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Matt Flynn is one of the few big free agency moves the Seahawks have made in 2012.
With a few exceptions, it is hard to blame him. While the 2011 season didn't produce the wins Seattle was hoping for, the roster did yield Pro Bowl participants for the first time since the 2008 season. The 'Hawks also featured a top-10 defense, which lends credibility to the faith the Seahawks front office is showing in their players.
"We like our roster. We like our roster, really," Carroll said.
"There won't be a lot of changes on this team this year. You won't see it. There's too many guys in there that we really like and that we're really counting on and we can see the future."
After making almost 300 roster moves during his first year in Seattle, thing have certainly slowed down for the Seahawks in 2012. They have dipped their toes in free agency this season, most importantly at the quarterback position.
Peyton Manning called the Seahawks to discuss the mutual interest levels, but in the end the geography of Seattle was too much for his family. Instead, the Seahawks signed the next best free agent option: Matt Flynn.
Seattle has had a chance to run at some free agents in areas of need. The market for linebackers has been very slow, and Seattle only has one starter from last season currently under contract.
The Seahawks are either waiting for the asking prices of David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill to come down, or they plan on starting over in the draft.
Given the success the Seahawks have had with players in Rounds 4 through 7, it isn't hard to believe they'll push their luck a little more in 2012 and find a few more solid starters.
Teams need a blend of stars and good starters to succeed. Seattle has been building both, and Carroll is making sure the team can afford to keep them on the roster.