Good afternoon, 12s.Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Monday, June 26 — about your Seattle Seahawks: ReadBennett Brothers Honored At 2017 BET Awards Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his brother, Martellus, received the Shine A Light Award presented by My Black Is Beautiful — an initiative which celebrates the collective beauty of black women — at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The brothers received the award for the work each of them have done away from the football field to uplift and inspire youth in minority communities.Michael’s foundation, The Bennett Foundation, helps prevent childhood obesity and provides and feeds underprivileged children in communities. He also pledged to donate all of his 2017 endorsement money to help rebuild minority communities and empower women of color. ReadThrough his company, The Imagination Agency, Martellus has inspired children to be creative and look beyond the world of sports for a road to success. “The Bennett brothers are two unique people who are committed to a global vision for young African-American men and women to see the value and self-worth in themselves,” ESPN’s Cari Champion said while honoring the two on stage. “BET and My Black Is Beautiful is proud to shine a light on Michael and Martellus Bennett, two exceptional men who are helping all women, girls and people in general to be exceptional.” ReadTweet Of The DayToday’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from us, the Seahawks, who officially wrapped up the 2017 leg of 12 Tour yesterday. https://twitter.com/Seahawks/status/879115579361075201 ReadMore From Around The Web Registration information for 2017 Seahawks training camp can be found here. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked the 16 quarterbacks who made the league’s top 100 list leading up to the final 10 players this evening.In the first half of Wilson’s misunderstood 2016 season, he took an important step in any star quarterback’s life: showing he can play pretty well even when he’s not at his best. It turned out that Wilson could still be effective from the pocket, even when defenses knew his scrambling ability was limited by injuries. Though he ran for just 7.9 yards per game in his first 10 games (that’s about 30 yards less than his career per-game average entering 2016), Wilson threw for 2,714 yards with 11 touchdowns and two picks, and Seattle went 7-2-1. His deep ball should always remain sexy, and the improvisation was back by midseason, but Wilson showed he doesn’t even need all of his tools all the time.Finally, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times answers questions from fans about fullback Algernon Brown and more.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent his Father’s Day in a weird spot, hanging out at the Great Wall of China and throwing passes along one of the Great Wonders of the World. Pretty hard for a guy like Brady to have something left on the bucket list, but there you go.
Turns out there is actually another item in China he wants to hit one day as well, because Brady wants to play a football game in Asia at some point, according to something the Pats quarterback said while on the Asian tour.
“My dream is to play a game here in China someday,” Brady said via the Associated Press. “We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn’t work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it’s such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved.”
The NFL likely agrees with Brady and appreciates him pointing out that playing professional football in China — or even just somewhere in Asia — would be a good thing.
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The NBA knows more than any other league the power that can be unleashed from the country of China becoming interested in the sport. When Yao Ming was on the Rockets, multiple teammates would end up making the All-Star Game because of the interest from overseas that Ming generated in the NBA.
The folks at Park Avenue would love to tap into that passion. The question is how the timing will work. Brady wants to play until he’s 45, so he might very well be able to end up playing in a game in China. The league will reportedly send the Rams to play a team in China during the 2018 season, but the Pats aren’t on the shortlist of possible opponents that has been reported.
So either Brady is going to have to play for a lot longer (totally possible) or he’s going to have to end up playing for a different team (also totally possible). Brady in China is on the table but it will take some luck to make it happen.
Totally random, but the Great Wall of China is actually 9,680,528 yards long, while Peyton Manning, the career leader for most passing yards in NFL history, has 71,940 yards. Brady is fourth at 61,582 yards. So Brady would need more than 157 of his current careers to pass for the full length of the Great Wall.
FOXBORO — On Tuesday night, Dont’a Hightower hosted an event to promote diabetes awareness at the Showcase Cinema de Lux at Patriot Place, which is just steps from Gillette Stadium.
This offseason there was no guarantee this event would have taken place in the shadows of where the Patriots play their home games, as it could have been at a movie theater in New York City or even Pittsburgh.
Hightower was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, but a week after free agency opened and following visits to the Jets and Steelers, the 27-year-old ultimately signed a four-year, $43.5 million contract to stay in New England.
“It’s over and done with, I am in New England,” Hightower said at his event on Tuesday, as the linebacker only fielded questions about the Wonder Woman movie event.
It took the linebacker almost seven days after free agency opened to finally sign with the Patriots, which likely was because the offers he expected just didn’t come in. This was why the linebacker visited the Jets and Steelers. It was a way of trying to get every last dollar from the Patriots he could because at that point he likely wasn’t going anywhere else. In the end, Hightower became the fourth-highest paid inside linebacker in terms of average money per year, according to Spotrac.
This likely wasn’t what Hightower envisioned before free agency opened, as he wanted to approach Luke Kuechly status and make $12.3 million a season.
So, why didn’t he get paid or have the interest like he thought he would? It’s simple: Hightower’s value across the league isn’t the same as it is in New England.
First off, he isn’t a three-down linebacker as he has trouble in pass coverage. Why would a team make him one of the highest paid inside linebackers if he can’t play all three downs? Also, the 2012 first-round pick has only played a full season once in his five years and hasn’t played more than 13 games in each of his last three seasons. Staying on the field was certainly a concern for other teams, and again likely why they didn’t want to pay him this offseason.
But for all of the reasons why other teams didn’t want Hightower, there were just as many reasons why the Patriots needed him.
In games Hightower has played (including the playoffs), the Patriots are 62-17, but in games he’s missed, the Patriots are just 9-4. Clearly, Hightower is extremely value to the organization. The Patriots just know how to use him to their benefit. Also, Hightower’s leadership for the entire defense cannot be debated and doesn’t come with a monetary value.
Looking at the depth behind Hightower at linebacker, the Patriots desperately needed him to return. Elandon Roberts, Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy and Jonathan Freeny were the only players on the depth chart, and with it being a few days after free agency began, all the other proven inside linebackers were off the market. It’s quite clear the Patriots desperately needed Hightower back to sure up the middle of their defense.
In the end, the Patriots played things perfectly. They could have panicked when Hightower said he was going to visit those two teams and increase their offer, but it’s likely they knew what his value was across the league and Hightower would not sign a deal based on what they had on the table, or what they planned on offering him as a final take it or leave it deal.
Hightower could have taken a deal with any of the two other teams who reportedly offered him more than what the Patriots ultimately gave him, but it’s likely the opportunity to win each year and be used properly was what lured him back to New England.
So after a week of free agency, it finally hit both sides they needed each other. New England clearly needed its defensive captain back and Hightower wouldn’t have the same success on another team as with the Patriots.
Seeing Hightower back in the Foxboro area for the first time this offseason on Tuesday was just a reminder of how this offseason was a case of both sides needing one another, but it just took a week of free agency for both sides to finally realize and accept it.
BOSTON (CBS) — Opposing defenses are officially on notice: Rob Gronkowski is feeling healthy.
“Hundred percent, good to go,” Gronkowski said Monday at the opening of Patriots minicamp.
Gronkowksi, who underwent back surgery last season and missed the final five regular-season games and all three postseason games, said he has no physical restrictions as the 2017 season begins in earnest.
The 28-year-old referred to his third back surgery only as “a little setback” and said he never had any doubt that he’d be returning to his NFL career this season.
“It’s always important whenever I get a little setback like that that happened, just to get back to where I need to be. And I feel like I am. Doing everything out here, competing, and it’s fun,” he said. “Feeling great. Everything went super well. Just out here, whatever coaches have us doing, just doing whatever they need us to do.”
One-hundred percent health is not the only change for Gronkowski this season, as he and the team worked out a restructuring of his contract. The deal essentially rewards Gronkowski if he can stay on the field and perform, but he said that even with the new financial stakes, his regular goals don’t change at all.
“I’m definitely very thankful for the opportunity that the Patriots organization gave me. Just gotta keep working hard and do what’s best for the team, do what’s best for myself to help out the team in any way possible,” he said. “I’m always trying to perform. I always want to get better every single year. I want to get better every single week. I’m always motivated, no matter what the circumstances are. I’m always motivated just to get better as a football player. I love playing the game and whenever I have the opportunity to get step out on the field, I just want to get better on the field.”
Beyond a healthy Gronkowski, the Patriots added Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, Mike Gillislee and others to an offense that already was one of the most dominant forces in the NFL. But for as much as outsiders might be praising the potential of that offense, Gronkowski said he looks at it much more simply.
“We always got a lot of things to work on, especially myself. We feel like as a team we need to get better every single day,” he said. “I mean, personally, I don’t look at how good we are on paper. We’ve got to step up on the field and practice hard every day.”
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