The Seattle Seahawks 2019 season came to a somewhat appropriate end last weekend. And while many are looking to place blame, they should have legitimate reasons to be excited for 2020.
Personally, I cannot understand the angry Seahawks fan who is ready to throw out the greatest head coach in Seattle pro sports history. Pete Carroll is far from perfect, but he is pretty darned good at his job.
But that is a different matter for a different day. Instead, I want to focus on the future and why Seahawks fans should be jacked for the 2020 season. Some are obvious, some are speculative, but all are legitimate reasons for excitement going forward. Let’s kick off our list with #5.
5. Seahawks Cap Situation
It probably comes as no surprise to a team with the best GM in the game, but the Seahawks are actually in a great position to attack free agency this winter. According to Overthecap.com, the Seahawks enter this off-season with $63 million in cap space this spring.
This, of course, with Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett, Duane Brown, Bradley McDougald, Shaquill Griffin, and Quandre Diggs already under contract. Seattle has some free agents to re-sign, namely Jadeveon Clowney, but should still hover around $40 million of cap space entering free agency.
The Seahawks will not be limited in free agency this winter, which sets up nicely to fix their biggest need: pass rush. This isn’t a particularly strong edge rusher draft class, so the nice group of veteran pass rushers available this winter comes at an opportune time.
Schneider should be able to add some serious firepower this off-season, and aside from Clowney, they don’t have any major contracts they have to hand out.