The Seahawks announced Friday they will increase season-ticket prices by just less than 12 percent for the 2014 season.
According to the Seahawks, the average price will increase from $99 to $111 per game for 70 percent of the season tickets.
The Seahawks sold 62,000 season tickets last season, with a record renewal rate of 98 percent. Approximately 5,000 individual game tickets will be sold, and those are more expensive per game than season tickets, the Seahawks said.
The Seahawks, who have sold out 95 consecutive games at CenturyLink Field, including playoffs, will introduce variable pricing for the first time next season. That means games will be priced depending on the demand for that game (Hint: 49ers games will be more expensive than other games next season).
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The organization said it has 12,000 paid customers on a waiting list for season tickets and 30,000 unpaid people on a notification list. The team said season-ticket holders will receive information about renewing tickets in the next few days.
Browner signs with Patriots
Former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner signed with the New England Patriots on Friday.
Browner was not expected back with the Seahawks after the emergence of cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, and with Browner’s midseason suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy for marijuana. He was initially suspended indefinitely, and now will have to miss the first four games of next season. Browner’s deal is reportedly for three years and $17 million.
Browner was an original member of the Legion of Boom, and his size and physical style made him popular among fans. But Browner missed time last season, first with injuries and then his suspension. He wasn’t as effective as Maxwell or Thurmond (Thurmond also is a free agent).
Browner released a statement in which he announced his excitement about signing with the Patriots and also thanked Seattle.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a young boy’s dream come true,” Browner said.
Rice might return
A source said the Seahawks are interested in bringing back free-agent receiver Sidney Rice, and have been in talks with him.
The Seahawks released Rice at the end of February to get rid of his $8.5 million salary and clear cap space. Rice missed the second half of last season with a torn ACL. But with Golden Tate signing a five-year deal with Detroit, the Seahawks are interested in bringing Rice back under a new, less expensive contract.
Rice had a vague “nonsurgical procedure” done on his knees in Switzerland last offseason, but he never looked the same during the regular season. He struggled to create separation or to make contested catches. His best game came against Jacksonville, when he had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
But Rice had only 10 catches in his other seven games against better competition. He finished the year with 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns and caught only 47 percent of the passes thrown his way, according to Pro Football Focus. That ranked 101st in the league.
• Free-agent defensive tackle Henry Melton visited the Seahawks, according to a league source. Melton is a former Pro Bowler with the Bears but played in only three games last year because of an ACL injury. He is 27.
• Free-agent receiver Steve Smith signed a three-year deal with the Ravens. He told reporters on a conference call the Seahawks were one of a handful of teams to express interest in him.
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