Seattle Seahawks Free Agency: What They've Got and What They Still Need

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Seattle Seahawks Free Agency: What They've Got and What They Still Need
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Just like last year, free agency has been a reunion tour for the Seattle Seahawks, filled with former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders.

Of the four players they have signed, three had connections to the Seahawks: Matt Flynn and Kregg Lumpkin, with John Schneider in Green Bay and Frank Omiyale with Tom Cable in Atlanta.

Of the four other guys who reportedly have been in for visits, three had hooks with the Hawks: Steve Hutchinson (an ex-Hawk who played under Darrell Bevell in Minnesota), Visanthe Shiancoe (Vikings) and Dave Tollefson (drafted by Schneider's Packers in 2006). The Hawks also reportedly were interested in former Raiders Kamerion Wimbley and Michael Bush.

As Schneider told John Clayton at the Combine: "There are guys obviously in free agency that you just feel more comfortable with because you have seen them play. You've seen their line of work."

Seattle hasn't gotten every guy it has wanted—in fact, other than re-signing Red Bryant, Marshawn Lynch, Breno Giacomini, Michael Robinson and Heath Farwell, the Hawks have struck out on most of their top free-agent targets.

No Peyton Manning, no Mario Williams, no Wimbley.

Of course, that also means they didn't have to fork over a ton of money to those guys.

Before free agency started, they said they wanted to focus on keeping their own guys.

"We'd like to reward our own players," Schneider told Clayton. "Once you get to a point where you…get the group you think you can win with, and you're comfortable with, you try to keep that group together and try to keep that cohesion, and try to supplement with free agency if you need to for specific needs and specific holes."

They filled a couple of big holes with Flynn and Jason Jones. Flynn should be the next Matt Hasselbeck, and Jones should fill the inside pass-rusher role Jimmy Wilkerson was expected to last season before he got hurt in the preseason. 

The Hawks also need to address the linebacker position, where they need two starters. Pete Carroll hinted recently that the draft could provide some good options, and he didn't seem overly optimistic that David Hawthorne would return.

Beyond that, they are just looking for depth on the lines, at tight end and at running back.

Here's a closer look at the positions the Seahawks have addressed and still need to focus on, either in free agency or the draft.

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