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5 Free Agents Seattle Seahawks Should Re-Sign For 2014

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5 Free Agents Seattle Seahawks Should Re-Sign For 2014

Doug Baldwin
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With free agency looming, the Seattle Seahawks are one of the four lucky teams still concerned about action on the football field. After reaching the divisional playoffs last year, Seattle is set to face off against rivals the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship.

Seattle has one of the youngest squads in the league and have prospered over the past couple seasons under the tutelage of head coach Pete Carroll. In only his fourth season with the Seahawks, Carroll has already led Seattle to three playoff appearances and is consistently listed as one of the most desired coaches to play for among league players.

Seattle's recent success and personable head honcho will be a compelling sales pitch when attempting to lure players to (or back to) CenturyLink Field for the 2014 season. Money aside, Seattle likely is a preferred destination among many of the top unsigned players looking to be part of a Super Bowl XLVIV run.

But Seattle has seemingly found the recipe for success and must first and foremost focus on retaining the essential pieces on their current roster for next season. In 2013, the Seahawks arguably owned the most complete team in the NFL, routinely dominating on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Give another year for this youthful team to mature and this squad could be even more dangerous in 2014. Here are five players that Seattle must attempt to re-sign if they wish to improve on their 2013 campaign.

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5. DT Tony McDaniel

Tony McDaniel
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Tinkering with any part of Seattle's outstanding defensive unit would be unwise at this juncture. Seattle was one of the top two defenses in virtually every fathomable defensive category in 2013, and McDaniel was part of the line that allowed only 3.9 YPC to opposing rushers.

McDaniel's perceived value is still quite low, meaning he's somebody Seattle could get back relatively cheaply. McDaniel is a cost-effective keeper that will help the Seahawks' D remain amongst the league's best.

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4. OT Breno Giacomini

Breno Giacomini
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I believe the old adage goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." This will be Seattle's mantra in regard to their offensive line heading into 2014. Giacomini was part of a unit that was responsible for Seattle finishing the regular season as the NFL's fourth-ranked rush attack.

To boot, Giacomini is on the right side of the line where Marshawn Lynch has averaged 4.4 YPC as opposed to only 3.8 on the left. He's yet another cost-effective option that will be a starter for Seattle in 2014.

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3. K Steven Hauschka

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Not often are kickers a top concern in free agency, but few kickers have the prowess that Hauschka does. He's been money for Seattle since the team acquired him off waivers in 2011.

Hauschka has proven he possesses the leg and mental strength to be a successful NFL kicker, especially in high pressure situations. He was 33-for-35 on field goal tries in 2013, including a perfect 3-for-3 from 50-plus. Because kickers take up hardly any cap space, Seattle should offer Hauschka a nice incentive to stay and then toast to their wise investment.

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2. FB Michael Robinson

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A quick glance at Robinson's stat sheet over the past couple of years would lead one to question why Seattle would attempt to hold onto the QB turned FB from Penn State. Simple answer: Because Robinson's contributions won't show on one.

Robinson has been instrumental in Lynch's continued success running the ball over the past three seasons. He's a tremendous blocker and always seems to make a key move to open up a huge Lynch rumble. A fan-favorite as well, the 12th Man would be thrilled to have Robinson back in 2014.

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1. WR Doug Baldwin

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Let Golden Tate go, keep Baldwin. Baldwin will come with a much cheaper price tag, is a ripe 25-years-old and has repeatedly shown he can contribute in spite of a limited role on offense. Baldwin is extremely versatile and could be a weapon for Carroll if afforded the chance.

Baldwin's a deep threat when he wants to be, but he can play out of the slot as well. Given the opportunity, I genuinely believe that Baldwin can be as good or better than Tate for Seattle. As far as value-wideouts go, Baldwin may be as good as it gets. Give the man an offer and do it quickly.