3 offseason mistakes that could cost Seahawks a playoff spot in 2023

The Seahawks have a roster trending up in 2023 but three offseason mistakes could keep them from making the playoffs.
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Seahawks weren't aggressive in free agency with the offensive line

Seattle's offensive line also has question marks. Three spots are set - left tackle Charles Cross, left guard Damien Lewis, and right tackle Abraham Lucas - but center and right guard are not. That means 40 percent of the offensive line is still a problem that needs to be fixed. Seattle did draft a couple of potential pieces and signed one versatile player in free agency, but none of those players added may be very good this coming season.

The Seahawks were more aggressive in free agency this offseason than maybe ever under general manager John Schneider. Seattle, for instance, signed defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones to the biggest free agent contract in the Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are. Jones should be a good addition, but he needs to improve his total pressure numbers to truly earn the new deal.

Seattle could have spent some other money, instead of bringing in Evan Brown and re-signing Phil Haynes and signed right guard Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo instead signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years and $24 million. At an average of $8 million a season, Seattle could have made room for that. Plus, Seumalo is proven to be better than Haynes and better than most other right guards as well.

Overall, I like what Seattle tried to do in free agency. But as good as the offensive skill-position group is, the offense is not going to perform as peak production if the offensive line isn't good. The hope is that Cross and Lucas are even better in year two, and that Lewis has another good year. But there are two potential holes in the middle of the offensive line as well.

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