Sep 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (85) carries the ball and stiff arms Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Leroy Hill (56) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Have Very Few Free Agents

It tough to turn the page and enter “offseason mode” after a year like this, but I’m slowly working on getting there. Don’t worry, we’ll get up to speed to shortly. In the meantime, lets start by looking at those players who are currently not under contract for next season. The list is surprisingly short:

Alan Branch

Jason Jones

Marcus Trufant

Deon Butler

Patrick Chukwurah

Clint Gresham

Steven Hauschka

Leroy Hill

Ryan Longwell

Chris Maragos

Clinton McDonald

Cameron Morrah

Frank Omiyale

I could see the Seahawks letting every single player on that list walk. None aren’t replaceable. It wont happen though, expect many to be re-signed to come back and compete for a roster spot in camp. Remember that rosters expand from 53 back to 90 when the 2013 league year officially starts, so there’s no reason to let someone leave if they are willing to sign for the minimum.

With that in mind, I expect LeRoy Hill to be brought back even though he’s lost playing time to younger players in each of the last 2 seasons. He’s a vet presence, and provides depth in case the draft doesn’t fall in a way where finding a replacement happens easily.

The same is true Alan Branch. He’ll cost more than the minimum to bring back, but as long as the number is under $2 mil having him there means the D-line wont be any worse than it was in 2012, and he does provide depth at 3 of the line spots.

Jason Jones is an interesting name. The team was decidedly better when him on the field. The problem is that he played in just 11 of 18 games this year. While he was a difference maker, it’s tough to pay a guy what it will cost to retain him if you can’t count on him to play more than 60% of the games.

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  • All Coug’d Up

    I like Branch, Tru, Jones, McDonald, Hauschka and Hill to be retained from that list. Maybe Omiyale as well. Not sure Hill and Omiyale aren’t eventually expendable, but it’s worth it to bring them back. Trufant is fading in the speed department with Lane poised to take over, but I hope he comes back, he’s a Hawk fan favorite, not to mention a personal fav from Wazzu.

  • Hawk_Eye

    Trufant and Hill needs to go. Teams were picking on both of them all year. They were the weak links on defense.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      They likely will be gone, but if either of them wants to sign a minimum deal and come in to camp to be beat out by younger players I doubt the team will say no. At worst, they’d be insurance in case the team has a ton of injuries in camp.

  • Hanley H. Bonynge

    One of the kickers will clearly be gone, likely Longwell. I say let HIll go. He is a liability. Can’t forgive him for the Miami game on top of a list of other games and plays. Hopefully we get a TE in the draft and Morrah or McCoy can go. Trufant has experience but he gets beat so often that him being a liability might actually outweigh how cheap he is. Gresham is the long-snapper. Don’t expect him to demand much or be an issue. Chuckwurah was a late season roster-plug. He’ll probably be gone.

  • Jake Johnson

    Seriously…. if you don’t take the time to read your own article before you post it what makes you think we will. I wouldn’t let me elementary school kid turn this kind of crap in…