The Seahawks have 18 unrestricted free agents for 2012 including Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant. But there are many other important players hitting free agency who have been with the Seahawks for some time, such as Justin Forrest and John Carlson.
The Seahawks need to re-sign Bryant just as much as they need to re-sign Lynch. At times, the Seahawks defensive front really struggled to put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, save for Bryant. It's never really a good idea to make a position even more of a question mark before the season starts, which is what would happen if the Seahawks are unable to re-sign Bryant.
When the Seahawks signed former Raiders tight end Zach Miller to a deal in the 2011 offseason, many believed the Seahawks were set at the tight end position. However, tight end John Carlson suffered a torn labrum before the season even started and was lost for the entire year. This would have been alright, except Zach Miller also posted his worst season as a pro. He only had 25 catches for 233 yards and scored no touchdowns. The Seahawks got better production from undrafted free agent Doug Baldwin.
But do the Seahawks still believe they have a good tandem in Miller and Carlson? It seems strange, but if the Seahawks do decide to re-sign Carlson, he should be relatively cheap, coming off a season in which he didn't play a down.
Another player to consider is Justin Forsett. A few years ago, fans were shouting at the top of their lungs that Forsett needed to get more carries over Julius Jones. However, in 2011, Forsett barely saw any playing time due to the production of Marshawn Lynch. Forsett doesn't appear to have the skill set to be in every down back in the NFL, but he certainly has some upside. I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing the Seahawks re-sign Forsett, continuing to use him in passing situations and occasionally taking over for Marshawn Lynch, hopefully.
Those are just three of the players that Seahawks should strongly consider re-signing. Other players the Seahawks need to make a decision on is the aforementioned Charlie Whitehurst, David Hawthorne, Michael Robinson, Raheem Brock and Leroy Hill.