The Seahawks tied a franchise-record with seven players selected for this season’s Pro Bowl.
Inexplicably, none are named Doug Baldwin.
The league announced the results of voting Tuesday. Defensive end Michael Bennett, safety Kam Chancellor, kick returner Tyler Lockett, cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson made the team for the NFL’s annual all-star game.
Seattle, the defending two-time NFC champion that is 9-5 and in the playoffs again this season, has five Pro Bowl alternates. Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril are the two that should be on the team. The other alternates: kicker Steven Hauschka, running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Russell Okung.
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Baldwin is tied for the NFL lead with 13 touchdown catches. He has 10 in the last four games, joining some guy named, oh, Jerry Rice as the only players to do that. He has tied the Seahawks record for TD receptions in a season set by Daryl Turner in 1985.
Avril may be as big a snub. He has been the most consistently disruptive and unblockable Seahawks defender this season. Bennett has the sack numbers -- a career-high 9 1/2 that is third in the NFC. But Avril has blown up key plays in almost every game this season by chasing quarterbacks, knocking down passes, flying past blockers and crunching ball carriers at the line of scrimmage. Avril almost single-handedly kept the defense afloat during the 2-4 and 4-5 starts to this season. Plus, he has 7 1/2 sacks.
The Pro Bowl roster is selected by votes of players, coaches and fans; Seahawks players voted last week.. Each group represents an equal one-third of the total balloting.
There is no longer conference teams for the Pro Bowl. Players are drafted Jan. 27 onto one of the two teams that will play in the game that week.
The Pro Bowl is in Honolulu Jan. 31. Pro Bowl players participating in the next week’s Super Bowl don’t play or go to Hawaii for the game; alternates and other subsequent replacements take their places.