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The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly had good progress discussing an extension with veteran edge rusher Carlos Dunlap to keep him with the team.

Could Carlos Dunlap stick around Seattle awhile longer? A new report suggests the Seahawks want to make it happen.

According to Corbin Smith of Seahawk Maven, the team is currently in talks with Dunlap for a multi-year extension.

Source indicates John Schneider and front office do not want to enter free agency without proven vet rusher this time around. An extension could save team several million against the cap for 2021.

— Corbin Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) March 6, 2021

Smith continued his reporting by saying Dunlap may still want to test free agency, “But progress in talks is a good sign the two sides could reach terms before start of league year.”

The Seahawks got a promising return from Carlos Dunlap in 2020

The 32-year-old defensive end joined Seattle halfway through the 2020 season by way of a trade from the Bengals. The Seahawks needed a pass-rushing presence, and Dunlap fit the role.

Dunlap delivered five sacks and six tackles for loss. He tied the squad lead with 14 quarterback hits, despite playing in eight games and starting six. His veteran presence made a visible difference for the defense.

Clearly, Seattle has a good reason to keep Dunlap around. However, coming to an agreement will be a challenge, especially if Dunlap does decide to see what awaits him in free agency.

J.J. Watt just signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Cardinals. Dunlap is a similar age and profile, with better recent numbers and a more favorable injury history. He could command more money on the market than the Seahawks are interested in paying him.

An extension would allow them to avoid a costly cap hit. If the two sides can’t agree on an extension, Seattle could be forced to cut Dunlap because of cap space. At that point, they could try to re-sign him, though the cost could be high.

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UK weather – Temperatures to ROCKET to 25C as 500-mile wide heat plume engulfs Britain in hottest week of year

TEMPERATURES are set to rocket to 25C this week as a 500 mile-wide continental heat plume is forecast to engulf Britain.

Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast for next weekend and will continue well into the month of May.

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13The south west coast path was busy with visitors walking to Durdle Door in Dorset todayCredit: ©Graham Hunt 13A continental heat plume is forecast to bring warmer temperatures to the UK next week. 13With covid restrictions lifted London friends met up to practice roller skating in the sunshineCredit: The Sun 13Groups of friends met up for a picnic beside Tower BridgeCredit: w8media

Monday is forecast to see 19C a total of 5C above average with a week of blue skies for most apart from showers on Tuesday.

Highs ease to 15C in midweek but the Met Office predicted temperatures warming up again by the weekend.

The mercury could rise up to 18C next Saturday and Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days.”

“Computer models show a lot of dry weather now, then warmer spells in late April and into May seeing 25C possible in the South," The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said.

13Horse riders make the most of the warm spring weatherCredit: BNPS 13Hannah Curran (left) and Emily Wilkes enjoy a picnic in the sunshine along the Thames at RichmondCredit: LNP 13People paddle board along Regent's Canal, as lockdown restrictions ease in Little Venice, LondonCredit: Reuters 13Seating outside restaurants in Battersea, London, were packed with groups basking in the sunshineCredit: Rex

A Met Office forecaster said: “Temperatures recover on Monday and most areas will feel warm by the afternoon.

“After some rain on Tuesday, most will be fine and dry to the weekend, with high pressure dominating and temperatures probably warming slightly by the weekend.

“Plenty of sunny spells are expected into May, with the possibility of warmer spells.”

The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

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"Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

It reached 17C today and will continue to rise tomorrow and Tuesday, with highs of 18C expected across both days.

Thrilled Brits have been snapped messing about on rivers, riding horses through brightly coloured fields and strolling in parks.

It comes after Covid restrictions were lifted and people can now happily mingle more freely.

“Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days,"Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said.

Light showers are set to interrupt the springtime scorcher on Wednesday but temperatures will still remain well above the 13C April average.

Bookies Coral have now cut the odds on next month being the warmest May on record in the UK to just 3-1.

Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: "We've endured plenty of cold days this April but the sun is beginning to shine and the long-range forecast looks good. 

April is on track to be the coldest for 31 years after Arctic buffetings this month.

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The 4.6C UK average temperature up to mid-month is 2.8C below the 7.4C usual April temperature over the whole month.

This month's mark will increase a little as the mercury rises, but, with cold nights, it would take an unforecast heatwave to prevent the month ending colder-than-average.

April will be the coldest since 1989 if the month's average temperature - which includes day and night temperatures - stays more than 1.1C below normal, Met Office records show.

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