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Seahawks Free-Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors & Grades

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterMarch 12, 2013

Seahawks Free-Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors & Grades

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    If you're a fan of the NFL, Christmas really does come twice a year.

    Free agency has now begun, so consider this your final destination for all things Seahawks. As things happen, we will be keeping you up-to-date on all the latest rumors, reports, additions and subtractions. Not to mention we will be grading every transaction along the way.

    Seattle's cap number currently sits at $119,053,144, according to Over the Cap. Yet that number will look a lot different after the Percy Harvin trade is made official today at 4 P.M. ET. I wouldn't expect the 'Hawks to be overly active at the start of free agency after such a big move yesterday, but it would be wise of them to reassess the situations of Jason Jones and Alan Branch once the market settles.

Latest Rumors and Reports

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    The release hasn't been made official yet, but Curtis Crabtree of sports radio KJR in Seattle is reporting that Leon Washington will be released. 

    Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted that Jason Jones has lined up a vist with the Detroit Lions.

    Pro Football Talk believes Sidney Rice may be in trouble after the Percy Harvin trade.

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Cliff Avril is on his way to visit the Seattle Seahawks. 

Free-Agency Additions/Re-Signings

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    WR Percy Harvin: The trade is now official after Harvin passed his physical. Seattle's website confirmed that the Vikings will get a first-round pick and a seventh-round pick this year, while getting an additional third-round pick next year.

    DE Cliff Avril: Former Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has agreed to terms with the Seahawks. It's reportedly a two-year, $15 million deal. 

    DE Michael Bennett: The highly coveted defensive end, Michael Bennett, signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Seahawks.

Free-Agency Subtractions

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    DT Jason Jones: Per Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, Jason Jones is headed to Detroit. The Lions reportedly signed him to a three-year deal. 

    WR Ben Obomanu: According to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR, Ben Obomanu has been released. The move saves Seattle $2,466,667 against the cap.

Seattle Trades for WR Percy Harvin

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    It's official, Percy Harvin has passed his physical and the trade between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks has been accepted by the league office. Seemingly good news for a team that could use any bit of receiving help they can get after finishing the season with the league's 27th best passing attack. 

    Obviously some of those struggles can be chalked up to team's unwillingness to throw the ball early on in the season. Additionally, the coaching staff had a tight grip on what Russell Wilson could and could not do. But now the handcuffs are off in year-two and Wilson will have a new, expensive toy to play with for the next six years. 

    Harvin's deal ended up topping out at $67 million over the course of that six-year period, according to Spotrac. No. 11 will see $25.5 million in guaranteed money, so it's safe to say Seattle is all in after surrendering three draft picks and a boatload of money.

    Which is exactly why I can't give this trade a grade that exceeds a B-. Harvin has all the skill in the world, there's no doubt about that. But the Seahawks ultimately gave up too much for him. This could prove to be the organization's first costly move under John Schneider and Pete Carroll. 

Seattle Signs DE Cliff Avril

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    After Chris Clemons went down with a torn ACL against Washington, the need for another defensive end reared its ugly head. Bruce Irvin does a fine job in rotational duty, but he's not where he needs to be yet if he wants to be a full-time starter. 

    Which is why many looked for the Seahawks to draft a defensive linemen with one of their early round picks. Yet that plan ultimately hit a road block after Seattle traded away its first-round pick to the Vikings for Percy Harvin. 

    So the 'Hawks opted for free agency instead and decided to take a chance on Cliff Avril who was coming off of a quote, unquote "down" year. A chance that could seemingly pay off in a big way if he returns back to his 2011 form where he tallied 11 quarterback sacks, eight quarterback hits and 38 quarterback hurries.

    Those types of numbers would surely be welcomed by Seahawks defensive line coach Travis Jones. Overall I give Seattle's signing of Avril an A-. They didn't invest too much into him long-term, and they signed him at the right price.

Seattle Signs DE Michael Bennett

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    One day after signing former Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, the Seattle Seahawks decided they needed even more pass rushing help. So they signed one of the top pass-rushers in this year's free-agent class, Michael Bennett. 

    Up until 2012, Bennett had a middling career that saw him produce sparingly as a pass-rusher. Over the course of the first three years he was in the league, he tallied six quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hits and 47 quarterback hurries. 

    Nothing to write home about, that's for sure. But then he was given the opportunity to be a full-time starter in all 16 games at left defensive end. And let's just say, he blew up. He amassed nine quarterback sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 48 quarterback hurries. 

    Which is exactly why defensive coordinator Dan Quinn wanted him on his defensive line. At $5 million a year for one-year, this was an absolute steal for John Schneider and company.

    I give the signing an immediate grade of an A.

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