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RENTON Ugo Amadi Jersey , Wash. (AP) — Frank Clark and Jarran Reed knew one of the biggest questions about the Seattle Seahawks before the season began surrounded them.The loss of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril on the defensive line left massive concerns about whether the Seahawks had the personnel to be effective rushing the passer and creating enough havoc for opposing offenses.As the only proven returners to Seattle’s pass rush group, Clark and Reed needed to be productive to a level neither had before.The pair responded with two of the best seasons ever by Seahawks pass rushers and helped Seattle back to the postseason. Clark finished with 14 sacks, the most by a Seattle player since Patrick Kerney had 14½ in 2007. Reed added 10½ sacks, just the third defensive tackle in franchise history to reach double-digits in sacks in a single season.The pair combined for the most sacks by any set of Seattle teammates in a single season since Mike McCrary and Michael Sinclair had 26½ combined in 1996.“For (Reed) to get 10½ (sacks) this year, I think my high before this year was 10½. Just seeing my boy, him being able to take on the challenge under the duress of us not having all that we had, it’s just great to see,” Clark said. “It just shows us young guys what our ceiling really is.”The pressure on Clark this season has been significant. He was the one proven pass rusher the Seahawks had coming off the edge and was going into the final year of his rookie contract. Clark had 19 sacks in the previous two seasons Mychal Kendricks Jersey , but that was playing in a rotation with Bennett and Avril, often all three rushing together in passing situations.This was the year for Clark to prove he could handle being the focus. And his response likely made him a ton of money in 2019, either playing on the franchise tag in Seattle or signing a lucrative long-term deal either with the Seahawks or as a free agent. The franchise tag number for defensive ends is likely to be more than $18 million next season.“I’m not sure if you guys see him on Sundays but that dude is different. I’ve never seen someone so explosive, so twitchy, just how he moves is different,” Seattle rookie defensive end Jacob Martin said of Clark. “That dude is an amazing athlete.”Reed and Clark were one of three combos from the same team to finish with double-digit sacks, joining the Kansas City combo of Chris Jones and Dee Ford, and Denver’s Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. But Clark and Reed is the only combo that includes a primary defensive tackle and why the emergence of Reed as a pass rusher this season has been so important.“You could tell the first day we started the offseason program he wanted to be on third down. He wanted to be a dominant player that plays all three downs and he wasn’t shy about it and he was willing to work for it Steve Largent Color Rush Jersey ,” Seattle defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said of Reed.“He did all the things — worked with his coaches. Came in extra, watched the film, did all the things that the good players do to play every down. Now, you see the benefits of his hard work.”Reed had just three sacks through his first two seasons and only 12 quarterback hits. He doubled his QB hits this season to go along with the 10½ sacks, showing that even when he wasn’t getting to the quarterback he was doing his part providing the needed push from the inside.He is one of three defensive tackles in franchise history with at least 10 sacks in a season joining Hall of Famers Cortez Kennedy and John Randle. Kennedy did it only once in his career when he had 14 in 1992 while being named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Randle had 11 sacks in 2001, his first of three years with Seattle.“I’m not surprised. I knew I had it in me all along,” Reed said. “Everybody is just seeing it. It was new to everybody.” RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are keeping a couple of key pieces from last season’s playoff team while adding to their offensive line.The Seahawks announced a pair of signings on Thursday Patrick Kerney Color Rush Jersey , including keeping linebacker K.J. Wright with the only NFL team he’s ever played for. Seattle also announced the signing of offensive lineman Mike Iupati to a one-year deal to replace the loss of J.R. Sweezy in free agency.Seattle also reached agreement on a two-year deal with offensive linemen D.J. Fluker, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Seahawks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on because the team had not announced the deal.It was a busy second day of the league year for the Seahawks after being mostly quiet in the early stages of free agency.Fluker was a key influence in Seattle’s resurgence as the top running team in the NFL. The veteran dealt with leg injuries at times during the season, but appeared in 10 games for the Seahawks.Retaining Fluker and the addition of Iupati will help bolster the depth on an offensive line that finally solidified last season and led to significant improvement with Seattle’s offense. Iupati was a Pro Bowl selection in four straight seasons from 2012-15 and has played for division rivals San Francisco and Arizona. Iupati was an All-Pro selection in 2012.“They’re a winning team,” Iupati said in a statement from the team. “They’ve been competitors and contenders for the nine years I’ve been in the league. It’s close to home, and Mike Solari is also one of the biggest reasons I wanted to come here because he was my coach in (San Francisco). He’s awesome.”Wright is one of the few remaining holdovers from Seattle’s Super Bowl championship team and helps a linebackers group that could be among the best in the league if healthy and available, teaming with Bobby Wagner and Mychal Kendricks. Wright’s deal is for two seasons.Wright’s future was uncertain after an injury-filled 2018 season where he played in just five games due to a knee injury in the final year of his current contract. Before the injury troubles of last season, Wright was incredibly durable for Seattle having started 63 of the previous 64 regular season games. Wright Germain Ifedi Color Rush Jersey , who will turn 30 years old this summer, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 when he had 124 tackles and four sacks.Wright said at the end of last season he intended to test the free agent market to see where his value stood. But he also had indicated a desire to play his entire career in one place and continue to team with Wagner.“I want to end my career as a Seahawk, but it’s a business,” Wright said at the end of the season. “. This is my first time, I never went through (free agency) before. We’ve just got to see when that time comes.”Seattle also announced the signing of Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers in the hope he will help solve issues in the Seahawks’ kicking game the past two seasons.
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