Following the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos, the questions now begin to arise regarding their offseason plans. With so many important pieces on their team, it is going to be somewhat difficult to predict how the Seahawks will prioritize their potential free agents.
Two of the biggest names that Seattle has to decide on are wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Both will become free agents this offseason if they do not receive new deals, and I am sure they could easily find new homes if the Seahawks aren’t able to pay as much as they’re seeking.
The question is, with just $4 million or so to work with, will the Seahawks be able to bring them back?
The Seahawks also have to re-sign a guy like pass rusher Michael Bennett while trying to work out extensions for cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, who are both in the final year of their contract next season. Bennett is already being rumored to be a priority for Seattle, which offers even more suspicion as to what the plan is with their two wideouts.
Both Baldwin and Tate were important pieces to the offense during Russell Wilson’s first two years as a pro. Baldwin, 25, hauled in 50 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 2013 while Tate, also 25, had 64 catches for 898 yards and five scores.
The likely scenario for both to remain with the Seahawks will be for them to be willing to take less money than they would receive elsewhere. Otherwise, will Seattle be willing to make cuts elsewhere to bring them back? I highly doubt it. This will be an eventful, and quite important, offseason for the Seahawks. Baldwin and Tate are just two of several guys they need to make a decision on, and I for one am glad I don’t have to play a part in those negotiations.