I think Thomas and Okung are too scheme critical to let go. Sadly, I could see Sherman, Chancellor, and especially Browner walking. I really hope I am wrong on Sherman, but Sherman will cost a fortune to keep and he plays an area where Seattle has a ton of confidence in during the draft.
Thankfully, players tend to sign slightly cheaper deals for their original teams. Pete Carroll has built a family atmosphere in that locker room. Red Bryant could have made just as much money playing for the Patriots. He stayed. That says a lot. It's going to take a lot of money to wriggle some of these players away from us.
Sadly, some of them will have to go. I agree that Seattle should extend Thomas early if there is still room in the 2013 budget. I don't really anticipate Thomas being a big money free agent. His numbers haven't been all that great and his reputation has been muted by playing in the NW. Then again, you could say the exact same thing about Red Bryant and Seattle was caught by surprise seeing how many teams were making him BIG offers. So we'll see.
Thankfully we don't have to worry about giving Wilson his $20 million per season contract until 2016.
Quite frankly I think Thomas is going to be quite a big money FA. By then, he will have plenty of notoriety with some pro bowl seasons, and one of the great reasons that are defense is so great is that so many are tweeners, and therefore their value is only maximized here, where if they were somewhere else they would be situational (Clemons). I kinda see Sherman in that category, as he is tall and doesn't have a whole lot of speed, and is probably supported by Thomas a lot. I think Thomas, on the other hand, will command a ton of money, as he will fit most teams schemes. There is a reason Thomas was a first rounder while Sherman was only a 5th rounder, and while Sherman has outperformed his 5th round status and what teams expected of him, Thomas has also done just as was expected of him for the 14th pick, and assuming other teams wanted him then, in the draft, they will definitely want him now that he is a more polished pro with a pro bowl(s) in his resume. That's why I think Thomas will have a ton of demand.
I also remember Browner saying somewhere he wanted to stay a Seahawk for his whole career, because they were the only team that gave him a chance.
Anyways, I still think we must retain Thomas and Okung, as they are the guys who are plain and simple not tweeners or castaways. They are the people who would always be in high demand, and therefore were nabbed with the highest picks we have ever had.
Most of all the rest of our guys, our just weird, but we make them fit. Russell Wilson (you know why), Chancellor, Browner, KJ, Bryant, Clemons, ect.
I am also not sure Wilson will command 20 Mil per year. If we were to pay him that much, other teams would have to be willing to pay him near that much, as I don't see Wilson as a D-bag who won't play until he gets more money. Other teams hopefully will still be wary of a QB's height by the time Wilsons deal is up, or maybe not wanting to tailor their scheme around a shorter QB. Then again, I don't doubt a team built like the Eagles are now would shell out a ton of cash for Wilson.
Hopefully we'll just keep restocking through the draft.