Seahawks Notes 2/16: Our Free Agents

16 Feb

The Seahawks have 16 unrestricted free agents, 3 restricted free agents, and 2 exclusive-rights free agents. I have tiered all of our free agents in levels of importance. These are strictly my opinions regarding our free agents.

TIER ONE:

Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode is only 25-years-old. His best years are ahead of him after running for over 1,100 yards last season, we need to be able to retain a hard-nosed runner like him. Never before have I seen a running back run harder than Marshawn. He will never fall down on his own (*cough* Shaun Alexander *cough*). I expect a contract to be in the neighborhood of 4-5 years worth between $40-$45 million. I believe that Marshawn may be the lead candidate for this years franchise tag, which will give him a one year tender worth about $8 million.

Red Bryant: Red has emerged as a vocal leader on defense and one of the better run stuffers in the league. Losing Red would be a huge blow to our run defense and an even bigger blow to our locker room. Red is another candidate for the franchise tag.

David Hawthorne: Losing Hawthorne would be a big blow to our linebacker corps, mostly due to his leadership and mentoring ability. I think it is safe to say Hawthorne played a big role in the emergence of K.J. Wright last season and losing him would also be a big blow to our entire defense.

Michael Robinson: RealMikeRob made his first Pro Bowl in 2011 and he has become one of the better fullbacks in the league. There are not many options that could be considered an upgrade at fullback should we not re-sign Robinson.

TIER TWO:

Leroy Hill: If we could sign Hill to another one-year contract I believe he will he a great keep in order to sustain continuity to our linebackers, especially if Hawthorne leaves in free agency.

Roy Lewis (RFA): Roy is one of my favorite Seahawks. We consistently talk whether during training camp practices or before games. He is a captain and an important player in the secondary. He is a play-maker when he steps on the field and is a great mentor to young guys like Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman.

Anthony Hargrove: Although he was not a starter, Hargrove played well last season. He has a great motor and would be a great player to keep to bolster the defensive line.

TIER THREE:

John Carlson, Justin Forsett, Paul McQuistan, Matt McCoy, Steven Hauschka (RFA).

TIER FOUR:

Atari Bigby, Raheem Brock, Mike Gibson (RFA), Kennard Cox (E-R FA), Clinton McDonald (E-R FA).

TIER FIVE:

Charlie Whitehurst, Jimmy Wilkerson, Heath Farwell, David Vobora.

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