Seahawks 2022 free agent tracker: Who’s coming and going in Seattle

Dec 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) rushes against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) rushes against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The NFL doesn’t really have an offseason. Even though the Seattle Seahawks didn’t make the postseason this year, 12s can still look forward to free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft and the training camps that follow.

Will this be the offseason that John Schneider and Pete Carroll finally make an impact day of free agency signing instead of waiting until day two at the earliest (hint: It wasn’t)? This seems doubtful based on Schneider’s history with Seattle but then the Seahawks have never gone into an offseason with so much cap space since Carroll and Schneider arrived in Seattle in 2010.

We will keep this list updated as moves are made so feel free to bookmark this article. But we will also refresh the article as signings – both Seahawks coming and going – are done.

Who are currently the Seahawks Seahawks 2022 unrestricted free agents?

Here are the Seahawks who will be unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins in March.

  • Duane Brown, left tackle
  • Alex Collins, running back
  • Carlos Dunlap, defensive end (released by Seattle on March 18th)
  • Rasheem Green, defensive end
  • Benson Mayowa (released on March 18th)
  • Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle
  • Brandon Shell, right tackle
  • Geno Smith, quarterback
  • Bobby Wagner, linebacker (released on March 9th)

The Seahawks released edge rusher Benson Mayowa on March 16th, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Who are the Seattle Seahawks 2022 Restricted Free Agents?

The Seahawks have some important players who are to some degree restricted free agents and I believe need to be retained. Ryan Neal and Bryan Mone have provided solid depth and started at times, for instance.

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a restricted free agent (RFA) is any NFL veteran [that reaches the end of his contract] with three accrued seasons but not four accrued seasons of service. An RFA is offered a qualifying offer by his current team and the current team has a right of first refusal and might receive a draft selection as compensation if the player signs a contract with a new team

An exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) is any NFL veteran [who reaches the end of his contract] with less than three accrued seasons. A rookie (first year player), second, and third year player each fall into this category. This one gets a little weird for players like Ryan Neal who have been productive for a couple of seasons but have not yet reached a third full year. If a player is offered a contract by his current team, he must sign it or not play anywhere else.

Here is the list of current RFAs and ERFAs for Seattle:

  • Bless Austin, cornerback (RFA) (Non-tendered by Seattle so becomes a UFA)
  • Bryan Mone, defensive tackle (RFA)
  • Marcelias Sutton, running back (RFA)
  • Penny Hart, wide receiver (ERFA)
  • Gavin Heslop, safety (Non-tendered by Seattle so becomes a UFA)
  • Ryan Neal, safety (ERFA) (Seattle has now tendered Neal a contract)
  • John Reid, cornerback (ERFA)
  • Dakoda Shepley, offensive lineman (ERFA) (Seattle has now tendered Shepley a contract)
  • Jon Rhattigan, linebacker (ERFA) (Seattle has now tendered Rhattigan a contract)
  • Marcus Webb, defensive tackle (ERFA)
  • John Ursua, receiver  (Non-tendered by Seattle so becomes a UFA)
  • Nigel Warrior, safety (ERFA) (Seattle has now tendered Warrior a contract)

2022 Free Agents signed by the Seattle Seahawks

Running back Darwin Thompson (formerly of Chiefs) signed a Reserve/futures contract.

Seahawks placed an original-round tender on guard Phil Haynes (Haynes was drafted in the fourth round so another team wanting to sign Haynes would have to give Seattle a fourth-round choice in return).

Will Dissly reportedly re-signed for 3-years and $24 million. Maybe an overpay but hopefully Seattle has a greater plan for him starting in 2022.

Thankfully, Quandre Diggs was re-signed. He also reportedly is agreeing to a 3-year deal but his is worth $40 million.

Seattle re-signed Sidney Jones to a one-year deal for $3.6 million. Jones finished 2021 as Pro Football Focus’s 26th-highest-graded corner.

Al Woods is returning to Seattle on a two-year deal that could pay him up to $9 million with incentives with $4.7 million guaranteed. Woods was PFF’s 13th=highest-graded interior defender this past season.

Cornerback Artie Burns is joining the Seahawks from the Bears on a one-year deal worth $2 million.

The Seahawks added young edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu on a two-year and $20 million deal. He should be an important part of the pass rush rotation for the next couple of seasons at least.

Center Austin Blythe moved over from the Chiefs to the Seahawks. Blythe could be the starting center for Seattle in 2022 but he was a backup in Kansas City in 2020.

The Seahawks brought back defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. He is a versatile player who should help with the pass rush.

Seattle re-signed Kyle Fuller (I am not sure why), per ESPN’s Brady Henderson.

Rashaad Penny re-signed for a one-year and $5.75 million deal worth up to $6.5 million.

Seattle brought Justin Coleman back after he left for three seasons on a one-year deal, per Tom Pelissero.

Per The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar, Seattle signed special teamer Joel Iyiegbuniwe, formerly of the Chicago Bears.

Receiver/special teamer Penny Hart signed his exclusive rights tender.

We will keep this updated for any players signing with Seattle. Hopefully, we will see some impact names show up on this list.

2022 Free Agents leaving the Seattle Seahawks

Bobby Wagner, future Hall of Famer, signed with the Rams for five years and potentially $65 million. That’s a lot of years for an aging linebacker but Wagner is going to be great in 2022 and 2023 at least.

Jamarco Jones is the first free agent of the Seahawks to leave the team. He will reportedly be signing with the Tennessee Titans on a two-year and $5.75 million deal.

D.J. Reed is reportedly signing with the New York Jets for three years and $33 million. That is likely a lot more than Seattle wanted to pay.

Per Adam Schefter, Gerald Everett will be a tight end with the Los Angles Chargers in 2022.

Kerry Hyder, Jr. was released by the Seahawks this offseason and re-signed with the 49ers for one year and just $1.5 million.

Ethan Pocic should have seen the proverbial writing on the wall when Seattle acquired Austin Blythe. Per Jordan Schultz, Pocic signed with the Browns.

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Check back here for an updated list of which players have signed elsewhere and have played their last game in Seattle.