Clearly, this will be an offseason of major change for the Seattle Seahawks.
The defense will remove several core members. On offense, the team will have to rebuild the running game and continue to figure out what is needed to improve the line. And on special teams, they will auditioning new kickers.
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Over the next month, we’ll be discussing the upcoming changes and options. For now, though, let’s look at a few things to keep in mind for the offseason rebuild.
• The Seahawks can’t afford to be too active in unrestricted free agency. Because the 2017 Seahawks free agent class wasn’t going to generate a lot of lost players that would generate compensatory picks, the Seahawks hit the free agent market and signed eight unrestricted free agents to short-term deals before the season. That option will be limited this year because the Seahawks could lose several free agents who can generate decent draft choices. Here is how the compensatory game is played: a team gets as many as four compensatory picks, based on how many more free agents it loses than signs. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will be considered one of the best free agents this offseason. If the Seahawks can’t get him to sign a new contract, they would get a third round compensatory in 2019. Jimmy Graham, Bradley McDougald, Paul Richardson and Byron Maxwell are also on the list of unrestricted free agents who could also net decent contracts and quality compensatory picks. Having made so many trades in 2017 to upgrade the roster, the Seahawks need to add draft choices – and by the way, teams now have the luxury to trade 2019 compensatory picks and gain picks in 2018.
• John Schneider is more valuable than ever. In Schneider’s old contract, the Seahawks general manager had a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to go to Green Bay if Packers GM Ted Thompson retired. Growing up in Wisconsin, that was a dream job for Schneider, but those options ended when he signed his most recent contract extension. 710ESPN
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