There is no bigger waste of time than speculating off season moves. But it’s also way fun. Here’s a list of potential moves I’d like to see.
‘Hawks Free Agents – Lets start by examining some key players we should try to keep or let leave in free agency.
David Hawthorne – David has been an important part of this defense for the last few years. He will likely get a large offer from another team. Pete and John have been able to find guys like KJ Wright who can step right in as rookies. They also don’t value the linebacker position like other teams. If the big contract doesn’t come… maybe we can see David back in 2012.
Marshawn Lynch – It’s already been published that Lynch will be franchised if we can’t get a long term deal. He was our entire offense last year. No question he stays in Seattle.
Charlie Whitehurst – Bye Charlie… Kinda makes trading Seneca for a 7th round pick look stupid.
Red Bryant – Red wants to be paid like a pass rushing defensive end. Unfortunately he’s a defensive tackle playing defensive end. I think we keep him unless Pete and John decide to make a splash for a pass rushing defensive end (more on this later).
Leroy Hill – Leroy decided to get busted for pot…again…during a contract year… AGAIN. This time it was on the day Pete and John were looking at rookie linebackers at the combine. Bad timing for Leroy.
Justin Forsett / Leon Washington – Justin is a FA but Leon is not. I grouped them together because they could essentially be replaced by a younger rookie back. The kick off rules hurt Leon and he didn’t do much on punt returns this year. I’d like to see them both move on and a younger RB with a higher ceiling come in to spell Marshawn.
Marcus Trufaunt – Marcus is still under contract but can become a cap casualty. He got hurt last year and clearly got out-played by Sherman and Browner. As an unofficial WSU fan, I love Marcus and want him to stay in Seattle for the entirety of his career. People think we can use him as bait to move up in the draft. That won’t happen. Seattle fans constantly overvalue their own players and think another team will take our declining talent. He can stay and restructure his deal, but don’t be surprised if he gets released before the season starts next fall.
John Carlson – John had a great rookie year but clearly regressed. He’s coming off an injury and may resign for a small deal. I think another team will offer him a decent contract letting him go.
Street Free Agents I Don’t Want
Peyton Manning – You sick and tired of hearing about Peyton Manning? No? Then you’re the only one. I’m completely sick of this saga and we have another two months before we find out where he ends up. He’s not coming to Seattle. Peyton wants to be in a big market. Remember when he was on every other TV commercial two years ago? You think he’ll get those opportunities for endorsements in “Southwest Alaska?” He’s going to end up in Washington DC. If not there, Arizona where he won’t have to worry about the wind and rain on a weekly basis. I personally want a more mobile QB and don’t see the point in going after a guy who’s past his prime and has neck issues.
Matt Flynn – Matt was a 7th round pick. He’s a career back up who fit well in the Packers offense. You would also have to pay him Kevin Kolb money which would scare the crap out of me. Let the Dolphins overpay for him. Spend the QB money this year on a defensive end.
Street Free Agents Worth Considering
Josh Johnson – You’ve never heard of Josh but he’s a mobile back up QB who can compete in camp for either the 2 or 3 spot. Not an exciting player by any means but we need 3-4 QBs on this team to compete with Tarvaris.
Jacob Hester – This additional fullback would be a luxury more than a necessity. With the limited roster space, it’s uncommon to carry 2 fullbacks. Since we have a crappy QB situation this coming year, I’d like to see us bolster the backfield with another versatile fullback who can catch out of the backfield and block for Lynch. This really won’t happen but hell…it works in Madden.
Mario Williams – OK, someone I really really really really want. We can offer Mario a contract similar to what Julius Peppers got from the Bears. This would solidify the DE position and then Pete and John would have more flexibility in the draft. I personally don’t like any of the defensive ends in the draft so this would be a great signing. If you sign Mario, you are done in free agency. He’ll cost a ton.
DeSean Jackson – This guy is a total tool. But sweet mother of God, he’s good. If we could keep him motivated, he’d give our offense instant credibility. We wouldn’t be able to afford DeSean and Mario Williams or a franchise QB. The Eagles could also franchise him ending this speculation.
So What Does It All Mean???
Here’s what I’d like to see. Pay Mario Williams to solidify the defense. Then use the draft to fill in the holes below. This is assuming we can trade out of the 12th pick and get a few more picks / players. Here are some guys or more importantly types of guys I’d like to see us target. Keep in mind, Pete likes to draft 7 players we’ve never heard of.
QB – Ryan Tannehill or another mobile QB. Maybe Russel Wilson.
MLB – Vontaze Burfict would be my choice if he wasn’t such a dumb stereotype with insane character issues. Drafting two linebackers would not be out of the question. Burfict was so bad at the combine, we could get him without using a draft pick.
RB – Chris Rainey or another “scat” or speed type RB. Chris Polk isn’t the speed type guy, but he’d be a fan favorite and could learn form Marshawn. If we sign Mario, we could use the first round pick on Trent Richardson. That’s one way to help the offense without overpaying for a crappy or washed up QB. David Wilson from Virginia Tech is also a possibility at running back.
OL – Another offensive guard who could move to tackle in a pinch would be a huge asset. Gallery was a bust last year. I said it.
WR – If a receiver falls into our lap, I say we jump on it. I’m done with Golden Tate, Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams. Sidney Rice can’t stay healthy so depth will be needed.
DE – If we miss on Mario Williams, we’ll probably use the 12th pick to go after a guy like Courney Upshaw from Alabama.