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Because we all want to feel good about the upcoming offseason, right? Here's a timeline to what I think would be the best, yet realistic scenario for the Seahawks in the upcoming offseason.
March 5 (Deadline for teams to apply franchise tag): Pete Carroll and John Schneider can’t get anywhere discussing the contract of soon to be free agent Marshawn Lynch, so they decide to apply the franchise tag on him. In doing this, the Seahawks bind Lynch for one year paying him the average salary of the top paid player at the running back position over the last five seasons, which would end up being around $7.7 Million. This leaves Lynch happy (for obvious reasons) and the Seahawks happy for not being locked up in a big money, long-term contract.
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March 6–12: Red Bryant said at the end of the season he “would love” to be back playing for the Seahawks, so he signs a 5-year, $33 Million contract akin to the one that the Giants gave Justin Tuck at the end of the 2008 with lots of incentives involving pro bowl selections, sack totals, etc.
Due to the Seahawks being at least $40 Million under the salary cap, they lock up other key players such as linebacker David Hawthorne (4 years, $20 Million), fullback Michael Robinson (4 years, $14 Million), and linebacker Leroy Hill (3 years, $13 Million). John Schneider also brings back some key backups like John Carlson (1 year, $1.5 Million), Atari Bigby (2 years, $2 Million), Justin Forsett (2 years, $3 Million), Paul McQuistan (2 years, $2 Million), and Breno Giacomini (2 year, $2 million).
March 13 (Free agency begins): The only significant player the Seahawks don’t re-sign is aging defensive end Raheem Brock, who asks for a multi-year contract that the Seahawks won’t give him. Back-up quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is also let go of.
Let’s get to who the Seahawks sign.
Here’s the question we all really want to know: Do the Seahawks sign Peyton Manning to the richest 3-year contract in NFL history? The answer is no. Pete Carroll decides to not eat up the remaining cap space by signing Manning, instead deciding to go more low-key for this free-agent signing period.
The biggest splashes the Seahawks make are signing Dolphins offensive guard Vernon Carey to compete with John Moffitt and signing special teams ace Chris Chamberlain, who is also known as a solid run-stopping linebacker.
March 25-28 (Owners Meetings): NFL Owners unanimously vote to approve Marshawn Lynch being able to wear his skittles cleats. NFL fan approval increases 35%.
April 26 (1st round of NFL draft): “With the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Seahawks select…
Devon Still, defensive tackle out of Penn State.”
In 2011, the Seahawks finished in the bottom 10 in sacks, so the front office chooses this 6-5, 310 pound pass-rushing tackle/end to help take some pressure off Chris Clemons. Devon Still had a fantastic 2011 campaign and is the top consensus player on the board at this point in the draft with Quinton Couples gone, so this pick makes a ton of sense. He immediately makes a contribution, starting every game in 2012.
April 27(2nd & 3rd round of NFL draft): For their second round pick, the Seahawks select outside linebacker/defensive end Vinny Curry out of Marshall. With Raheem Brock now gone, Carroll needed another situational pass-rusher, and Curry fits the bill. Curry ends up with 7 sacks and a forced fumble by the end of the season.
90 minutes later, the Seahawks rock everyone’s world and use their 3rd round pick to select Kirk Cousins, a senior quarterback out of Michigan State. By picking Cousins, Carroll brought in someone who will challenge Tarvaris Jackson for the QB job, making T-Jack work even harder and completely master the playbook.
April 28(4th-7th round of NFL draft): For their last four picks in the draft, the Seahawks select a bunch of raw, yet athletic players that Pete Carroll develops over the coming years.
May-July: Red Bryant, feeling a new sense leadership after he knows he will be a Seahawk for life, holds player-led workouts and drills, bonding the team even further.
August (Training camp opens): Aside from the traditional Marcus Trufant injury, the Seahawks emerge from camp relatively unharmed by injury and begin the season as dark horse for an NFL playoff spot.
- Nathan Parsons (@NathanParsons98)
It's going to be hard to hang on to all of those second tier free agents you mentioned. McQuistan an Giacomini probably will want to go somewhere they will have a chance to start after productive seasons. Also Bigby and Forsett are probably not worth re-signing, they are not going to good use of roster spots if the Seahawks really expect to make a jump