NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. -- So what can the Seattle Seahawks do to make Marshawn Lynch happy, and what might they be willing to do?

Lynch has two years left on a four-year deal that pays him $30 million. He will earn a $5 million base salary this season and $5.5 million in base salary for 2015, but he also received a $6 million signing bonus two years ago.

Lynch wants more money this season because he knows he could become a salary-cap casualty in 2015 when he will count $9 million against the cap.

It’s not likely the Seahawks would be willing to restructure Lynch’s deal to pay him more money this season. However, the team might tell him they will guarantee a portion to his 2015 salary.

For example, maybe they tell Lynch that $1 million on his 2015 base salary is guaranteed. If they decided to release him after the 2014 season, they would owe him $1 million.

No one knows if that would be enough to make Lynch happy or whether the Seahawks would make the offer.

It’s also wise to factor in that Lynch just might want to skip some of training camp and is willing to pay the $30,000 a day it will cost him. Lynch came to minicamp (he didn’t participate because of a “sore ankle”), but he showed the coaches he was in shape.

So Lynch doesn’t really need the training-camp time. The truth is he probably wouldn't get more than half a dozen carries in the preseason games even if he arrived on Saturday.

And it’s good to give the extra practice time to running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.
RENTON, Wash. -- The Marshawn Lynch watch and his possible holdout is the No. 1 concern as training camp starts Friday for the Seattle Seahawks, but there are four other guys who may or may not practice on Day 1.

Those four players had offseason surgery -- offensive tackle Russell Okung (toe), outside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin (hip) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip).

We'll see how many of them are participating full speed. The coaches have said they expect Okung, Smith and Chancellor to be ready to go, but all three are key players for the team, so they may take it slow at first.

There's no reason to push it now. The important thing is to be ready for the start of the regular season, which still is six weeks away.

Irvin is the player who could take a little longer to get back to 100 percent because his surgery was June 2, much later than the other three players. However, Irvin has been tweeting that his rehab is going great and he feels good.

So after everyone checks to see if Beast Mode makes it to training camp Friday, they also will want to see if four veteran players are fully recovered and ready to play.
No one wants to walk away from the game at 27, but Sidney Rice is doing the right thing. It was time to move on for the popular Seattle Seahawks receiver.

Rice announced his retirement Wednesday, which came as quite a shock to many fans. But injuries have taken a toll on Rice, and a history of concussions had become a concern.

He is one of the most respected and well-liked players in the Seahawks' locker room, but the truth is Rice had a tough road ahead of him in making the team this season. He could see what was happening around him.

The Seahawks drafted two talented receivers in speedster Paul Richardson and polished Alabama wideout Kevin Norwood. They signed free agents Chris Matthews and Taylor Price and are bringing a total of 12 receivers to training camp. Ricardo Lockette was a standout in minicamp.

With only six spots -- at the most -- available, Rice was 50/50 to make the team. And he was coming off ACL surgery from the middle of last season. The fact he doesn’t play special teams also hurt his chances.

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AP Photo/Julio CortezSidney Rice will retire from the NFL after seven seasons, 81 games, 3,592 receiving yards and 30 TDs.
The Seahawks released Rice in the spring to save more than $7 million in salary-cap space. He was a free agent who could have signed with any team, but big offers didn’t come and he returned for a base salary of $1 million.

The fact the Seahawks made any offer to Rice shows how much they respect him, hoping he still could fill the role as the team’s big receiver. But Norwood (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) looks more than capable of handling those duties, even though he’s smaller than Rice (6-4, 200). Matthews (6-5, 220), who was the rookie of the year in the CFL two seasons ago, will get an opportunity there as well.

So Rice came to the wise conclusion that his NFL days probably are over. He plans to stay in the Seattle area as a businessman. He is opening five Wingstop franchises, the first of which already has opened in Tacoma, Washington.

It’s a shame more players don’t end their career this way rather than continuing and playing at a greatly reduced performance level. Rice had no intention of just trying to hold on.

Examining the Seattle Seahawks' roster:


The first two spots are locked with Wilson and Jackson as his backup, but the third QB spot is a battle between Pryor and B.J. Daniels. Pryor has the clear advantage due to his size and speed.


The question is whether Lynch will get fewer carries to keep him fresh, and if so, will Michael or Turbin be the one who gets more carries as the backup. Most are betting on Michael, but Turbin may surprise people this season.


Coleman and Ware are converted running backs, and the Seahawks may see Ware as more of a running back now. The only true fullback is rookie Kiero Small (5-foot-8, 250 pounds), who could beat out Ware but will likely start the season on the practice squad.


Four of these spots are set -- Harvin, Baldwin, Kearse and Richardson, the rookie speedster from Colorado. But nine players are vying for the final two spots. The odd man out for me is veteran Sidney Rice, but he could beat out Lockette or Norwood, the rookie from Alabama. Placing Norwood on the practice squad would be a big risk.


McCoy returns after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. One of the two rookie tight ends, Rashaun Allen or Chase Dixon, will make the practice squad.


The one starting battle is at right tackle between Bowie and rookie Britt. Rookie tackles Garry Gilliam and Nate Isles, along with rookie guard Bronson Irwin, have a chance to make the practice squad.


This will be a great battle to watch. A surprise cut is coming and it could be Jordan Hill, the second-year player from Penn State. He may be fighting second-year DT Jesse Williams for a spot, but Williams has to prove he’s healthy. Signing Kevin Williams before minicamp was a major addition to the rotation at defensive tackle. Scruggs’ return after missing last season will help the depth at defensive end. The Seahawks are high on UCLA rookie defensive end Marsh, who also can play inside. Rookie Jimmy Staten probably goes to the practice squad, and free-agent rookie Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas is the man who could sneak in here with a great preseason showing.


Irvin is coming off hip surgery, but he was probably going to lose his spot as the starting strongside linebacker anyway. Depending on his recovery, he could start the year on IR. Toomer has been the biggest surprise of offseason workouts with his stellar play. Pierre-Louis is a super-fast rookie who will contribute a lot on special teams this season. O'Brien Schofield is on the bubble as an outside linebacker/defensive end.


Another tough cut is coming here. Phillip Adams looked good, and he can return kicks. Lane will start as the nickelback and Shead can play corner and safety. Simon, who missed his rookie year last season with injuries, has impressed everyone in the offseason workouts.


Johnson probably is the first backup at both safety spots. Rookie Eric Pinkins is a safety the Seahawks are trying to convert to cornerback, but he could be headed to the practice squad. USC rookie Dion Bailey is on the bubble for making the roster, as is Parks. But Parks has shined in offseason workouts.


These spots are set unless an injury occurs.

Camp preview: Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Nation's Terry Blount examines the three biggest issues facing the Seattle Seahawks heading into training camp.

Replacing some key losses: Ten players who were part of the Super Bowl roster are gone, and that doesn’t include cornerback Brandon Browner, who was suspended at the time. Six of those players were starters and nine of them had significant playing time during the season. But it sounds far worse than it is. All Super Bowl teams lose players, who see their value increase with other teams. For the most part, the Seahawks kept the players they wanted to keep. Seattle lost receiver Golden Tate but have added two talented rookie draft picks in Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, not to mention having a 100 percent healthy Percy Harvin. They released defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons for salary-cap reasons, but they also saw both men as players on the downside of their careers. And they drafted talented defensive lineman Cassius Marsh of UCLA, a relentless pass-rusher who also can play inside. Seattle also drafted Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt as a possible replacement for right tackle Breno Giacomini, who signed with the New York Jets. Britt is battling second-year player Michael Bowie for the starting spot. How all the new pieces fit remains to be seen, but the Seahawks did better than most Super Bowl winners in keeping the core group together and rewarding their top players (free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman, receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett) with new deals.

The health of four key players: Strong safety Kam Chancellor and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin had offseason hip surgery. On this team more than most, hip surgery is a scary thought considering what happened last year, when Harvin missed most of the season after hip surgery. Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, had ankle surgery and offensive tackle Russell Okung had surgery to repair a torn ligament in a big toe, an injury that caused him to miss half of last season. All of them except Irvin are expected to be on the field to start training camp, but we won’t know for sure until we see them on the field. The main thing, of course, is to have them healthy for the start of the regular season, so look for them to take it slow in camp.

Can the Seahawks keep Lynch happy?: After all the talk on whether he would show up for minicamp, running back Marshawn Lynch was there, but only as an observer. Officially, he had a sore ankle. Unofficially, he has a beef over his contract, wanting more money up front from the Seahawks. Lynch hasn’t spoken on the subject. But others have, including his close friend, former Seattle fullback Michael Robinson, who has advised Lynch on the pros and cons of his desires to get his contact reworked in some fashion. Everyone was all smiles at minicamp, but will it last if Lynch doesn't get what he wants? Lynch is in the third year of a four-year deal worth $30 million. He is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this year and $5.5 million in 2015. The Seahawks won’t give Lynch a new contract, but he attended the minicamp in good faith, believing the team will do a little something to change his number for this season. The question is what happens if they don’t? Does Lynch take a stand and skip part of training camp, or does he just let it go and continue to let Beast Mode do the talking for him?
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Score: Seahawks 41, Saints 36
Date: Jan. 8, 2011. Site: CenturyLink Field

It wasn't an easy choice, especially considering the significance of the top two plays, but we have a winner.

By almost a 2-to-1 margin, the voters picked the Beast Quake 67-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch in the 2011 playoff game against New Orleans over the Immaculate Deflection, cornerback Richard Sherman's game-saving tip in the NFC Championship Game this past season.

Both plays will be remembered forever by Seahawks fans, but I beg to differ with the voters. For me, Sherman's defensive gem is the signature, memorable play in franchise history.

Lynch's run, which literally caused a seismic reaction, was a rumble for the ages. But it cannot compare in national significance to Sherman's moment, on and off the field.


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That play changed the fate of the Seahawks and sent them to a Super Bowl they would easily win. And it also changed Sherman's life and led to an important national conversation about stereotypes and racism.

First, the play: It was near the end of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field.

With Seattle leading 23-17, San Francisco was driving toward a possible game-winning score and had a first-and-10 at the Seattle 18 with 30 seconds to play. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick lofted a fade intended for receiver Michael Crabtree into the right corner of the end zone.

Sherman leaped and used his long arms to tip the ball away and right into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith for the interception. It saved the game but was only the start of the story.

Sherman was flagged for taunting, when he ran over to Crabtree as the receiver was leaving the field. Sherman said he went over to tell Crabtree good game, but the receiver shoved his hand into Sherman's face mask and walked off.

Moments after the game ended, Sherman was interviewed on the field by Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

"I'm the best corner in the game," Sherman screamed. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you're going to get. Don't you ever talk about me."

When Andrews asked him who he was talking about, he replied: "Crabtree. Don't you open your mouth about the best, or I'll shut it for you real quick. L.O.B. [Legion of Boom]."

Those comments in the heat of the moment, directed at a player who had publicly ridiculed Sherman, led to a Twitter explosion of people calling Sherman a thug, a gangster and much worse.

But Sherman reversed the narrative with an informative column and a speech to the media a few days later, in which he effectively argued such comments reflected racism and ignorance.

It gained Sherman national respect he couldn't have imagined -- Time Magazine's top 100 list of the world's most influential people, an invitation to speak at Harvard and a spot at the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner, to name only a few.

It was a great play that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but it also was a moment that brought about an important national conversation and transformed a man's life.

Seahawks' biggest key to success

July, 10, 2014
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Keep doing what you're doing.

Those five words are the simple answer to how the Seattle Seahawks can continue their success over the next three seasons. It sounds easy. It isn't.

Keeping the core players of a Super Bowl winning team in place is always a difficult task. The Seahawks have done a remarkable job so far, working new contract deals for free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett.

However, it's going to get progressively more difficult. In light of the new contract signed by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is in line for a new contract, starting in 2015, that likely will pay him between $23 million and $25 million a year over five years. Probably $70 million will be guaranteed.

The contracts to Thomas, Sherman and Bennett are worth $125 million, with $84 million guaranteed.

All those deals were good decisions, but it means the Seahawks will have to let some key performers go in the next two years. Running back Marshawn Lynch probably is one of them, which is why they are grooming second-year player Christine Michael to take his place after 2014.

Seattle has three quality starters on defense who are free agents after 2014 -- defensive end Cliff Avril, outside linebacker K.J. Wright and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner also can renegotiate his rookie contract after 2014.

From a salary-cap standpoint, Seattle can't keep all of them. What the Seahawks must do to maintain a championship level is continue to get quality play from young players, rookies, undrafted free agents, etc., to fill the gaps.

The Seahawks have done a better job of that than most teams, finding talented players who fit their system -- players other teams didn't want or didn't see as having the same value the Seahawks saw.
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This is last of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. In the previous two days we featured Steve Largent's bone-jarring revenge hit on the Denver Broncos safety Mike Harden in 1988 and Richard Sherman's Immaculate Deflection in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Please vote for your choice as the Seattle Seahawks' most memorable play.

Score: Seahawks 41, Saints 36
Date: Jan. 8, 2011 Site: CenturyLink Field


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This was the play that shook the earth, literally, and is widely regarded as one of the best touchdown runs in NFL history. It helped the Seahawks upset the favored New Orleans Saints in the playoff game.

The Seahawks had a second-and-10 at their 33-yard line with 3:38 to play, leading 34-30. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck handed off to Marshawn Lynch on a power running play up the middle.

It appeared Lynch would be stopped for a 2-yard gain when he was face-to-face with New Orleans linebacker Scott Shanle. Not even close.

Lynch bounced off Shanle and three other would-be tacklers near the line of scrimmage. It was only the beginning.

Lynch headed downfield and continued bouncing off Saints defenders like a pinball. He pushed New Orleans defensive back Tracy Porter off him like Porter was rag doll.

Lynch broke eight tackles on his way to the score before diving backward into the end zone.

"Best run I've ever seen in my life," said Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, one of the men up front that day for Seattle. "It was very exhilarating. I kind of stopped and watched at one point, just in awe. I was amazed."

The sellout crowd erupted, jumping up and down in a sea of noise. The reaction to the play registered as a seismic event around the stadium. Lynch is known for his relentless, physical running style, which led to the term Beast Mode. This moment became the Beast Quake.

Lynch, who grew up in a rough part of Oakland, California, saw the play as symbolic of his life.

"Growing up being where I'm from, a lot of people don't see the light," Lynch said in an "E:60" interview. "I didn't see the light in that play. I went forward, ran into some trouble, being on food stamps, living in the projects. Running headfirst into linebackers.

"I started to play football, things opened up for me a little bit. Breaking a couple more tackles. Going to jail, getting into trouble, comin' out of that.

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This is the second of three nominations for the most memorable play in Seattle Seahawks history. The first play was Steve Largent’s bone-jarring revenge hit on Broncos safety Mike Harden in 1988. On Wednesday, we will feature Marshawn’s Lynch’s Beast Quake 67-yard touchdown run in playoffs against the Saints.

Please vote for your choice as the Seahawks' most memorable play.

Score: Seahawks 23, 49ers 17
Date: Jan. 19, 2014 Site: CenturyLink Field

Description: It was the play at the end of the NFC Championship Game that sealed the victory and launched the rant heard around the world.


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San Francisco was driving toward a possible-game-winning score and had a first-and-10 at the Seattle 18 with 30 seconds to play. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted to challenge cornerback Richard Sherman. Bad idea.

Kaepernick lofted a throw in the right corner of the end zone intended for receiver Michael Crabtree. But Sherman leaped and used his long arms to tip the ball away, right into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith for the interception.

It saved the game for Seattle and sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but the craziness had just begun. Sherman was flagged for taunting when he ran over to Crabtree as the receiver was leaving the field.

Sherman said he went over to tell Crabtree good game, but Crabtree shoved his hand into Sherman facemask and walked off.

Moments after the game ended, Sherman was interviewed on the field by Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman screamed. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.”

When Andrews asked him who he was talking about, he replied: “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’ll shut it for you real quick. L.O.B. [Legion of Boom].”

Many people will remember the rant more than the play, but it was an excellent example of Sherman’s athleticism, one of many outstanding plays he had in the Super Bowl-winning season.
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This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. In the next two days we will feature Richard Sherman's Immaculate Deflection in the 2014 NFC Championship Game against the 49ers and Marshawn Lynch's Beast Quake 67-yard touchdown run in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.

Please vote for your choice as the Seattle Seahawks' most memorable play.

Score: Seahawks 42, Broncos 14
Date: Dec. 11, 1988 Site: Kingdome


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For Seahawks fans, it's the sweetest revenge hit of all time and one of the biggest hits any wide receiver ever got on a defensive back.

In the opening game of the 1988 season, Denver safety Mike Harden illegally hit Steve Largent with an elbow to the head. It left Largent unconscious with a concussion, cracking two of his teeth along with his facemask. Harden was subsequently fined $5,000.

Now fast-forward to the rematch in Seattle. Harden intercepted a ball in the end zone thrown by Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg. Harden was running away from several Seahawks before he took a bone-jarring, blindside hit from Largent, who had raced across the field to take his shot. Harden slammed into the turf and fumbled, and Largent recovered.

There was a penalty on the play for defensive holding, so the interception and hit were subsequently negated. But Largent had made his point, to the delight of the fans in the Kingdome.

Largent's hit was legal but such a devastating blow that it was part of NFL promo film montages for years.

Largent was near the end of a Hall of Fame career that included 819 receptions for 13,089 yards and 100 touchdowns and many memorable moments. It's a bit ironic that the most revered receiver in team history is remembered by many fans for one of the most jaw-rattling tackles in NFL history.
RENTON, Wash. -- It’s still a month before training camp starts, but Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson believes the team is in a better place now than it was one year ago before beginning a Super Bowl-winning season.

“Right now I definitely believe we’re way further ahead,” Wilson said. “It’s exciting. You have an itch because you know how to do it at a very high level. And the best part about it is we can continue to do it better.”

Wilson is pleased with what he has seen from the newcomers, especially his rookie receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood. But more than anything else, Wilson wants to see improvement in himself.

“There’s a lot more ways we can be better,” Wilson said. “And there’s a lot more ways that I can get better. That’s the great part about it. I continue to try to stay focused on what I can control and continue to grow in every way possible.”

Wilson is only 25 and about to start his third NFL season, so it’s likely his best days are ahead, a surprising thing to say about a man who just won the Super Bowl. But he believes the best days lie ahead for many of his teammates.

“I think everybody feels that way,” he said. “We want to uplift each other. The biggest thing is staying connected throughout the offseason with everybody, making sure everybody is on the same page and still talking the same language in terms of how we want to be successful.

“Just trust in the process of learning. Trust in the process in getting prepared for a great season and see how far we can take it.”
A diamond-filled Seahawks symbol on the face was the main design of the Super Bowl rings the Seattle Seahawks received Thursday night in a private ceremony.

The front of the giant rings reads, “WORLD” at the top and “CHAMPIONS” at the bottom, with diamonds on each side of the face. One side of the rings has the player’s name and the other side shows the Lombardi Trophy and the Space Needle, along with the emblem for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Inside the ring, it reads: SEA 43 DEN 8. LEAVE NO DOUBT. 24/7 WHAT’S NEXT? The rings were designed by Tiffany & Co.

Many of the Seahawks tweeted photos or posted photos of the rings to Instagram last night, along with comments. Here are a few:

RENTON, Wash. -- Here are a few observations from the final day of minicamp Thursday for the Seahawks:

No fights: It shouldn't surprise anyone, but after the big brawl Wednesday, everything was back to normal at Thursday's practice.

"We did a great job today out there," said quarterback Russell Wilson. "Our biggest thing is we compete at the highest level. We believe every rep is the most important rep we've ever taken.

"Sometimes tempers flare. Sometimes it's gets out of hand. You have some of the best players in the world going against each other. As long as we control it, it's fine."

Players who didn't practice: There may have been one victim from the fight. Wide receiver Phil Bates did not participate in practice after being involved in fisticuffs with cornerback Richard Sherman Wednesday.

Others who watched the final practice included linebackers Korey Toomer, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Horace Miller, receivers Taylor Price, Kevin Norwood, Arceto Clark and Bryan Walters, safety Dion Bailey, tight ends Cooper Helfet and Chase Dixon, and running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said all of them have minor nicks and bruises. But Walters was wearing a sling after injuring his shoulder on a diving catch Wednesday.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung, linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin, and strong safety Kam Chancellor all had offseason surgery and didn't take part in any of the workouts. Wide receiver Sidney Rice, who has ACL surgery in October, ran routes in individual drills.

Carroll said all of them, with the possible exceptions being Rice and Irvin, are projected to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

Wilson loves his new receivers: Wilson can't say enough good things about rookie receivers Paul Richardson and Norwood.

"They don't look like rookies," Wilson said. "Norwood played at Alabama in some big, big games. He has great hands and great body control. Paul has electric speed and he going to make some plays for us."

Punt returners: Five players took turns fielding punts Thursday -- free safety Earl Thomas, Sherman, and receivers Percy Harvin, Richardson and Doug Baldwin.

Richardson struggled a bit, dropping one punt and bobbling another. Carroll said Walters also will field some punts, but he was out Thursday with the shoulder injury.

So who is the front runner for the job right now?

"It's going to be a great competition," Carroll said. "Earl has been back there the most, so he's in the lead position right now. Percy really feels comfortable and has looked great, and we all know what an explosion return man he can be. We have to find out who has the knack for it."

Ring night: The Seahawks received their Super Bowl rings Thursday night in a private ceremony.

"Earl and I talked about this when we were at the White House," Wilson said. "When you put that ring on your finger, it makes you want to [win the Super Bowl] again."
RENTON, Wash. -- Kevin Williams is a six-time Pro Bowler who was a workhorse at defensive tackle for 11 years in Minnesota. He will turn 34 in August.

Williams had a plan when he agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks last week. He knew it was time to make a change if he hoped to continue to play at a high level a little longer.

"I looked at some stats about a month ago," Williams said after his first Seahawks practice Tuesday. "I had like 700 snaps last year and nobody on the D-Line here even touched 650. It's an awesome chance to get in and play a limited number of snaps and maximize the ability I have."

Williams noticed that every player on the Seattle defensive line was fresh and playing full speed throughout the playoffs and the Super Bowl because no one played more than 60 percent of the snaps.

"They are doing some great things with a bunch of young guys," Williams said. "So it's a chance to play in a great rotation at the defensive line. I think it's the best fit for me. If I'm playing 500 plays versus 700 plays at this age, I can definitely still get after the quarterback."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is thrilled to have Williams, who signed a deal worth $2 million for the 2014 season.

"We talked to Kevin for a really long time throughout the offseason," Carroll said. "We have tremendous respect for the person he is, the competitor he is and the leader he is. We feel very fortunate to add him to our team."

Williams (6-5, 310 pounds) believes he can do more by playing less at this point of his career. Carroll helped convince him it was the way to go.

"He's a big man that plays tough," Carroll said. "We want him to play good, physical football for us like he always has. We're not going to ask him to do anything different than what he's done."

They're only asking him to do it on fewer plays, which could prolong his successful career a little longer.

RENTON, Wash. -- Marshawn Lynch made it to minicamp Tuesday for the Seahawks, but he will not practice this week because he recently tweaked his ankle.

Whether he gets a tweak to his contract remains to be seen, along with what we may see from Beast Mode in the 2014 season. ESPN The Magazine had an interesting take on that topic in the most recent issue.

Four NFL running backs entered last season with at least 250 carries in each of the previous three seasons -- Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson and Arian Foster.

All four were workhorse backs, averaging more than 1,000 yards each season from 2010 through 2012. Three of them had dramatic drop-offs in 2013. Johnson was the only exception, rushing for 1,077 yards on 279 carries, but his average per carry fell from 4.5 to 3.9.

Even taking Johnson's 2013 season into account, the average rushing yards for the four of them went from 1,256 to 705. The average yards per carry dropped from 4.3 to 3.6 and the touchdown average went from 8.6 to 4.2. The average number of carries dropped an average of 100 carries per player.

Two backs enter the 2014 with at least 250 carries in the previous three seasons -- Lynch and San Francisco running back Frank Gore. Lynch averaged 300.3 carries per season over those three years and 1,350 yards per year (4.5 yards per carry).

Judging by what happened to the four workhorse backs last season, on average, this is how Lynch's projected numbers would change in 2014:

Carries: 198

Rushing yards: 759

Yards per carry: 3.8

Touchdowns: 6

However, these are only speculative numbers showing a trend for backs with a lot of carries over three years. Lynch could be different. Well, he is different, but he could go out and have a career-best year, especially if he's happy with the contract.