Posted April 22, 2014

Seattle Seahawks being sued over ‘selective’ ticketing to NFC Championship Game

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Seattle Seahawks being sued over 'selective' ticket sales to NFC Championship Game

Fans in California and Nevada were unable to purchase tickets to the NFC title game in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)

Much noise was made over the Seattle Seahawks refusing to sell tickets to the NFC Championship Game to fans outside of pre-accepted locations. In short, if you lived in California or Nevada (areas likely to support the San Francisco 49ers), you weren’t allowed to purchase tickets.

Of course, some fans did find alternate avenues and ways around the blocked ticket sales, but others were unable to do so. One such fan who couldn’t secure tickets was John E. Williams III, who is suing the Seahawks for what he calls “selective” ticket sales.
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Posted April 22, 2014

The SI 64, No. 9: WR Sammy Watkins

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2014 NFL draft top 64, No. 9: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins has everything it takes to be great … in the right system. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that as well. And to that end, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke have assembled their own definitive Big Board, consisting of the players they feel deserve to be selected in the first two rounds.

The SI 64 – which can be found in its entirety here – uses tape study to define the best prospects in this class and why they’re slotted as such. And as we get to the single digits in our rankings, it’s time to break down a receiver with truly special potential. Continue Reading

Posted April 22, 2014

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks making progress on new contract

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Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks making progress on new contract extension

Richard Sherman’s next deal could make him the highest paid defensive back in the NFL. (Robert Beck/SI)

With an eye on keeping their Super Bowl winning roster intact, the Seattle Seahawks are in the midst of contract extension talks with Richard Sherman that could make him the highest paid defensive back in the NFL.

According to Jason La Canfora, the Seahawks and Sherman have made “considerable” progress on a deal and are “hopeful” that the two sides can find middle ground prior to the NFL draft (May 8-10).

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Posted April 22, 2014

Mike Holmgren: I should have just coached the Cleveland Browns

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Mike Holmgren: I should have coached Cleveland Browns

The Browns were just 14-34 in Mike Holmgren’s (right) three years as team president. (Mark Duncan/AP)

When Mike Holmgren took the position as Cleveland Browns president in 2009, the hope was that he would be able to turn things around for the franchise. Unfortunately, that plan never came to fruition and Holmgren ended up leaving the team after 2012.

One of the biggest decisions of Holmgren’s tenure was the firing of head coach Eric Mangini, and that has inspired a bit of regret when he looks back at his tenure with the team.

If Holmgren could change one thing, it would have been naming himself the head coach.

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Posted April 22, 2014

Alex Smith says his agent has contacted Kansas City Chiefs about contract extension

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Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs talking contract extension?

Alex Smith had a career-year in 2013, throwing for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Last season, quarterback Alex Smith helped the Chiefs rebound from a disappointing 2012 campaign (2-14) that landed them the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. His reward for leading Kansas City to an 11-5 record and the playoffs is a possible contract extension.

Smith is set to earn $7.5 million in 2014 before his contract expires and he becomes a free agent next offseason, but the quarterback states his agent is in the beginning stages of negotiations for a contract extension.

While the talks take place, Smith is going to keep his focus on football and preparing for the upcoming season. Continue Reading