Here's our latest update of Seattle's activities during the NFL free agent signing period.
We’re eight days into the free agency signing period, and while there’s mostly been more smoke than fire with the Seahawks (Greg Hardy?), now seems a good time to catch up on what has gone on.
So here is a look at the status of all of Seattle’s free agents, as well as players Seattle has acquired and are known to be interested in, as of Wednesday afternoon.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
G James Carpenter, 864 snaps played in 2014: Seattle’s starting left guard last season, he signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets valued at almost $20 million.
CB Byron Maxwell, 717 snaps: Maxwell signed a six-year deal worth as much as $63 million with the Eagles.
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DT Kevin Williams, 455 snaps: A story out of Minnesota last week indicated that Williams still wants to play and that the Seahawks have interest in bringing him back. He signed a one-year deal last season hoping to get a ring. But so far it’s been quiet on the Williams front with no reports of him talking to Seattle or other teams.
DE O’Brien Schofield, 341 snaps: Schofield signed a one-year deal with Atlanta where former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is now the head coach worth $1.7 million.
LB Malcolm Smith, 286 snaps: The Super Bowl MVP a year ago signed a two-year deal with Oakland to play for the Raiders and new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., his position coach with the Seahawks as well as at USC. It’s worth a reported $3.75 million.
C Lemuel Jeanpierre, 227: Will the Max Unger trade make it more likely that Seattle would want to bring back Jeanpierre? We’ll see. He was brought back at mid-season when the center spot got hit hard by injuries, he was the third-team center at the end of the year behind Max Unger and Patrick Lewis. He’s been a trusted player for Seattle since 2010. But Lewis’ emergence might mean the Seahawks will move on. Seattle also recently signed free agent center Jared Wheeler.
TE Tony Moeaki, 206: The trade for Jimmy Graham has obviously changed the nature of the tight end spot. Judging by comments made since the trade, Seattle seems like it may be satisfied with the five tight ends it has on the roster — Graham, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet, Anthony McCoy and RaShaun Allen. Moeaki had some good moments early after being signed as a free agent at mid-season when injuries hit the tight end spot. But he got hurt late in the year and had just one catch in the final five games, including playoffs.
C Steve Schilling, 205: Schilling, who ended the season on IR with a knee injury, had been viewed as unlikely to return. But as with Jeanpierre, maybe that changes some with Unger on his way out.
DL/FB Will Tukuafu, 160: Tukuafu played both ways in the Super Bowl and was the team’s starting fullback the second half of the season after being signed when Derrick Coleman was lost for the year at St. Louis with a broken foot. There’s not a huge market for fullbacks, so he seems like a player that if Seattle wants him back, he probably will be.
LS Clint Gresham, 142: Gresham has been an ultra-dependable long snapper for Seattle since 2010. As a six-year vet in 2015, he’d be due at least $745,000. Seattle recently signed free agent Luke Ingram for $435,000. Indications are that the Seahawks want to bring Gresham back so this may just be something that will get done eventually but simply hasn’t yet.
DE Demarcus Dobbs, 188:Picked up late in the year, Dobbs played some valuable snaps down the stretch — though th fact that he had to pointed to the difference in the team’s depth on the line this year compared to 2013. Seattle has lots of young players up front coming off injuries and how it feels those players will respond figures to dictate what it does in free agency. Dobbs did enough to make one think Seattle would want him back.
S Jeron Johnson, 98: It was known from the start that Johnson would likely look to leave for some place where he had a better chance of playing. And that’s what happened as he signed a two-year contract worth $4 million with Washington.
QB Tarvaris Jackson, 3: Jackson has said he would be interested in returning to Minnesota, but the Vikings also appear to be searching other backup QB options. Seattle could bring back Jackson and still sign another younger free agent QB to compete along with B.J. Daniels.
DL Landon Cohen, 0: Cohen, signed late in the season, saw action in the final two payoff games. Seattle needs depth up front so maybe he’s back.
TE Anthony McCoy, 0: McCoy, who missed a second consecutive season with an Achilles injury, signed a one-year deal to stay with Seattle through 2015.
LB Heath Farwell, 0: Farwell was on IR all of last season after suffering groin injury in pre-season and spent the year helping coach. He said at the Super Bowl he’d like to play again. Farwell reiterated he wants to keep playing in a Minnesota newspaper story last week and said the Seahawks had shown some interest in bringing him back.
DL D’Anthony Smith, 0: Was on IR all season. Like McCoy, fact he was on IR seems to indicate he remains in team’s plans.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
WR Jermaine Kearse, 821 snaps: Seattle gave Kearse a second-round tender, guaranteeing him $2.35 million in 2015 and the Seahawks a second-round pick if he signs a bigger deal elsewhere. He could later sign a longer-team deal with Seattle, as Doug Baldwin did after initially being given a second-round tender.
WR Bryan Walters, 108: The team did not tender Walters and he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with Jacksonville.
DL Greg Scruggs, 68: Scruggs signed a one-year contract worth a total of $785,000 with a salary of $660,000.
LB Mike Morgan, 27: Morgan signed a one-year contract Monday to stay with Seattle.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
WR Ricardo Lockette, 273: Lockette was given a qualifying offer of $660,000 to stay with Seattle in 2015.
DB DeShawn Shead, 93: Shead was also given a qualifying offer to stay with Seattle.
FREE AGENTS SIGNED
CB Will Blackmon: Blackmon signed a one-year deal worth a total of $950,000, a low-risk signing of a trusted veteran to add experienced depth.
CB Cary Williams: Williams, a starter the last two years with the Eagles, signed a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million, with $7 million guaranteed, and could become the other starter opposite Richard Sherman to replace the departing Byron Maxwell.
PLAYERS TRADED FOR
TE Jimmy Graham: Seattle pulled off one of the blockbuster moves of the first day of free agency with the trade for Graham. He is expected in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon to take a physical.
PLAYERS REPORTED VISITING
OL Shelley Smith: A backup guard for the Dolphins last season — he started in three of the 11 games in which he played — Smith visited Seattle but ended up signing with Denver.
C Steven Wisniewski: A starter at center for Oakland the last three years, Wisniewski visited Seattle last week. He also visited Tampa Bay and St. Louis and also reportedly had interest from the Bears. He has yet to sign, but signings sometimes take longer during the second wave of free agency as pool of players shrinks. Wisniewski may be biding his time to get the best offer, with teams also waiting it out as well.
DE Anthony Spencer: Spencer was reported by NFL.com to have visited Seattle on Tuesday. He had 11 sacks as recently as 2012 but has battled a knee issue the last two years — he had microfracture surgery in 2013.
DT Ahtyba Rubin: A member of the Browns since 2008 before becoming a free agent, Rubin is expected to visit Seattle soon, according to NFL.com. He would add depth in the middle of the line, something the Seahawks need.