Following an 11-5 record and a solid run in the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks appear poised to be a major player in the NFC for years to come with a young and talented roster built from scratch by head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
With the 'Hawks no longer rebuilding, how should the team go about refining their roster from a financial perspective?
It's a question that was easy to ignore until now, but some day not too soon the brain trust will have to figure out how to pay for the likes of young stars Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, who were named to NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison's All-Under-25 Team.
At the same time can the 'Hawks afford to sit on cap space?
I suppose it depends on whether you think the 'Hawks should be conservative and save or go for broke in not knowing when the window of opportunity for this team will close.
B/R's NFC West Lead Writer Tyson Langland posted his thoughts regarding the Seahawks salary cap space last week in stating:
With such an abundance in cap space and minimal internal re-signings to be had, do the the 'Hawks spend big in free agency? Or do they sit on the excess and wait for next year, when guys like Richard Sherman and Golden Tate may be looking for new deals?
That's the biggest question right now, but logically it's safe to say the draft will play another huge role this offseason and free-agent activity will be minimal. An overabundance of talent is always a good thing to have, even if it means not having enough money to extend everyone on the roster.
In situations like those, you have to trust that Schneider and Carroll make the right decision on who stays and who goes.
While I certainly have grown to trust Schneider and Carroll over time, the rumor mill is already in full swing, buzzing with potential opportunities for the 'Hawks to pursue.
Before free agency gets under way, I figured it might be interesting to see what rumors are worth buying and which ones are worth selling.