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Seattle Seahawks: Looking at the Free Agency Plan so Far and Looking Forward

Matt Flynn looks to add to his record-breaking preformance as he joins the Seahawks for the next three years.
Matt Flynn looks to add to his record-breaking preformance as he joins the Seahawks for the next three years.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Josh SteinContributor IIIMarch 21, 2012

Some may argue that the draft is where teams fill their holes and recruit their next stars. But free agency is just as, if not more, important to building a contending team

Each team goes into the offseason with strict goals and holes to fill and they base their plans around those needs.

The Seattle Seahawks number one goal was to get a new, potential franchise, quarterback to battle with Tavaris Jackson after Charlie Whitehurst left to go back to his old San Diego Chargers team. They addressed that goal by obtaining, arguably, the most promising quarterback in this year's free agent class (Peyton Manning may be the "best free agent ever" but he is 36 years old and coming off neck surgery).

They have also re-signed three of their top free agents, which has been constant with their motto of signing their homegrown players before going out of state for talent.

They were recently able to bring back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch, who has been a bright point for the offense that was subject to a weak passing game led by an injured T-Jax.

The also got back Joseph "Red" Bryant, who was a staple in the run-stopping game last year, as well as Michael Robinson, who was a Pro Bowl fullback that was a lead blocker for Lynch.

They have been doing well so far and should be looking forward to visits from running back Michael Bush, tight end Jacob Tamme and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe this week.

Those are sensible options to help tighten up any holes the 'Hawks have and we can look forward to their potential signing.

Bush would qualify as the power backup Seattle has been trying to find for Marshawn Lynch. Bush has already played for Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable in Oakland, so he would already be accustomed to the team's blocking schemes.

Lynch is the clear starter, with Leon Washington providing a change-of-pace element. Adding a second power back would allow the Seahawks to run their normal offense if something happened to Lynch. The team would have to adjust its plans considerably if Washington and Forsett were the only viable alternatives, as the case was during the disgusting performance in the defeat at Cleveland last season, where the offense scored a measly three points.

Forsett is an unrestricted free agent and isn't expected to return, which leaves a spot for Michael Bush, who was a beautiful fill-in for Darren McFadden when he got injured.

At tight end, the Seahawks need depth after losing John Carlson to Minnesota in free agency. Shiancoe played under Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota for several years and would fit in easily with the Seattle offense. Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was also with the Minnesota Vikings at that time.

The 'Hawks still need a dominant pass-rusher, which will probably be a big need to fill in the draft. All in all, the Seahawks have been doing well, but will look to do even better in the coming weeks—all the way through the draft.

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