The Seahawks have some cap space to use this offseason. With the right signings, Seattle could make a deeper playoff run in 2020.
The Seahawks have been a successful franchise over the last decade mostly because of getting some top-end talent in their various drafts. But Seattle has missed quite a bit in free agency. If you look at the top, nearly all the important pieces are home-grown: Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner and Shaquill Griffin are just four.
But the free-agent impact players on the 2019 team? Bradley McDougald was decent. Jason Myers was somewhat inconsistent as the kicker. The offensive line did OK with D.J. Fluker and Mike Iupati and Al Woods was a solid situational run-stopper on the defensive line. I guess one could count Marshawn Lynch coming back as somewhat productive as he scored 4 touchdowns in three games with the team, but he was only added out of desperation after Seattle lost Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.
Seattle has hit big in free agency since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over running the team in 2009, though. Where, for instance, would the Super Bowl teams of 2013 and 2014 have been without Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, to name two? Not nearly as good. But those signings were long ago and Seattle needs to make much better decisions this offseason than they have lately.
The Seahawks have nearly $60 million in cap space to use. Some of that needs to be spent on trying to bring back defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. That might leave $40 million, but that number could grow too if Seattle releases players like Justin Britt and Ed Dickson.
So where should Seattle spend their money (besides on Clowney) when the free agency period begins March 18th? Here are five players worth a look.