Ha Ha Clinton-DixDaniel Bartel/Icon SportswireSafety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a little fun with former teammate Eddie Lacy on Twitter.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Eddie Lacy practiced against each other the last three years as Green Bay Packers teammates, but they never quite got to hit each other as hard as they would in a game.

But now the hard-hitting Pro Bowl safety and the bruising running back will face off without limitations when Clinton-Dix and the Packers open the regular season against Lacy’s new team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Lacy signed as a free agent with the Seahawks last month.

On Tuesday, we got the first glimpse of how competitive -- and how much fun -- the Clinton-Dix vs. Lacy matchup will be.

It started with a tweet from Lacy with a picture of him in one of his new Seahawks shirts, and it didn’t take Clinton-Dix long to respond with a challenge.

From there, Lacy essentially said bring it on.

And then Clinton-Dix essentially made a peace offering.

Perhaps Lacy could return to Green Bay next year. After all, he signed only a one-year deal with the Seahawks. But for now, it's Packers vs. Seahawks -- and Clinton-Dix against Lacy -- in Week 1 at Lambeau Field.

The Seattle Seahawks go into this week's draft with five selections in the first three rounds and seven picks overall.

It'd be no surprise if general manager John Schneider traded back from No. 26 in the first round. The Seahawks haven't drafted at their original first-round slot since 2011.

But if the Seahawks stay at No. 26, here are the players they're most likely to land.

Kevin King, CB, Washington: He is 6-foot-3 with 32-inch arms and tested in the 99.2 percentile in terms of athleticism when compared to NFL cornerbacks. Pete Carroll has a good relationship with Washington coach Chris Petersen and should be able to get a great feel for King's intangibles. King has length, athleticism and is a scheme fit.

Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky: The Seahawks made a strong push to sign T.J. Lang in free agency, and last year's first-round pick Germain Ifedi is likely sliding over to right tackle. That means the Seahawks could consider a guard option early. Lamp is a plus athlete and should have some positional versatility. This year's offensive line class is not strong, but if Lamp falls in the first, he will be an option.

Obi Melifonwu, DB, UConn: The Seahawks want to add young talent on defense, and Melifonwu's size (6-foot-4, 224 pounds) and versatility will be attractive to them. He could play different roles in their secondary and is an elite athlete. Melifonwu might make even more sense if the Seahawks trade back.

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: He was a three-year starter and looks the part of an NFL tackle (6-foot-6, 327 pounds). Robinson was not a great tester, but if offensive line coach Tom Cable likes him, the Seahawks could look to address offensive line early in the draft.

Taco Charlton, DL, Michigan: He could fill the Michael Bennett/Frank Clark role. Charlton (6-foot-6, 277 pounds) had 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss last season. The Seahawks were in their sub package for about 68 percent of their defensive snaps last season. A pass rush of Clark, Bennett, Charlton and Cliff Avril could give opposing offensive lines fits.

Haason Reddick, LB/DE, Temple: It seems unlikely that Reddick falls to No. 26, but if he does, the Seahawks would have to consider him. Reddick (6-foot-1, 237 pounds) could fill the SAM LB role and has the ability to rush the passer (10.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss last season) in their sub packages. Given Reddick's size, the Seahawks would need to get creative in figuring out how to use him. He tested in the 94.8 percentile athletically.

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: At 6 foot, with 32 1/4-inch arms, Humphrey fits the profile, and he may be the most physical corner in this year's class. Athletically, he tested in the 85.2 percentile. The knock on Humphrey is his ball skills. Carroll was on hand for Alabama's pro day and may be comfortable projecting that Humphrey can improve in that area in the NFL -- especially considering that Humphrey won't turn 21 until July.

John Ross, WR, Washington: Could he be a sleeper possibility? Wide receiver is an underrated need for the Seahawks. Jermaine Kearse is coming off of a down year. Paul Richardson is entering the final year of his contract. And Tyler Lockett is coming off of a broken leg injury. Ross' 4.22 speed and production (17 touchdowns last season) could give Russell Wilson another dangerous receiving threat.video

Seahawks would like more than seven picks, but trading isn't easy

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RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks enter the first round of this year’s NFL draft a bit thin on picks, at least by their standards. Seattle has seven picks, which is the standard amount, but the team hasn’t made fewer than eight selections under general manager John Schneider and has averaged nearly nine and a half in the seven drafts he’s overseen.

During his annual pre-draft press conference Monday, Schneider was asked if having seven picks changes anything for the Seahawks.

“We'd like to have more,” Schneider said. “More is better depending on the draft. It changes the way we try to strategize because you're not picking all the way through the draft.”

Five of the Seahawks’ seven selections are in the first three rounds, including three third-round picks, two of which are compensatory picks. But the Seahawks don’t have a pick in either Rounds 4 (traded last year) or 5 (forfeited for OTA violations). Schneider joked that it was “a little punch in the gut” when a reporter reminded him of that.

While he likes having so much draft capital at the top, Schneider said it doesn’t sit well to not have a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

“You want to have picks all the way through,” he said before referring to the Browns, who have a league-high 11 selections. “You kind of look at Cleveland’s board like, ‘Dang, it’s awesome.’”

The Seahawks have made 12 pick-for-pick trades on draft day under Schneider, eight of which have entailed moving back. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they make another deal this year to recoup a selection in the fourth and/or fifth round, especially now that teams can trade compensatory picks.

But Schneider said that’s easier said than done.

“You can strategize on it all day long, but it's still not as easy to move around as people would anticipate,” he said. “It's not like [the movie] ‘Draft Day,’ where they’re just moving all around.”

More draft notes from Schneider:

Schneider reiterated that he doesn’t consider this year’s draft class to be as deep as last year’s, saying: “Last year, it just looked really thick all the way through. This year, there’s just a couple different gaps. That’s just for us. I’m not sure if it’s for every other team. We scout for our team and not for the league. So it’s just based on what our needs look like, and there appears to be more gaps in there. More so than last year, but to say previous years, not necessarily. There always are some ledges in there.”

Schneider said Seattle’s draft board is set for the most part. “There’s some tweaking going on. We’ll have a medical meeting tomorrow night, so there’s some stuff that happens there where we have to pull some people off or we’re able to get some guys back from the previous medical meeting that had the rechecks at Indianapolis,” he said. “So it’s kind of tweaking a little bit by round like that, but it’s not anything significant unless something pops up off the field where we have to completely pull somebody off.”

Seahawks still waiting to hear from Raiders on Marshawn Lynch

April, 24, 2017
Apr 24

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks still are in wait-and-see mode with Beast Mode.

As in, wait and see if Marshawn Lynch, their former running back, will agree to a deal with the Raiders, which would be a necessary step in Seattle trading his rights to Oakland.

“Nothing really new,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday. “They’re still talking. And then the steps after that [would] be that if they came to an agreement, that [Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie] and I would discuss a form of compensation.”

Lynch has been in discussions with the Raiders about coming out of retirement to play for his hometown team. The Seahawks control his rights, though, because he was still under contract for two more years when he retired after the 2015 season. That contract included a $9 million base salary for 2017, which is more than Oakland or any other team would want to pay a running back who just turned 31 (as Lynch did over the weekend) and was out of football all last season.

Schneider previously said his close relationship with McKenzie, with whom he worked in the Packers’ front office, could make for smooth trade discussions with Oakland. But that hinges on Lynch and the Raiders agreeing to a deal first.

McKenzie told reporters last week that he’d prefer a resolution to the situation one way or another before the draft, which begins Thursday.

“Yeah, I would think Reggie would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not,” Schneider said.

More from Schneider’s media availability on Monday:

  • Asked about the role the team envisions for free-agent addition Dion Jordan, Schneider said Jordan has the ability to slide inside to rush the passer in addition to playing defensive end. But it doesn’t sound like Seattle views Jordan as a candidate at strong-side linebacker. "He's a little heavier now, so we're planning on playing him along the defensive line," Schneider said. "We've always thought he was a heck of an inside rusher too. He's always had the speed off the edge, he's got the length, he has a natural feel for working guys edges and stuff. Defensive line, whether it's end or 5 or 3 [technique], maybe some Leo as well, I'm not quite sure. But at this point it looks like defensive line."
  • Asked about the decision to not match the 49ers’ offer for right tackle Garry Gilliam, a restricted free agent who started 29 games over the past two seasons, Schneider said: "Yeah, it was a decision we talked about. [Coach Pete Carroll] and I talked about how there might be an opportunity for him and we just felt at this point in time, we didn’t want to drag it out for him so we felt like it was in our best interest to just not match it and move forward at that position.”
  • Asked about backup quarterback Trevone Boykin’s legal troubles over the offseason, Schneider clarified that his second arrest wasn’t the result of a new incident but instead related to the first one, a March car accident in Dallas. He said the Seahawks would like to bring in a third quarterback for competition over the offseason.

RENTON, Wash. -- In the latest indication that a Richard Sherman trade is unlikely, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday that the team has "kind of moved past" the possibility of moving its All-Pro cornerback.

Speaking at his annual pre-draft press conference, Schneider said it would take an offer that blows the Seahawks away.

"Right now we've kind of moved past it and if somebody calls and goes crazy with something, then we'll discuss it again," Schneider said. "I don't mean go crazy, but you know what I mean. Like, give you compensation where it's something where you really, truly have to think about it and consider it, then we would have to consider it. And we could consider it because, like I said, it's been a mutual thing. It's OK. And we feel like it would clear cap room and we would be able to get younger, but that's the only reason we'd do it. I mean, the guy's one of the top cornerbacks in the league. You don't just give him away."

Asked if there's a cutoff point for when he'd like to have the situation resolved one way or another, Schneider said, "I think it's pretty much on us right now."

Schneider said Sherman is at team headquarters Monday along with safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, who were among a handful of Seahawks starters that weren't in attendance last week for the start of the team's voluntary offseason workout program. He said Sherman spoke last week with coach Pete Carroll.

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The most decorated cornerback in Seattle Seahawks history is 29 years old and still near his physical prime. Richard Sherman is also available for trade. The Seahawks have said so publicly and somewhat casually. It's an unusual situation that remains a hot topic in the NFL.

"I think it is incredibly interesting," an executive from another team said.

This league insider and five others provided insights into one of the more curious developments involving a front-line player this offseason.

This all started in March when former NFL executive Mike Lombardi, now a contributor to The Ringer, said he'd heard Seattle was open to trading Sherman. The story gained traction April 5 when Seahawks general manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle radio that the Sherman talk was "real" and that, while any deal would be unlikely, the team had "opened that door" to see what a trade might return. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Sherman had initiated trade talks. Sherman then told Peter King of The MMQB that "both sides were listening" and there was "no bad blood" between team and player.

With the draft set to begin Thursday, an initial deadline is looming. Any team trading a 2017 first-round choice to Seattle for Sherman would need to do so before selecting a player for its own roster. It's a great time to size up the situation from multiple angles.

Richard ShermanOtto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesRichard Sherman, who was a fifth-round draft pick by the Seahawks, has made the Pro Bowl four times in his six NFL seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks have selected 398 players in their 41-year history. Here’s a look at the best draft picks by position for the Seahawks:


Quarterback: Russell Wilson, third round, 2012, Wisconsin. He hasn't missed a start since entering the NFL, and the Seahawks have gotten to at least the divisional round every year that Wilson has been their quarterback. They've been to the Super Bowl twice and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy once. Wilson's 99.6 career passer rating is currently second in NFL history behind only Aaron Rodgers.

Running back: Shaun Alexander, first round, 2000, Alabama. Alexander is the all-time franchise leader in rushing yards (9,429) and rushing touchdowns (100). He's the only Seahawks player to ever earn MVP honors (2005). Alexander ran for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns that season, averaging 5.1 YPC as Seattle went 13-3 and made it to the Super Bowl.

Wide receiver: Darrell Jackson, third round, 2000. There's no obvious option here for the Seahawks, but Jackson is third on the team's all-time receiving list with 7,132 yards. Only Steve Largent (whom the team traded for) has more receiving touchdowns than Jackson in Seahawks franchise history.

Tight end: Christian Fauria, second round, 1995, Colorado. The Seahawks haven't had a lot of success drafting tight ends, but Fauria's 166 career receptions with Seattle are the most by a player at his position in franchise history. He started 73 games in seven seasons for the Seahawks.

Tackle: Walter Jones, first round, 1997, Florida State. He's the easiest pick on this list. Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 after a 12-year career in which he started 180 games for the Seahawks. Jones made the Pro Bowl nine times and is considered one of the greatest left tackles of all time.

Guard: Steve Hutchinson, first round, 2001, Michigan. He spent the first five years of his career with the Seahawks, starting 68 games and making the Pro Bowl three times. Hutchinson continued his career with the Minnesota Vikings where he started 89 games and made four more Pro Bowls.

Center: Max Unger, second round, 2009, Oregon. The best center the Seahawks ever drafted was Kevin Mawae (second round, 1994). But he didn't earn Pro Bowl recognition until he joined the New York Jets, so Unger gets the nod. Unger started 67 games in six seasons with the Seahawks, making the Pro Bowl twice, before being traded to the New Orleans Saints as part of the Jimmy Graham deal.


End: Michael Sinclair, sixth round, 1991, East New Mexico. He totaled 73.5 sacks in 10 seasons with the Seahawks -- second-most in franchise history. In 1998, Sinclair's 16.5 sacks were tops in the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl three times. Jacob Green (first round, 1980) had 97.5 career sacks and is also a consideration, but since Sinclair was a sixth-round selection, he gets the nod.

Tackle: Cortez Kennedy, first round, 1990, Miami. Like Jones on the offensive side of the ball, Kennedy is a no-brainer. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Kennedy started 153 games in his career and had 58 sacks.

Linebacker: Bobby Wagner, second round, 2012, Utah State. A three-time Pro Bowler, Wagner has been the quarterback on a defense that has led the NFL in fewest points allowed in four of the past five seasons. Wagner led the NFL in tackles in 2016, and at only 27 years old, still has plenty of great football ahead of him.

Cornerback: Richard Sherman, fifth round, 2011, Stanford. One of the great value picks in NFL history, Sherman has 30 interceptions since entering the league -- 10 more than any other cornerback during that span. He's a four-time Pro Bowler and has never missed a game in his career.

Safety: Kenny Easley, first round, 1981, UCLA. A strong case can be made for the Seahawks' current safeties -- Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor -- but Easley is already a Hall of Famer and gets the nod. The five-time Pro Bowler was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and will be officially inducted into Canton this summer.


Kicker: Josh Brown, seventh round, 2003, Nebraska. There aren't a lot of choices here, and no team should ever draft a kicker, but Brown is the best of the group. He made 80 percent of his field goal attempts and 223 of 224 extra points in five seasons with the Seahawks.

Punter: Ryan Plackemeier, seventh round, 2006, Wake Forest. The Seahawks have somehow spent a draft pick on a punter six times in franchise history. None of those six punters ever made a Pro Bowl. Plackemeier lasted only two seasons with the Seahawks, but at least he was a seventh-round pick.

Marshawn LynchChristian Petersen/Getty ImageMarshawn Lynch's current deal has him due a salary cap number of $9 million in 2017 and a base salary of $7 million in 2018.

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders remain interested in acquiring retired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks, even if talks have seemingly quieted down of late.

And though the NFL draft is next week, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said whether or not Lynch is with the team by then will not affect his draft board.

"At some point you'd like to know and prior to the draft is that point," McKenzie said Friday during a media conference to preview the draft. "Our door is open and we're not shutting the door until that time, pretty much.

"Never going to say never, but the door is still open."

Lynch, an Oakland native who played at Cal, visited the Raiders on April 5. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said the meeting was "part of the process" of getting to know the player, and if he would fit with the team.

"I've been familiar with Marshawn in the past but [the meeting was] just part of the process and doing our due diligence, seeing where he is and talking about expectations here and how they match up and things like that," Del Rio said.

Did Del Rio come away from the meeting convinced Lynch wants to play football after being retired in 2016?

"Every indication I got was that he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders," Del Rio said.

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BELLEVUE, Wa. -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett threw on an apron Thursday night and participated in John and Traci Schneider's celebrity waiter event to raise money for "Ben's Fund."

Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY SportsSeattle's Tyler Lockett caught 41 balls for 597 yards in 15 games last season.

Lockett has spent the entire offseason in Seattle rehabbing from fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg suffered in December. The third-year wide receiver said he's eyeing an August return to full football activities.

"I think that I'm in a good place right now," Lockett said. "It also depends on what the trainers want to do -- whether they want to speed up my process or whether they want to take it slow. It all depends on what they're looking for me to do. Do they want me to come back and do OTAs and minicamp? Or do they want me to just wait until August?

"So for me, I'm just preparing myself for August. If I do get to do OTAs and stuff, then that's cool. But I've got the end in mind, which is getting myself ready for camp."

Asked if he has any doubts that he'll be ready for training camp, Lockett added, "I'm sure I'll be ready. If I don't, it'll be news to me like it's news to you."

Lockett said the offseason has afforded him time to check out Seattle and surrounding areas like Bainbridge Island and Vancouver.

When Lockett suffered the injury in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, his teammates were visibly shaken up on the field. But Lockett said he was able to remain calm.

"It hardly bothered me," he said. "It probably bothered other people. I didn't feel anything, so people felt the pain more than I did. I was in a good place even when they carried me off."

Lockett caught 41 balls for 597 yards in 15 games last season, but he was playing at less than 100 percent for much of the year because of a knee injury suffered early in the season.

The Seahawks were in three-receiver sets for 68 percent of their snaps in 2016. If healthy, Lockett will have the opportunity to compete for a starting spot opposite Doug Baldwin in 2017.

Coach Pete Carroll might want to send the NFL a thank-you note, because the Seattle Seahawks' 2017 schedule sets up nicely for the team to win the NFC West for the fourth time in five seasons.

The Seahawks don't have back-to-back road games for the first time in franchise history, and of their four prime-time games, three are at home. Seattle's only early kickoff is at Jacksonville in Week 14.

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10, at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET

It's surprising that this game is not in a prime-time slot. The Seahawks have not fared well at Lambeau Field, having lost there in back-to-back years, including a 38-10 defeat in 2016. Eddie Lacy's debut as the Seahawks' feature back will come against his former team. Record: 0-1.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET

It'll be the fourth different 49ers coach in four years leading San Francisco into CenturyLink Field. The last time the Seahawks faced an offense directed by Kyle Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons dropped 36 on Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs. But Shanahan obviously doesn't have the same level of talent to work with in his first season in San Francisco. Record: 1-1.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m. ET

This will be a good opportunity for the Seahawks' defense to see how it stacks up against a physical offense and Marcus Mariota, one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. Record: 2-1.

Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m. ET

The Seahawks' first prime-time matchup of the season features Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck going head to head. Luck was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Wilson was taken 75th. Record: 3-1.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET

The Seahawks have not swept the Rams since 2013 and have lost three of their past four meetings. Sean McVay will be calling the shots for the Rams instead of Jeff Fisher, but Seattle struggles to block Aaron Donald and the Rams' defensive front. Record: 3-2.

Week 6: Bye.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET

In their past three trips to MetLife Stadium, the Seahawks have outscored their opponents 93-25. That includes a 23-0 shutout against the Giants in 2013. Record: 4-2.

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Houston Texans, 4:05 p.m. ET

Could a rookie be quarterbacking the Texans in this game? J.J. Watt and Houston's defensive line could give the Seahawks trouble, but Seattle should be a big favorite. Record: 5-2.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5, vs. Washington Redskins, 4:05 p.m. ET

Washington's offense ranked in the top five in efficiency last season. The weapons for Kirk Cousins are different in 2017, but he's the type of quarterback who should be able to move the chains against the Seahawks. And tight end Jordan Reed could give Seattle fits. Record: 5-3.

Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 9, at Arizona Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. ET

This begins a stretch of three prime-time games in four weeks. The Cardinals present the Seahawks' biggest competition in the NFC West, and Seattle drops back-to-back games for the only time all season. Record: 5-4.

Week 11: Monday, Nov. 20, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:30 p.m. ET

This is the Seahawks' only Monday Night Game, and they'll have a full 10 days of rest before this contest. Seattle beats the defending NFC champ at home for its most impressive victory of the season. Record: 6-4.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET

It'll be a short week for the Seahawks, but they've won six in a row against the 49ers. The streak continues with a sweep in 2017. Record: 7-4.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m. ET

Carson Wentz comes to Seattle for the second consecutive season and fares better than he did as a rookie, but it's not enough for an Eagles victory. Record: 8-4.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET

Want the surprise loss of the season? Here it is. The Jaguars have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and stun the Seahawks in Seattle's earliest kickoff time of 2017. Record: 8-5.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET

The Seahawks can't get swept by the Rams for the second time in three seasons, can they? Seattle wins ugly and splits the season series. Record: 9-5.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Cowboys as the NFC's biggest favorite to win the Super Bowl at 8-1. The Seahawks travel to Dallas for a Christmas Eve showdown and a potential preview of the NFC title game. They come out on the losing end. Record: 9-6.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET

In a game that could decide the division, the Seahawks are victorious, finishing with 10 wins for the third consecutive season. Record: 10-6.

Norm Hall/Getty ImagesWhile trading Richard Sherman could still happen, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Thursday that the odds are against a trade at this point.

General manager John Schneider said Thursday night that the odds are against the Seattle Seahawks trading cornerback Richard Sherman, but with the draft one week away, he didn't shut the door on the possibility of a deal.

"Right now, I don't think the odds [of a trade] are very good," Schneider said during an interview with the "Danny, Dave and Moore" show on 710 ESPN Seattle. "But if somebody comes cruising along and something happens, and we do something, it happens.

"We have constant communication with him. I talked to him this evening. So it's cool. Everything's fine. I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team. But that's just one option."

Coach Pete Carroll and Schneider have said on multiple occasions in the past two months that the Seahawks would consider trading Sherman for the right offer.

Sherman, 29, has two years remaining on his contract. He is due $11.43 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018.

Schneider was asked about a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter that Sherman initially requested a trade.

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Eddie LacyDilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesThe Seahawks clearly signed Eddie Lacy with the intention he'll become the starter, but he won't be a three-down back.

The NFL has released its 2017 regular-season schedule. Here's a look at what's in store for the Seattle Seahawks.

Breakdown: There's not much to complain about with the Seahawks' 2017 schedule. The team does not get back-to-back road games for the first time in franchise history and only has one early start (10 a.m. PST) -- Week 14 at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks have four prime-time games, and three of them are at home -- Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons and Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Their only road game in prime time is a Thursday night matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. The Seahawks get the AFC South and the NFC East and only have five games against opponents who made the playoffs last season.

Eddie Lacy's homecoming: Lacy won't have to wait long to face his former team. The Seahawks open the season at Lambeau Field where they got hammered, 38-10, last season. In Seattle's last two games there, the Green Bay Packers have outscored the Seahawks, 65-27. Lacy spent the first four seasons of his career in Green Bay, piling up 3,435 rushing yards before the team let him walk in free agency. He's on a one-year contract with the Seahawks and should be in line to be the feature back out of the gate. The Seahawks' other big free-agent signing this offseason was Luke Joeckel. The former No. 2 overall pick will face the team that drafted him (Jacksonville) in Week 14.

Seeing how they stack up: Aside from the Seahawks (12 to 1), the NFC teams with the best Super Bowl odds are the Dallas Cowboys (8 to 1), Packers (10 to 1), Atlanta Falcons (14 to 1) and New York Giants (20 to 1). Seattle will get a chance to see how it stacks up against all four of those teams. In addition to the opener against the Packers and the Monday night matchup against the Falcons, the Seahawks play at Dallas on Christmas Eve (Week 16), and they are at New York in Week 7. The matchup with the Giants is following the Seahawks' bye. By the time the playoffs roll around, Seattle will have a good idea about how it matches up with the NFC's elite.

Strength of schedule: T-25th, .455

Seahawks Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

  • Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 10, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 17, San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 24, at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at Los Angeles, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 6: Bye
  • Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, at NY Giants, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, Houston, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5, Washington, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 9, at Arizona, 8:25 p.m.
  • Week 11: Monday, Nov. 20, Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17, Los Angeles, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers will open the season at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2012, and it’s a marquee matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN.

The Packers-Seahawks game will not be in prime time, but it could be one of the national afternoon games given that it’s a meeting of two of the expected favorites in the NFC.

The full schedule will be announced at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The opener holds intrigue from the standpoint that Eddie Lacy won’t have to wait long to face his former team. The Seahawks signed the former Packers running back in free agency earlier this year. The Packers beat the Seahawks 38-10 at Lambeau Field last season in Week 14 as part of their six-game winning streak to end the regular season.

The two teams are meeting as part of the two games determined based on last season’s finish. Each team won its respective division. The Packers went 10-6 and won the NFC North, while the Seahawks went 10-5-1 to win the NFC West.

Last year, the Packers opened in the sweltering heat of Jacksonville, where the temperature at kickoff was 90 degrees. The Packers hung on for a 27-23 victory in what was tied for the third hottest game in franchise history. They didn’t play their home opener last season until Week 3 and then had their bye, meaning they had only one home game in the first month of the season.

In 2015, the Packers opened at Chicago. Before that, their openers were at Seattle in 2014 and at San Francisco in 2013. The last time they opened the regular season at home was against the 49ers in 2012, when they lost 30-22.

All the Packers’ opponents were set immediately after the season. They can be found here.

Pete Carroll has described the Seattle Seahawks' defense as a 4-3 with 3-4 personnel.

Carroll's main point is that he prefers speed over size. And that has been especially true with the Seahawks' edge defenders.

Seattle has two classes of defensive ends. One is the Bruce Irvin role, the guy who can play Sam linebacker in the base defense but slide up to right defensive end in their substitution packages.

And the other is the Michael Bennett role, the guy who plays right defensive end when the Seahawks are in base but slides inside when they go to their sub packages. Frank Clark has filled a similar role.

Last offseason, Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. The Seahawks replaced him by using Mike Morgan as their Sam linebacker in base and inserting Cassius Marsh or Clark at right defensive end in nickel.

Morgan is an unrestricted free agent, and Marsh is entering the final year of his deal. Bennett and Cliff Avril played at a high level last season, but both are 31.

The Seahawks could use a pass-rush infusion in this year's draft. Here are some edge players who could interest them.

T.J. WattPhil Ellsworth/ESPN ImagesWisconsin's T.J. Watt has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews, but will he be there when the Seahawks pick in the second round?

Note: This list does not include guys who are likely to be gone by the time they pick in the first rounds (Seattle has the No. 26 overall selection in the first round and No. 58 in the second). It also doesn't include players who are primarily defensive tackles.

T.J. Watt, Wisconsin: Watt (6-foot-4, 252 pounds) dealt with injuries to both knees during his college career and had only one season of true production, finishing 2016 with 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. Watt tested in the 93.4 percentile and has the ability to play the Irvin role as a Sam linebacker who can rush the passer in nickel. One scout compared Watt to Clay Matthews. There's a chance Watt sneaks into the first round, but he could be an option on Day 2 if the Seahawks trade back.

Jordan Willis, Kansas State: There's a lot to like about Willis. He was a very productive college player with 21 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. Athletically, Willis tested in the 94.2 percentile compared with edge rushers in the NFL. At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds with 33-inch arms, Willis looks the part. The only knock on him has been that some didn't see the same athleticism on tape that he showed at the scouting combine. There hasn't been much buzz about Willis sneaking into the first round, although a team could surprise. If not, he could be an option for the Seahawks on Day 2.

Haason Reddick, Temple: It seems unlikely Reddick falls to No. 26, but if he does, the Seahawks could be intrigued. Reddick (6-foot-1, 237 pounds) could fill the Sam role and has the ability to rush the passer (10.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss last season). Given Reddick's size, the Seahawks would need to get creative in figuring out how to use him. He wouldn't have a traditional role in their scheme. Reddick tested in the 94.8 percentile athletically.

Tyus Bowser, Houston: He fits the mold of a Sam linebacker/edge rusher. Bowser (6-foot-3, 247 pounds) tested athletically in the 91.3 percentile. He suffered an injury last season after getting into a fight with a teammate, but when he played, Bowser was productive. He finished with 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in eight games. There's a chance Bowser sneaks into the first round, but it's more likely he'll be a Day 2 option.

Taco Charlton, Michigan: He'd be more in the Bennett/Clark role. Charlton (6-foot-6, 277 pounds) had 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss last season. He's expected to come off the board in the first or second round.

Derek Rivers, Youngstown State: He's one of the more intriguing players on this list. Rivers (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) was a productive college player, totaling 14 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2016. He tested athletically in the 80.1 percentile and has shown the ability to rush the passer and drop into coverage. Rivers is expected to be a Day 2 pick.

Carl Lawson, Auburn: If selected by the Seahawks, he probably would not have an immediate role but could be a rotational player. Lawson (6-foot-2, 261 pounds) suffered knee and hip injuries in college. He was productive last season with nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Lawson is probably strictly a defensive end in the Seahawks' scheme. He projects as a Day 2 pick.

Tarell Basham, Ohio: His role would be similar to Lawson's in Seattle's scheme. Basham (6-foot-4, 269 pounds) was a productive college player and turned in 11.5 sacks with 16 tackles for loss last season. His immediate fit with the Seahawks would probably be as a nickel pass-rusher. Basham is expected to be a mid-round pick.

Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M: Given his size (6-foot-5, 266 pounds, 35-inch arms), Hall could have some positional versatility. He totaled 11.5 sacks with 27.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons. Hall is a plus athlete, testing in the 76.7 percentile. He'll likely go off the board in the middle rounds.

Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic: He was a productive college player, with 22.5 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons. Hendrickson (6-foot-4, 266 pounds) tested in the 87.1 percentile. He'd be a rotational defensive end for the Seahawks. Hendrickson is expected to be a mid-round pick.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has a new three-round mock draft out in which he plays general manager and makes his own selections for every team.

Kiper's first pick for the Seattle Seahawks is Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles. On the surface, that selection makes plenty of sense. It's a need position for the Seahawks -- especially since Garry Gilliam signed with the San Francisco 49ers -- and Bolles is one of the better athletes in this year's draft class.

But there's a catch, and it could be a potentially big one, depending on the team. Bolles turns 25 in May.

"Yeah. It's a factor. Definitely," said Seahawks GM John Schneider last month when asked about how age factors into prospects' grades. "We mark our cards accordingly. It's definitely a part of the evaluation process. You're looking at some guys that are going to be 28 years old when they're signing their second contract. That's a big deal, especially if they've had some sort of durability issues throughout their college days."

First-round draft picks have fifth-year options; contracts for other selections are four years.

If Bolles is selected in the first round, he could be 30 years old when he's up for his second contract.

Then there's the issue of evaluation. Older players are more developed physically and could have significant advantages over their competition. There are already plenty of variables in play when evaluating prospects on film. Age is another one that has to be considered.

As a point of reference, Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson, considered a first-round prospect, is more than three years younger than Bolles. He would be just 25 years old when he's up for his fifth-year option.

Teams draft players hoping to get them to second contracts, and age is something the Seahawks have to consider.