Dec 16, 2012; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones (90) on the bench against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at the Rogers Centre. Seahawks beat the Bills 50-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

5 Seattle Seahawks Predictions For Free Agency

Predictions are always fun. Especially when a well known site editor make them and they end up being wrong. That’s always fun, because then everyone gets to throw them back into my face later. Ahhh… good times…

I did this almost exactly a year ago, and in spite of my very obvious lack of clairvoyance, I did pretty well. I thought it would be fun to try again and, most likely, prove that last year’s success had more to do with luck than any skill on my part.

1) The Seahawks will avoid all of the big names in this year’s free agent market. 

Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Henry Melton, Wes Welker, etc. Forget about it. The Seahawks simply don’t have the cap space to spend big this offseason. While many fans will be clamoring for the Seahawks to “make a splash,” I simply don’t believe that they will.

2) Instead, the Seahawks will fill at least 2 holes with 2nd or 3rd tier free agents with short term deals.

These are guys that don’t “move the needle” in terms of fan excitement, but still bring something to the table on Sundays. These are like the deals for Alan Branch 2 years ago, and Jason Jones last year, that have more of an impact that most casual fans expect them to on the day they sign.

3) Speaking of Branch and Jones, both will be with other teams next season.

This is the closest thing you’ll get from a “bold prediction” from me. I think both would like to return, and I’ve been told that the Seahawks are especially interested in bringing back Jones. The problem is finances. I just believe that another team with more cap space is going to be willing to offer these guys more than the Seahawks will be willing to offer them. I don’t think it’ll matter though, as I expect the team to draft DT very high in April’s draft.

4) Kam Chancellor will get a contract extension before the start of training camp. 

Chancellor is entering his “contract year,” and I don’t expect the Seahawks to take any chances with possibly losing their starting strong safety next offseason. Just like they did with Max Unger a year ago, look for the Seahawks to lock up Chancellor with a cap-friendly contract extension just before players report to camp this fall.

5) At least 1 starter from 2012 who is still under contract will be cut before the start of training camp. 

This is one of those things that seems to be true for every team every season. Last year it was Mike Williams and Marcus Trufant (though he was later re-signed). There aren’t as many options this year since most of the starters are still on their rookie deals, but I still think it happens. Not that I have any idea who it might be at this point…

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  • kikiri

    only starter I can see getting cut is breno and not sure what your talking about but seattle is well under the cap what are you smoking? if seattle wanted THEY COULD make a splash but thats not how JS and PC are so no they wont I am just saying they could if they wanted

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Seahawks cap space is overstated. They have 15 mil right now. Need about 3.5 to sign their rookie, and will use another 3-4 to re-sign Chancellor. That puts them at 7 to 8 million before they sign a single free agent or re-sign any other players. Once they sign a kicker, it’ll be even less. There isn’t room to make a “splash” unless they release one of their high priced players.

  • Hawkman54

    Breno is really not the Main issue on the line . It is the guard play. On both sides but mostly ORG. Unless Sweezy gets remarkably better and /or Moffitt gets much stronger they Really need help there. I would like to see them bring in at least one DE Free agent. One of the vets like Freeney would be nice. He isn’t done yet and could really help this team. Then Draft a couple of DT’s cause that is needed as well. As far as Kam goes , with his pass D liability issues I sure hope they don’t spend to big on him, he is a liability in pass coverage!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I just don’t agree about the guards. Carpenter was shur down early specifically so he’s be able to participate in the full offseason program and be ready for next year. Sweazy never should have played last season, but his experience will only make him better this next year once he’s has an offseason to continue learning how to play on the offensive side of the ball. McQuistan and Moffitt are both capable, especially once Moffit’s knee finally fully heals.

  • Hawk_Eye

    #5) Leroy Hill is the one starter we all know will be cut.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      he is a free agent. He can’t be cut.

  • Beamsville

    The Plan B and C free agents are exactly what the Seahawks need. Seattle will need to keep room to re-sign key young players over the next 2-3 years. So players like Ben Watson and Brandon Gibson are the type of player I think you will see signed this coming off season.

    Perhaps the only big name players may be old veterens, like a Dwight Freeney, willing to take 1-2 year deal with lots of incentives. However, with some teams having massive cap room; I doubt Seattle will be able to compete.
    To get to the next level; players already under contract will have to improve. Based on the progression of this roster; its not unrealistic expectation.

  • Taylor Chapman

    Chris Clemons will be cut, its sad to say but he tore his acl in the playoffs. Thats hard for anyone to bounce back quick and a guy his size will not play one game next season, we should just cut him loose and get the extra 7 million in capspace.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      This is a sad possibility. It’s actually on my list of articles to write after the Combine. What I’m trying to get first is information from the league in terms of if he would have to be given an injury settlement to be cut. I think as long as it’s after the new league year starts they wont have to, but I still want that clarified.

  • this guy is an idiot

    The seahawks have over 18 million in space, one of the highest numbers in the league