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Right tackle Breno Giacomini is due to become a free agent this offseason, as is backup Paul McQuistan. The Seahawks do have young options to replace them in Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Seattle doesn't necessarily need to add a starter, but a mid-level free agent who could push Bowie would be an important addition.
Of course, all of this changes if the Seahawks can somehow find a way to re-sign Giacomini and get him in under the salary cap. Giacomini's presence would mean the Seahawks would only need a bottom-of-the-depth-chart developmental player.
Potential Free Agents
Jonathan Martin (Miami)—Following the saga with guard Richie Incognito, it seems unlikely that Martin will ever return to the Dolphins. The Seahawks might be the ideal setting for Martin to get back into the league. He wouldn't have the pressure of starting at the beginning, and he'd also have a support network in place with college teammates Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman already on the roster.
Martin would be a nice option to have on the bench in case of an injury, as well as insurance in case Bowie's development doesn't continue as expected.
Ryan Harris (Houston)—Harris has been a key contributor for the Texans this season, playing in roughly half of the team's offensive snaps. Harris has played well but perhaps not well enough to earn an automatic starting job heading into training camp next season.
Harris has additional value for Seattle, since he is already familiar with the zone-blocking concepts run by the Seahawks. The Seahawks might be able to lure the 28-year-old Harris to Seattle with an opportunity to compete with Bowie to start at right tackle in 2014.
Potential Draft Selections
If the Seahawks wait until the draft to address this position, then they will be unlikely to use an early pick. They'll be looking for someone to complete with, push and possibly unseat Bowie at right tackle and not just find someone who can be plugged in as an instant starter.
Tennessee senior Ja'Wuan James would seem like an ideal candidate if he is available when the Seahawks pick at the end of the fourth round. James is a good fit for a zone-blocking scheme with quick feet and good lateral movement.
Another option, if the Seahawks decided to wait until later in the draft, would be Michigan's Michael Schofield. Schofield is a solid run-blocker who should be able to adapt to Seattle's zone-blocking scheme fairly quickly.