The Seattle Seahawks have some needs, and the free-agent period will open soon.
When free agency opens on March 12 (via NFL.com), will the ‘Hawks hit the market with gusto like a Black Friday shopper that has been camped out all night? Or, will the Seattle leadership let other teams rush the market while they patiently and methodically look for well-researched deals that make fewer headlines?
There is nothing that beats the excitement of the regular season and the playoffs, but there is something captivating about offseason rumors and speculation. Will the team sign a compelling new player? Will a free-agent signing move a franchise one step closer to a championship?
Amidst the hype, there are some obvious pitfalls. This is not a time for rash decisions. Teams like the Seahawks can certainly be bold.
However, the NFL free-agency period has a long history of franchises overpaying for certain players in order to ensure that they land the biggest fish.
The Seahawks are arguably in a great position right now to build on the success of 2012 and make a serious run at the Super Bowl in 2013. Seattle has needs, but not all of those needs have to addressed on March 12 with over-sized checks.
With that in mind, here are seven moves that Seattle must avoid in free agency.