5 Free Agents The Seattle Seahawks Should Target This Offseason
5 Free Agents To Target This Offseason
The Seattle Seahawks are preparing to play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game next Sunday. The game will be played in Seattle, in front of Seattle’s well-documented “12th Man.” This would have to make the Seahawks the favorite to win the game and advance to the Super Bowl.
Head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson have done great things in the two years they have been together. In 2013, they even helped inspire the “12th Man” to really bring the noise. This season, Seattle fans got so loud that the noise registered as small earthquakes; this happened on two separate occasions.
The Seahawks’ coaches and players are focused on San Francisco, but the front office must begin to think about what lies ahead.
Seattle has a well-rounded roster; they have the best defensive secondary in football, one of the best rushing attacks in football, and a bona fide NFL franchise quarterback. However, they compete in the best division in the NFL, the NFC West. Seattle won the division this year, but their NFC Championship game opponents won the wild card out of the same division, and the third place team, the Arizona Cardinals, finished with the same or better record than two NFC division winners at 10-6.
With their fans behind them, Seattle is always dangerous, and they proved it this year, but Seattle can not rest this year because there are still ways to make this roster better.
5. Eric Decker
The Seahawks have a very solid receiving core. Wilson can go to any receiver at any time, and they have plenty of good No. 2 receivers, though they seem to be lacking a true No. 1.
Enter Eric Decker.
Decker simply does not drop passes, and with the accuracy that Wilson possesses, Decker could be a No. 1 option in every play and every situation. He could also be another option for special teams coordinator Brian Schneider in the return game.
4. Ted Ginn Jr.
Speaking of the return game, Ted Ginn Jr. should be added by Seattle.
Ginn is the kind of player who could make a play at any moment, his excellent speed is an instant game-changer.
Seattle currently has Golden Tate handling most of their returns, but teams usually benefit from having return specialists who are rarely used in other facets of the game.
Ginn can be used on both, kickoff and punt returns, and as a big play option receiver. He can outrun most cornerbacks, and is a big play option in screen plays.
3. Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley would be a great addition at the tight end position. He had 25 receptions in six games in 2013. He missed most of the season with a spinal injury, but he expects to be cleared to play.
Zach Miller is the current starting tight end for Seattle. Miller is a good option, but Finley is a bigger guy who would be the kind of receiving threat that Wilson could count on in most third-and-short situations.
Finley is a risk because of the injury, but if healthy, he could pay huge dividends.
2. Shaun Phillips
Seattle's defense has been one of the best this year. They get good pressure on the quarterback and have a great secondary, including the best cornerback in the league, Richard Sherman. They also have one of the most underrated players in the league, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Along with their defensive line, they have Bruce Irvin playing one of the outside linebacker positions. Seattle should bring in Shaun Phillips to play opposite of Irvin in 2014.
Phillips had 10 sacks in 2013, along with an interception. He could be a wonderful addition to an already stacked Seattle defense.
1. Steven Hauschka
Steven Hauschka is already the kicker for Seattle, but he is set to become a free agent at the end of this year. The Seahawks must hold on to Hauschka. He has been phenomenal for the Seahawks this year, only missing two field goals in 35 attempts.
Once he becomes a free agent, he would become the best kicker on the market. Seattle would be better off making sure he never gets there.