Now that the Seahawks have hauled in arguably two of the best players at their positions in guard Robert Gallery and wide receiver Sidney Rice rumblings are they will now turn their attention to defensive end Ray Edwards.
So far Seattle has spent a combined $12.2 million on Rice and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and the figures for Robert Gallery will average out to slightly below $7 million per year. With a reported $41.5 million in cap space and roughly $4 million coming off the books from the impending Stacey Andrews release, that means Seattle still has well over $25.5 million to spend on free agents. This is of course pending additional releases that would free up additional cap room. Cap figures aren’t anything close to the “annual” earnings so for all we know Seattle still has over $35 million to splurge with.
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson set the market at $30 million guaranteed money with a 6 year, $72 million contract overall. If Seattle wants Edwards it appears it will be a deal costing at least $10 million annually. Even after locking Edwards up they can still pursue a cornerback like Jonathan Joseph or Antonio Cromartie, retain Brandon Mebane, and still have significant resources.
Regardless, Seattle is in the derby for a top flight cornerback and defensive end, as well as a new kicker, as they continue to be very aggressive in the open market.
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