The Seahawks are entering a very difficult off-season. There will be many difficult decisions to be had. The team has almost no cap space, a total of around $1 million in “true” cap space. They have the 6th most free agents slated to hit the market. Meanwhile, they have almost no draft capital to help replenish the roster with inexpensive labor.
Something is going to have to give.
The Seahawks options
First, you can restructure or extend a player. Think of a restructure like borrowing against a credit card. The money that is being saved is still there, just due at a later date. This is a dangerous game to play with. The easiest way of explaining the risks, it saves money today by mortgaging the future. Just look at the Eagles cap situation.
Second, you can cut players. This is a common talking point. However, it is hard for me to flat out say cut a player because it more or less means the team doesn’t gain any value in return. Outside of the cap savings of course. This would only solve some of the money problems. It does nothing to help with the lack of draft capital or replenishing of talent.
Finally, you can trade a player. This is where I am going to stay for the rest of the article. By trading a player, you get out of a contract (resulting in savings), while gaining some sort of asset in return. For the Seahawks and their cap situation, the asset sought after is likely to be draft picks.
This is the second article in this series. If you haven’t read the first one, click here. The article goes over what a Tyler Lockett trade could look like.