Tyler Lockett has been enjoying his new real-estate license.
Particularly when Russell Wilson left town last spring.
Coach Pete Carroll was discussing Lockett’s many off-the-field interests Friday, two days before the team captain played again through injuries in the Seahawks’ regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field. Lockett, Seattle’s top wide receiver and eight-year veteran, passed his real-estate licensing examination and sold his first home last offseason.
Soon after, the Seahawks traded Wilson at his best, to Denver. The $140 million franchise quarterback and his wife Ciara then put their 11,104-square-foot mansion on Lake Washington in west Bellevue up for sale. It has six bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The listing price was $28 million.
“He was really excited when Russ left, because he was trying to sell his house,” Carroll said of Lockett.
The coach then smiled and said of Wilson’s trade: “I haven’t made any jokes about that, at all. I shouldn’t have done that now.
“But…he was (excited to sell it).”
A few minutes later, in the locker room after the Seahawks indoor practice Friday, Lockett was asked if he was indeed a giddy about Wilson leaving and having to sell his house.
“Who told you that?” Lockett said, smiling.
Told it was Carroll, Lockett bellowed “Oh, man!”
“Yeah, I asked him. But he already had somebody,” Lockett said of Wilson and the quarterback’s own realtor.
That would have been a cool commission for a realtor. Especially a new one.
“Oh, man, that would have been the first or second house I was going to have on the market,” Lockett said.
“But I don’t like selling my teammates’ houses and stuff, because then they’ve got to pay me. I’d rather work with them as buyers, because they don’t pay me. The sellers pay me, for the most part.”
Wilson’s now-former home on 1.06 acres along Lake Washington in west Bellevue remained listed on realtor.com Friday. It has been on the market for 269 days, and counting. The listed price Friday online was $26 million.
Wilson is finishing the worst year of his 11-season career. He’s had personal statistical lows, including 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, in Denver’s 4-12 season that ends Sunday when the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers.
Denver’s dismal season is a boon for the Seahawks. They own the Broncos’ first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. That is currently the third-overall choice. It could go anywhere from second overall to fifth at the conclusion of the regular season, depending on Sunday’s results around the league.
Chicago currently holds the second pick in the next draft.
Lockett’s leg, and hand
Lockett is playing Sunday despite getting banged in the right leg in which he has a metal plate, from breaking it in a game on Christmas Eve 2016. He felt pain in it during the first half of the Seahawks’ win over the New York Jets last weekends.
“If you have a contusion there, then you can imagine. Anytime you get hit with a plate, it hurts. But when you get a contusion with a plate, it’s even worse,” Lockett said.
Lockett didn’t practice this week until in a limited way Friday. Seattle lists him officially as questionable, as he was last week. But as with last week, he and Carroll both said Friday Lockett is playing Sunday against the Rams.
“I mean, I should be good to go. I’m not worried about it,” Lockett said. “If I step on a field, I’m going to make sure I’m ready to go.
Lockett has missed only two games in his career because of injury: the broken leg late in the 2016 season, and one game last month following surgery to repair a broken first metacarpal in his left hand. He returned last week to play following that surgery in Los Angeles.
Different high-ankle sprains
Though Travis Homer and Phil Haynes have the same injury, the running back is doubtful and Haynes, who has been alternating with Gabe Jackson at right guard so much of this season, is questionable to play Sunday.
Carroll said Homer’s injury is a longer term ligament damage up the leg above the ankle. Haynes wasn’t wearing a boot by Thursday, even though he injured it in the Jets game last weekend.
Kenneth Walker ready
Lead running back Kenneth Walker practiced fully Friday, for the first time this week. He’s played the last two games through a sore ankle, and this week he got sick.
Walker is not on the injury report. He will start Sunday. He needs 64 yards against the Rams to join Curt Warner as the only Seahawks rookies to rush for 1,000 yards. Warner did it in 1983, with 1,449 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in 16 games.
Walker has 936 yards and nine touchdowns rushing. He didn’t become Seattle’s lead back until halfway through the fifth game of this season, after Rashaad Penny fractured his tibia in the Seahawks’ loss that day in New Orleans.
Ryan Neal is still hurting
Starting strong safety Ryan Neal, a valuable, sure tackler on third downs, is likely to miss his third consecutive game Sunday. His knee injury needs to make a big turn by game time, Carroll said.
Johnathan Abram is likely to make his second Seahawks start, for Neal. Seattle claimed the Raiders’ former first-round pick off waivers Nov. 30.
Damien Lewis turned his ankle in practice this week, but Carroll thinks Lewis will start again at left guard Sunday.
Quenton Jefferson got sick after a big pass-rushing day last weekend against the Jets. He’s also listed as questionable, but Carroll said Jefferson should be fine by Sunday to play against Baker Mayfield and the Rams.