The Seattle Seahawks addressed most of their needs headed into the 2012 season during free agency. They re-signed their priority free agents and grabbed several new key pieces. It isn't too late for this aspiring team to plug a few final holes prior to training camp, though.
There is clear evidence the Seahawks will continue to tinker with a lineup that could return 20 starters from last season...22 including their kicker and punter.
The only expected change on defense is at middle linebacker, where Pete Carroll made it clear they needed to get more athletic in the offseason. Barrett Ruud and second-round draft pick Bobby Wagner will battle for the position.
On offense, it is a bit easy to return starters from last season, as the team had so many of them. The only planned starter from last season that won't be returning is Robert Gallery, who was released in the offseason.
However, it was the re-signing of Paul McQuistan that precipitated that departure. His is currently working with the first unit at left guard and started 10 games last season, working at both guard spots and left tackle.
After landing seven new starters in 2011, the only other expected change is Matt Flynn taking over the quarterback slot.
But that doesn't mean Seattle isn't making other changes. The recent acquisition of Kellen Winslow shows Carroll and John Schneider will continue to tinker.
Following are a few more moves Seattle can make prior to August to improve the team in 2012.