Ranking how likely each of the 8 players being signed by the Seahawks
While in a perfect world, Seattle could bring in the majority of these players. The salary cap will put an end to that. In other situations, Seattle has to trust the changing of the guards. At some point, the younger players have to take over. For each player, I explain why I am ranking them where I am as well as how likely I think it is the Seahawks end up signing the player.
8. Morgan Moses: Unless something changes soon, Moses is likely not headed to Seattle. He has visited several teams already and reports have come out that he is likely just making one more stop before signing. I have not heard any rumblings connecting the stud right tackle and Seattle making this unlikely.
Likelihood of signing: 5%
7. Golden Tate: The chemistry with the quarterback makes this a very hard pairing to imagine going to battle together ever again. While the signing makes sense on paper. Other issues will prove to make this unlikely.
Likelihood of signing: 10%
6. Le’Veon Bell: I think Seattle may have struck gold in UDFA with Josh Johnson and B.J. Emmons. If Seattle realizes this in OTA’s, Bell is almost assuredly going elsewhere. This has more to do with my hope in other players than it does Bell.
Likelihood of signing: 20%
5. Richard Sherman: Unless Sherman takes a discount, it’s hard to see Seattle being able to afford him. Seattle cut Sherman amongst other players to bring in a new changing of the guard. Bring new leadership and create new chemistry. Bringing back Sherman could upset this balance. Between the likely expensive contract and potential chemistry issues, it makes this hard to see coming to reality.
Likelihood of signing: 30%
4: KJ Wright: I love KJ. He deserves to be paid. He has earned every dollar he has made. This year, he has been about making the money that he and I both know he is worth. He likely won’t sign until training camp. There is bound to be an opportunity pop up when an injury occurs or a young player doesn’t look ready to play. KJ may not get the pay day he was after. However, it won’t be much of a hometown discount either.
Likelihood of signing: 45%
3: Austin Reiter: Seattle is all about competition. Reiter has been a solid pro. Adding a veteran to the center competition is a smart business move. If Reiter loses the competition, Seattle can say look we tried. If Reiter wins the competition, Seattle can go to Russell Wilson and say we are always looking to improve. It is a win-win.
Likelihood of signing: 55%
2: Geno Atkins: Atkins is the signing that makes the most sense on paper. He also makes a hell of a lot of sense in reality. Reuniting the band of Atkins and Dunlap as a dynamic 1-2 punch would be fun on game day. Offering Atkins a starting spot for a strong contender makes Seattle a very appealing option. The only way this doesn’t is if someone comes in and throws a stupid amount of money his way.
Likelihood of signing: 75%
1: Bruce Irvin: If Bruce can pass the physical, I would give this a 100% chance of coming back. He wants to finish his career the right way. Not in the hospital. However, there is still a chance he won’t be able to pass the physical. This deal will likely occur right before training camp, if it happens at all.
Likelihood of signing: 80%