Seattle Seahawks' 2011 Free Agency Preview

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Seattle Seahawks' 2011 Free Agency Preview
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Does the career Seahawk return? Word is he wants top dollar, and the Seahawks may not oblige.

The Seahawks should be one of the NFL’s most active teams when free agency begins. 

Seattle has an array of holes across the board with 23 free agents including "restricted" players. They are also a team well equipped from a financial perspective to handle a free-agency pool with approximately 500 players—the pool of players with four-plus years of experience

With nearly 300 transactions in year one of the new regime, potentially expanded training camp rosters shouldn’t be an issue for Seattle, either.

The Seahawks were heavily criticized by some national pundits for their draft, while those inside the building are excited about who they got, the “niches” they have built, but optimism is nothing new.

Seattle used a complementary approach to their draft process, finding players with meshing skill sets that fit into the scheme; also creating more potential for other key players, such as Earl Thomas. I’ll admit I’m optimistic about this draft class as well.

Does their approach continue in free agency, potentially with the criticism? Are more players brought back due to a lengthy lockout and short offseason, or does the blistering roster turnover continue? Will Seattle continue to surprise with off the radar acquisitions or dole out an unexpectedly large contract?

The list has a range of prospects, from top starters to depth players—a glimpse of what the copious free-agent pool has to offer.

Note:

Most of the previously highlighted players that went undrafted or were highlighted post draft are part of this list. New players will be marked.

All roster information was taken from the Seahawks website.

Potential trades were not taken into consideration for this list.

This marking denotes a priority for re-sign. This marking designates a maybe. No marking means Seattle should look elsewhere. 

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