The NFL offseason picks up steam this week with the beginning of the free agent signing period.
Teams can begin to negotiate with pending unrestricted free agents Monday and can sign contracts with new teams Wednesday. But as always, agreements are often revealed almost immediately once teams can start negotiating.
As of Monday, the Seahawks had just over $17 million in cap space, and that has led to the idea that Seattle is likely again not to be a major player in the so-called “first wave” of free agency.
But if and when the Seahawks make moves, we will keep track of them here.
Carson, Seahawks reach deal
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the 2020 season he wanted the team to run it more and better in 2021.
And we now know who may do the bulk of that running — Chris Carson.
The Seahawks and Carson agreed to a new contract Friday afternoon. It is a three-year deal worth up to $24.625 million but voids to two years at $14.625 million. So it’s best viewed as a two-year deal, with the void year a way for the team to spread out more of the salary-cap hit.
A source confirmed to The Seattle Times that the deal is expected to happen.
What it mostly means for Seattle is keeping Carson, who has been the heart and soul of Seattle’s running game since being taken in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft out of Oklahoma State.
Carson has rushed for 3,270 yards in four years, topping the 1,000-yard mark in 2018 (1,151) and 2019 (1,230). He missed four games, contributing to him dropping to 681 yards last season, but he averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per game.
NFL announces draft order, including Seahawks' three picks
The Seahawks' trade for Raiders guard Gabe Jackson on Wednesday means Seattle now has just three picks in the 2021 NFL draft.
And on Friday, the NFL clarified exactly which three picks Seattle has when it released the entire 259-pick order.
Seattle’s three picks? One in the second round at No. 56 overall, another in the fourth at 129 and another in the seventh at 250.
The Seahawks last year traded their 2021 first- and third-round picks for safety Jamal Adams. They also traded a 2021 sixth-rounder during last year's draft to Miami so they could move into the seventh round to take tight end Stephen Sullivan.
Sullivan played one game for Seattle as a defensive end when he was moved to that spot due to injuries, and then became a free agent after the season and has since signed with Carolina.
Seattle has never made fewer than five picks in a draft (in 1994 and 1997) and never fewer than eight in the John Schneider/Pete Carroll era. Given Schneider’s propensity and ability to acquire more picks during the draft, the best bet is Seattle won’t end up making just three selections.
That Seattle has so few picks is obviously due mostly to two trades that the Seahawks found they couldn’t resist in Adams and Jackson.
But some draft observers have noted this year’s draft could be even more challenging than most because of the college season shortened by COVID-19 and no NFL combine. The Seahawks may have thought this a good year to trade picks for proven vets.
Hollister gets one-year deal with Buffalo
It seemed pretty much a given once Seattle signed tight end Gerald Everett to a one-year deal worth up to $6 million Wednesday that Jacob Hollister might not be back after two years with the team.
And that’s turned out to be the case as Hollister has agreed to a one-year deal with Buffalo, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
Hollister led Seattle’s tight ends last season with 25 receptions while playing on a one-year, restricted-free-agent tender that paid him $3.25 million.
But the Everett signing gives the Seahawks what they may feel is a pretty set top three corps of Everett, Will Dissly and 2020 fourth-round draft pick Colby Parkinson, with undrafted free agent Tyler Mabry also on the roster. Seattle is also likely to sign a few more inexpensive tight ends to fill out the spot for training camp.
Hollister had 41 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, when one of his scores was the game-winner in overtime against Tampa Bay. He had 66 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons with the Seahawks.
How does Justin Simmons' deal affect Seahawks' Jamal Adams?
As the Seahawks navigate the current free-agent season of the NFL calendar, one thing hovering over them is the specter of coming negotiations with safety Jamal Adams.
It’s worth remembering that Adams is under contract for the 2021 season at $9.86 million, which is due to his fifth-year option on his rookie contract that was exercised while he was with the New York Jets.
So the Seahawks don’t technically have to do anything anytime soon, or even before the 2021 season.
But, the assumption all along has been that Seattle would like to secure Adams’ future before the season, as they have usually done with significant players entering the final years of their contracts — including Russell Wilson (twice), Bobby Wagner (twice), Duane Brown, Tyler Lockett and Kam Chancellor (twice) over the past decade.
Adams likely will want a contract with at least an average annual salary between $15 million and $16 million.
What he certainly will want is a contract topping that of Denver’s Justin Simmons, who agreed to a four-year deal Friday that makes him the NFL's highest-paid safety at $15.25 million per year. That tops the annual salary of Cardinals safety and former University of Washington star Budda Baker ($14.75 million).
Simmons’ contract probably doesn’t really impact Adams’ deal, because an average annual salary between $15 million and $16 million has been the expectation all along.
Adams, though, views himself as not just a safety but an all-around football player, as evidenced by his 9.5 sacks last season, the most for any defensive back since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
That has had some thinking it might take an average annual salary between $17 million and $18 million, placing Adams among the top-paid defensive players at any position.
But if nothing else, the Simmons deal sets a floor. Seattle’s first offer had likely better top that to get the negotiations going in the right direction.
Report: Seahawks re-sign center Ethan Pocic
The Seahawks are reportedly bringing back their starting center, re-signing Ethan Pocic to a one-year, $3 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Pocic finally found a home last year at center after three years of playing guard and tackle while also battling injuries. Pocic, a second-round pick in 2017, was rated the No. 27 center in 2020 by Pro Football Focus.
WR David Moore headed to Panthers
The Seahawks have lost another receiver via free agency, as David Moore has agreed to terms with Carolina, the Panthers announced Thursday.
The deal is reported to be for two years and worth $4.75 million with $1.25 million guaranteed, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
Moore, a seventh-round pick in 2017, had 78 catches for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons with Seattle, including career highs of 35 receptions and six touchdowns in 2020 when he spent most of the year as the team’s third receiver.
Earlier, Seattle saw Phillip Dorsett agree to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The departures of Moore and Dorsett leave Seattle’s third receiver situation in question, and something the Seahawks may now need to address via free agency.
Seattle has set starters in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but aside from Moore, the only other receivers to play last season were Freddie Swain and Penny Hart. Each remains on the roster, as does John Ursua, a seventh-round pick in 2020 who spent last year on the practice squad.
At Carolina, Moore joins general manager Scott Fitterer, who was Seattle's vice president of football operations last season and held numerous other titles in the personnel and scouting departments before that.
Moore is the second Seattle player the Panthers have signed since Fitterer became GM, the other being tight end Stephen Sullivan, a seventh-round pick in 2020.
Fact check: Chris Carson to Dolphins rumor not accurate
It appeared that Chris Carson had just about found a new home when a report broke Thursday afternoon that he might be headed to Miami.
But a source close to the situation told the Seattle Times the report from The Pro Football Network is not accurate and that Carson is not “close to a deal’’ with the Dolphins.
So Seahawks fans don’t need to fret yet about Carson being gone.
Carson is generally considered among the best running backs available via free agency. But that market had been stagnant until the Raiders signed former Arizona running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year deal worth up to $14.5 million earlier Thursday.
Carson would undoubtedly want a contract in the same ballpark, if not a little higher.
Carson has been with the Seahawks the last four years, twice rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
Seattle has been said making a run at Leonard Fournette, who the Seahawks might view as a replacement for Carson.
Seattle also has 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny presumably healthy again after missing all but three games last season while recovering from a knee injury. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer are also returning.
But for now, Carson could still be in the equation for the 2021 season.
Seahawks bringing back Nick Bellore
The Seahawks made one signing official Thursday, announcing that fullback Nick Bellore would be back.
Bellore has been the team’s starting fullback and a core special teams player the past two seasons and was reported to have signed a two-year deal to return.
Bellore, 31, made the Pro Bowl last season as a special teamer.
Report: Seahawks trade fifth-round pick to Vegas for Gabe Jackson
And on the third day of free agency, the Seahawks finally added an offensive lineman.
And he should excite Seattle fans and — the team surely hopes — quarterback Russell Wilson. Raiders guard Gabe Jackson.
Seahawks signing TE Gerald Everett
The Seahawks needed to add a tight end.
And it made sense that throughout the offseason they might want to add some players who are familiar with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
The Seahawks accomplished both Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year deal with former Los Angeles Ram Gerald Everett.
The contract is worth up to $6 million, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Shaquem Griffin no longer a Seahawk and other transactions
NFL transactions on Wednesday confirmed what had been revealed the day before — Shaquem Griffin is no longer a Seattle Seahawk.
The fourth-year linebacker was a restricted free agent, meaning Seattle could have kept him by offering a tender, which in Griffin’s case would have meant a non-guaranteed salary of $2.13 million for the 2021 season. That would have allowed Griffin to still shop around but Seattle then to get compensation of a fifth-round pick if he signed elsewhere.
But as had been expected since the end of the season as Griffin’s defensive playing time decreased, he was not tendered. And when the deadline passed Wednesday at 1 p.m., he became a free agent.
It’s expected Griffin will now join his brother, Shaquill, with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was reported Tuesday Shaquill Griffin had agreed to a three-year deal with the Jags.
Also not tendered as a restricted free agent was offensive lineman Jordan Simmons. The Seahawks are hoping to get Simmons back but at a lower salary and cap number than the $2.13 million tender.
Transactions showed that Seattle did tender three exclusive rights free agents, meaning they will now be on the roster for the 2021 season — defensive tackle Bryan Mone, defensive back Ryan Neal and offensive lineman Kyle Fuller.
Three other exclusive rights free agents were not tendered and are now free agents — defensive backs Linden Stephens and Jayson Stanley and running back Patrick Carr.
All other players who could be unrestricted free agents but were not signed also officially became UFAs at 1 p.m. That leaves the Seahawks with a listed 51 players under contract for the 2021 season.
Transactions also showed that Seattle had planned to place a second-round restricted free agent tender on defensive tackle Poona Ford before agreeing to a two-year contract extension with Ford before the deadline.
The Seahawks announced the extension on Wednesday.
Report: Cardinals trading for Raiders C Rodney Hudson
After the Seahawks missed out on a trio of the top free agent offensive linemen on the first day of free agency Monday, hope grew Tuesday that Seattle still had another shot to add a top center when it was reported that the Raiders were planning to release veteran Rodney Hudson.
Only, the Raiders never actually released Hudson — he was not listed on Tuesday’s transactions as having been cut.
Early Wednesday, it was reported the Raiders planned to trade for him before releasing him.
That turned out to be bad news for Seattle it was reported just before the new league year began at 1 p.m. that the Raiders had swung a deal for Hudson — regarded as one of the best pass-blocking centers in the NFL — with none other than Seattle’s NFC West rival, Arizona.
Arizona gave the Raiders a third-round pick, according to reports, while also getting a seventh in return for Hudson.
Seattle, of course, doesn’t have a 2021 third-round pick to give up, having dealt that to the Jets as part of the Jamal Adams trade. Seattle also gave up its 2021 first-rounder in that deal, which undoubtedly will make it hard for the Seahawks to do picks-for-players trades this year, if not also more reluctant.
Seattle still needs a center with Ethan Pocic a free agent, and also needs to find a new starting left guard.
So, the search for Seattle goes on to add to its offensive line — something QB Russell Wilson is obviously watching closely.
Report: Bears offered three first round picks and more for Russell Wilson
Details began to emerge Wednesday morning about the Chicago Bears’ “very aggressive pursuit” of Russell Wilson.
Seahawks GM John Schneider and Bears GM Ryan Pace had a “clandestine” meeting late last week in Fargo, North Dakota, where many NFL executives had gathered to watch top QB prospect Trey Lance work out, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
“The Bears certainly made a big, big offer — multiple first-round picks,” Rapoport said. “The Seahawks slept on it. They discussed it. (On Tuesday), they decided — specifically, coach Pete Carroll does not want to rebuild. They decided, ‘We are not trading Russell Wilson to the Bears.’ At that point, and only at that point, the Bears decided, ‘OK, we’ll sign Andy Dalton and move forward.’”
"The Dan Patrick Show" reported Wednesday that the Bears offered three first-round picks, a third-round pick and two unnamed starters.
Seahawks secure two-year deal with Poona Ford
A source confirmed to The Seattle Times that the Seahawks have secured a two-year contract with defensive tackle Poona Ford instead of giving him a tender as a restricted free agent.
As reported by the NFL Network, the two-year deal is worth up to $14 million with incentives. It assures Ford $4.4 million in 2021, more than the $3.38 million he would have gotten on a non-guaranteed second-round tender. As the NFL Network put it, Ford can get “bigger money” in 2022 and will have a chance to hit free agency in 2023.
Ford has emerged as one of Seattle’s key defensive players since making the team in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas.
A nose tackle, Ford started all 16 games, playing a career-high 671 snaps.
Ford finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 79.8 in 2020, 15th out of 125 defensive tackles.
Seahawks add CB Ahkello Witherspoon to one-year deal
A few hours after the Seahawks learned they were losing starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin, they may have found his replacement — Ahkello Witherspoon.
Witherspoon is expected to sign a one-year deal with Seattle, a source confirmed to The Seattle Times.
Witherspoon has spent the last four years with the 49ers playing both right and left cornerback spots with 33 starts in 47 games played. He has four interceptions, good for 67 yards and a touchdown in his career.
Witherspoon missed five games last year with a foot injury and was largely a backup at left cornerback behind Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett, playing 334 snaps in four starts and 11 games overall. He allowed a passer rating of 83.3 according to Pro Football Focus.
In 2019, the year the 49ers played in the Super Bowl, Witherspoon started eight games at right cornerback with Sherman on the left side. (He missed six games at midseason due to injury.)
He started nine games at left corner as a rookie in 2017 after being taken in the third round out of Colorado — taken with the 66th pick, or 24 spots higher than Seattle selected Griffin later in that round — before moving to the right side when Sherman arrived in 2018.
Griffin played left cornerback for Seattle the past three years with D.J. Reed, Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers on the right side. Reed and Flowers are under contract for 2021. Dunbar is a free agent, and it’s thought that Seattle wants him back.
Bears' Andy Dalton signing rules them out on Russell Wilson
Given the way the NFL news cycle works, rumors about Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle may never really end.
But it appears you can cross off the Chicago Bears — who have long been said to be the team most interested in trading for Wilson — as the team agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Andy Dalton on Tuesday.
Chicago was one of four teams on the list that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said he would approve a trade to, the others being the Cowboys, Raiders and Saints.
Rumors that Dalton would sign with the Bears heated up Monday night and were confirmed by several national reports Tuesday.
Dalton is said to be getting a one-year, $10 million deal that could grow to $13 million. The Bears also still have Nick Foles on their roster at a salary of $4 million for this year and a dead cap number of $10.6 million.
So, with more than $20 million invested in quarterbacks, the Bears seem done for the 2021 season.
Each of the other three teams on Wilson’s list appear to be set at QB as well, with Dallas having re-signed Dak Prescott, the Raiders seeming content with Derek Carr, and the Saints having re-signed Jameis Winston on Monday to compete with Taysom Hill to take over for Drew Brees.
True, there’s a rumor that the Seahawks would be interested in trading for Sam Darnold of the New York Jets to replace Wilson.
But that rumor, which gained traction in a story in the New York Daily News Monday, did not say the Seahawks and Jets would make a trade involving Wilson, but rather that the Seahawks would trade for Darnold after trading Wilson elsewhere.
Since Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, he has veto power over any trade. And with the four teams he had said he would approve a trade to appearing set at QB, then the rumors should quiet, no?
This is the NFL, so don’t count on that.
But with each roster move made elsewhere, the already slim chances that Wilson could get traded grew that much slimmer.
Report: Shaquill Griffin signing with Jaguars, brother Shaquem likely joining him
The era of the Griffin twins — one of the most heartwarming stories in Seattle sports history — appears over.
But they are staying together as both Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin are heading to Jacksonville as free agents, a decision that also marks something of a homecoming — the two grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., about three-and-a-half hours away from Jacksonville.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin, as first reported by The Athletic and later confirmed by the NFL Network, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Jaguars worth up to $44.5 million with $29 million guaranteed.
His twin, Shaquem, appears to be joining him with the Jags, tweeting simply “Going home’’ on a quote tweet of his agent, Buddy Baker, who tweeted “Duval,’’ the county in which Jacksonville resides.
Fournette weighs offers from Seahawks, Bucs
Could Leonard Fournette be a replacement for Seahawks free-agent running back Chris Carson?
Fournette has an offer to return to the Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Seahawks have made a "strong bid to poach him," according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB.
Fournette, 26, rushed for 367 yards and six touchdowns on 97 carries (3.8 average) in 2020, and 6-foot, 228-pound running back added 300 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games with Tampa Bay.
Jacksonville made Fournette the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 draft out of LSU, and he had 666 rushes in his three seasons with the Jaguars, the fifth-most in the NFL over that span. He rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns in those three seasons but also reportedly frustrated Jaguars management because of his attitude and behavior.
He was suspended for one game as a rookie for fighting, and ESPN reported he was fine “numerous times” for being late or not pay attention in meetings.
After failing to find any interested trade partners, the Jaguars released Fournette in training camp last August. He signed with Tampa Bay for a maximum contract value of $3.5 million.
Could Bears be out of running for Russell Wilson?
The Chicago Bears have been reported to be the biggest pursuer of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
But the Bears might soon have another quarterback that could — for at least a year, anyway — take them out of the running.
A report Monday night from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune stated that QB Andy Dalton “could be headed to the Bears."
Though Dalton played last year as a backup in Dallas to Dak Prescott, the assumption if he signs with Chicago is that he would be doing so to be the starter. The only other QB on the Bears’ roster is Nick Foles.
Dalton, 33, was a starter with the Bengals for nine years before spending last year in Dallas, where he ended up starting nine games after Prescott was injured.
Dalton has been linked to the Bears for a few days, but the Tribune report Monday night seemed to only reinforce that something could happen soon.
If so, then the four teams that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN he would approve a trade to would all appear to QB situations settled for 2021. The others are Dallas (where Prescott has re-signed), the Saints (who signed Jameis Winston on Monday) and Oakland (which has Derek Carr and is apparently happy enough with him).
It’s unclear the contract Dalton might sign, and the trend toward one-year deals for QBs could mean the Bears would go that route with Dalton. But if he does sign with Chicago, that might quiet the Wilson rumor mill a bit.
'Decent chance' that K.J. Wright could leave, report says
Reports during the day also indicated Seattle won’t find it easy to keep three big-name free agents — cornerback Shaquill Griffin, linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Carlos Dunlap II.
A report from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network stated that the Seahawks and Griffin were “not in the same ballpark" and added that Griffin will test the market, with the Seahawks telling Griffin to stay in touch,
Later in the night came a report from independent football reporter Josina Anderson that the Cleveland Browns are monitoring Griffin, generally considered among the best of the free agent cornerbacks.
As for Wright, a report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Monday night said: “sounds like decent chance K.J. Wright could leave." Wright has been with Seattle since 2011 but has made it clear he intends to take the best offer.
Report indicates Seahawks would be interested in Sam Darnold
Monday was the first day of NFL free agency, and all was quiet on the Russell Wilson front. Well, mostly.
Late in the day, a report emerge from the New York Daily News that the Seahawks might want to trade for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold as a replacement for Wilson.
“Keep an eye on Seattle for Darnold,” the Daily News quoted an NFL source as saying.
Hyde, Dorsett head to Jacksonville
First, Brian Schottenheimer landed in Jacksonville on the staff of new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer as passing-game coordinator.
Then on Monday the Jags lured away two former Seattle offensive players — running back Carlos Hyde and receiver Phillip Dorsett.
Hyde agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $6 million with Jacksonville, according to the NFL Network.
Hyde played last season on a one-year contract with Seattle that paid him $2.75 million. Terms of Dorsett’s deal were not immediately revealed.
Hyde rushed for 356 yards on 81 carries last season, serving as Chris Carson’s backup and at times as the third-down/two-minute back, the latter a role the Jags may envision for him as well. Hyde played for Meyer at Ohio State.
Dorsett did not play for Seattle last season after coming to the team with a foot injury that eventually required surgery.
Seattle expects its running-back position to be bolstered in 2021 by a full season from Rashaad Penny, who was the team’s first pick in the 2018 NFL draft but played just three games last year while rehabbing a knee injury.
Carson is also a free agent, and it’s unclear if Seattle is making much of a run to keep him.
Coach Pete Carroll had said he hoped Dorsett would return for the 2021 season. Seattle could also bring back David Moore as a third-receiver candidate and has 2020 rookie Freddie Swain on hand, and also could hit the free agent market.
Are Floyd, Ngakoue deals an indicator for Dunlap?
The Seahawks are perceived to have taken a gamble when they decided to cut top pass rusher Carlos Dunlap II to save $14 million against the salary cap, with the hope they can get him back at a lesser rate.
That has yet to happen, as Dunlap — who has been able to sign with any team since the day he was released — remains unsigned with no real rumors connecting him to any team.
But Dunlap surely noticed two deals agreed to around the league Monday — Leonard Floyd to stay with the Rams and Yannick Ngakoue to go to the Raiders — as possible targets for what he wants, as well.
Floyd agreed to a four-year deal said to be worth up to $64 million while Ngakoue got a two-year deal said to be worth up to $26 million.
The details of contracts often tell a somewhat different story than the first, reported overall numbers, which tend to favor the player/agent of that player.
But with Floyd, that’s a $16 million a year average and Ngakoue $13 million, basically sandwiching the $14 million Dunlap was to make with Seattle in 2021 before he was cut.
Floyd and Ngakoue — who Seattle was rumored to be interested in trading for last year when he was dealt by Jacksonville to Minnesota — each rated more highly in Pro Football Focus’ list of available defensive ends. Floyd was fifth, Ngakoue was eighth, and Dunlap is 12th.
So maybe the Seahawks will prove right here and able to get Dunlap back at a little less money.
PFF projects Dunlap to receive a one-year deal worth up to $9 million.
Three top offensive linemen off the table
Russell Wilson’s public airing of his frustrations about being sacked so much during his Seahawks career apparently did not change the team’s approach to the first day of NFL free agency.
Some wondered if Wilson’s comments, and the subsequent trade rumors, might compel the Seahawks to splurge heavily on offensive linemen in free agency, something they have never done in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era.
But by roughly 1:30 p.m. Seattle time Monday, three of the biggest names available in free agency were off the table and none headed to the Seahawks — former Green Bay center Corey Linsley to the Chargers, former New England guard Joe Thuney to the Chiefs, and former Giants guard Kevin Zeitler (who played with Wilson at Wisconsin) to the Ravens.
Combined with Washington last week tagging guard Brandon Scherff, that meant that the top center and the top three guards — all ranked among the top 28 on Pro Football Focus’ listing of the top 100 free agents — were off the table.
If the Seahawks had wanted to splurge, the interior line is where people thought it made sense because Seattle returns tackles Duane Brown and Brandon Shell but has openings at center (where Ethan Pocic is a free agent) and left guard.
After those four, PFF didn’t rate another interior offensive lineman until New England center David Andrews at No. 78.
All of the players who agreed to deals Monday — the first day players could negotiate with teams — signed to what were initially reported as significant contracts.
Zeitler got a three-year deal worth up to $22.5 million, Thuney got a five-year deal said to be worth up to $80 million with $32.5 million guaranteed, and Linsley a five-year deal said to be worth up to $62.5 million.
Seattle entered the day with just over $17 million in available salary cap space.
Shaquill Griffin and Seattle ‘not in same ballpark’ on money, report says
The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday the Seahawks and Shaquill Griffin "are not in the same ballpark" on money.
Here's a list of Seahawks free agents
Pending Seahawks unrestricted free agents
Here is a list of Seahawks players who can become UFAs on Wednesday:
Linebacker K.J. Wright: Wright has been with Seattle since 2011 and says he wants to stay. But he figures to have a strong market.
Running back Chris Carson: Carson has twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in four years in Seattle and is one of top running backs who will become available, especially after Green Bay re-signed Aaron Jones on Sunday.
Defensive end Benson Mayowa: The Seahawks have some work to do to replenish the pass rush and may want to bring back Mayowa.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin: Griffin is regarded as one of the top cornerbacks on the market and could be one of the first off the board, meaning Seattle will have competition to keep him.
Center Ethan Pocic: Seattle’s starting center last season, but Seahawks could be inclined to look for an upgrade.
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar: If Griffin gets away then Dunbar becomes more of a priority.
Receiver Phillip Dorsett: He missed last season because of a foot injury that required surgery, but the Seahawks are thought to want him back.
Running back Carlos Hyde: Hyde could be brought back pretty cheaply in the later phases of free agency and might be a priority if Carson moves on.
Tight end Jacob Hollister: Backup tight end the past two years could be hoping for a place with a more prominent role elsewhere.
Receiver David Moore: Seattle’s primary third receiver in 2020. But Seattle could be on the outlook for an upgrade.
Linebacker Bruce Irvin: Suffered season-ending ACL injury in September, and how his recovery is going figures to impact when and where and for how much he’ll sign.
Fullback Nick Bellore: Starting fullback the past two years made the Pro Bowl in 2020 as a special teamer.
Offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi: Ogbuehi did well enough in four injury fill-in starts and is only 28, so another one-year, low-risk deal would make sense.
Defensive end Damontre Moore: Moore seems something of a personal favorite of coach Pete Carroll, for how hard he plays and special-teams versatility.
Safety Damarious Randall: The Seahawks like Randall’s versatility. He can help on special teams and wouldn’t cost much.
Safety Lano Hill: The Seahawks have always seemed higher on Hill than fans, and he helped make the game-saving play against the Patriots. But a back injury sidelined him for the season, the second time in three years he has suffered a significant injury.
Quarterback Geno Smith: Smith hasn’t had to take a meaningful snap in his two years with Seattle. Cap reasons mean Seattle is always likely to go as inexpensive as possible at backup QB. But maybe this is a year the Seahawks look around some.
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard: Bullard played in only one of the last seven games but might be worth bringing back as depth/competition.
Guard Mike Iupati: Iupati has announced he is retiring.
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe: Thorpe, a popular player and special-teams captain the past two seasons, has played just 10 games the past two years due to injury, and Seattle may have to move on.
Tight end Luke Willson: He’s a team and fan favorite. But he’s 31, and Seattle figures to add competition at tight end. Still, the Seahawks might want to bring him back to camp and see what happens.
Defensive end Branden Jackson: Jackson suffered a spinal injury in August that left it unclear if he can play again.
Restricted free agents
Teams can tender an offer to restricted free agents by 1 p.m. Wednesday that locks them into a salary for 2021 but gives their original team the right to match the offer or potentially receive compensation. Players not tendered will become UFAs on Wednesday.
OL Jordan Simmons: Simmons was not tendered and will become a UFA, though it is expected the team will try to re-sign him, but at a lower salary than he would have gotten as an RFA.
DT Poona Ford: Ford is expected to receive a second-round tender if the team does not re-sign him to a longer-term deal first.
LB Shaquem Griffin: After playing in a backup role last season, Griffin is likely to go untendered and become a free agent.
Exclusive rights free agents
Players who are ERFAs are bound to the team once given a tender. Players who are not tendered become free agents Wednesday.
DB Ryan Neal: Neal has been tendered and will receive a contract worth $920,000 for 2021.
OL Kyle Fuller: Fuller has been tendered and will receive a contract worth $920,000 for 2021.
DL Bryan Mone: Mone was tendered and will receive a contract worth $850,000 in 2021.
DB Linden Stephens: Backup cornerback and special teams last season.
RB Patrick Carr: Was injured all of last season.
DB Jayson Stanley: Was mostly on the practice squad last season.
Other free agents linked to Seahawks
DE Carlos Dunlap: It's important to note that Dunlap immediately became a free agent when he was released by Seattle last week in a move that saved the Seahawks $14 million against the cap.
Seattle also released Josh Gordon and Greg Olsen, both of whom became street free agents. Olsen has since announced his retirement.
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