Now that the Seattle Seahawks have entered free agency I look at the biggest free agents for their team. I also will examine who may replace them, through the draft or viable replacements in the market. Remember the salary cap in the NFL has been raised four million dollar's to $127 million.
Take the trip with me into free agency.
Leroy Hill, will be entering his fifth season out of Clemson with the Seahawks. He has obviously been upset going into this off season without a new contract. Really can you blame him he has arguably been the best linebacker in the core.
He had made it clear that he would hold out going into the '09 season. Out of good faith fellow linebacker Lofa Tatupu accepted less money in his contract so that the Hawks would have more money under the cap to pay Hill.
Hill was sure he was leaving without top dollar. Then, he ran into a small legal situation and then was tagged franchise player. That means he gets paid the average of the top five players at his position...$8.75 million.
FRANCHISE TAG...YOU'RE IT.
Okay, Maurice Morris. He has been a Seahawk long enough that I will forgive him for being an Oregon Duck. I want him to stay, Seattle needs him to stay. He runs up and down, north and south. He is a great change up in the backfield.
A great third-down back. Last season he averaged 9.43 carries a game (minus one bye week and three games not played). In those games, he averaged almost 50 yards a game.
Mo Mo is a staple in an ever evolving offensive scheme. And Julius Jones has only proved that he isn't his brother Thomas. So here's to MO MO.
Look at the picture; it's Bernard in a nut shell:. looking way tpo tired and slow.
There is no reason to keep around an overrated, unproductive weight (Figuratively and literally) in the middle of our line. Last season Rocky had four sacks (which isn't the main goal of a supposed run stopper).
But we anchored a defense that gave up 118 yards a game on the ground, need I say more. So now we look at what a problem solver could be. First and foremost. ALBERT HAYNESWORTH who is much bigger than the letters.
He is an unrestricted free agent out of Tennessee. Regarded as the best player on the market i doubt Seattle even sniffs giving him a contract. So, lets look at the draft.
How does this sound. "With the No. 4 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks select.....B.J. Raji from the Boston College University.
This guy is a beast and is ready to play pro ball. he is 6'1" 323 pounds and is an absolute monster. He is able to play the gaps or take two blockers on at one time.
Which is what we need to free up a great line backing core and three really good defensive ends, upon rotation. (Kerney, Jackson and Tapp) So to Rocky Bernard I say, "The best part of your game was your shoulder shake dance after your four sacks."
As the picture shows. All Bobby does is catch first downs on third down. Well he has been in the league or 13 years and has been have contact disputes with Seattle.
I am not going to give you any stats. I will tell you that T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a free agent and will go over the middle and is a deep threat. I will also tell you that the draft has Michael Crabtree, Darrius Heyward-Bey (Whom I think will be a better pro than Percy Harvin and Jeremy Maclin), who are also in the draft.
See why they call him Pork Chop? Anyhow if the Seahawks could ever get him settled into an actual position he could possibly have been really, really solid. But remember he is injury prone.
The chop always ends up cooked. Seattle will make an attempt to give him a little money I'm sure. He knows our complex blocking schemes and we need that knowledge on the line.
This is simple Sign him we drafted him early a few years ago and he is coming around. He is only 26 in his fourth year, the final year of his rookie contract. He should be a priority.
On the other side of this and Womack is the unbelievable talent at line we could get in the draft. list to this Eugene Monroe (Virgina), Michael Oher (Ole Miss), Jason Smith (Baylor, I think he is the best of the bunch).
This guy was a converted tight end, that is athleticism. Andre Smith (Alabama). I love all those guys but Seattle would be better off keeping Willis on the roster.
Another must sign. Yes, we drafted Owen Smidt last season from WV. But Weaver can run the football for more that just that two-three yard gain. He can catch the football out of the backfield and is one hell of a lead blocker.
Have I mentioned he is a fullback?
I promise you that if Weaver isn't back Seattle takes another step back in the run game. Weaver is valuable in the West Coast Offense.