4 extremely early free agents the Seattle Seahawks should monitor in 2024

The Seattle Seahawks will likely need to find some proven help in free agency in 2024.
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Seahawks should monitor guard Robert Hunt

Offensive guard is a bit like inside linebacker for the Seahawks in 2024. Seattle could choose to start rookie Anthony Bradford in 2023 and he should then be the starter at right guard for many years to come. But left guard Damien Lewis is a free agent after 2023 so Seattle has to decide whether to re-sign him or not. I think Seattle likes Lewis a lot and will try to bring him back, but then I am not in the Seahawks front office so I am just guessing.

Let's look at this two ways. Let's assume Bradford plays and isn't very good. It wouldn't make sense for Seattle to then try to re-sign Phil Haynes for another season (he was only signed to a one-year deal this offseason and is a free agent in 2024) and have start ahead of Bradford in 2024 if Bradford has already beaten him out for this year. Or maybe both Bradford and Haynes are not good this year and right guard needs an upgrade.

Lewis also could have a bad season (he was very good in 2022, though he doesn't get much credit for it) and Seattle is potentially looking to upgrade both guard spots in 2024. If any of that happens, the Seahawks should take a serious look at Robert Hunt of the Miami Dolphins. Hunt has started every game for Miami the last two seasons and he has been very good in both run and pass blocking.

I know I wasn't going to discuss cap room in 2024, but the Dolphins are already far negative in cap space (-$47,809,026), per Spotrac, next year and still have to decide whether they are going to try to sign quarterback Tua Tagovailoa beyond 2024 and that's not going to be cheap. They might not be able to re-sign Hunt and the guy that was the 12th-highest graded guard in 2023, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), could fall to the Seahawks in free agency.