Seahawks ready to build upon solid season in free agency
The Seattle Seahawks will have about 17 million dollars of cap space to play with in the 2013 free agency cycle, and the question is who should they target? The only major free agents leaving in 2013 are Leroy Hill and Alan Branch.
Both Hill and Branch can be found in the 2013 NFL draft, and the one position the Seahawks should target is wide receiver or a pass rusher. The Hawks will only have enough money to sign one big free agent to make a big impact, and wide receiver or pass rushers are worth that type of money.
Before we get into wide receivers available in 2013; we need to look at a pass rusher. The Seahawks main weakness in the Playoffs was a consistent pass rusher, and while that may have been due to the types of team they played. That still doesn’t excuse the lack of pressure on the quarterback.
The top players the Seahawks could target are Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora, John Abraham and even Israel Idonije. Avril and Bennett are players that would be worth signing to long-term deals, while the rest would be short-term stopgaps.
However a veteran presence like a Freeney, Umenyiora and even Abraham can bring enough of a pass rush to add to an already solid defense. The draft can solve this issue as well, but it doesn’t hurt to get a veteran presence that can still play at a high level.
Signing a veteran defensive end or a veteran defensive end would be a good idea for the amount of money the Hawks have, but the money could also be spent at wide receiver. Mike Wallace is a possibility, but he’ll command too much money.
However Greg Jennings is the best fit, because he’s played in a West Coast system in Green Bay. That familiarity, his veteran presence and his playmaking ability would make Jennings the most logical pick.
The wide receiver core of the Seahawks is a good group, but they aren’t as outstanding as they need to be. Another possibility is Ramses Barden. Barden is an under the radar player who could turn into a monster on another team.
The majority opinion this offseason is to fill the needs as they come, and if the Seahawks can add that pass rusher or playmaker wide receiver will take this team to another level in 2013. The Hawks don’t have a lot of money to play with in 2013, but at least their needs aren’t as dire as other teams.
And hopefully they come out of the 2013 free agency cycle with a few players that they won’t have to find in the 2013 NFL draft.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.