The Seattle Seahawks have arguably the deepest and most talented roster in the NFL this season. That is one of the reasons they are just one of the four teams still remaining in the playoffs. Keeping much of that roster together in 2014 should be a major priority, but the NFL salary cap will likely make it difficult to do so.
At first glance, the Seahawks seem to be in some salary-cap trouble this offseason. Seattle has almost a third of its roster about to become free agents, and very little money with which to re-sign or replace them.
Number of Players Currently Under Contract for 2014: 45
Current 2014 Salary-Cap Spending: $124,645,077
Projected 2014 Salary Cap: $126,600,000
2013 Salary-Cap Rollover: $2,949,684
Projected Current Salary-Cap Space: $5,041,607
Players With Expiring Contracts: 19
Clearly, the Seahawks have some very tough decisions to make this offseason. Five million in cap space isn't enough to re-sign or replace 19 free agents. They are going to have to free up some additional cap space in one way or another.
The Seahawks will also need some young players to step in and replace veterans whom the team can no longer afford. While the core of the team will remain the same, there could be considerable turnover on the rest of the roster.
On each of the following slides, you'll find a breakdown of how much of the 2014 cap spending is currently allotted for each position, salary-cap details for each player and a summary of what the Seahawks will likely do this offseason from a salary-cap perspective.