Most people have become savvy to the comp pick game by now, especially knowing John Schneider likes to play it as much as any NFL GM. With every move comes a bevy of questions from fans about how it affects the comp formula. So we’ve put together a real-time tracker, using the excellent tool created by Nick Korte at OverTheCap.com. Here are the rules guiding comp picks.
Current comp count: None (plus-3)
TE Jimmy Graham ($10m APY)
WR Paul Richardson ($8m)
DT Sheldon Richardson ($8m)
TE Luke Willson ($2.5m)
OT Matt Tobin ($790k)
LB Terence Garvin ($720k)
TE Ed Dickson ($3.6m)
LB Barkevious Mingo ($3.4m)
WR Jaron Brown ($2.75m)
DT Tom Johnson ($2.1m)
DT Shamar Stephen ($2.1m)
OG D.J. Fluker ($1.37m)
CB Dontae Johnson ($1.3m)
The signing deadline has come and gone (May 8), and the Seahawks surprisingly ended up at plus-3 (pending any cuts through Week 10 of the season). Tobin and Garvin won’t count as losses because they signed for the minimum.
At this point, it looks like the only way the Seahawks will get any comp picks in 2019 is if some of their additions do not pan out. Multi-year deals indicate they expect Dickson, Mingo and Brown to be on the team. The others got one-year deals, and it’s hard to see more than two not making it.
The Hawks re-signed Byron Maxwell and drafted Tre Flowers, which means Dontae Johnson has more competition for a roster spot. But the three other one-year UFAs look like keepers: Johnson is Seattle’s main pass-rushing tackle; Fluker is the expected starting right guard; Stephen is one of three run-stopping tackles (although he could be bumped by someone like Poona Ford).
Schneider said the priority is fielding a playoff team. “We talk about being a championship-caliber football team every year and not being one of those teams that takes those huge dips, so we want to be able to be competing every single year and we’re doing that at every avenue we possibly can,” Schneider said. “It just so happens that these (added) guys happen to be unrestricted free agents. We’ve been involved with other guys that were cut and don’t count towards compensatory picks, but we’re not just going to pass on guys and sit on our hands. We want our fans knowing that we’re busting our tail at every avenue.”
Another factor might have been Seattle’s terrible Day 3 draft performance since 2013. Schneider obviously decided Dickson, Mingo and Brown are worth more than 2019 fourth-round picks.
With so many players signed for only 2018, the Seahawks will be in position to play the comp game again next year. Among their top scheduled UFAs: Earl Thomas, Frank Clark, K.J. Wright, Duane Brown, Tyler Lockett, Justin Coleman, Dion Jordan, Johnson, Stephen, Fluker. Some of those guys could be extended, but the rest will factor in next year’s COMPetition.