Draft month begins

NFL draftFree-agency month is over. Draft month has begun.

Sure, the Seahawks are still working to address some minor holes in the roster, looking for cheap veteran linemen while bringing back some of their remaining free agents.

And, they obviously will be looking to get Russell Wilson’s contract extension done by the end of the month.

But with just four weeks left until the draft, the Hawks are in the final stretch of evaluations.

With James Carpenter and Max Unger gone, they clearly need offensive linemen. And they are looking everywhere.

In addition to cruising free agency in search of a center to compete with ascendant No. 1 Patrick Lewis, they have been checking out Pro Days of some of the draft’s top linemen.

Tom Cable was at Florida State’s Pro Day, where he checked out three prospects: Cameron Erving, Josue Matias and Tre Jackson. John Schneider previously attended Oregon’s Pro Day, where he saw two linemen who could well fit the Hawks: Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu.

The Seahawks also need a kick returner, which explains why they brought in Stanford’s Ty Montgomery for a workout this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Dorsett ran under 4.3 at Miami’s Pro Day on Wednesday. Kansas State speedster Tyler Lockett also could be in Seattle’s sights.

With Will Tukuafu returning, the Hawks have retained five of their 16 unrestricted free agents, plus three of their four restricted free agents.

They have lost seven players to other teams, including non-tendered RFA Bryan Walters, and have five unsigned UFAs, with at least two likely to return — Tarvaris Jackson and Steve Schilling. Kevin Williams also could return. Lemuel Jeanpierre and Heath Farwell seem long shots to be back.

The Seahawks might just wait until after the draft to add any other UFAs. The league moved the June 1 date up to May 12 — that’s the date when the comp pick formula ends and released players count against next year’s cap. More on that from Bob Condotta.

Luke Willson says Russell Wilson has moved the offseason workouts to Hawaii — apparently because too many people have caught on to the Hawks’ old spot in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

As for Wilson’s contract, ignore the no-duh report by @Rapsheet, who said the Hawks want a deal by training camp (no kidding) and aren’t going to guarantee the entire thing (Pete Carroll basically debunked that theory). Expect the Hawks to sign him by draft time to a deal that guarantees around $75 million.

In March, Seattle used up a little over half of its $24.4 million in cap space. The biggest hit was Cary Williams at $4.67 million.

Other than Williams and Clint Gresham (three years, $2.7 million), all of the other deals have been for one year.

Ahtyba Rubin will get $2.55 million. Jermaine Kearse’s second-round restricted tender is worth $2.36 million.

Mike Morgan got $1 million. He had been a restricted free agent, but the Hawks did not tender him; they just gave him an extra $250,000.

Demarcus Dobbs will get $825,000, including an $80,000 bonus, and count $665,000 due to the veteran minimum benefit.

Of the remaining $11.5 million, the Hawks will need close to $1 million for rookie bonus proration, $1 million for the practice squad and up to $3 million for injury replacements next season. That leaves $6.5 million for any other potential moves, including a veteran center and extensions for Wilson and Bobby Wagner.

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