3 Seahawks contract extensions that need immediate attention

These players need to be with Seattle for several more years.
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The Seattle Seahawks are basically through with free agency in 2024. They might still sign an inexpensive offensive lineman or two, but for the most part, the money is spent. But general manager John Schneider has to plan for the future with their own players, of course.

Seattle is just 27th in cap space in 2025 currently. This is a bit misleading, however. The fact is that most of Seattle's presumed key players are signed through 2025 so that makes a lack of cap room less important. As long as players perform as well as hoped, Seattle should be good through the next two years.

Of course, things have a way of changing. The NFL cap could be higher than expected next offseason just as well as it was this offseason. Either way, Schneider needs to set some money aside to start planning on bringing these three players back.

Three Seattle Seahawks players who will likely need contract extensions soon

Cornerback Tre Brown

Brown has only ever played for Seattle and he has an injury history. When he has played, though, he has been quite good. This means that he could take over one cornerback spot in 2024 - he got a chance to start in 2023 and was better than Riq Woolen until Brown got banged up - and has flashed the potential to be a very good CB2. Plus, Seattle working out an inexpensive extension now could pay dividends next offseason if Brown has a breakout year this coming season.

In his rookie season, Brown allowed only a 59.7 passer rating when targeted, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), and had a 94.1 QBR allowed in 2023 (2022 doesn't count because Brown only played on 21 snaps). He allowed 3 touchdown passes on 47 targets, but he also had 2 interceptions. If he can cut down on his penalties, Brown will be a cheap keeper for several more seasons.

Safety Julian Love

One of the few Pro Bowlers for the Seahawks in 2023, Love was likely the most surprising one of the group. This is not only because the safety had never made a Pro Bowl before, but because he was so ill-used by Seattle in the first part of 2023. In several weeks, Love played less than half of the defensive snaps while former head coach Pete Carroll and former defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt had Jamal Adams on the field. This did not help the team and Love might have been worth one more victory which would have been enough to get Seattle in the playoffs.

Love was signed last offseason as insurance in case Jamal Adams was not healthy in 2023 and instead, he outplayed Adams. Now Adams and fellow safety Quandre Diggs are free agents, both released by Seattle after this past season. Love just turned 26 years old and should have several years left to play at a high level. That needs to be in Seattle.

Running back Kenneth Walker III

Walker is not a free agent until 2026 and is under contract for the next two years, but no time is too early to wrap up the running back and make him a Seahawk for many years to come. Since he was a second-round pick, Seattle doesn't have a fifth-year option for him which means he can leave in free agency in two years. John Schneider does not like working out extensions so far in advance, but why wait until next offseason (sure, they will, of course, but again, why wait?).

The drawback would be if Walker gets hurt, but he is more likely to have the best season of his career in 2024. The Seahawks simply did not run the ball enough under former offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and will probably run more under new OC Ryan Grubb. Grubb will probably get more use out of Walker in the passing game as well. Seattle should work out an extension now and not wait until Walker has 1,500 total yards in 2024.

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