Seahawks place second-round tender on Jeron Johnson
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/5/14) The Seahawks gave defensive back Jeron Johnson a second-round tender Tuesday, reports FOXSports.com. Johnson is expected to garner interest as a restricted free agent, but would stand to make $2.187 million next season if he signed the tender from Seattle.
Johnson has mostly been a reserve in Seattle, recording 15 tackles and a force fumble in 24 games.
Report: Seahawks to release Red Bryant
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/24/14) The Seahawks will release defensive lineman Red Bryant, saving $5.5 million in cap room, reports Fox Sports. Bryant, who turns 30 in April, had 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games last season.
Cliff Avril leads ferocious pass rush
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/3/14) Without blitzing, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning uncomfortable in the pocket. Defensive end Cliff Avril led the way with five quarterback hurries and two hits on his 32 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/3/14) Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain following the Super Bowl, but that X-rays were negative, reports ESPN.com. Sherman led the NFL with eight regular-season interceptions.
Seahawks show they have 'one of the best defenses ever'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/2/14) After the Seahawks dismantled Denver's high-powered offense, defensive end Michael Bennett summed up the performance: "Our defense is one of the best defenses ever," he said. "No offense can play with us."
The Seahawks DST opened the game with a safety when an errant snap went out of the end zone. The unit did not allow a first down in the first quarter. It forced four turnovers and scored twice -- on linebacker Malcolm Smith's 69-yard interception return and Percy Harvin's 87-yard kickoff return.
Seattle held Denver to 1.9 yards per carry and rattled Peyton Manning into his worst performance of the season. Smith, safety Kam Chancellor and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner shared the team lead with 10 tackles, and defensive end Chris Clemons registered the game's only sack.
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The Seahawks DST turned out to be among the best units in 2012, and they should continue to produce at a high level this season. The Seahawks were No. 3 in Fantasy points in standard leagues last year with 36 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, 18 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns. They scored at least 16 Fantasy points seven times, including 45 points in Week 14 against the Cardinals. The Seahawks reached double digits in Fantasy points in all but four games, and they should be dominant again. We consider the Seahawks DST a No. 1 option in all leagues, and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)