Despite coming off their worst record since 1992, fans maintain hope that the Seattle Seahawks can return to the NFL playoffs. They have many holes needing to be filled, and there are some exciting names on the free agent market this year that could possible fill them.
However, I don’t believe that the Hawks should turn to free agency to address these needs. In Part 1 of my free agency segment, I listed the Seahawks that I think need to be resigned. And I believe that if we retain most of our team, the Hawks will be ready to compete with minimal free agent additions from other teams.
There are a lot of high quality players out there that would help Seattle enormously. However, the Seahawks just can’t afford these players. Even if the Hawks free up cap space, I see us at the most being able to add one big-name free agent.
If we have a good draft, though, the Hawks will be ready to return to the playoffs. So who should the Seahawks pursue? Here are the positions that need most help and the free agents the Hawks should go after.
However, I think the Seahawks should go after St. Louis’ Oshiomogho Atogwe. Atogwe had 5 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles and 85 tackles for the Rams last year. He should be heavily pursued by numerous teams this off-season, but if he is not resigned by the Rams I think the Hawks should spend do whatever they can to try to bring him in.
I am in favor of the Seahawks using their No. 4 pick in the draft to take Texas Tech wide-out Michael Crabtree. But if they don’t draft him, the Seahawks could use a stud wide receiver for Hasselbeck to throw to.
A name that interests me here is Cincinnati WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Housh would immediately improve the Hawk’s passing attack, but at a high price. And that’s if the Bengals don’t resign him. But even if it is unlikely, the idea of Housh in Seattle is exciting…
There are several Pro-Bowl defensive linemen out in the market this year that could possibly help a unit that struggled for Seattle last year. These include Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs, Carolina’s Julius Peppers, and Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth.
However, all of these players should draw huge contracts, and I don’t see Seattle’s salary cap limitations allowing the Hawks to pursue them. But hopefully, if Kearneycan get healthy, our DL can improve without the need to spend the likes of 12 million a year.
Here is another position that I think the Seahawks can improve at without adding anyone. Josh Wilson is developing into a solid starter alongside Marcus Trufant. Even though he is sometimes picked on in single coverage due to his size, Wilsonis improving and has great playmaking ability.
A name some are mentioning that would improve the Seahawk’s secondary is lockdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha. And though Nnamdi starting opposite of Trufant is enticing, the Hawks have better uses for their money.