Running back is deep and not a primary need. An undrafted free agent is a sensible signing or potentially a low-price specialist. Seattle does need a strong backfield blocking presence.
Wide receiver is a raw group in transition, with definite upside. Will Golden Tate be able to make the progress expected of him and will Isaiah Stanback be able to come to camp healthy, ready to compete...what about Deon Butler? Any signees will likely fill a specific role.
Tight end is a deep, young group. They could explore a veteran with solid receiving skills and adequate at worst as a blocker.
Keep your eye on H-Back/TE Jameson Konz, a 2010 seventh-round pick. His dream is to play in the NFL. An athletic freak put on IR during 2010 camp, he's working out in Seattle this offseason. This is the Seahawks’ Marcel Reece type player on the roster. Also, does former Trojan Dominque Byrd make enough of an impact to make John Carlson expendable via trade?
Runningback and Fullback
Under contract: Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Leon Washington, Chris Henry
Potential free agent: Michael Robinson
Marcel Reece, FB, Oakland Raiders: An undrafted free agent—former University of Washington receiver—developed into a Fullback/H-Back by Tom Cable. Still progressing but he's already an effective blocker. With the need in the backfield, this makes sense.
Leron McClain, FB, Baltimore Ravens: He was less involved in 2010 and wants to be a major player in an offense. McClain can be a force in the running game and out of the backfield. Very versatile but also won’t be cheap.
Vonta Leach, FB, Houston Texans: A must re-sign for Houston but a great add for any team...a blocker and receiver, not often used as a runner. He won’t be cheap, a long shot for Seattle.
Mewelde Moore, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Moore caught 46 balls in Bevell's first year as coordinator in Minnesota. If he leaves Pittsburgh Moore could be veteran insurance for an injury to Justin Forsett and/or Leon Washington, but the position is a lower priority.
Undrafted free agents: Darren Evans (RB), Nic Grigsby (RB), Matongi Tonga (DT/FB), Henry Hynoski (FB), Trea Burgess (RB-new)
Under contract: Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Isaiah Stanback, Deon Butler, Kris Durham (2011 fourth round), Patrick Williams, Dominique Edison, Chris Carter
Potential free agents: Brandon Stokley, Ruvell Martin
James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers: A strong run-after-catch receiver that can block. His hands can be inconsistent. Ties to John Schneider and well-rounded skill set make him an intriguing option.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: “Moon Walker” broke out in 2009 but came back to earth in 2010. Has straight line speed and burst but is still raw as a receiver.
Legadu Naanee, WR, San Diego Chargers: Hamstring problems in 2010 and a February arrest are red flags, intriguing as a backup, downfield threat. He could be cheap and worth a flier if Seattle thinks his red flags are negotiable.
Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans: One of the more underrated receivers in the NFL, a key safety valve in the slot for Drew Brees. Brees would miss him, and Seattle would welcome a legitimate replacement for Brandon Stokley. I’ll admit, likely a long shot.
Undrafted free agents: Tori Gurley (WR), Jeff Maehl (WR- new), Ricardo Lockette (WR- new)
Under contract: John Carlson, Cameron Morrah, Anthony Mccoy, Dominique Byrd, Jameson Konz, Caz Piurowski (moving to tackle)
David Thomas, TE, New Orleans: Thomas has played with the Patriots and Saints in his five-year career, 30-plus catches the past two seasons as a secondary tight end for Drew Brees. Can play an H-back role and provide depth at tight end.
Bo Scaife, TE, Tennesee Titans: He had an uncharacteristic down year in 2010, historically a solid all-around tight end. His time in Tennesee may be up, and he’d be a solid, veteran acquisition.
Undrafted free agents: Josh Baker, Schuylar Oordt (new)