2018 free agency chatter

The Seahawks reportedly signed Brandon Marshall to a one-year deal worth up to $2 million. It’s a flier on a once-troubled player who has starred at times but also is now 34 years old.

In 2010, Pete Carroll’s first year, Marshall visited VMAC as Denver shopped the troublesome receiver. Miami ended up exchanging two second-round picks for him. Marshall has played for three other teams since then. He played in just five games last season with the Giants, who cut him in April after he failed a physical (ankle). He last made the Pro Bowl three years ago with the Jets, catching 109 balls for 1,502 yards and 14 TDs.

Carroll has made a habit of checking out mercurial receivers. He actually had three in camp in 2012; Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant did not make the team, and Braylon Edwards was cut after 10 games. In 2013, Seattle traded for Percy Harvin — and we all know how that turned out. Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011, and he seems to have learned how to function better over the past decade — even becoming  a part-time media personality.

The 6-foot-4 vet fits Seattle’s constant pursuit of tall receivers, and he will compete against 2017 third-rounder Amara Darboh and a bunch of other unproven receivers for the No. 3 spot behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.

After drafting QB Alex McGough, the Seahawks are probably out on Colin Kaepernick. They postponed a visit by Kaepernick, with conflicting reports saying the Seahawks wanted him to end his anthem kneeling or just wanted him to give them his plan for protesting social injustice.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider gave depositions May 9-10 in Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL and apparently are no longer interested.

The Seahawks are eliminating distractions this year as they try to right their roster and compete for a title again. Moving on from Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett was a clear sign they want their players to follow Pete Carroll’s cardinal rules: Protect the team and don’t complain.

Now that the draft and comp formula deadline have passed, we’re starting to see lists of the best free agents available and teams they might fit.

One list included the Seahawks as fits for Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Zane Beadles and Brian Cushing. Another listed Robert Ayers.

Bryant doesn’t fit the attitude profile — humility — the Hawks are focused on this offseason. Murray and Cushing already visited the Hawks, who instead went with younger players at running back and linebacker. As for Beadles, the Hawks have struck out with veteran linemen recently, so they probably will stick with what they have for now. The Seahawks have a pretty good stable of edge rushers, including some young guys they want to see, so Ayers doesn’t seem to be a fit either.

The Seahawks’ remaining free agents: OG Luke Joeckel, LB Michael Wilhoite, OG Oday Aboushi, RB Eddie Lacy, K Blair Walsh.

You can always tell the undrafted rookies the Seahawks think have the best chance to make it by the signing bonuses they give them. The top guys this year:
LB Jake Pugh $15,000, FB Khalid Hill and DT Eddy Wilson $12,000, DT Poona Ford 8,000.

The Seahawks reportedly talked with Dallas during the draft, offering Earl Thomas for a second-round pick. Dallas declined but reportedly came back in the third round to offer that pick — the Hawks did not reply to the offer. The Seahawks are not talking extension with Thomas, who wants to be the highest-paid safety ($14 million APY). It is still possible that Seattle trades Thomas, with the price now apparently a 2019 second-rounder. But Pete Carroll has said Thomas will be on the team. “You may have looked at it like he wasn’t going to be here, but we didn’t look at it like that,” Carroll said. “We’ve been counting on Earl being here the whole time.”


When the Seahawks signed Dontae Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million on April 11, it appeared they were out on Byron Maxwell. But the original LOBer re-signed May 1 and quickly became the front-runner for the starting job opposite Shaquill Griffin. Johnson (6-2, 200) started 16 games for the 49ers last season, but the low salary indicates he is simply fighting for a roster spot. The Seahawks are in decent shape at corner now, having re-signed Maxwell, signed Johnson and RFA-tendered Justin Coleman. Neiko Thorpe and DeAndre Elliott also return.

As the Seahawks were set to start offseason workouts, they re-signed Austin Davis, last year’s backup QB. It was an expected move, since he has played for Brian Schottenheimer and can help Russell Wilson learn the offense. The Seahawks also drafted McGough, who made a good first impression and has some thinking he could knock out Davis as the No. 2. Stephen Morris also is on the roster.

The Seahawks need a new kicker to replace mistake-prone Blair Walsh, so they added 40-year-old Raiders castoff Sebastian Janikowski on April 13. He figures to battle Jason Myers, who was signed in January. “I’ve been (to CenturyLink Field). I’ve played in preseason games. I’ve played in regular season games,” Janikowski told 710 ESPN . “I think it’s awesome. It’s nice turf. I think it’s a good place to kick. Don’t forget: I was in Oakland kicking in the dirt for 18 years, so …”

The Seahawks basically made a one-for-two trade of defensive linemen with the Vikings. After Sheldon Richardson signed with Minnesota, the Seahawks added defensive tackles Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen — both signing one-year deals worth $2.1 million. The 33-year-old Johnson fills the need, short term, for an interior pass rusher. Stephen started 16 games for the Vikings in 2016 but returned to a reserve role last year as Johnson started every game instead. The Seahawks also had brought in for visits Bennie Logan, Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine (signed with Oakland).

The Seahawks also brought back Marcus Smith, further fortifying their pass rush. He had 2.5 sacks while playing in 23 percent of the snaps in 2017. His deal is for one year and $1.425 million. The Eagles’ 2014 first-round pick figures to play a bit more, probably in a pass-rush rotation with Frank Clark, Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo.

After taking visits to the Lions and Rams, Mike Davis decided to return to Seattle, where he should end up in the mix behind Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson. The Hawks also have C.J. Prosise and the versatile J.D. McKissic. The Hawks brought back Davis for one year and $1.35 million after eschewing an RFA tender and checking out veterans Jonathan Stewart and DeMarco Murray.

The Hawks added the veteran guard they needed. D.J. Fluker, a 340-pound road-grading guard who played for new line coach Mike Solari last year in New York. He figures to start at right guard. So Seattle’s line could look like this (left to right): Duane Brown, Ethan Pocic, Justin Britt, Fluker, Germain Ifedi. The Seahawks basically swapped one 2013 first-round guard for another, with Luke Joeckel not returning.

The Seahawks signed tight end Ed Dickson, 30, to a three-year deal worth $14 million — which is more than double his previous contract value with Carolina. Dickson caught 57 passes in that last three-year deal — he’s more of a blocking tight end with some catch-passing ability. Maybe Seattle was swayed by his career-best 14.6 YPC last season and thinks he can be the two-way tight end they want. The Hawks apparently chose Dickson over Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Jaguars. Dickson’s deal pays him $3.6 million this year, and his cap hit is $1.87 million.

Receiver Jaron Brown signed a two-year deal for $5.5 million, with up to $1.5 million in incentives available. He got a $1.95 million signing bonus and will count about $1.78 million this year.

The Seahawks’ top outside priority was LB Barkevious Mingo, the sixth pick in the 2013 draft. He got a two-year, $6.8 million deal that pays him $3.2 million this year. He will play a Bruce Irvin role, starting at strongside linebacker and rushing the QB. He has just nine career sacks, but he had five as a rookie and Seattle seemingly has a plan for him.

The Seahawks re-signed Bradley McDougald for three years and $13.5 million. He was their No. 1 free agent, based on need and value, so this was a good move. He will count about $3.33 million in 2018.

The Seahawks tendered Justin Coleman at the second-round level, for $2.9 million. That secures the excellent (and desperately needed, at this point) nickel corner. Dion Jordan got the $1.9 million tender. As expected, the team did not tender RFAs Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls or Dewey McDonald.


The Seahawks lost LB Terence Garvin to Miami.

Luke Willson said goodbye Tuesday night, and it turns out he signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Detroit — his stated team of preference. The Hawks are moving on from their top two tight ends of the past three years. Jimmy Graham signed with Green Bay quickly, but Willson had been taking a tour, visiting Carolina, Jacksonville and Detroit. Willson, a fifth-round pick, was the best player in Seattle’s terrible 2013 draft class (most of those guys have been gone for at least two years), although the Hawks have added several first-round busts from that poor NFL draft over the past two years.

As long expected, the Seahawks lost Sheldon Richardson, who has a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s worth up to $11 million, with a base value of $8 million. He reportedly was seeking upwards of $15 million APY but obviously couldn’t find a team to pay that in a multi-year deal, so he settled for a one-year, market-reset contract. Richardson had a simple reason for signing with the Vikings: “They gave me a better offer than Seattle did.” The Seahawks reportedly offered $6.5 million APY. If true, they didn’t value him very highly.

The Seahawks lost their gamble on DeShawn Shead, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Detroit. The Seahawks did him a huge favor by cutting him so he could test the market; he will not factor in the comp formula. Shead’s agent gave Seattle a chance to match, but John Schneider declined.

Paul Richardson was one of several receivers to get big contracts Tuesday. He will sign with Washington for five years and $40 million — an $8 million APY that is right around what was expected. Sammy Watkins agreed to a deal worth $16 million a year from the Chiefs, Allen Robinson for $14 million APY from Chicago and Albert Wilson received $8 million APY from Miami.

Graham signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Green Bay, which keeps him as the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. He bade goodbye to the Seahawks and Seattle.

It sounds like Richard Sherman ended up in San Francisco because Aqib Talib didn’t want to go there.

Here are the real terms of Sherman’s contract. If healthy, he should make $10 million in 2018. If he’s a star — and voted as such — he could make the full $13 million.

The Seahawks reportedly declined Miami’s offer of Jarvis Landry for Sherman in 2017. Landry received $15 million APY from Cleveland, so the Seahawks could have netted a 2019 third-round comp if they had pulled the trigger on that deal (and played the comp game in 2018).

Seahawks speak

Earl Thomas said he does not know if he will be a Seahawk. He told an Irish sports talk show, “Hopefully I stay. But right now nobody knows. It’s a guessing game. So we’ll see. … Whether I’m in Seattle or anywhere else, I’m going to be rich and happy regardless.” He followed that up with an open letter to Seahawks fans in which he said, “I want to be a Seahawk. I want my jersey retired in the Ring of Honor with the other greats that came before me. I love being in Seattle.”

Duane Brown said on NFL Network: “I think there are going to be some more moves made on offense to kind of balance (the roster) out.” Brown should get an extension this offseason. The top offensive linemen are making $13 million APY, with Nate Solder now leading the way at $15.5 million. Brown, 32, seems likely to get a short extension (maybe three years) for about $12 million APY.

K.J. Wright said, “This has been one of the more tough offseasons to deal with. Every year it’s not fun when guys leave, but this one hurt pretty bad with Sherman leaving. … It’s a ruthless business. It’s something that we know what we were signed up for. However, it still doesn’t make it easier knowing when your guys leave.”

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