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The Seattle Seahawks have undergone significant changes.

Gone are mainstays Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, who moved on in the offseason, while the playing careers of Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor are uncertain after they suffered serious injuries in 2017. The Legion of Boom could be down another one of its three most important members, too, as Earl Thomas is holding out for a new contract.

In many respects, the Seahawks are starting over, and, according to their head coach, the team feels like it did in 2012 – the year it made the leap to contender after consecutive 7-9 seasons.

“It does feel like that,” Pete Carroll told Albert Breer of The MMQB. “There was a time when our star players weren’t star players yet – they were just coming up, and it was exciting to see that emergence. That’s what we’re counting on in the next year, seeing these guys start to come to prominence and make a spot for themselves.”

Among those expected to emerge on defense this year are defenders Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Shaquill Griffin, and Nazair Jones. Throw into that mix rookies Shaquem Griffin, Rasheem Green, and Emmanuel Beal.

“It feels like four or five years ago. It feels fresh and wide open, it’s more of an open competition for some of the spots,” Carroll said. “And that’s a really good thing for us, because it does feed into the whole approach.”

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The ongoing effort to bring a Major League Baseball franchise to Portland has a prominent new booster, as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced Friday that he and his wife, Ciara, have joined the Portland Diamond Project as investors.

The extent of the couple’s financial contributions wasn’t disclosed – Wilson and Ciara each invested individually – but the one-time Super Bowl champion said they’re now “part owners” of the Portland Diamond Project, the management group spearheading the drive for a big-league club in the city.

“It is time for MLB in Portland,” Wilson said in a news release obtained by Andrew Greif of The Oregonian.

The management group, formed last July by former Nike president Craig Cheek, has already made preliminary bids for two potential stadium sites in Portland, and a Port of Portland spokeswoman confirmed earlier this week that a third site is being considered as well. Wilson and Ciara will tour the first two sites Saturday.

Wilson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and spent two seasons in the minors before electing to play professional football instead.

In September, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred identified the West Coast as fertile territory for potential expansion, and specifically listed Portland – the 26th-biggest city in the United States by population – as a candidate.

“Portland would be on the list,” he told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. “I think Portland is a possibility. You can think about the prospects on the West Coast probably as effectively as I can.”

President Donald Trump’s verbal disputes with NFL players have recommenced.

Much like when Trump said any “son of a b—h” that protests during the national anthem should be fired and the league’s workforce responded by intensifying their symbolic gestures, the two sides are going at it again over the NFL’s anthem issue.

Trump suggested Thursday morning that those who don’t stand for the national anthem “shouldn’t be playing” and maybe “shouldn’t be in the country.” Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin responded in kind Thursday afternoon.

“He’s an idiot, plain and simple,” Baldwin said, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

“I mean, listen, I respect the man because he’s a human being first and foremost, but he’s just being more divisive, which is not surprising,” Baldwin continued. “It is what it is. But for him to say that anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints should be kicked out of the country, it’s not very empathetic. It’s not very American-like, actually. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this country was founded upon.

“It’s kind of ironic (for) me that the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”

Baldwin also expressed his disappointment with the NFL’s new rules for conduct during the national anthem. Those that are on the field will be required to “stand and show respect for the flag and anthem” and those that choose not to stand will be permitted to remain in the locker room.

“I think the NFL really missed it this time,” he said.

Though the Seattle Seahawks released him in March, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman continues to show support for his former teammates.

Appearing at a youth football camp in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Sherman stood by current Seahawk Earl Thomas, arguing that the safety deserves to be paid as an elite NFL player.

“I think Earl Thomas deserves the money he’s asking for,” Sherman told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson, according to NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch. “I think he deserves to be compensated as the top safety in the league. Whether Seattle does that or not is up to them.”

Seattle reportedly listened to at least two offers for the ball-hawking defensive back this offseason and sought a second-rounder for the six-time Pro Bowler, but general manager John Schneider said Thomas wants to stay despite the rumors. He’s entering the last year of his contract.

The Seahawks may be unwilling to pay a hefty price to retain Thomas’ services, but Sherman believes that would be unwise.

“Obviously, (Thomas) plays at a high level and the defense doesn’t really work without his contribution,” Sherman said. “I think after a while you show a certain level of respect to your players who’ve put in the time.

“And he’s been a great example of dedication and perseverance, and just incredible excellence. So obviously he deserves to get paid, but whether they pay him or not is up to them.”

Despite Thomas’ importance, Seattle’s numerous roster adjustments this offseason illustrate that the team is not afraid to part with veteran players. The former first-round pick will enter his ninth season with the Seahawks if he isn’t traded or released prior to Week 1.

Colin Kaepernick may have taken a big step forward in his attempt to prove that NFL teams colluded to keep him out of the league.

Depositions in the quarterback’s collusion case have produced internal franchise documents from the 2017 free-agent evaluation process – along with witness testimony – which establish that teams around the league viewed Kaepernick as not just worthy of a roster spot, but as a starting-caliber player, a source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

While Kaepernick’s legal team will likely need more to prove that teams actively coordinated against him following his protests during the national anthem in 2016, this evidence is a blow to the league’s argument that the quarterback remained unemployed due entirely to his on-field ability.

The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks are the only teams known to have been actively interested in signing Kaepernick.

The Seahawks had scheduled a workout with Kaepernick this offseason, but opted to sign journeyman quarterback Austin Davis instead after postponing the visit. That was reportedly because Kaepernick declined to say for certain whether he’ll stop his anthem protests moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Ravens looked into Kaepernick when Joe Flacco suffered a back injury near the start of the 2017 campaign. However, the team passed on signing him and then did so again this offseason, instead bringing in Robert Griffin III – who was also considered when Flacco was sidelined – to bolster the depth chart.

Teams and their head coaches were both deposed in Kaepernick’s case.

Former Los Angeles RamsSeattle Seahawks, and Buffalo Bills head coach Chuck Knox has died at 86 after a lengthy battle with dementia, the Seahawks confirmed.

Knox began his career as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets and Detroit Lions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, later becoming the Rams head coach from 1973-1977, and 1992-1994. He coached the Bills from 1978-1982, and Seattle from 1983-1991.

Known around the NFL as “Ground Chuck,” Knox’s offenses emphasized running the ball. He was a three-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year (1973, 1980, 1984).

Knox currently ranks 10th on the NFL’s all-time head coaching wins list with 193 career victories.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider doesn’t want the team’s parting of ways with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, among others, to be mistaken for a rebuild.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said Friday, according to Stacy Frost of 710 ESPN Seattle. “When I say ‘reset’, people are like, ‘well, it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding; it’s just a reset.”

Schneider said the offseason departures are not unlike previous roster turnovers that allowed Sherman and others to emerge as the household names that made up the ‘Legion of Boom’ defense that competed in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning SB XLVIII.

“I’m telling you, man, there’s a lot of good young football players that people don’t know about. Tedric Thompson was one of our best special teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam (Chancellor) was one of our best special teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer (Milloy) was here. Trust the process, man,” Schneider said.

Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril remain uncertain for the upcoming season due to career-threatening injury concerns.