Grading the Seahawks impending free agents through 11 games

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 07: Free safety Earl Thomas (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 07: Free safety Earl Thomas (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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The Seahawks are a team in transition. So how has Seattle’s impending free agents played this year and should they be re-signed?

There is a lot of discussion in Seattle about what Russell Wilson‘s next contract will look like. But the Seahawks do not have to worry about that this coming offseason. The team does, however, have some important players in the final years of their contracts.

A lot of these players are unrestricted free agents and can either be franchise-tagged or are good to sign elsewhere unless Seattle elects to pay them. Others are restricted free agents so the Seahawks could match any offers made from another team for a certain player if they wish.

Fewer players are exclusive-rights free agents which Seattle can choose to keep or let go. One player Seattle will definitely be keeping is an ERFA, but more of that in a bit.

In this list I have included the players of each type of free agent. But I mostly am grading the unrestricted players. Should Seattle choose to sign the guys who will they cost too much money. Or possibly that have simply not played well enough to want to keep them.

And just as a peek ahead to 2020, Seattle will need to make a decision whether to re-sign Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed. Thankfully Seattle has a lot of core players under contract for the next few seasons, but Wilson, Wagner and Reed will all want big money and all seem worth it. Seattle won’t be able to keep all three.

Also, I am not including Brett Hundley. He hasn’t played a down and hopefully will not. I wish him well if he does play, of course, I just hope the Seahawks are up by 50 points when he comes in.

Now for the grades for the impending free agents after 2018.