4 ways the Seattle Seahawks are winning the 2023 offseason

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Winning way 2: Seahawks are aggressive in free agency

We 12s have gotten used to Seattle doing next to nothing in early free agency since the early 2010s. But not this offseason. John Schneider and Pete Carroll attacked the offseason unlike anything they had done before. It all seemed so planned as well as if what transpired in the 2022 offseason – the trade of Russell Wilson and the release of Bobby Wagner – was needed for what happened in the 2023 offseason. Seattle was going to have draft capital and cap space and Schneider and Carroll were going to use it.

But then they even got lucky. After losing Bobby Wagner last offseason to the Rams, Los Angeles released him and Wagner was able to come back to Seattle. Only Wagner came back at a lesser amount than what he would have made in 2022 and is still just as good as he was in 2021. This was just another sign Seattle’s offseason was going perfectly.

But even before the signing of Wagner, the Seahawks had fixed holes and remade the defensive front through free agency. Seattle added prized defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones from the Broncos and brought back Jarran Reed. Seattle needed a safety that could tackle and they added Julian Love from the Giants. The team needed speed and better tackling at linebacker and they got Devin Bush, formerly of the Steelers.

Seattle has historically been a wait-and-see team in free agency. But with the ability to sign players with an abundance of cap room, Schneider and Carroll did just that. Based on the moves the Seahawks made this offseason so far (and before the talent they add in the draft), the defense isn’t just a little better, it’s almost among the better ones in the NFC on paper.