Predicting Seattle Seahawks' Free-Agent Signings

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Predicting Seattle Seahawks' Free-Agent Signings
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The free-agent season is about to be begin, but the Seattle Seahawks may not be doing a great deal of shopping. Certainly there are some interesting players on the market, but the issue is cap space. Isn’t that always an issue?

According to calculations done by 12thmanrising.com, the Seahawks may have as much as $17 million to spend on free agents. ESPN puts the number at $18.6 million for 2013. Regardless of the exact amount, the number has to be put in context. The team may not want to spend every dollar of that amount, particular when it has some big contracts coming up next year.

If the Seahawks decide to build a cushion into that amount of around $10 million, they may be left to spend $7-8 million on free agents. This realistically means that Seattle will not be going after any of the top-tier free agents unless it makes other moves to clear space.

When you look at the numbers (via spotrac.com), there are some sizable contracts that may raise an eyebrow. Specifically, Zach Miller will make $11 million, Sidney Rice will make $9.7 million, and injured Chris Clemons will have a cap number of almost $8.2 million.

Suddenly the $7.25 million for backup quarterback Matt Flynn is looking fairly large.

Will the Seahawks be able to sign anyone significant this year, or will they need to meet needs through the draft? Here are a few free agents that they might think about pursuing.

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