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The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans have amended their trade agreement after cornerback Jeremy Lane failed his physical, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lane will revert back to the Seahawks, who had agreed Monday to send him to Houston along with a 2018 fifth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for left tackle Duane Brown.
In the new deal, Seattle will give up a higher draft pick to account for Lane’s not being included in the deal. According to the source, Seattle will get Brown and Houston’s 2018 fifth-round pick in exchange for the Seahawks’ 2018 third-rounder and their 2019 second-round pick.

It’s not clear what caused Lane to fail his physical. He began Sunday’s game against Houston as Seattle’s nickelback but was replaced by Justin Coleman after playing six snaps. Asked Monday about that move, coach Pete Carroll said Lane suffered a thigh bruise.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who failed his physical Monday, had returned for Sunday's game against Houston after missing two games and most of a third with a groin injury.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who failed his physical Monday, had returned for Sunday’s game against Houston after missing two games and most of a third with a groin injury.

Lane had returned for Sunday’s game after missing two games and most of a third with a groin injury. He was listed as questionable heading into the Houston game because of that groin injury and also because of a more recent finger injury.
With Lane reverting back to Seattle and the team adding Brown, the Seahawks are one over the 53-man roster limit and might have to do more salary-cap maneuvering. The Seahawks on Tuesday reworked quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract to free up $4.17 million in cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN. That gave Seattle enough room to absorb Brown’s contract, which included a little less than $5 million for the remainder of 2017. But that was with the remainder of Lane’s salary — a little over $2 million — coming off Seattle’s books.

Lane’s salary is guaranteed for 2017, which means the Seahawks wouldn’t free up any cap space by releasing him. The Seahawks might also decide to keep him to help with depth at cornerback, something they were going to need after trading Lane.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin expressed regret about shoving offensive line coach Tom Cable in a heated sideline moment during the team’s 24-7 win over the Giants on Sunday.

The incident came during the second quarter, with Seattle trailing 7-0. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he told Cable to talk to Seattle’s offense on the sideline after it came off the field, but Baldwin wanted quarterback Russell Wilson to be the one doing the talking. The CBS broadcast showed a replay of Baldwin trying to push Cable aside with one hand while yelling toward Wilson as several other offensive players huddled around them.

"I lost my cool, 100 percent my fault," Doug Baldwin said in apologizing for shoving assistant coach Tom Cable during a player huddle on the sideline Sunday.

“I lost my cool, 100 percent my fault,” Doug Baldwin said in apologizing for shoving assistant coach Tom Cable during a player huddle on the sideline Sunday.

Baldwin took responsibility for the incident and said he apologized to Cable. The two appeared to be talking amicably at the end of the first half, with Cable putting his arm around Baldwin as the two walked off the field together.
“I lost my cool. It’s 100 percent my fault,” Baldwin said. “At that moment, I was really frustrated with the offense as a whole. Not the coaching staff — the players. Again, it goes back to our X’s and O’s. We had the playcalls. We just didn’t execute. Whether it was passing the ball, blocking, catching, jumping offsides, false starting, whatever it may be, we weren’t executing as players, and to me there is nothing a coach can say. We have to take accountability for that.”

Carroll answered in the affirmative when asked if he wished the situation would have been handled differently, but he called it “no big deal.” Baldwin said he wished he would have gotten his point across in a different way, but he made it clear that he wasn’t going after Cable.

“Y’all know I love Cable to death,” he said. “Me and Cable have one of the best relationships from coach to player. That was 100 percent my fault. I already apologized to him. He knows how I am. It’s just at that moment, the players needed to realize it’s the players — it’s not the coaches.”

Sherman calls story on Seahawks’ discord ‘nonsense’

Richard Sherman strongly dismisses the reported discord within the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Seth Wickersham dropped an in-depth story detailing the growing strained relationship between offensive and defensive players dating back to before their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the Patriots. Within the story, Wickersham cited sources both on and off the record giving a glimpse inside the locker room.

Sherman was the focal point of the article and his inability to get over Malcolm Butler’s title-shifting interception.

“He’s always looking at what other people are doing,” a former Seahawks assistant coach told Wickersham about Sherman. “He’s made it personal. It’s your fault we’re not winning. It wears guys thin.”

That was just one of the many points in an article that suggested a rift between Sherman, Russell Wilson and other Seahawks.

“Sherman, who like Wilson declined comment for this story, thinks [Pete] Carroll hasn’t held Wilson or many young Seahawks to the defense’s championship standard,” Wickersham wrote. “He’s been disillusioned not only by that single play (Butler’s interception) more than two years earlier but also by his coach’s and quarterback’s response to it.”

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, Sherman rejected the premise of the story.

“It’s just a bunch of nonsense from ‘anonymous’ sources. Can never put much gravity of things like that,” Sherman said.

Seattle teammate Michael Bennett also disputed the article, tweeting at ESPN: “this article is trash and should be on TMZ. It’s all gossip, I’m surprised this came from you.”

Added Bennett: “I love (Russell Wilson). Great teammate and friend and even better human. I was at his house last week and he gave me BBQ ribs.”

Marshawn Lynch visits Raiders; source says deal ‘eventually will happen’

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch visited his hometown Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, and an NFL source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that a deal between the team and Lynch “eventually will happen.”

Former NFL punter Pat McAfee first reported the meeting for Barstool Sports. The Seahawks, who still retain Lynch’s rights, granted permission for the visit, a source told ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia, confirming multiple reports.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, asked about the situation during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday, confirmed the Seahawks and Raiders have had talks over Lynch.

“I have a great relationship with Reggie McKenzie, who is the general manager of the Raiders. I shared an office with him for probably eight years [with the Green Bay Packers]. We’ve had dialogue about it,” Schneider said.

“Marshawn is trying to figure things out, the Raiders are trying to figure things out. My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play, that it would be for the Raiders and that’d be about it.”

Schneider was in the Packers’ front office when quarterback Brett Favre changed his mind about retirement and was traded to the New York Jets. He said he is leaning on that experience in the Lynch talks.

“You’re talking about guys are highly, highly popular football players in the National Football League,” Schneider said. “As an organization there’s that balance. You have to do the right thing by the organization first and the player second.”

Asked about the process of deciding whether to release Lynch or hold out for trade compensation, Schneider said, “It’s one that will go in a smooth manner because of our relationship.”

Lynch will turn 31 on April 22. He has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons, though injury limited him to seven games in 2015, when he averaged 3.8 yards per carry. He last played on Jan. 17, 2016, in a postseason loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Raiders are in need of a big lead back after Latavius Murray was allowed to leave for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, both 5-foot-8, are entering their second seasons. Lynch is 5-foot-11.

Should Lynch come out of retirement, he is in line for a salary-cap hit of $9 million in 2017 and a base salary of $7 million in 2018. The Raiders are unlikely to part with draft picks for Lynch in a trade or to take on that salary. Oakland currently has just over $27.6 million in cap space and wants to extend quarterback Derek Carr, edge rusher Khalil Mack and right guard Gabe Jackson.

The Raiders would prefer Lynch is cut by the Seahawks so a new, cheaper contract could be discussed. Plus, they would want to do their due diligence on him to see if Lynch would fit into their system as well as their locker room, hence Wednesday’s visit.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week at the owners meetings that he met with Lynch recently and discussed the idea of returning to the NFL.

“I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it,” Carroll said. “I can’t tell you how strong it is. You’ve got to talk to him.”

Carroll was asked whether Lynch could still be effective.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It depends on how he’s approached this offseason. He looked OK. The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays this game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. Whether or not that’s still in him, the burn is still there, I couldn’t tell that from talking to him. I know that he was playing with the idea.”

Seahawks, Richard Sherman find themselves in a messy situation

PHOENIX — In September 2015, Pete Carroll stood at the podium next to Kam Chancellor at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility and made sure he was delivering a clear message.

Chancellor had held out into the first two games of the season, both Seahawks losses. But he was back now. Carroll knew he needed his Pro Bowl safety in the right frame of mind if Seattle was going to turn its season around.

“Kam’s going to be with us for a long time,” Carroll said that day. “We hope he will always be a Seahawk.”

It was a masterful performance by Carroll. He swatted away question after question about the holdout and focused solely on Chancellor’s value to the organization.

Carroll talks often about messaging. He is aware of his stage, his audience and how his words are going to be interpreted. That’s what made his comments Wednesday about Richard Sherman’s trade availability particularly noteworthy.

“You’re either competing, or you’re not. And so we’ve always had to be open for everything, every suggestion that comes along,” Carroll said. “There have been some teams that have called, and so we’ve talked about it. But he’s extremely important to our football team.

“I don’t see anything happening at all. And I don’t see anything happening with any other players, just the banter that’s out there right now. But it has been talked about. He’s a great player and can impact another team. I can see why people would be interested in him.”

Making sense of Carroll’s words requires some reading between the lines.

He could have showered Sherman with love, as he did with Chancellor back in 2015. He could have skillfully shot down all trade rumors and pointed out what an important player Sherman is to the future of the franchise. He could have noted how last season is behind him and how the Seahawks are counting on Sherman to help lead a team with Super Bowl aspirations in 2017.

Carroll did not go that route. He and general manager John Schneider delivered a different message. They announced to the 31 other teams that Sherman is available at the right price.

But why? The most obvious answer is that they’re guarding against a repeat performance of Sherman’s 2016 season.

“Richard went through a lot last year,” Carroll said. “Most of it self-inflicted.”

In Week 6 of last season, after the Seahawks’ defense busted a coverage that led to a long touchdown by the Atlanta Falcons, Sherman and defensive coordinator Kris Richard engaged in a shouting match on the sideline. Several defensive players had to surround Sherman and calm him down.

In Week 15, after the Seahawks’ offense attempted a pass from the 1-yard line against the Los Angeles Rams, Sherman went after Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the sideline before teammates separated them.

Following the game, Sherman opened up old wounds from Super Bowl XLIX and referenced Russell Wilson’s interception against the New England Patriots.

“I was letting [Carroll] know. We’ve already seen how that goes,” Sherman said of the playcall.

Days later, Carroll indicated that Sherman was apologetic and realized that what he did was wrong. When Sherman spoke publicly, however, he said he had no regrets, doubling down and defending his actions.

Carroll admitted he “was a little surprised” at Sherman’s lack of remorse. The next week, Carroll said the Seahawks held a “special meeting,” in part to address Sherman’s outburst and make sure the team was ready to move forward.

Sherman downplayed the effectiveness of the meeting and said it was more valuable to the younger players than the veterans, who had heard the message before.

“We have a kumbayah meeting just about every year,” Sherman said at the time.

On many levels, trading Sherman would be a monumental gamble. This is a Seahawks team that is ready to compete for a Super Bowl right now. Sherman has never missed a game in his NFL career and played at a Pro Bowl level once again last season, despite a knee injury. The Seahawks are already thin at cornerback, and the 29-year-old is one of the best in the game.

More likely than not, Sherman stays put. Any team that wants to trade for him will have to be willing to take on his salary: $11.431 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. That team would also have to meet the Seahawks’ asking price.

Perhaps the Seahawks are expecting Sherman to return but don’t want him to feel untouchable, given how last season played out. Such a strategy could end up backfiring. Doug Baldwin, who has been Sherman’s teammate since Stanford, spoke recently about the cornerback sometimes letting his pride get in the way.

Will hearing his name in trade rumors lead Sherman to improved behavior in 2017 or more defiance?

It’s actually possible that Sherman would welcome a trade, and that could be part of the reason the Seahawks are making it known that they are willing to listen to offers.

“Sometimes people need to see you gone to realize what you had,” Sherman said last week on ESPN’s First Take. “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But I don’t let things like that bother me. The chips will fall how they’re supposed to.”

One way or another, the situation got messier this week. If the Seahawks trade Sherman, it will create an enormous hole at cornerback.

And if he returns to Seattle, the two sides will have to make the best of a strained relationship as they try to compete for a Super Bowl in 2017.

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas won’t be fined for hugging official

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will not be fined for hugging official Alex Kemp during last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source.

Thomas recovered a fumble and ran it back for a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

He then hugged Kemp, who smiled before reaching into his pocket and flagging Thomas for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“It was a pretty interesting moment,” coach Pete Carroll said this week. “We’re not going to do that again. … Earl got the chance to celebrate with an official for one time in his career.”

Thomas said Sunday that he didn’t realize he was flagged until someone told him in the locker room after the game.

“Just an exciting moment,” he said. “That’s just how I celebrated.”

The Seahawks lost to the Saints 25-20.