NFL free agency began on Monday, with a trio of Seahawks inking deals elsewhere. After Earl Thomas signed in Baltimore, we're still tracking who the Seahawks might target and any free agents who visit Seattle, right here.
The NFL free agency signing period began March 13.
We are keeping track of all of the moves over the next few weeks in our free agent tracker, updating what is happening with Seahawks free agents as well as other moves the team has made.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(These are players whose contracts officially expired on March 13 and then were free to sign with any team, including staying with the Seahawks).
Safety Earl Thomas: Finally, the long Earl Thomas saga ended Wednesday as he agreed to a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal pays Thomas an average of $14.333 million over the first three years, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL — as of now — for those three years.
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Linebacker K.J. Wright: The Seahawks and Wright agreed to a deal Wednesday night to keep Wright in Seattle, a two-year contract worth a reported $15.5 million. Wright officially signed his contract on March 14.
Cornerback Justin Coleman: The team’s starting nickel last year, Coleman, some think, could get $8-9 million a year, and if so, he’s likely gone from the Seahawks. UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Coleman will sign a four-year deal worth up to $36 million. Read more »
Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen: Seahawks may be looking for an upgrade at DT and also have Poona Ford ready to step in alongside Jarran Reed after he came on late as a rookie. In any case, Stephen likely not a priority. UPDATE: Stephen was reported Monday night to have agreed to a three-year deal to return to Minnesota, where he played four seasons before coming to Seattle last year.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski: Seattle has already signed a kicker, Sam Ficken, and while it hasn’t been ruled out that Janikowski could be back at age 41 and coming off injuries at the end of the season, it seems unlikely.
Defensive end Dion Jordan: Will Seattle re-sign Jordan after a disappointing and injury-filled 2018 resulted in just 1.5 sacks? Seattle may want him back but knows it has to add help at the rush end spots regardless.
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe: Thorpe has been a valued backup corner and special teams demon the last three years. But Seattle signed pending restricted free agent Akeem King last week as an apparent replacement for Thorpe and also is high on Simeon Thomas, a practice squadder all last season. UPDATE: Thorpe re-signed with the Seahawks on March 23, back for his fourth season with the team.
Guard J.R. Sweezy: Seahawks want him back but Sweezy is expected to test the market after playing last season on a one-year $1.5 million deal. UPDATE: Seahawks’ hopes of keeping offensive line together crumble as J.R. Sweezy signs with Cardinals. Read more »
Guard D.J. Fluker: The Seahawks on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million to keep Fluker and he signed his contract a day later.
Running back Mike Davis: Davis was the team’s highest-paid RB last year and likely would have to be again this year to return, which is why he probably won’t. UPDATE: Davis agreed to sign with the Bears, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. He will reportedly get $6 million over two years with a chance to earn up to $7 million.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks: The Seahawks would love to bring back Kendricks as a hedge against Wright leaving. But sentencing on his insider trading charge isn’t expected until April 4, so Seattle may have to make other moves just in case. UPDATE: The Seahawks on Wednesday re-signed Kendricks and he signed his contract on March 18.
Safety Maurice Alexander: Would seem unlikely to be back after playing only on special teams in nine games last season. UPDATE: Alexander signed on March 22 with the Buffalo Bills.
Quarterback Brett Hundley: The team’s backup last season, he could return, though Seattle also has signed Paxton Lynch since the end of the season. Hundley may also want somewhere he has a better chance of playing. UPDATE: Hundley agreed to a deal with Arizona on Tuesday.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(These are players Seattle can retain if they make them a qualifying tender by Wednesday — but players are still free to see out other offers until they have signed. If not, then that player becomes an unrestricted free agent. But even then, Seattle can still re-sign them. Tenders are at three different levels of salary and potential compensation if they go elsewhere. Teams can match offers of players who get tenders.)
DL Quinton Jefferson: Jefferson was given an original round tender (fifth). This means he will get a salary of $2.025 million in 2019 on a one-year deal. He can still talk to other teams and if he were to sign Seattle would get a fifth-round pick in return or have the chance to match. Jefferson started 12 games last season and plays a hybrid end/tackle role and likely became more of a priority once the team realized that Shamar Stephen would not return.
OL George Fant: It was announced March 13 that Fant received a second-round tender, which means he will receive a salary of $3.095 million and any team that would want to sign him would have to give up a second-round pick. Logically, this means Fant is in the fold for Seattle in 2019.
CB Akeem King: Seattle re-signed the pending restricted free agent to a one-year deal worth more than $2 million with incentives. ESPN reported that King got a $400,000 signing bonus as well as a $750,000 base salary, $250,000 in in-game roster bonuses and $650,000 in other incentives.
FB Tre Madden: Madden was not tendered and became a free agent on Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
So-called ERFAs are players who if they get a qualifying offer the team’s property. If they do not, then they become unrestricted free agents.
It was announced Wednesday that Seattle had officially made qualifying 10 of its ERFAs: Snapper Tyler Ott, C Joey Hunt, RB J.D. McKissic, DL Branden Jackson, CB Kalan Reed, safety Shalom Luani, receiver David Moore, LB Austin Calitro, OL Jordan Simmons and LB Emmanuel Ellerbee.
Three who did not get qualifying offers and are now free agents are safeties T.J. Green and T.J. Mutcherson and defensive end Ricky Ali’ifua.
FREE AGENTS SIGNED
K Jason Myers: The Seahawks on Wedesday came to terms with Myers on a four-year deal worth a reported $15.5 million and $7 million guaranteed. But a closer look revealed that Myers will get a $4 million signing bonus and has base salaries of $1.5 million and $2.6 million the next two years with Seattle able to get out of it with minimal cap damage following the 2020 season.
G Mike Iupati: The Seahawks on Thursday signed the former Arizona and 49er to a one-year deal.
FREE AGENT VISITS
DT Caraun Reid: Reid, who most recently played for Dallas, was reported to have visited on Thursday by ESPN’s Field Yates. Reid has played in just 18 games the last three seasons, 10 last year with Dallas, and projects as a likely inexpensive option to add some depth in the interior. Reid played 185 snaps for Dallas last season and had 10 tackles and half-a-sack. He played at Princeton and entered the league as a fifth-round pick of Detroit in 2014. He has scored two touchdowns in his career, one coming at CenturyLink Field in 2015 when he picked up a Russell Wilson fumbled and returned it 27 yards for a score. That was the game when Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of Calvin Johnson’s hands to preserve a Seattle 13-10 victory.
DE Aaron Lynch: Lynch visited on March 18 but did not sign a contract and is continuing to explore options. He visited after also visiting the Raiders. A former 49er, he played last season for the Bears and would be viewed as a player who could help with the team’s pass rush. More here.
WR Jordy Nelson: A longtime Packer receiver, he spent last season with the Raiders but was released and visited the Seahawks on March 19. However, he left town without a contract and is expected to continuing exploring options. More here.