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On this date: Curt Warner and Marcus Trufant drafted

Curt Warner

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 26:

1983: Curt Warner is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft to provide the legs for new coach Chuck Knox’s “Ground Chuck” offense. The Seahawks trade their first-, second- and third-round picks to the Oilers to move into the third spot so they could select the Penn State running back. Warner rushed for 1,449 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie and finished his seven-season stay in Seattle with 6,705 rushing yards, 55 rushing TDs and three Pro Bowl berths.Marcus Trufant

2003: Marcus Trufant is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, thanks to an assist from former Seahawks tight end and then-Vikings coach Mike Tice. When the Vikings let their time elapse before making a selection at No. 9, the Seahawks jumped in and grabbed the former Washington State cornerback with the 11th pick overall. Trufant, who is now an unrestricted free agent, started 125 games over the next 10 seasons; was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007; and named to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

2008: Lawrence Jackson is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, which also delivered tight end John Carlson (second round) and defensive lineman Red Bryant (fourth round). Jackson, a defensive end from USC, started 24 games in two seasons before being traded to the Lions.

2012: Pass-rushing defensive end Bruce Irvin is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, with the 15th pick overall. Irvin led all NFL rookies with eight sacks last season.


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On this date: Moon shots sink playoff-bound 49ers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 21:

James McKnight, Warren Moon

Wide receiver James McKnight (82) catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Warren Moon in the second quarter of their game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, in Seattle (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

1980: The Seahawks score twice in the fourth quarter, but the rally in their season finale falls short as they lose to the Broncos 25-17 at the Kingdome to cap a nine-game losing streak.

1997: Warren Moon passes for four touchdowns as the Seahawks finish 8-8 by slapping the playoff-bound 49ers with a 38-9 loss in the season finale at the Kingdome. Joey Galloway catches six passes for 101 yards and two scores, while Mike Pritchard has six receptions for 90 yards and a TD. The linebacking crew of Mike Barber, Chad Brown and Dean Wells leads the defensive effort by combining for 25 tackles.

2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder, and the defense sacks Cardinals QB Josh McCown eight times in a 28-10 victory in Seattle.

2008: The Seahawks send Mike Holmgren out a winner in his final home game as coach with a 13-3 victory over the Jets on a snowy afternoon in Seattle. Maurice Morris runs for 116 yards and Seneca Wallace passes to John Carlson for the game’s only touchdown, while Josh Wilson intercepts Brett Favre twice.


On this date: ’86 Seahawks finish hot, but miss playoffs

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 20:

Curt Warner

1981: Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns, including two to Steve Largent, as the Seahawks close the season with a 42-21 win over the Browns at the Kingdome. Rookie safety Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with two interceptions, returning one 82 yards for a score; and Greggory Johnson returns a Michael Jackson-forced fumble 31 yards for another score. Jackson also has 16 tackles and sack.

1985: In a Friday night game at the Kingdome, Norm Johnson hits the right upright on a 52-yard field goal on the final play as the Broncos win 27-24 behind a 432-yard passing performance by John Elway.

1986: In a Saturday afternoon game at the Kingdome, Curt Warner runs for 192 yards and three touchdowns and Dave Krieg throws two TD passes to Daryl Turner as the Seahawks close their season with a 41-16 victory over the Broncos. Steve Largent also catches six passes for 101 yards. The Seahawks finish with 10-6 record, including victories over both teams that advance to the Super Bowl (the Broncos and Giants), but do not make the playoffs.

1987: Curt Warner runs for two touchdowns, Dave Krieg passes for two more and John L. Williams catches eight passes for 117 yards in a 34-21 victory over the Walter Payton-led Bears in Chicago. Eugene Robinson leads the defensive effort with two interceptions and 11 tackles, while rookie Brian Bosworth has two fumble recoveries and a sack.

1992: Loss No. 13 in the Seahawks’ 2-14 season comes in Denver, as Gaston Green scores the only touchdown in the Broncos’ 10-6 win at Mile High Stadium. The defense intercepts John Elway three times and forces three fumbles, while Chris Warren runs for 97 yards in the loss.

1998: The Seahawks score 17 points in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 27-23 victory over the Colts at the Kingdome, as Ricky Watters has a 33-yard touchdown run, Shawn Springs returns a fumble 14 yards for a TD and Todd Peterson kicks a 30-yard field goal. Watters finishes with 178 rushing yards in Dennis Erickson final home game as coach of his hometown NFL team.

2009: The Buccaneers score 24 unanswered points in a 24-7 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck passes 29 yards to John Carlson for the Seahawks’ only points, but also throws four interceptions.


On this date: Big-play day grounds Eagles

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 23:

Bobby Joe Edmonds

Bobby Joe Edmonds

1980: Will Lewis returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, but the Seahawks fall to the Broncos 36-20 in Denver.

1986: The Seahawks begin a five-game winning streak as they jump to a 21-6 lead and hold on a 24-20 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg passes 72 yards to Daryl Turner for one touchdown and Bobby Joe Edmonds returns a punt 75 yards for another. The Seahawks sack Randall Cunningham nine times, including three by Fredd Young.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck passes for five touchdowns and 333 yards as the Seahawks take leads of 27-10 and 41-24, only to have the Ravens storm back with 38 second-half points and win 44-41 in overtime. Matt Stover ties the game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and then wins it with a 42-yarder in overtime to end the four-hour game. Darrell Jackson catches seven passes for 146 yards, including an 80-yard TD.

2008: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to John Carlson and Maurice Morris, but Shaun Suisham kicks a 22-yard field goal midway through fourth to give the Redskins a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Julian Peterson has two sacks among his 10 tackles.


On this date: Players’ strike begins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 13:

1987 – The players’ strike begins, forcing the cancellation of one game and teams to play with replacement players in three others. The Seahawks replacement team goes 2-1, helping the club finish 9-6 to clinch an AFC wild-card playoff spot.

2009 – The Seahawks win their first game under coach Jim Mora, 28-0 over the Rams at CenturyLink Field. Matt Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns – two to tight end John Carlson – and Julius Jones breaks a 62-yard scoring run. The Rams get into Seahawks’ territory only three times, and fail to score by missing a field goal and turning the ball over on downs as three Marc Bulger passes fall incomplete inside the Seattle 8-yard line.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Everybody’s talking about Winslow

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 22:

The Seahawks took the if-you-can’t-beat-‘em-get-‘em-to-join-you path to acquiring another tight end on Monday by trading for Kellen Winslow Jr. In three games against the Seahawks – one with the Browns and two with the Buccaneers – Winslow has caught 24 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Brock Huard, a former Seahawks QB and now host at 710 ESPN, sizes up what Winslow brings at mynorthwest.com: “Tom Cable has talked about the eight- and even nine-man box counts opposing defenses threw at the Hawks a year ago. Putting two tight ends like (Zach) Miller and Winslow on the field will force the defense’s hand. Play base defense and Winslow is a mismatch; play nickel defense and expect Beast Mode to run off of Miller and set up the play-action pass.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com sizes up Winslow, complements of a scouting report from Scouts Inc.: “He is too fast and athletic for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to match up against. He has a wide receiving radius with soft, sure hands that allow him to make tough catches. He is a willing and physical blocker but lacks the size and strength to do much more than get in the way when blocking inside.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune says the addition of Winslow fills one of the team’s last remaining needs: “The Seahawks had been looking to add a veteran tight end after losing John Carlson to Minnesota in free agency, and had Jacob Tamme and Visanthe Shiancoe in for visits during the first few weeks of free agency. Tamme signed with Denver, while Shiancoe remains available. But Winslow is the pass-catching tight end Seattle had been looking for to pair with physical run blocker Zach Miller, who signed a five-year, $34 million deal to join the Seahawks in free agency from Oakland before last season.”

Percy Allen at the Seattle Times says it looks like the Seahawks “won” in the deal: “At first glance, it appears Seattle made out like a bandit in a deal that brings in a gifted pass catcher to pair with tight end Zach Miller, who had 25 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns last season, his first with the Seahawks.”

Doug Farrar of ShutdownCorner.com also likes the deal in this dispatch at YahooSports.com: “In Seattle, there is room for a player as productive as Winslow has been in the recent past. Drafted sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL draft, Winslow most recently averaged 72.6 catches, 792.3 yards, and four touchdowns in each of the last three seasons for Tampa Bay. In 2011, he was the fourth-most targeted tight end in the NFL – only Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Pettigrew had more footballs thrown in their general direction by their quarterbacks. He played through pain on a right knee that has seen six different surgeries, and though the sheer physical upside is limited at this point in his career, Winslow seems a good risk for a Seattle team in need of far more consistent production from his position.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have made another splash at the position: “For the second time in as many years, the Seattle Seahawks have made a splash by adding a tight end. Seattle acquired former Pro Bowler and first-round draft pick Kellen Winslow Monday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, adding depth the team has been searching for at tight end since free-agent John Carlson signed with Minnesota earlier in the offseason.”

The Associated Press looks at the trade from the Bucs’ vantage point: “Winslow has been one of Tampa Bay’s best offensive players since being acquired from Cleveland in a trade three years ago. He had 77 receptions for 884 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, 66 catches for 730 yards and five TDs in 2010 and 75 receptions for 763 yards and two TDs in 2011. … Winslow said he has been working out near his home in San Diego and missed last week’s initial set of organized team activities in Tampa. He said he was planning to join the team on Monday, but that he got a call from (coach Greg) Schiano on Saturday. ‘He was kind of upset that I wasn’t there working out with the team in the offseason and for the first week of OTAs,’ Winslow said during the interview with SiriusXM.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at Winslow through the eyes of Gus Bradley, the Seahawks defensive coordinator: “ ‘He is tough, now. He is something to deal with,’ said Bradley, who was an assistant with the Bucs from 2006-08. “He’s their go-to guy. … They put him all over the place. They don’t just line him up in the core. They’ll flex him out, so no one can get their hands on him.”

We also have the word on Russell Wilson’s experience at the NFL Rookie Premiere: “ ‘I knew it would be a great experience, but at the same time the way I’ve always been mentally is I want to focus on what I’m doing,’ Wilson said through a smile on Monday. ‘And that’s playing football and winning games here.’ But once the importance of being invited to the NFLPA event was explained to him, Wilson quickly adopted a, well, “I’m in” attitude. ‘The Rookie Premiere was great,’ he said. ‘The NFLPA did a great job. It was unbelievable hospitality. And you get to spend time with the guys that you got drafted with, which is a pretty cool experience. It was a great experience, and I’m definitely glad I did it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’ ”

And the word on Red Bryant honoring a former teacher at the Heroes in the Classroom event: “As for Bryant’s role in Friday’s event, ‘It was a no-brainer,’ he said. For starters, he had dyslexia as a child, a situation he shared with the honorees and the principals from their schools. But even more importantly for Bryant was Sue Brooks’ role in his life. She was an English teacher at Jasper (Texas) High School. ‘As for a teacher who had an impact on my life, there’s no question, her name is Sue Brooks,’ Bryant said. ‘The impact that she had on my life gave me the opportunity to be before you guys right now.’ Bryant also told the assembled educators how he had to take the ACT four times. The first three times, his scores were 13, 11 and 12. The fourth time, with Brooks’ help, he scored a 21. ‘She went the extra mile,’ Bryant said. ‘She got the paperwork together and she requested that she be able to read it to me, and I scored a 21.’ ”


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Seahawks acquire Winslow

The Seahawks scratched their itch for another tight end today when they traded for Kellen Winslow, who averaged 73 receptions the past three seasons for the Buccaneers.

In exchange for Winslow, the Seahawks traded an undisclosed conditional pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks have been looking for a tight end to complement Zach Miller since John Carlson signed with the Vikings in free agency. Miller was signed in free agency last summer.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Winslow was a first-round draft by Cleveland in 2004 and caught 219 passes in four seasons with the Browns, including a career-high 89 in 2006. He also had his career-best in receiving yards (1,106) with the Browns in 2007, when he was voted to the Pro Bowl.

For his career, he has 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns. Winslow caught 75 passes last season.

Winslow, who will turn 29 in July, is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow.


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And the best second-round pick is …

Sherman Smith. Terry Beeson. Keith Butler. Brian Blades. Terry Wooden. Kevin Mawae. Lofa Tatupu. John Carlson.

Each was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Each delivered results befitting a first-round pick. But which player was the best second-round pick in franchise history?

Smith, a quarterback at Miami of Ohio, was a member of the team’s initial draft class in 1976. After switching to running back in his rookie training camp, all he did was lead the team in rushing five times, including the Seahawks’ first four seasons. Beeson, a middle linebacker, came in the second draft in 1977 and led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons – including a still franchise-record 153 in 1978. The following year delivered Butler, another linebacker who was the team’s all-time leading tackler when he left after the 1987 season.

In 1988, Blades was the team’s top draft choice because the Seahawks had used their first-round pick to select linebacker Brian Bosworth in the 1987 supplemental draft. But Blades led the team in receiving five times, remains No. 2 on the team’s all-time list in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620) behind Hall of Famer Steve Largent, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1989 and elected to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

Wooden, an outside linebacker, was part of the 1990 draft that was headlined by the trade to acquire Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with the third pick overall and also included running back Chris Warren and strong safety Robert Blackmon – aka “The Rookie Club.” Wooden started 87 games in seven seasons, led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and also finished second twice. Mawae started at guard as a rookie in 1994 and also 1995 before moving to center in 1996 and 1997.

Carlson, a tight end who arrived in 2008, holds the franchise single-season records for the position receptions (55 in ’08), receiving yards (627 in ’08) and TD catches (seven in 2009).

But the best-of pick has to be Tatupu, who arrived in 2005 – just in time to help lead the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl. The middle linebacker is the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08) and also was voted to three Pro Bowls.

Tatupu was released last year, Carlson spent the season on injured reserve and each is with a new team – the Falcons and Vikings, respectively. But their impact is undeniable, as each was voted to the 35th Anniversary team.

And Steve Raible definitely deserves honorable mention. A second-round pick in 1976, an injury ended Raible’s career after only six seasons, but he has remained with the Seahawks as first the analyst and now play-by-play man for team’s radio broadcasts.


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On this date: Seahawks trade up to draft Warner

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 26:

1983: Curt Warner is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft to provide the legs for new coach Chuck Knox’s “Ground Chuck” offense. The Seahawks trade their first-, second- and third-round picks to the Oilers to move into the third spot so they could select the Penn State running back. Warner rushed for 1,449 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie and finished his seven-season stay in Seattle with 6,705 rushing yards, 55 rushing TDs and three Pro Bowl berths.

2003: Marcus Trufant is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, thanks to an assist from former Seahawks tight end and then-Vikings coach Mike Tice. When the Vikings let their time elapse before making a selection at No. 9, the Seahawks jumped in and grabbed the former Washington State cornerback with the 11th pick overall. Trufant has started 123 games, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and named the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

2008: Lawrence Jackson is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, which also delivered tight end John Carlson (second round) and defensive lineman Red Bryant (fourth round). Jackson, a defensive end from USC, started 24 games in two seasons before being traded to the Lions.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Changing of the (left) guard

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 15:

Day Two of free agency for the Seahawks was all about guards, as the team released Robert Gallery, reached agreement on terms with Paul McQuistan and hosted Steve Hutchinson.

Eric Williams at the News Tribune wraps up the situation: “The metamorphosis of the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line – one of the youngest starting units in the league – continued during the second day of NFL free agency. The Seahawks announced the release of 31-year-old guard Robert Gallery, who limped though his only season in Seattle. Seattle also re-signed versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan to undisclosed terms. And the Seahawks hosted a familiar face – and Gallery’s possible replacement – on Wednesday in former left guard Steve Hutchinson.”

The Seahawks also lost tight end John Carlson, who agreed to terms with the Vikings. Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the details: “Tight end John Carlson is leaving the Seahawks, having agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings. Carlson was Seattle’s second-round pick in 2008, and in his first two seasons with the Seahawks he twice had more receptions than any tight end in franchise history.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also has a recap of the Seahawks’ activities: “It probably doesn’t hurt that Hutchinson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has almost no remaining ties to the organization he left six years ago. The entire front office and coaching staff have been turned over, meaning there shouldn’t be any remaining hostility, and it should also help Seattle’s chances that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spent five seasons in Minnesota with Hutchinson.”

And Curtis Crabtree at KJR also wraps things up: “So how likely is a Hutchinson return to Seattle? According to columnist Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, very much so. Farmer said on his twitter account Monday that he expected Hutchinson to return to Seattle. He added to that statement after news of Hutchinson’s visit to Seattle came out on Wednesday. ‘As I wrote Monday, unless somebody blows away the Seahawks’ offer, Steve Hutchinson is going back to Seattle.’ “

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers thoughts on the NFC West from Day Two of free agency: “Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne plans to visit New Orleans. The Saints should know him well. Hawthorne had a combined 21 tackles and one interception against New Orleans in two games during the 2010 season (one in postseason). He faced the Rams six times when new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was head coach in St. Louis. Hawthorne is an NFL success story as an undrafted free-agent-turned-starter. Seattle needs help at linebacker whether or not Hawthorne returns. K.J. Wright can move from the strong side to the middle if needed.”

Jason La Canfora at NFL.com continues to monitor the activity around the league, and you can follow along here. He’s got the word on former Dolphins QB Chad Henne agreeing with the Jaguars. Henne had been scheduled to visit the Seahawks.


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