2020 free agency chatter

The Seahawks reportedly are signing Greg Olsen to a one-year deal worth $7 million, including $5.5 million guaranteed.

That’s a very nice deal for Olsen, who gives Russell Wilson a tight end he already likes and has seen firsthand many times over the years. Olsen will provide some insurance against the health of Will Dissly, who is coming off his second major injury in his two NFL seasons

Olsen, who turns 35 in March, has battled injuries in recent seasons, but he caught 52 passes last season for a Carolina team that played without Cam Newton most of the way.

The signing of Olsen should end any thought of Seattle pursuing Atlanta’s Austin Hooper, but the Hawks surely will tender Jacob Hollister. Ed Dickson and Luke Willson are not expected back.

The Seahawks reportedly were one of three teams negotiating with Olsen, who also is considering Washington and Buffalo.

After being cut by Carolina, Olsen had teased the idea of playing with Wilson, saying, “Olsen can still play,” and Wilson agreed with a picture of them together at the Super Bowl in Miami.

As expected, Washington released Paul Richardson, who continued his injury-prone ways in two overpaid seasons with the Redskins. He is among the players who could find their ways back to Seattle on cheap contracts. Washington also cut cornerback Josh Norman, which will prompt calls for Seattle to sign him. He figures to get another nice deal from some team, not Seattle.

Wilson wants Schneider to be aggressive in improving the team. He mentioned keeping Jadeveon Clowney and adding some more impact players on defense and perhaps offense (Olsen is an effort to do that).

“I think we need a couple more (players),” Wilson told ESPN during Pro Bowl week in Orlando. “Jadeveon is a big-time guy that we would love to get back on our football team. He was so good in the locker room. He brought so many just havoc plays to the field. Hopefully, we can get a few other players there on the defense. … We have a great offense, but I think we can always add more pieces.

“Free agency is very, very key to getting those superstars on your team and try to get great players that can fill the space.”

The Hawks probably will have to replace Jarran Reed. He said even $10 million would be “disrespectfully low.” Seattle likely would not want to go higher than $8 million, which means Schneider and his personnel guys will be scouting defensive tackles (rookie and veteran) over the next two months.

Several good 3-4 nose tackles could be on the market, and the Hawks would be smart to go after someone such as Baltimore’s Michael Pierce — a 340-pound run plugger who shouldn’t cost any more than $5 million a year. He’d be worth that to Seattle.

Carroll, Wilson and Shaquill Griffin had a chance to do some unofficial recruiting at the Pro Bowl. Carroll brought his basketball competition to the NFC meeting room. Among the possible targets from that game were Hooper and Minnesota DE Everson Griffen, who left USC for the NFL with Carroll in 2010.

Carroll technically cannot recruit players, but he certainly showed them Seattle’s good-time culture, and Wilson and Griffin could do all the recruiting they wanted.

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