Examining Seattle Seahawks' Offseason and Key Preseason Positional Battles

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Examining Seattle Seahawks' Offseason and Key Preseason Positional Battles
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I wouldn’t want to be an NFC West quarterback this season.

The Seattle Seahawks—despite a tremendous 2012 campaign—are in position to make massive waves this season, starting with an offseason that probably made more than a few in the NFL jealous.

Much of that offseason was geared toward building a defense that has the potential to absolutely dominate in 2013.

General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll went to work this offseason, leaving no stone unturned throughout the process.

Beginning with the signings of defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and ending with the additions of defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams in the NFL draft, Seattle added to an already impressive defensive line that should make the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams at least a little worried.

But the Seahawks' biggest offseason move came in the form of a versatile wide receiver who has the potential to terrorize the NFC West with Russell Wilson at the helm.

On March 12, Schneider finalized a deal to send multiple draft picks to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for explosive wide receiver Percy Harvin. Paired with the likes of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, Seattle’s passing attack won’t skip a beat in 2013.

And the Seahawks won’t be adept in just the passing game this season.

Led by cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, the Seahawks fielded the league’s No. 6 passing defense, tied for eighth in interceptions with 18. Considering the talent they added to their secondary this offseason, the NFC West has yet another reason to take cover.

Schneider and Carroll locked up veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield  to free-agent deal this offseason, adding some experience to a talented young defensive backfield. If there were any concerns regarding Seattle’s passing defense last season, there aren’t any now.

By all indications, Seattle got substantially better at nearly every position heading into the 2013 season. The 49ers may have notched a Super Bowl berth in 2012-13, but they’ll have their work cut out for them this season.

We’ll explore many of those offseason moves in following slideshow, as well as the Seahawks’ 2013 NFL draft class and positions to keep an eye on as the season draws near.

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