Change 3: Seahawks should be more aggressive in free agency
12s know by now how the Seahawks are going to view free agency under Schneider and Carroll. That is to not make any huge moves on day one or two or maybe even day three once players can officially be signed. Seattle likes to wait and wait and wait to sign anyone unless it happens to be one of their own guys. But this year should be different.
Even when the numbers finally come out about the Geno Smith signing, Seattle is going to have cap room (even more should they release Harris and Jackson). They shouldn’t blow all their space on one or two players, of course; The Seahawks are never going to do that. But signing Geno with the thought that the quarterback can lead the team to a deep run in the playoffs means putting players around him who can produce at a high level.
Smith is just 32 years and should have several seasons to be good, but Smith also likely isn’t good enough to get a team a victory late in the playoffs nearly by himself. Few quarterbacks can do that. That means the team overall needs to be made better even after signing Geno Smith. Plus, the window to win with Smith isn’t a long one, possibly only three years.
If Seattle decided to make a splashy signing and add a player like defensive tackle Javon Hargrave or defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones then the team is going to be better. Add them to a mix of good draft picks and foundational players like Qunadre Diggs and DK Metcalf and the Seahawks are really close to being a contender. But, of course, Seattle isn’t going to make any splashy free agent signings because they never do (but there is always hope that changes).