We evaluated how the Seahawks have spent draft picks or money in free agency under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll compared with other NFL teams.

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David Carr, the former NFL quarterback, gave the Seahawks a “D” grade for free agency, saying: “In free agency you can win by bringing guys in. But you can also lose by just letting guys go.”

He was especially critical of what the Seahawks had done — or had not done — along the offensive line after losing Russell Okung to Denver and J.R. Sweezy to Tampa Bay.

“I look at the Seattle Seahawks, and Russell Wilson is a tremendous player, but you can’t just let him do it,” Carr said on the NFL Network. “You’re asking your quarterback to do an awful lot. … So I’m not really feeling it. I’m a little upset with Seattle.”

What Carr is really critiquing is resource allocation. He is arguing, essentially, that the Seahawks haven’t invested enough in the offensive line, a common critique this offseason.

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So we decided to test that theory. We wanted to evaluate how the Seahawks have spent draft picks or money in free agency under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll compared with other NFL teams. We measured the Seahawks against their rivals in the NFC West and the teams that have played in the Super Bowl since 2010, the first season under Carroll and Schneider.

How many draft picks did teams spend on the offensive line? Where did they draft those players? And how have they spent money along the line?

Here is what we found:

• The Seahawks have drafted more offensive linemen (12) than any of the 12 other teams in the comparison.

• On the flip side, the Seahawks mostly drafted those linemen in the later rounds. We looked at where teams drafted their linemen — did they draft them with the eighth pick in the first round or the 199th pick in the sixth round? The Seahawks’ average pick was 148, the second-highest in our little study (only the 49ers were higher).

• The Seahawks spend substantially less money on their offensive line than any NFL team, according to salary-cap website Overthecap.com. The Seahawks have $8.7 million invested in their line; the next-closest is the Giants, who are spending $12.8 million. The Seahawks haven’t signed a free-agent lineman to a deal worth more than $15 million since Robert Gallery in 2011.

Money invested in the line, though, doesn’t necessarily translate to success. Of the 10 teams that spent the most on the line last season, only four made the playoffs. And of the 10 teams that spent the least on the line, five made the playoffs.

As much as anything, this opens a window into the Seahawks’ team-building philosophy. By their signings, and by the players they have let go, the Seahawks have made their priorities clear.

Last year, the Seahawks ranked 25th in the NFL in money spent on offense (and that’s including the large salary they paid running back Marshawn Lynch). By contrast, they ranked sixth in the league in money spent on their defense.

In the past three years they have re-signed defensive players Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, K.J. Wright, Jeremy Lane and Cliff Avril to significant contracts.

By contrast, on offense they have re-signed skill players Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Lynch and Russell Wilson and traded for Jimmy Graham and Percy Harvin. But they have not re-signed an offensive lineman to a big contract in that three-year window.

This has worked, and it has led to problems. The Seahawks have won 10 or more games in each of the past four seasons, played in two Super Bowls, made the playoffs four consecutive years and finished in the top 10 in scoring in each of the past four seasons.

But the offensive line also struggled last season. It gave up sacks at a high rate for the first half of last year (not all the line’s fault, of course) and it had problems against Carolina’s tough defensive front in a playoff loss.

Part of Seattle’s philosophy stems not only from Wilson’s evasion of the pass rush, but also his ability to keep pass-rushers honest. A pass-rusher who knows about his Houdini acts might not rush him as aggressively.

And part of it stems from Carroll’s “absolute trust” in offensive-line coach Tom Cable to mold the line into a sufficient unit. Cable, for his part, summed up his view of this whole debate last year, and it seems to be how the Seahawks view the line as well.

“I don’t care about the big picture, what the stats say,” he said. “If we are good enough to win the game, then none of that other stuff matters to me, because that’s what we do this for.”