Free Agency Winding Down

The free agency “season” has slowed to crawl. There are few names still unsigned that will draw any sort of nation attention. Most of the signing that have happened in this past week didn’t even get a mention on Sports Center. A career backup changing uniforms isn’t really news.

And yet, this is where the real masters do their magic. Green Bay is notorious for sitting out the first week or 2 of free agency, and then finally getting involved in this phase of the game and manage to unearth solid players who can contribute in their system. The Seahawks have also been busy in this part of free agency over the past couple offseasons; adding guys like Alan Branch and Mike Williams.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for those of us covering the team to to get too excited over any of these signings. Alan Branch was a backup who had a difficult time getting on the field. There’s no way I could have predicted that he would end up being one of the top run stuffing DTs in the entire league.

Still, most of the players signed this late in the free agency period never matter much in the coming season. For every Mike Williams who expectedly leads his team in receiving, there’s 15 players who don’t even make the final roster of the team that signs them. Most of the players capable of making a difference for their new team are already off the market.

Dec. 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis (87) makes a catch against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker David Hawthorne (57) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

It should be noted that both Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne remain unsigned at this point. If you read this blog regularly, that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Both are wildly overrated by the Seattle fanbase. Hill was particularly bad in 2011, causing the Seahawks to rank dead last against backs on passing downs. Hawthorne was better, but he was still well below average against the pass. Both also have injury conerns. and are reluctant to play on special teams.

Hawthorne has garnered some interest on the free agent market, but not all that much. I expect him to re-sign with the Seahawks soon on very team friendly contract.

From what I can gather, no team has yet to show interest in signing Hill, not even the Seahawks. While I do expect him to go to training camp with a team somewhere, I don’t expect that it will be with Seattle.

Topics: David Hawthorne, LeRoy Hill, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks

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  • C09F

    I dont mean to sound confrontatinal, but when you make comments like David Hawthorne was “well below average against the pass”, do you do any research to back that up, or are you basing it on a few plays you saw, or from what someone else said? I ask becaue according to the highly respected Profootballfocus website, Hawthorne was ranked #15 in coverage amongst ILB, and was one of only 20 that had a “plus” rating.
     
    Please, if you dont mind, cna you backup your claim?

  • Hawkman

    Plus Hawthorne was playing HURT all year, BUT kept playing. I think it will be a BIG loss to lose him UNTIL they have someone already better to plug in.

  • JeffAmes

    I’m worried that Seattle doesn’t really have a plan and are merely scavenging whatever they can get – hence the attempt to nab Peyton Manning. It seems to me that if a team were working towards a specific future, then there would be no need to drop everything in pursuit of an aging/injured QB who may or may not be past his prime. I’m just saying …

  • ricefield

    C09F, went to Profootballfocus but couldn’t find the linebacker rating you are talking about.  Rated #15 is nothing to write home about.  It’s a middle of the road rating with 32 teams.  Hurt or not the open market shows what a player is worth.  Whatever Hawthorne thought he was worth he was wrong.  This is turning out to be a Lofa part 2 (player and team disagree on value).  I hope Hawthorne does sign a 1 year deal with the Hawks and plays his way into a multiyear contract.  If not it seems like the BC ILB will be drafted #1.  By the way before free agency I thought the Hawks were making a mistake about Hawthorne but now it looks like Pete and John know their values.

  • C09F

     @ricefield
     The stat information is under the “Premium Stats” section, which requires a paid subscription. Now, for the record, I was not implying that Hawthorne was some incredible LB, but rather that a “negative” pointing out in the article was actually a “plus” in reality. Also, My guess is there are about 8 teams that play with a 3-4 DEF formation, and the rest a 4-3. By my math that is 40 inside LBs. Hawthorne was ranked #15 in coverage, and was only slightly behind those inside the top 10. Imagine somone saying they didnt like Player A because he is injured al the time, but when you actually research it you see that he has never missed a game in his career. There are reasons to not like Hawthorne, but his coverage abilities is not a valid reason.

  • ricefield

    I misunderstood what you were saying about Hawthorne’s coverage abilities.  My mistake.  Thanks for passing on the info on the site.  All the good stuff is premium.  I’m going to be investigating Profootballfocus much more anyway to bottomfish info.  The Hawks seemed so high on Hawthorne this time last year.    I still hope Hawthorne can get a 1 year deal with the Hawks and then get a good multi year deal.  

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