Dozens of unsigned NFL players still remain on the market. Here are 5 free agents the Seahawks could still sign.
Things have been pretty quiet on the NFL free agency front lately, especially here in Seattle. But with today’s news that our old friend Chris Clemons has agreed to return for a second tour with the Seahawks, we’re reminded that there are still some quality veteran finds out there. In fact there are dozens of veteran players still waiting at home without a contract, and many of them will ultimately end up making a positive impact for some lucky team.
So what’s the holdup? There are a few factors at play here:
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- Some of these players are simply reeling from the reality that their value on the open market wasn’t what they had hoped. They may be reassessing their priorities, or just stepping away from the business side of football for a bit to sort things out.
- Most teams have filled their glaring needs and used up most of their available salary cap space. And with the draft now just weeks away, league GM’s may be waiting to see how that plays out. Any team who fails to fill a void through the draft may go back to the pool of available free agents for another look.
- May 12. This date is important, and it may be one the Seahawks are waiting for before adding any more veterans to their roster. After May 12, a team can sign any remaining free agent without having them count against the formula used to determine compensatory draft picks. The Seahawks stand to pick up a few more of these in 2017 due to the defections of players like Russell Okung, J.R. Sweezy and Bruce Irvin. GM John Schneider considers these picks to be very valuable, and next year the league is allowing teams to trade them for the first time.
Considering all that, let’s take a look at 5 free agents the Seahawks could still sign:
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