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The Seattle Seahawks and Geno Smith have both said all the right things about pursuing a long-term marriage, but the tone could turn more serious as free agency nears. Smith took to Twitter to share an interesting message which some are taking as a subtweet towards the Seahawks regarding negotiations.

The Seahawks quarterback retweeted a July 12, 2022 message noting, “Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t lie.” Smith could have been quoting a famous song from rapper Yo Gotti, but the quarterback added an interesting emphasis when quote tweeting his old message.

“Numbers,” Smith emphasized while retweeting his old message.

Seattle Sports’ Mike Salk believes Smith’s tweet is related to his negotiations with the Seahawks, speculating that the team’s initial offer is not the lucrative deal the Pro Bowler is expecting. The Seahawks have already begun conducting business for the offseason as evidenced by the team’s new deal with kicker Jason Myers.

“It sure feels like you told me one thing, you told me you loved me, you told me you wanted me, and the numbers don’t reflect that,” the analyst said regarding Smith’s tweet during the January 23 edition of “Brock and Salk.”

Geno Smith on Free Agency: QB Wants to ‘Repay’ Seahawks for Their Belief in Him

During Smith’s final comments heading into the offseason, the quarterback hinted that he would be willing to take less money in order to sign a long-term deal with the Seahawks. An emotional Smith emphasized that he wants to “repay” Seattle for the team’s belief in him after struggling during the beginning of his NFL career.

“I want to finish my career in Seattle,” Smith explained during his final press conference of the season on January 15. “I wanna be here. The town, the city, the team, coach Carroll, the organization, they all [embraced] me. I was a guy who probably could have been out of the league. They embraced me, and I want to repay ’em for that.”

Will Geno Smith Command More Money Than the Seahawks Are Willing to Spend?

Smith’s next contract may have the widest array of projections compared to any other free agent. The veteran had a breakout season in his ninth year in the NFL, a rarity for a pro quarterback. It remains to be seen what Smith’s value will be to other teams in free agency. Smith likely holds the most value to the Seahawks given his success happened within the Seattle system, but it would not be a surprise if quarterback-needy teams make strong offers to the Pro Bowler.

The Seahawks may not let things get to that point as the team has the power to use the franchise tag on Smith if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term agreement. This would be less than ideal for Seattle as the estimated $32.4 million salary, per Over the Cap, would eat up a large portion of the team’s cap space. According to Spotrac, the Seahawks are projected to have $31.5 million in cap space this offseason.

Spotrac pointed to past deals for quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford as a baseline for Smith’s new contract. These projections put Smith’s base calculated value at a three-year, $105 million deal, but we will see if Seattle is willing to eclipse the $100 million mark for the veteran.

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DUBLIN — With Dublin’s advantage over Granada down to one point late in the third quarter Saturday night, Donovan Cooks did what seniors aim to do on Senior Night.

He took charge.

Cooks scored on a three-point play. He followed that with another basket.

Then, as time was about to expire to end the period, he launched a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.

Swish.

Yes, it was that kind of game for the bearded guard.

Cooks finished with 25 points as Dublin — ranked ninth by the Bay Area News Group — held off eighth-ranked Granada 67-60 in East Bay Athletic League play.

The Gaels improved to 17-7 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Granada dropped to 16-7, 3-4 after losing its third consecutive EBAL game, all by single digits.

Dublin coach Tom Costello couldn’t say enough about Cooks after his team finished a week that included road games against San Ramon Valley and Amador Valley without a loss.

“Too many to list,” Costello said when asked about Cooks’ contributions. “Leadership, defense, rebounding, high IQ, hits big shots, wants the ball, hits free throws. Everything you can ask for in a guy. This was a great opportunity to honor our seniors tonight because that was a hell of an effort.”

Dublin’s Donovan Cooks (32) makes a basket at the buzzer over Granada’s Kevin Grant (30) at the end of the third period of their game at Dublin High School in Dublin, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Dublin defeated Granada 67-60. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

Even with Cooks’ huge third quarter, which gave the home team a 47-39 advantage, Dublin couldn’t breathe comfortably until the final seconds.

What else is new in the EBAL?

Just about every game this season between the league’s top seven teams — which obviously includes Dublin and Granada — has been highly competitive.

Saturday was no different.

“We knew our offense was going to come, so we had to stay together on defense, get our rotations right and really focus because they have that big 7-footer,” Cooks said. “We had to really work our butts off tonight.”

That 7-footer, Andrew McKeever, is listed as 6-11 on Granada’s roster.

Not that an inch makes much difference.

The Saint Mary’s-bound center led his team with 28 points, 19 after halftime.

“It’s just hard to guard a center like that,” Cooks said. “He’s a really good player. We give him his props. But we did a job tonight.”

Dublin’s Mehki Thomas (3) and Donovan Cooks (32) double team Granada’s Andrew Mckeever (45) during the second half of their game at Dublin High School in Dublin, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Dublin defeated Granada 67-60. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

Courtney Anderson Jr. finished with 17 points and Mehki Thomas had 15 for Dublin. Both are seniors.

NaVaughn Long scored 18 points and Spencer Langowski added 11 for Granada.

Dublin will enter the final week of the EBAL regular-season schedule tied for first with Dougherty Valley and De La Salle.

Dougherty Valley plays host to De La Salle on Tuesday and visits Dublin on Friday.

Dublin will be at home Tuesday to face Foothill.

“All I am thinking about is Foothill right now,” Costello said.

When Granada won at California on Jan. 20, coach Quaran Johnson made sure to note that the gauntlet was on its way.

It sure was.

Granada lost by two at home to De La Salle on Tuesday, by one at San Ramon Valley on Thursday and now by seven at Dublin.

Dublin’s Donovan Cooks (32) goes up for a basket against Granada during the first half of their game at Dublin High School in Dublin, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

As he emerged from the locker room after the latest defeat, Johnson said his team still has high hopes.

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“I don’t think it changes the outlook of our team,” he said. “I just think we’ve got to make some adjustments headed into the last week and the EBAL playoffs.”

Saturday, the Matadors were without one of their best players, Salesian transfer Tyler Harris, because of an ankle injury. He suffered the injury before the De La Salle game but tried to keep going.

“We just want him to get healthy so we’ll be at full strength come playoff time,” Johnson added.

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