The Seattle Seahawks have 23 unrestricted free agents but limited cap space. Which players should Seattle try to re-sign to make 2021 better than 2020? That is a huge question for general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll and I am glad not to have to make those tough decisions.
But what if I did make those decisions? What Seahawks free agents to keep and which ones not to would, obviously, be extremely important. Seattle’s free agent decisions heading into the offseason are made even more difficult by the fact that currently Seattle has just for 2021 draft picks while also having very limited cap space to play with.
One of the big questions for most NFL teams this offseason has to do with the salary cap. According to a lot of estimates, the cap could range anywhere from $175 million to $185 million. Maybe that is just $10 million different but that could also be the difference between the Seahawks bringing back Shaquill Griffin or K.J. Wright or not.
Every NFL team goes through some kind of attrition, of course. Of Seattle’s 23 free agents many are players that didn’t see much time on the field and didn’t make much money. Depending on how Schneider and Carroll see the future of these players will have a lot to do with whether they are re-signed.
But Seattle also has important players like Griffin and Chris Carson coming off their rookie contracts which makes the contract negotiations trickier.
Here is a ranking from least to most of which free agents the Seahawks should try to re-sign this offseason.