The Seahawks have already made more splashy moves in 2023 than they normally do in free agency. Not only has Seattle re-signed some of their own free agents but they have grabbed some from other teams. For once, what Seattle did in the early part of free agency wasn’t boring.
Hopefully, Seattle isn’t done either. They still need help at linebacker and running back, especially. This is even more true after Seattle lost running backs Travis Homer (signed with the Bears) and Rashaad Penny (Eagles) to free agency. Seattle also lost linebacker Cody Barton (Commanders).
While Seattle could elect to rebuild its running back room through the draft, adding a veteran would probably still be a good move. And 12s know that there are a couple of former Seahawks that are still available in free agency and Seattle could entertain bringing them back. Bobby Wagner is one and Frank Clark is another, and that is just to name two. Here are the grades for who Seattle has signed so far.
Seahawks re-signed fullback/linebacker/everyman Nick Bellore
Bellore is valuable to the Seahawks almost as much as what he brings off the field than on the field. He could probably play even more on offense, blocking in goal line situations for Ken Walker III, or filling in at linebacker, but he is a special teams ace and captain.
Bellore, however, is clearly well-respected in the locker room. He was voted by his teammates as special teams captain in 2022 and probably will be again in 2023. He is a good veteran voice to have on a roster that is getting younger.
The only drawback to Bellore’s deal is that he could make up to $6.6 million over the next two years. That is a lot to give to a player who basically only plays special teams and is not a kicker, punter, or returner. That said, Seattle has a history of re-working Bellore’s deals and if the team releases him after the 2023 season, the dead cap would only be $1,150,000.