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SEATTLE (AP)Doug Baldwin spent the week preparing for the inevitable reality Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , knowing that even with a victory it was going to be difficult for the Seattle Seahawks to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season. ”disappointing,” Baldwin said. ”Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for all the years we have played in the playoffs, for getting nine wins. But there is more out there. There is definitely more out there for us.” Seattle will have an entire offseason to lament its issues after Sunday’s 26-24 loss to Arizona to finish the 2017 season. The Seahawks started the day needing help for the first time in Pete Carroll’s tenure if they were going to make the playoffs. Seattle (9-7) needed to beat the Cardinals and get a Carolina victory over Atlanta to earn a wild-card berth. Neither fell in Seattle’s favor. The Falcons beat the Panthers moments after Phil Dawson gave the Cardinals the lead with his fourth field goal. Even with the playoff hopes dashed, Seattle had one more chance to still finish with at least 10 wins for the sixth straight season. Russell Wilson led one final drive with key completions to Baldwin and Jimmy Graham along the way. But Blair Walsh’s 48-yard attempt with 32 seconds remaining missed wide right, his eighth missed kick this season. The way the finale played out and Walsh’s missed kick was a microcosm of Seattle’s season. Early struggles, followed by a second-half rally and ultimately too much inconsistency and too many missed opportunities that left the Seahawks on the outside of the playoffs. ”The slow starts, the getting in our own way, making it hard on us at times when it wasn’t about the opponent, it was about us ,” Carroll said. ”There is a lot of stuff that kind of showed up again today.” Seattle went 4-4 at home, three times losing games because Walsh’s kicks were inaccurate. The losses weren’t entirely his responsibility but losses to Washington, Atlanta and Arizona were partly due to Walsh missing kicks. ”I had some big games and some moments where I came up short. So it’s a tough year, it’s a weird year,” Walsh said. Then again, if Seattle didn’t have another awful first half on Sunday, it wouldn’t have come down to Walsh. Seattle was flat from the start with only Tyler Lockett’s 99-yard kickoff return touchdown keeping them close in the first half. At one point of the second quarter, the Cardinals were outgaining Seattle 140-0 and had an 11-0 edge on first downs. Russell Wilson was tentative with his throws, pressured too often by Arizona’s defensive front and Seattle’s run game was again absent. The result was a 20-7 halftime deficit which could have been worse. And as was the case most of the season, Wilson woke up in the second half. He threw a pair of touchdowns to Baldwin Ugo Amadi Jersey , including a great 29-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 26-24 lead. But a trio of personal fouls in the second half ended up being significant. Thomas Rawls was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and knocked Seattle out of field-goal range. Frank Clark and Bobby Wagner both picked up personal fouls for hitting Drew Stanton late. The foul on Wagner kept alive Arizona’s final drive that led to Dawson’s final field goal that proved to be the winner. ”We expected more out of ourselves, but that’s just the way it rolls,” defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. The Seahawks are likely facing their most extensive overhaul of Carroll’s tenure. They’ve gotten old and expensive in certain positions and trades for Richardson and Duane Brown in an attempt to win this season have left Seattle void of some key draft picks. Both Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett questioned whether they’d be back next season. Seattle has injury concerns with Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril, who all had major season-ending injuries. ”I have no clue, I have no clue. I know for sure that I’m going to win in the end, regardless,” Thomas said. — PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019.Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade, the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the start of training camp this summer.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters.Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post released on Instagram on Tuesday. The video includes highlights from Brown’s career with the Steelers while lyrics from “Do What I Want” by rapper Lil Uzi Vert plays in the background.“SteelerNation thank you for nine big years!!!” Brown wrote. “Time to move on and move forward.”The post came shortly after Brown was found guilty in absence on a charge of reckless driving in a suburban Pittsburgh court on Tuesday morning. Brown was charged in November for driving his black sports car over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He paid a $426.77 fine. Brown did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league. He is the only player in NFL history with six consecutive 100-catch seasons and he hauled in 104 receptions for 1 ,297 yards and a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2018.Still, Brown’s behavior became increasingly erratic last fall. The nadir came before Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati in Week 17. The team sent him home with an apparent leg injury on the Friday before the game and he failed to providecoach Mike Tomlin with an update until Sunday morning, when his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, let Tomlin know that Brown was available to play.Tomlin opted to make Brown inactive and Brown did not show up to clean out his locker or conduct an exit interview with the coaching staff. He pulled out of the Pro Bowl with an injury and team president Art Rooney II indicated the team had been unable to make contact with Brown in the weeks after Pittsburgh finished 9-6-1 and failed to reach the playoffs.Rooney, however, stressed last month he did not plan to “disparage” Brown and did not close the door on Brown’s possible return. That still might be the case, whether Brown wants to come back or not.There is no major rush with another month before the new league year begins, though Pittsburgh could work out the parameters of a deal by March 13. Brown’s contract counts $21.12 million in 2019, a number that inches north to $23.62 if Brown receives a $2.5 million roster bonus he’s scheduled to receive on March 17.The number seems daunting Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , but for once the Steelers are not right up against the salary cap thanks in large part to running back Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sit out 2018 rather than sign his one-year franchise tender. The $14.4 million Bell forfeited will roll over into 2019, giving Pittsburgh some flexibility to absorb a loss if Brown plays elsewhere.Cutting Brown is almost certainly off the table, but what Brown could command on the trade market is uncertain. Pittsburgh received a third-round pick from Oakland last season for Martavis Bryant, who carried the weight of unmet expectations and a record that included multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Brown doesn’t have that kind of baggage, though his behavior in recent months could give potential suitors pause. The list of his transgressions in recent months includes a pending civil lawsuit in Florida claiming he hurled objects from the 14th floor of an apartment building that landed near a toddler; threatening an ESPN reporter through social media ; and his 100 mph sprint through the northern Pittsburgh suburbs on Nov. 8.Several of Brown’s teammates, including second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, talked openly at the Pro Bowl about Brown remaining with the team that took a flyer on him in the sixth-round of the 2010 draft and helped him evolve into one of the best receivers of his generation. Brown apparently wants no part of a reconciliation.