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Clayton: Latest on Seahawks offseason, including D-coordinator opening

Feb 3, 2022, 5:50 PM
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Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley of the Las Vegas Raiders yells to players as they take on the Washington Football Team. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Very little is new on the Seahawks offseason front.

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Russell Wilson and Duane Brown did get fill-in roles for the Pro Bowl. That’s good news.

It sure looks as though former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley won’t be retained as DC for the Raiders after Josh McDaniels was hired as head coach for Las Vegas. That shouldn’t be a surprise.

It does put him toward the top of the list of candidates for the Seahawks to replace recently-fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. At some point soon the Seahawks have to make a decision with that hire.

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What I find amazing is that we are a little less than one week away from the Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals and so little has happened on the hiring front around the NFL. There are five head coaching jobs still open and you have so many assistants that have yet to be hired around the league. We have never had so much happen this late.

Normally, you have the assistants hired early so they can go to the Senior Bowl to study the talent for the upcoming NFL Draft. That’s not happening right now. But it has been an unusual season and an equally different offseason than we’re used to seeing.

Little is happening on the re-signing front for all teams as well. There is some news there, though, in that the salary cap is going up in a big way from $182.5 million in 2021 to $208.5 million in 2022.

This will still be a busy offseason. Stay tuned.

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