Reviewing the Seahawks' free agents as the off-season begins to heat up with the NFL Combine and the beginning of the free agency signing period over the next few weeks.
While there have been a handful of personnel moves around the NFL since the end of the season, the Seahawks have been largely silent.
The Seahawks have signed 20 players to futures contracts, but have yet to make what would be viewed as a significant move.
That figures to change at some point over the next few weeks as the off-season begins to heat up a bit. The NFL Combine is next week in Indianapolis, and that will then lead in to the free agent signing period beginning March 9.
Which makes it a good time to review the Seahawks’ free agent situation.
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Here is a list of Seattle’s unrestricted free agents, meaning that when the new league year begins on March 9 they will be free to sign with any other team (unless re-signed by the Seahawks before then), along with a comment:
LT Russell Okung: 2010 first-round pick is representing himself and almost certain to enter the open market and see what his value is. Generally regarded as the top LT likely to be available on the free agent market though his shoulder injury, on which he recently had surgery, clouds the issue a little bit.
DT Brandon Mebane: Longest-tenured Seahawks would likely have to take about half of the $5.5 million salary he made this year to stay.
LB Bruce Irvin: Says he’d take a little less to stay with Seahawks, but that may be easier to say than actually do. Many expect teams that have former Seahawk assistants as coaches such as Atlanta, (DanQuinn) Jacksonville (Gus Bradley) and Oakland (Ken Norton Jr. is now the defensive coordinator there) to make big plays for Irvin.
DT Ahtyba Rubin: Turned out to be something of a bargain for the $2.6 million he got in 2016 and may want more to stay.
WR Jermaine Kearse: Says he won’t take hometown discount — could be looking for at least $3 million a year, but could get more, after making $2.3 million in 2015. There’s been some growing sentiment, though, that the Seahawks will try hard to keep him.
G J.R. Sweezy: Another who seems likely to test the open market. Seattle’s recent history has been to not overpay to keep their own OLs.
QB Tarvaris Jackson: At age 33, will Jackson want to be a backup for a fourth straight year? Will Seattle want him again or go for a younger, maybe cheaper backup?
P Jon Ryan: At age 34 and eight solid seasons with Seahawks, Ryan will likely want to see what his value is on the open market.
CB Jeremy Lane: After recovering from knee and wrist injuries and playing well down the stretch, also seems likely to at least get a sense of his value on the open market.
LB Mike Morgan: Highly-valued special teamer would seem a player the Seahwks would want back.
FB Will Tukuafu: Also has versatility on the D-line and special teams.
DE Demarcus Dobbs: Has struggled to stay healthy but has played well in spurts.
WR Ricardo Lockette: First task is getting healthy after scary neck injury on Nov. 1 at Dallas.
RB Fred Jackson: Veteran, who turns 35 on Feb.20, seems unlikely to be back.
OL Lemuel Jeanpierre: Could again be an option as an experienced depth player.
TE Anthony McCoy: Brought back late in season, played just one game before landing on IR.
RB Bryce Brown: Late-season addition could again add depth and competition.
TE Chase Coffman: Impressed with play in regular season finale at Arizona.
Also, the Seahawks have a handful of restricted free agents, meaning the Seahawks can make a qualifying offer to either get compensation in terms of a draft pick or the chance to match if the player gets a better offer. Among those are: OLs Alvin Bailey and Patrick Lewis, FB Derrick Coleman, RB Christine Michael and TE Cooper Helfet. Also, CBs DeShawn Shead and Marcus Burley are among a few exclusive rights free agents, meaning Seattle can keep them by making a qualifying offer by March 9.