Attyla the Hawk wrote:Salary cap relief. That means one or more of the following:
DE (Clemons 9.6m/Bryant 8m)
DT (Mebane 5.5m)
WR (Rice 9m/Tate 5m?)
TE (Miller 7m)
OL (McQuistan 3m/Giacomini 4m)
Bold = little to no dead money cost
None of the needs listed above are worth more than not being able to resign Sherman or Thomas. Some of these can be renegotiated or cut and resigned later for less. But likely not all of them. Some of these salaries absolutely much go next year.
Figure 3 of these if you believe Bennett needs to be resigned. He'll command 6m+, up from 4.8m this year.
I'd say WR is highly likely to be reworked. For 2 specific reasons. One, the quality at the position is very very strong, and should have several outside WR options available to replace Rice. Two, the WR production is modest. Partially by design. Rice's contract is enormous and is not even enough to just extend Sherman on it's own.
Some of these moves will happen before the draft. For example, Bryant has a 3m roster bonus for the 2014 season. Meaning he'll earn it the 2nd day of the league year which will be early March. For Seattle to rid itself of this unrecoverable expense, they'll have to cut him by that time. If Seattle harbors hopes of resigning Tate, they'll have to make this room early -- maybe even day 1. At any rate, we will know well ahead of draft time if that vacancy remains since he'll be gone early and we'll have had to sign a replacement well ahead of the draft if that was going to be the case.
Additionally, McQuistan and Giacomini are UFAs in 2014. So technically, they are already not on the roster next year. If they aren't resigned, there are 2 open positions on the OL that will need filling regardless if Bowie/Bailey are elevated.
UFAs that will merit consideration to resign:
Also consider, that Baldwin will be an RFA. I don't see any way we have Clemons or Bryant on this payroll, as those two alone would allow us to resign all 4 of those UFAs and extend Thomas too. Rice and someone else will be required for Sherman. I expect Avril is the Clemons replacement for 2014 and his cap value is already factored in as he's on the club and his guaranteed value prohibits cutting him.
I'd say WR and OL is likely as there could be more than one vacancy for each of those units. Some of those vacancies may be filled by 1 year show me contracts -- not unlike Bennett this year.
cover-2 wrote:Clemons is a must keep for me, he is a better pass rusher than Avril. I just don't see Avril's initial burst that he had with the Lions. Avril is on my cut list at the end of the year, he is due to make $9+ million next year.
sutz wrote:The Seahawks need to wait until the season is over before making snap judgements on needs based on one (or even 4) games.
SeatownJay wrote:Offensive line and linebackers. Those are the biggest needs.
Jazzhawk wrote:OL, TE, DE, Backup SS (I'm not sold on Jeron Johnson at all.)
Attyla the Hawk wrote:Avril's contract is close to fully guaranteed. He has a 2.5m dead money hit due to his signing bonus. And 5m of his 7m base for 2014 becomes guaranteed the day after the SB. So cutting him would be a 7.5m dead money hit. Whereas Clemons has a 2m dead money hit on his 9m contract.
theENGLISHseahawk wrote:You can't go back and get Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson. Move on. Besides, apart from Jones and Hutch, how much better exactly is Sean Locklear, Robbie Tobeck and Chris Gray compared to the current group? Or more specifically, how good would they have looked if Jones and Hutch got injured at the same time (see: Okung/Unger).
What's more the NFL has changed with offensive tackles getting WAY over drafted. Three in the top four picks last year. Eric Fisher goes first overall because he's pretty athletic for the position. Lane Johnson goes 4th overall because he looked athletic at the combine.
If you're expecting a great right tackle to be waiting for Seattle in the late first round, you're in for a shock. It's still early but the 2014 draft is looking like a shocker.
Personally, I'm happy to give the young guys we already have a chance to shine. Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey are on the roster for a reason and it isn't just temporary depth.
kearly wrote:I know Christine Michael has barely played, but I think he's the perfect example of what a playoff team should do come draft time. Just get a guy you think can be a star, and worry about the how and when later. Because if you really think you can fix problems with a late 20s pick, I'd tell you to look at the history of the draft. It's not pretty. IIRC, the best late 1st pick Seattle's ever made was Pete Kendall back in the 90s. And he was picked 21st, which isn't even that late. Kendall was pretty much a decent NFL player, nothing special. Guys like Lo-Jack and Jennings, TR caught hell for those picks. Now people bitch about Carpenter. But picks like those are pretty standard for that kind of draft slot.
Oh, and one of the OL Seattle wanted over Carpenter but didn't reach us? He's already out of the NFL.
If Seattle deals the #1 again for a veteran that can really help us, I'm all for it. Late 1sts might be the most overvalued currency in the NFL, but you can use that to your advantage if you trade the pick.
cover-2 wrote:Who are your 5 most intriguing prospects for the Seahawks in the late 1st round? Or if you want to address that question or write an article about that topic on your blog, then just provide a link.
cover-2 wrote:Who are your 5 most intriguing prospects for the Seahawks in the late 1st round?
theENGLISHseahawk wrote:cover-2 wrote:Who are your 5 most intriguing prospects for the Seahawks in the late 1st round? Or if you want to address that question or write an article about that topic on your blog, then just provide a link.
It's still a little early for me to project late first round grades, but I'll list some of the guys I like.
Dominique Easley was right up there until his second ACL injury. Apart from that James Hurst (T, UNC), Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson), Brandon Coleman (WR, Rutgers -- purely for upside and potential), Odell Beckham (WR, LSU), Chris Whaley (DT, Texas), Ed Reynolds (S, Stanford), Seah Crichton (DE, Oregon State), Jonotthan Harrison (C, Florida). I want to see a bit more of Cameron Erving (T, Florida State).
Attyla the Hawk wrote:1. Ed Reynolds S
Pete tinkered with a 3 safety lineup. I have to think we are going to add some Earl insurance at some point. He is one of two players on the team we cannot lose.
2. ASJ TE
He is as close to Zach Miller is in the draft. Enough with the Evan Moore/joker washouts. Get a guy that can actually play and not just run fast in shorts.
3. Allen Robinson WR
He is a player who runs very similar to Harvin in the respect that he looks like a running back with the ball in his hands. He's similarly built athletically but has greater size and physicality. Very good ball skills. A solid prospect to succeed Rice.
4. Brandon Coleman WR
Size yeah. Bad ball skills and I think that actually matters to us.
5. DaQuan Jones DT
Good size. Great athleticism this year. Will need to answer motivation questions as he was an underwhelming player before his senior year. Could also substitute McCullers here. World Theory guy who if he improves, gives a massive presence in the middle. Clearly a successor for Mebane.