After licking my wounds somewhat, I'm moving in to full on Offseason Mode. So, I've just started parusing through the potential Free Agent lists (seeing who might hit the market). I think that most of us can agree that Defensive End/Line is our #1 Offseason Priority -- and interestingly enough, it looks like there is a shot that we could actually address that through Free Agency. Here are a list of intriguing names that I've found so far that could hit the market ...
DE Michael Johnson (Bengals) (would be my dream addition, though I know from past experience that the Bengals owner has a long history of not letting guys go. He had 11.5 Sacks this season and at 25 years old, could be just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. Given the Seahawks position on where they're going to be drafting, he just might be worth signing even if he has the Franchise Tag on him though.)
DE Paul Kruger (Ravens) (He had 8 sacks this season. Honestly, he could potentially pop free as Ravens QB Joe Flacco is a FA and will be their #1 offseason priority.)
DE Michael Bennett (Buccaneers) (I think the Bucs will try to retain him, but here again is another high motor huge upside guy who generates a lot of pressure. Again, given the Seahawks position where they're going to be drafting, he just might be worth signing even if he has the Franchise Tag on him.)
DE Cliff Avril (Lions) (Avril is another guy who really intrigues me. He finished with 9.5 Sacks on the season and has been very productive over the past 3 years. Definitely worth a look see if he becomes available)
other names of interest as far as Interior Linemen who might be available ...
DT/DE Henry Melton (Bears) (one of the top Defensive Linemen in the game. He's a very disruptive force on the line. He probably gets the Franchise Tag, but we'll see what happens)
DT/DE Randy Starks (Dolphins) (on this roster, he'd be a Jason Jones type. Still, that wouldn't be all that bad of an addition.)
Just a few names there whom I found interesting.
Any free agents you guys find personally attractive targets (WR's, DE's, LB's, CB's, etc.)