These are five Seahawks who have the potential to form a new core and continue the success the team has enjoyed since 2012.

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If the Seahawks are to continue the success they have had since the 2012 season — which was capped with losing a divisional playoff game at Atlanta — they will need to replace some of their current core players with new ones.

Here’s a look at five players who have the potential to become new core players and in the next few years sign significant contracts with the team.

Justin Britt, center

Switched this year to center after playing guard and tackle his first two years, Britt has become the team’s best player at that spot since Max Unger. The Seahawks might have to consider signing him to a long-term extension this offseason, which would make him the first offensive lineman signed to a second contract by the team since Unger in 2012.

Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark gives two thumbs up before the game.  (Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark gives two thumbs up before the game. (Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

Frank Clark, defensive end

The drafting of Clark in the second round was controversial for reasons related to his on-field play (questions about his consistent production) and off-field issues (a well-publicized domestic violence arrest). But Clark had 10 sacks this season to tie for 15th in the NFL. Clark also has shown he’s not simply a one-dimensional pass-rusher, finishing with 47 tackles, sixth on the team.

Thomas Rawls scores from the 4-yard line in the 4th quarter.  The Detroit Lions played the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs Saturday, January 7, 2017, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Thomas Rawls scores from the 4-yard line in the 4th quarter. The Detroit Lions played the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs Saturday, January 7, 2017, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Thomas Rawls, running back

The Seahawks entered the season thinking Rawls could step in seamlessly for Marshawn Lynch. Injuries prevented that from happening, but the 161-yard game against Detroit illustrated again why the Seahawks think Rawls can carry their ground game. But they’ll need to see it game in and game out to know for sure.

Seahawks offensive linemen Bradley Sowell, Germain Ifedi and Justin Britt take the field in the first half as the Seattle Seahawks take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey Sunday, October 2, 2016.
Seahawks offensive linemen Bradley Sowell, Germain Ifedi and Justin Britt take the field in the first half as the Seattle Seahawks take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Germain Ifedi, right guard

The first-round choice in the 2016 draft, Ifedi has started all but the first three games (high ankle sprain). How well he’s played is a matter of much debate — Pro Football Focus called him “one of the league’s worst offensive lineman.” The Seahawks, though, still see him as capable of joining with Britt and left guard Mark Glowinski as a power trio in the middle of the line for years to come.

Seahawks Wide receiver Tyler Lockett hauls in a Russell Wilson pass during the first half. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks Wide receiver Tyler Lockett hauls in a Russell Wilson pass during the first half. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Tyler Lockett, receiver

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Lockett had taken over for Jermaine Kearse as the team’s other starting receiver in the base offense before suffering a broken tibia and fibula against Arizona on Dec. 24. Assuming the expected full recovery, Lockett should enter the 2017 season ticketed for an even larger role than he had in 2016.