kearly wrote:I could be wrong, but I think Seattle should have a tiny bit of cap room next year after trading Tjack and releasing Winslow- since those salaries combined for a little over $7 million in 2012 and that money will roll over to 2013. There is also the chance we could lose Jones or Branch in FA and replace them with draft picks. That's not ideal, but not having to pay those guys could save enough money to make a splash signing.
The most obvious cap targets are Zach Miller and Sidney Rice. Rice looks too good to let go and he's worth his 9+ million cap hit next year. Miller is going to be an $11 million cap hit so it should be interesting to see if Seattle approaches him about a restructure and risks losing him.
My guess is that Seattle stays put and "builds through the draft" yet again.
I'm just a little worried that we'll see a guy we covet on the FA market (Miller... even though he isn't to some extent working out) and we won't be able to sign him. I still think restructuring Red is likely. But you're right, Miller is first to go.
According to the Seahawks official gamebook and posted by Dan Kelly at Seagulls…
“Zach Miller saw 62 of the 75 snaps for the Seahawks' offense, and despite fans' calls to give him the football more often, he is still a mainstay of this offense. Miller saw all but one snap against Detroit, all but eight against San Francisco, all but four against New England, and you get the picture. He may not catch many passes, or as many passes as we'd all like to see, but he's an absolutely integral part of this team's offense and scheme.”
If the Seahawks believe Millers contract is too large to live with they’ll have to find a well rounded replacement for him before cutting him loose.
“Anthony McCoy continues to be a steady presence for the offense, seeing 30 of the 75 offensive snaps. Evan Moore's snaps have tapered off over the weeks and he's now only seeing the field a few times a game.”
Unless they feel McCoy can be that replacement and Moore slip into the second TE spot (and I not sure either is realistic), then Zach is most likely safe despite his cap number.