Seahawks free agency moves and news for Wednesday

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Tight end Jimmy Graham (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Tight end Jimmy Graham (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks did not fully involve themselves into day one free agent signings. However, there were Seattle players who left, some who were kept and one who was signed. These are all the Seattle moves from Wednesday.

Seattle players who left

Jimmy Graham

The Seahawks lost Graham to the Green Bay Packers. Graham signed with the Packers for three years and $30 million. $22 million of that will be owed (if Graham meets incentives, of course) in the first two seasons.

That Graham is no longer a Seahawk could be a good thing. He doesn’t really fit with what Pete Carroll wants to do: Run the ball. Graham never did and never will.

Paul Richardson

Richardson is now a member of the Washington Redskins. He signed a five-year and $40 million contract, according to reports. $20 million of that contract will be guaranteed. Seattle would have never tried to get the receiver for that amount.

And honestly, Seattle signing Richardson, their third option at wideout, for that amount would not have been smart. Could Seattle miss Richardson? Yes. Were they wiser to let him go? Yes.

DeShawn Shead

This one bothers me a bit. The Seahawks were actually pretty loyal to Shead. They stood by their word and released him and the Detroit Lions decided to sign him.

Good for Shead, though. The cornerback had one pretty good year at his position and then got hurt and missed most of 2017. He turned that promise into a contract with Detroit. Hopefully he earns his money.

Richard Sherman

Sherman, of course, signed with the San Francisco 49ers for three years and $39 million. Most of this is not guaranteed and the corner will have to earn it. We had more on this in a different article.

Players who stayed

Bradley McDougald

McDougald was wisely re-signed by Seattle for three years. There is a great chance Kam Chancellor never plays again. McDougald is absolutely no Chancellor – at Chancellor’s best anyway – but he was solid in 2017. And now he could be paired with Earl Thomas for the foreseeable future. This is actually a good thing.

Justin Coleman

Coleman was applied a second-round tender by the Seahawks. This meant no team could sign the corner to a contract without basically giving up a second round pick. Coleman, in draft capital, is not worth a second round pick to any other team. But Coleman was great in 2017 and Seattle is happy to have him return.

Dion Jordan

The Seahawks did one better with Jordan. The defensive end was applied a first-round tender. This, of course, means Seattle has extremely high hopes for Jordan. He was pretty good in limited time after returning from injury in 2017. Now with Michael Bennett being traded, Jordan will be expected to produce much more. He better.

Player signed

Barkevious Mingo

Seattle did sign linebacker Barkevious Mingo to a two-year deal on Wednesday. The former Indianapolis Colt, etc., has shown great potential but has yet to reach it. Seattle needs pass rushers and clearly hopes Mingo will become that.

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But I doubt he will. Unless Ken Norton Jr. can coach more out of him.