Category Archives: Free agency

Why is anyone surprised over Schneider’s conservative offseason?

Pic -- Schneider at CombineFor some reason, some fans and analysts (and even fanalysts) are befuddled about the way the Seahawks have approached this offseason.

After Carlos Hyde was signed to a deal reportedly worth up to $4 million, the complaining really kicked in: Why have they squandered their cap space and not added any stars?

Seattle has spent $52 million on 14 veterans this offseason. None of them are standouts. None of them are the marquee pass rusher they really need. And none of them are signed for more than two years.

But, it’s no surprise. If you have watched the Seahawks for the past five years, you know this is how John Schneider does business now. He is very conservative and gets aggressive (via trades) only out of desperation.

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After a busy stretch, time for a roster Q&A

Draft -- Schneider and CarrollThe Seahawks have had a busy mid-May, and they’ve got a couple more things to do before training camp (hopefully) starts in July.

They left the draft needing a backup quarterback, a veteran running back, a run-stopping defensive tackle and — more than any of those — a top pass rusher.

In the past week or so — around Quinton Dunbar’s drama, Russell Wilson trade rumors and chatter about troubled receivers — they have brought back QB Geno Smith and added RB Carlos Hyde. That leaves the defensive line as the last area they need to address, unless Dunbar suddenly becomes unavailable due to incarceration or suspension.

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If no better offers, Clowney still open to Seattle return

Logo -- Free agencyWhile it certainly may seem like Jadeveon Clowney and the Seahawks are not destined to get back together, they both have left the door cracked open for a reunion.

In an interview with FOX26 Houston, Clowney said, “I loved Seattle when I was there this past year. … I hope we can work something out.”

But make no mistake: Clowney is patiently waiting for a better offer and Seattle seems unlikely to pay what he wants.

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Hawks must add their pass rusher by draft day

Logo -- Free agencyThe closer it gets to draft time, the closer it gets to decision time for the Seahawks about which established pass rusher they are going to add.

We already said the team needs to move on from Jadeveon Clowney if he is seeking just a one-year deal at this point, but now it seems he might be intent on waiting until the COVID-19 shutdown is lifted so he can undergo physicals in the hope of getting what he wants (at least $20 million a year).

If that is the case, it’s definitely time to move on; Seattle has to have a pass rusher before the draft begins April 23.

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Roster report: After pass rusher, what’s next?

Logo -- Free agency(UPDATED) The Seahawks are trying to resolve their biggest roster question, but they are still making other free-agent moves.

In addition to the premier pass rusher (or two), they also need a run-stuffing defensive tackle, a cornerback, a running back and a backup quarterback. (UPDATE: They acquired CB Quinton Dunbar from Washington on Monday.)

Let’s take stock of each position:

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If Clowney won’t commit, Seahawks should quickly grab Griffen

Logo -- Free agencyIf Jadeveon Clowney wants only a one-year deal, the Seahawks should sign Everson Griffen instead.

Clowney’s market might be under $15 million at this point, per 710 ESPN’s John Clayton. We all know about the pandemic hurdle to teams giving Clowney a physical, but Clayton brings up another interesting thought: There aren’t many 4-3 teams in need of pass rushers now.

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If reports are correct, Clowney should take Seattle’s offer

Logo -- Free agencyIt sounds like Jadeveon Clowney’s contract choice right now might be taking around $18 million a year in a four-season pact with the Seahawks or holding out for a big 2021 payday by playing 2020 for as little as $13 million.

If that is true, his choice should be simple: Take the Seattle deal. And become a free agent again in 2024 at age 31.

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Is Finney part of the pass-rush solution?

Logo -- Free agencyIs B.J. Finney the precursor to the Seahawks signing two stud pass rushers?

They reportedly will sign the versatile lineman, who can play center, to a two-year deal worth $8 million (and up to $9.5 million). And that could be the way they bump expensive Justin Britt, which would save them a net $5 million in cap space on the exchange so they could sign Jadeveon Clowney and another pass rusher (Everson Griffen or Devon Kennard?).

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With new CBA, salary cap space shrinks

Salary cap logoPassage of the new CBA was expected to add a few million in salary cap space, but it turns out the cap is actually a couple million less than originally thought: $198.2 million.

With minimum salaries going up $100,000 for rookies and $90,000 for veterans, and practice squad expenses going up (both roster size and salaries), the Seahawks will need to reserve an extra $4 million in cap space. Add $3.46 million in possible rookie proration from their eight draft picks and at least $3 million for injury replacements during the season, and their effective cap space for veterans is more like $35 million.

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As coronavirus empties arenas, what will the NFL do?

CoronavirusNine years ago, NFL owners and players were negotiating a new CBA — and the start of the league year was delayed four months.

Now, with another CBA extension on the line, it’s possible the league year will be postponed again — for completely unrelated reasons.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a fearful environment in the U.S. (and the world) that has not existed since the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Even then, sports events were delayed for just a week as the nation grieved and tried to process what had happened.

This is very different.

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