but if one was considered, the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears are “the only teams he would go to.”

Thursday’s developments drove the odds of Las Vegas landing Wilson down to 4/1 at SportsBetting.com.

The Miami Dolphins are second at 7/1, followed by the Washington Football Team (8/1), Cowboys (10/1), Saints (12/1) and New York Jets (12/1).

However, the sportsbook is still offering Wilson as the 1/5 favorite to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback in Week 1 compared to 7/2 that it will be someone else.

Wilson, 32, has three years left on a four-year, $140 million contract he signed in April 2019. That deal includes a no-trade clause, giving Wilson veto power over any potential trade.

The Saints are considered a longshot due to salary cap issues, while the Cowboys are trying to work out a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, who played last season under the franchise tag.

The Bears are facing a major decision at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky a pending free agent and veteran Nick Foles failing to hold onto the starting job last season.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has continued to back incumbent starter Derek Carr while Las Vegas has reportedly fielded calls from other teams interested in backup Marcus Mariota.

Russell Wilson’s next team odds by SportsBetting.com:
Las Vegas Raiders 4/1
Miami Dolphins 7/1
Washington Football Team 8/1
Dallas Cowboys 10/1
New Orleans Saints 12/1
New York Jets 12/1
Denver Broncos 15/1
Chicago Bears 15/1
Carolina Panthers 15/1
New England Patriots 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles 40/1
Minnesota Vikings 40/1
Cleveland Browns 40/1
New York Giants 50/1
Houston Texans 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 50/1
Atlanta Falcons 50/1
Tennessee Titans 50/1
Detroit Lions 50/1
Los Angeles Chargers 70/1
Cincinnati Bengals 70/1
Los Angeles Rams 70/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Indianapolis Colts 80/1
Baltimore Ravens 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1
Green Bay Packers 200/1
Buffalo Bills 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 500/1

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids the tackle by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks split could happen ‘soon’

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are headed for divorce, according to a detailed report by The Athletic on Thursday.

“Some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future,” per The Athletic.

Wilson could command up to three first-round picks, per multiple reports, and the 32-year-old has three years left on a four-year, $140 million deal he signed in April 2019.

The Athletic reported the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints all have a level of interest in Wilson.

In a wide-ranging deep dive into the rift between Wilson and the Seahawks, the report focuses on a difference of opinion between Wilson and the organization about the design of the offense and personnel on the offensive line.

Wilson responded to reports of his frustration with the Seahawks following the Super Bowl, a game he attended as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year as a guest of commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson told “The Dan Patrick Show” he was increasingly concerned about the nearly 400 career sacks he’s taken in nine seasons.

“That’s a big thing that we gotta fix. That’s gotta be fixed,” Wilson said.

The Athletic report said Wilson had been firing off testy text messages to Jake Heaps, a former teammate and private passing coach, during the game. It was a simmering position for Wilson that boiled over during a meeting The Athletic said ended in Wilson storming out of the room before the Seahawks played Arizona on Thursday night in November 2020.

Per the report, Wilson gave the team an outline of his ideas to fix the offense but head coach Pete Carroll shook him off.

Within the new report, several sources are interviewed and there is blame assessed from those sources on either side.

One attributed comment from former running back Robert Turbin, who was in Wilson’s wedding, indicated the quarterback’s well-being is at the center of the issues.

“The reason that we’re here is because he’s on pace to be the most sacked quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Turbin told The Athletic.

But another source, pointing to a two-game stretch in which Wilson committed seven turnovers and Carroll scaled back the offense, sided with Seattle.

“He’s finally catching heat. That’s the main reason for all of this,” the source is quoted as saying.

A coach from another team said “It’s a great story. There is a lot there. Money, greed, power and control.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (41) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (45) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

RB Alex Collins re-signs with Seahawks

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Alex Collins re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.

Collins had 18 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns in three games (one start) last season during his second stint with the Seahawks. He played briefly on special teams during Seattle’s 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round before being shuffled to the practice squad.

Collins, 26, is part of a backfield that has Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde set to become unrestricted free agents on March 17. Fellow running backs Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas and Patrick Carr are also on the Seahawks current roster as 2021 options.

Collins has recorded 375 carries for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns in 39 career games (23 starts) with Seattle (2016, 2020) and the Baltimore Ravens (2017-18). He was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He was out of the league in 2019 after being cut by the Ravens that March after being arrested following a car accident after which officers found a small amount of marijuana and a firearm in the vehicle. He later received an 18-month probationary sentence and was suspended for three weeks that November by the NFL.

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Sep 22, 2018; Stillwater, OK, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Kemah Siverand (5) runs the ball as Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Dakota Allen (40) closes in during the game at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders CB Kemah Siverand arrested after street race

Prospective NFL cornerback Kemah Siverand continues to face off-the-field troubles with a report that he was arrested in the early-morning hours Saturday in Houston and charged with felony evading arrest in connection with a five-car street race, according to the Houston Police Department.

Siverand, 24, was attempting to make the Seattle Seahawks’ roster in training camp last year but was cut by the team in August after he was caught trying to sneak a female companion into the team hotel despite COVID-19 restrictions.

He was signed to the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad last year and signed a futures contract with the Raiders in January. The Texas A&M and Oklahoma State product has yet to play in an NFL game.

According to a report Monday by the Houston P.D., Siverand initially was stopped by officers after five vehicles were spotted street racing. Siverand was one of three vehicles stopped, but he “then continued to drive another mile before stopping.”

The Raiders have yet to comment on the incident.

–Field Level Media

Dec 22, 2019; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive guard Mike Iupati (70) walks off the field with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following a first quarter injury against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

LG Mike Iupati retires after 11 seasons

Veteran left guard Mike Iupati is retiring from the NFL.

“My body was telling me it was time to close the door,” the 33-year-old told The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash.

Iupati spent 11 seasons in the NFL, all in the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers selected the Idaho product in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the 49ers, earning three Pro Bowl berths and an All-Pro selection in 2012.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and made his fourth Pro Bowl team, then spent the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Durability became an issue in the latter part of his career. In the first game of the 2017 season, he suffered a triceps injury and missed the rest of the season. In 2018, he started 10 games, missing time with a back injury and then a season-ending MCL injury.

In 2020, a recurring neck injury limited him to 10 games.

In all, Iupati played in 140 games, starting all but one.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after getting sacked by Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson: Next team odds for Seahawks QB

Russell Wilson’s future with Seattle became a burning topic with the quarterback saying this week that he’s “frustrated” with the pounding he takes behind the Seahawks’ offensive line.

The 32-year-old has a no-trade clause that gives him veto power and Wilson’s contract carries a $32 million salary cap hit for next year if he is traded, so it remains unlikely that he will suit up elsewhere next season.

That didn’t douse the flames on the rumor mill, and SportsBetting.com is offering odds on all 31 potential NFL destinations should Wilson be traded before Sept. 1.

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds
Las Vegas Raiders: 5/1
Dallas Cowboys: 6/1
Washington Football Team: 8/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1
Denver Broncos: 10/1
San Francisco 49ers: 10/1
Miami Dolphins: 12/1
Indianapolis Colts: 12/1
Chicago Bears: 15/1
Carolina Panthers: 15/1
New England Patriots: 15/1
New York Jets: 20/1
New Orleans Saints: 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles: 40/1
Minnesota Vikings: 40/1
Cleveland Browns: 40/1
New York Giants: 50/1
Houston Texans: 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 50/1
Atlanta Falcons: 50/1
Tennessee Titans: 50/1
Detroit Lions: 50/1
Los Angeles Chargers: 70/1
Cincinnati Bengals: 70/1
Los Angeles Rams: 70/1
Arizona Cardinals: 70/1
Baltimore Ravens: 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 100/1
Green Bay Packers: 200/1
Buffalo Bills: 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs: 500/1

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids the tackle by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson ‘frustrated with getting hit too much’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a lot to say in two different interviews Tuesday and the big takeaways weren’t about him winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award over Super Bowl weekend.

Ultimately, the 32-year-old superstar is “frustrated” with all the hits he’s taking behind the Seahawks offensive line, and he wants more say in personnel decisions made by the team.

Further, Wilson gave an obtuse answer about how long he’ll be playing in Seattle, saying he “definitely” believes the Seahawks are fielding calls about him.

“I’m not sure if I’m available or not. That’s a Seahawks question,” Wilson said Tuesday on the “Dan Patrick Show.” “The reality of professional sports is things happen, things change. I’m not sure how long I will play in Seattle. I think hopefully it will be forever. But things change, obviously, along the way.”

But Wilson didn’t pull any punches when asked about the hits he’s taken.

“Like any player, you never want to get hit,” Wilson told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. “That’s the reality of playing this position. Ask any quarterback who wants to play this game. … I think that the reality is I’ve definitely been hit. I’ve been sacked almost 400 times, so we’ve got to get better.

“I’m frustrated (about) getting hit too much. I’m frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win.”

Wilson has been sacked 394 times in his career in the regular season, including 47 times last season, third most in the league. According to ESPN, the 394 are the most in a QB’s first nine seasons since the 1970 merger. Randall Cunningham is next at 366.

To that end, Wilson told Patrick he thinks “it helps to be involved more” in personnel decisions.

“I want to be able to be involved because at the end of the day, it’s your legacy, it’s your team’s legacy, it’s the guys you get to go into the huddle with and at the end of the day, those guys you’ve got to trust,” Wilson told Patrick. “I think if you ask guys like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, you know even Tom, you know, I think that you saw this year how much he was involved in the process — I think that’s something that is important to me.”

Wilson has three years remaining on the $140 million extension he signed in April 2019, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history then. He’s now third behind Patrick Mahomes ($45 million per season) and Deshaun Watson ($39 million).

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (75) against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks ‘strongly condemn’ alleged actions of Chad Wheeler

The Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday issued a statement regarding the felony arrest of their now former offensive lineman Chad Wheeler, who allegedly choked his girlfriend until she lost consciousness.

Wheeler was released from jail Tuesday on $400,000 bail, three days after he was arrested on suspicion of felony assault-domestic violence. The King County prosecutor’s office told ESPN that charges are expected Wednesday afternoon after a hearing.

Wheeler, a restricted free agent, played in five games for the Seahawks this past season.

“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team. … We encourage Chad to get the help he needs.”

The police report said Wheeler threw the woman on the bed and strangled her until she lost consciousness. After the woman regained consciousness, Wheeler said, “Wow, you’re alive?” according to the report. She fled to a bathroom to call 911, but Wheeler picked the lock to the bathroom.

Police eventually arrived and broke into the house and found Wheeler in the bathroom with the woman.

The report says the incident began when Wheeler asked the woman to bow to him. When she refused, that’s when the alleged attack began.

Wheeler had not been taking his medications for bipolar disorder and had a “manic episode” prior to the alleged attack, the woman told police.

The woman was taken to Valley Medical Center in Kent, Wash., because of arm pain, per the police report.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2020; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams pass game coordinator Shane Waldron gestures  during training camp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks nab Shane Waldron from Rams to run offense

Shane Waldron is leaving the Los Angeles Rams to become offensive coordinator of the division rival Seattle Seahawks.

According to multiple reports Wednesday, Waldron’s addition to Pete Carroll’s staff is imminent.

Waldron spent the past three seasons as passing game coordinator for the Rams and was a quality control coach overseeing the tight end position the season prior on Sean McVay’s coaching staff.

The Seahawks fired Brian Schottenheimer at the end of the 2020 season, which ended in the wild-card round of the playoffs with a 30-20 loss to the Rams.

While Seattle posted a team-record 459 points, the second half of the season was a different story. Wide receiver DK Metcalf said Tuesday that teams “just started to figure us out.”

The Seahawks averaged 23.1 points over the final eight regular-season games and were held to 20 or fewer points in four of the last six games, including the playoff defeat.

When the Rams had an opportunity to elevate Waldron to offensive coordinator last offseason, McVay went with Kevin O’Connell. Waldron came to Los Angeles with McVay from the Washington Football Team.

Waldron, 41, is the fifth McVay assistant to leave for another opportunity since the Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs.

Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley was named head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers and defensive passing game coordinator Joe Barry is joining that staff.

Assistant quarterbacks coach Liam Coen was named offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky.

Cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant joined the Detroit Lions staff of first-time head coach Dan Campbell as defensive backs coach.

–Field Level Media