Not exactly how I envisioned starting out free agency.
I was pumped that the Seahawks made sure their run defense stays in tack reupping on some Big Red. I was glad to see Beast Mode stick around and to see they didn’t grossly overpay him for his highlight reel season, or give him an 8 year deal.
After that though the cupboard has actually been made barer. Marcus Trufant and Robert Gallery being released has put the Seahawks in the market for at least a starting guard and a nickel cornerback. Although injury-prone both are still starters in this league and now their spots need filling.
That’s all fine, everyone will say “well it makes us younger” but I think the “this team needs to get younger” mantra has run it’s course. This team is one of the youngest in the NFL after 2 seasons of wheeling and dealing and trimming roster fat and excess salaries. Now is the time to build up that core of young talent, this is when you start peppering in some veteran free agents, especially when this “great awesome team you have” still only finished 7-9 last season.
At the positions where Carroll has released former starters I have sat and watched Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Carr, Carlos Rogers, and Richard Marshall sign at cornerback. It’s even worse at guard with Carl Nicks, Ben Grubbs, Steve Hutchinson having found new homes. I’m not saying that they need a $10 million annual cornerback with their stud secondary, but what would have been wrong with slightly upping the 3 year, $16 million Hutchinson got from Tennessee. Robert Gallery was set to make $6.5 million total in 2012 and Hutchinson is set to make $5.3 million annually on his deal from Tennessee.
After willing to lavish Peyton Manning like a freakin god they’re reportedly not even interested in giving free agent Matt Flynn “starters money” to take the ball out of Tarvaris Jacksons hands. They apparently didn’t even attempt to try and land the defensive equivalent to Manning on the defensive side of the ball either.
Free Agency isn’t the end all but it’s what you have before the draft. Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, and Richard Sherman are excellent examples of finding gems in the later rounds that forego the need to drop $42.5 million on Pierre Garcon or $50 million on Brandon Carr.
It’s only day 3 and the draft’s a month+ away but as it stands I am certainly not enthralled about what this team has done so far except for keeping Lynch and Bryant, which I expected anyway, what about you?