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On this date: Matt Hasselbeck signed to long-term contract

Matt Hasselbeck

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 22:

1989: Tom Flores is named president and general manager to replace Mike McCormack. Flores became head coach in 1992, replacing Chuck Knox.

2002: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Sinclair is released. Sinclair leaves after producing 73½ career sacks, including a league-leading 16½ in 1998, to rank second in franchise history to Jacob Green (116).

2005: Matt Hasselbeck is signed to a multi-year contract and Shaun Alexander is given the franchise tag. Both would be instrumental in the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl that season, as Alexander scored a then-league record 28 touchdowns and led the NFL in rushing while being voted league MVP and Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 touchdowns while compiling a career-best 98.2 passer rating.


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On this date: Seahawks help AFC win trio of Pro Bowls

Kenny Easley, Pro Bowl 1988

Kenny Easley records an interception in a 15-6 victory for the AFC squad in the 1988 Pro Bowl.

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 7:

1988: Kenny Easley and Fredd Young provide half the AFC’s four interceptions, as well as eight and seven tackles, in a 15-6 victory in the Pro Bowl. Steve Largent (one reception) and Jacob Green (two tackles) also were on the AFC squad.

1993: Cortez Kennedy and Eugene Robinson combine for nine tackles to help the AFC win the Pro Bowl 23-20 in overtime.

1999: Cortez Kennedy and the “strong side, left side” trio of Michael Sinclair, Chad Brown and Shawn Springs combine for five tackles and three passes defensed to help the AFC claim a 23-10 Pro Bowl victory in what is John Elway’s final game.

2003: Teryl Austin is named defensive backs coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.


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On this date: Ken Behring announces plan to relocate franchise

Ken Behring

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 2:

1986: Steve Largent catches a game-high eight passes for 82 yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 28-24. Kenny Easley (two tackles) and Fredd Young (one tackle) also are on the AFC squad.

1992: John L. Williams (four carries for 8 yards, one reception) and Cortez Kennedy represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 21-15.

1996: Owner Ken Behring announces he is relocating the franchise to Southern California, a move that is later blocked by the NFL.

1997: Cortez Kennedy has six tackles to help the AFC take a 26-23 overtime victory in the Pro Bowl. Michael Sinclair (one tackle) also is on the AFC squad.

1998: Jim Zorn, the club’s original quarterback who had been an offensive assistant on Dennis Erickson’s staff, leaves to become the QB coach with the Lions. Zorn would return to be the Seahawks’ QB coach from 2001-07.


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On this date: Warren Moon named Pro Bowl MVP

Warren Moon

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 1:

1987: Fredd Young recovers a fumble to set up the only touchdown in the game as the AFC wins the Pro Bowl 10-6. Jacob Green also recovers a fumble and has a tackle for a loss, while Steve Largent and Bobby Joe Edmonds also are on the NFC squad.

1998: Warren Moon is named MVP in the Pro Bowl after leading the AFC to a 29-24 victory. Moon directs the AFC to points on each of his three series, including his 1-yard TD run with 1:49 left to play. Moon also passes to Tim Brown for a 57-yard gain that sets up Eddie George’s 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks’ Michael Sinclair recovers a fumbled snap that leads to Moon’s decisive score. Darryl Williams also recovers a fumble in the game.


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On this date: Seahawks ruin Raiders, twice

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 17:

Michael Sinclair

1978: Al Hunter runs for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder, and Jim Zorn passes 57 yards to Steve Largent for another score as the Seahawks close their third season with a 23-19 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.

1989: John L. Williams catches 12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and Norm Johnson kicks three field goals in a 23-17 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome.

1995: Chris Warren rushes for 105 yards and three touchdowns, Joey Galloway catches five passes for 108 yards, including a 43-yard TD, and Michael Sinclair leads the defensive effort with two sacks in a 44-10 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome.


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On this date: Defense dominates Eagles

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 6:

1992 – The Bengals beat the Seahawks 21-3 at the Kingdome in Tom Flores’ first game as coach. John Kasay’s 40-yard field goal provides the Seahawks’ only points, as Kelly Stouffer is sacked six times and the Bengals return fumbles 75 and 22 yards for touchdowns.

1998 – The Seahawks open their season with a 36-0 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia. The defense collects nine sacks – 2.5 by Michael Sinclair – and Shawn Springs returns an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ first shutout since Week 14 of the 1986 season. On offense, Ahman Green rushes for 100 yards on only six carries and Warren Moon throws two TD passes to Joey Galloway.


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Report: Clemons agrees to multiyear contract

The Seahawks and sack-leader Chris Clemons have agreed to a multiyear contract, Mike Sando at ESPN.com is reporting.

Clemons, who was acquired in a 2010 trade with the Eagles, was set to enter the final season of his contract. Playing as the “Leo” end in coach Pete Carroll’s defense, Clemons has produced 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the Seahawks – a 22-sack total that ranks eighth in the league over the past two seasons.

Sando has more details on his NFC West blog at ESPN.com.

Clemons did not attend the spring minicamp or OTA practices while the club and his agent worked on a new deal. He is the first defensive end to have back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks for the Seahawks since Michael Sinclair in 1997 and 1998.

While Clemons matched his career-high with 11 sacks last season, the team registered 33 and the rest of the defensive linemen combined for 10. That’s why tackle/end Jason Jones was signed in free agency and rush-end Bruce Irvin was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

“It’s an area of our football team these last two years where it’s not what we need it to be,” Carroll said after last season of the pass-rush generated by any lineman not wearing No. 91 (Clemons). “Clem had a great year again rushing the passer, two solid contributing years for us. But we need more than that.

“That’s an area that really needs to improve for us to take another step.”

Retaining Clemons to join Irvin and Jones is a giant step toward completing that next step.


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And the best sixth-round pick is …

When Michael Sinclair arrived as a sixth-round draft choice out of Eastern New Mexico in 1991, he looked lost. You could see it in the blank gaze in his eyes, sense it in his what-am-I-doing-here body language and it was underlined by his rookie-season stat line: No games played, no tackles, no sacks.

But after being allocated to the Sacramento Surge of the World League and finishing second in the now-defunct spring league with 10 sacks in 1992, Sinclair returned with a newfound sense of himself – not to mention an array of pass-rush moves that allowed him to produce a team-high eight sacks for the Seahawks in 1993.

“I needed that,” Sinclair would say of his stint in the World League. “I proved to myself that I could play at the next level.”

And he then took his game to next level, as well. Sinclair also led the Seahawks in sacks in 1994, 1997 and 1998 – when he led the NFL with 16.5, still the franchise single-season record.

By the time he left the Seahawks after the 2001 season, Sinclair had started 114 games and ranked second only to Jacob Green in career sacks on the team’s all-time list with 73.5. Sinclair was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1996-98), presented the Steve Largent Award in 1998 and joined Green on the 35th Anniversary team.

Not surprisingly, Sinclair is the best player the Seahawks ever selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Tight end Itula Mili (1997) and defensive tackle Craig Terrill (2004) also rose from their afterthought draft status to deserve consideration, as Mili caught 43 passes in 2002 and 46 in 2003 and Terrill tied the franchise career record by blocking eight field goals. But Sinclair’s lost-to-found journey was just too difficult to top.


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On this date: Hasselbeck, Alexander secured

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 22:

1989: Tom Flores is named president and general manager to replace Mike McCormack. Flores became head coach in 1992, replacing Chuck Knox.

2002: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Sinclair is released. Sinclair leaves after producing 73½ sacks, including a league-leading 16½ in 1998, to rank second in franchise history to Jacob Green (116).

2005: Matt Hasselbeck is signed to a multi-year contract and Shaun Alexander is given the franchise tag. Both would be instrumental in the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl that season, as Alexander scored a then-league record 28 touchdowns and led the NFL in rushing while being voted league MVP and Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 touchdowns while compiling a career-best 98.2 passer rating.


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On this date: Easley, Young spark AFC

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 7:

1988: Kenny Easley and Fredd Young provide half the AFC’s four interceptions, as well as eight and seven tackles, in 15-6 victory in the Pro Bowl. Steve Largent (one reception) and Jacob Green (two tackles) also were on the AFC squad.

1993: Cortez Kennedy and Eugene Robinson combine for nine tackles to help the AFC win the Pro Bowl 23-20 in overtime.

1999: Cortez Kennedy and the “strong side, left side” trio of Michael Sinclair, Chad Brown and Shawn Springs combine for five tackles and three passes defensed to help the AFC claim a 23-10 Pro Bowl victory in what is John Elway’s final game.

2003: Teryl Austin is named defensive backs coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.