Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Quick Look at Our Free Agents

Here is a partial list of the 18 Seahawks who are no longer under contract in 2012 and will be Free Agents in the spring:

Pay Them
  • Marshawn Lynch, RB, age 25.
  • Red Bryant, DE, age 27.
Nice to Have
  • John Carlson, TE, age 27.
  • Kennard Cox, CB, age 26.
  • Michael Robinson, FB, age 28.
  • Leroy Hill, LB age 29.
  • David Hawthorne, LB, age 26.
  • Paul McQuistan, OT, age 28.
  • Breno Giacomini, OT, age 26.
  • Chaz Whitehurst, QB, age 29.
  • Raheem Brock, DE, age 33.
  • Chris Baker, TE, age 32.
  • Justin Forsett, RB, age 26.
  • Matt McCoy, LB, age 29.

    Lynch is the heart and soul of the offense, if you let him go, it puts a lot of pressure on the QB and that is not a good thing. They can't afford to take a step backwards offensively. Big Red is an essential piece to the young defense getting even better next year.

    In the next category, I don't think any of the players are going to be particularly expensive:
    • Carlson's numbers have been going in the wrong direction and the injury this year will also lower his value.
    • Cox is a special teams player only, so he will come cheap. The team sure needs his kick coverage skills (see Ted Ginn).
    • Robinson is a decent blocking FB and a good Special teamer. I am not entirely sold on him as a road-grading FB (i.e. Mack Strong) but he gets the job done.
    • Etiher Hill or Hawthorne will need to be signed. I have a feeling one of these two will be moving on. I think the Hawks will draft another LB and will have to decide on whether to move KJ Wright to the middle or whether they need to replace LeRoy. Hawthorne was slowed by injury this year but still performed adequately. He is undersized and a little slow but makes a lot of plays. Ideally, I think the team would like a bigger Mike LB. Hill played well all year, but he is getting older on a young defense and might be the odd man out.
    • McQuistan and Giacomini need to come back given the lack of health of the starting five. They proved to be solid backups, if not starters in the league. Their depth and experience will be needed in 2012.

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