The Seattle Seahawks enter possibly their most important offseason since Pete Carroll and John Schneider arrived. The moves Seattle chooses to make this offseason not only will shape 2022 but will remake the seasons beyond as well.
Seattle needs to pick which of its own free agents it wants to sign, which to get from other teams and which players to choose in the 2022 NFL draft.
The dates for all these decisions are below. Let’s just hope whatever moves are made make for a happier season.
12s should know the following important offseason dates for the Seahawks
Feb. 22-March 8: Franchise tag window
The most interesting bit of this is which teams will franchise players, meaning the Seahawks won’t be signing them. Seattle is very unlikely to franchise any of its current free agents-to-be.
March 1-7: NFL combine
Last year there was not an in-person combine but I am not sure how much that really affected how the 2021 NFL draft went. This year there should be a combine. Expect a player or two to go all DK Metcalf and look like a freak in workouts and raise the draft stock.
March 14-16: Start of ‘legal tampering period’ and free agency
12s can’t normally get too excited about this as Seattle doesn’t sign players on day one of free agency. John Schneider prefers to wait until many of the big-name players are off the board and then tries to find the hidden gems. This year might be different, however, as Seattle has more holes than normal entering next season.
April 18: Start of offseason program
Somewhat oddly, teams with new head coaches can begin their offseason meetings two weeks prior to teams with returning head coaches. I would understand this if the season was beginning in a month but this is still nearly five months before Week 1 of 2022. As it is, the Seahawks can start their offseason program on April 18th.
Last year due to COVID-19, most of the program was virtual but with fewer restrictions likely in place by April, Seattle should expect more in-person workouts this year.
April 28-30: NFL draft
The Seahawks don’t have a pick in round one currently so April 28th won’t be an exciting day for 12s. Day 2, April 29th, Seattle has two picks currently – one in the second round and one in the third. On the final day, April 30th, Seattle currently has four picks – two in the fourth round, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.