5 Underrated Free Agents Seattle Seahawks Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Free Agents The Seattle Seahawks Should Target This Offseason
For the past several years, coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have done an excellent job bringing in free agents both drafted and undrafted that have fit the Seattle Seahawks' offensive and defensive schemes. The free agent class last year brought in the likes of Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Percy Harvin, all who contributed mightily to Seattle's Super Bowl 48 victory. With plenty of big-name players up for free agency this year with Seattle, Schneider will have to work his magic touch again to find replacements for players due for big pay days.
A major reason why the Seahawks were champions last year was because of their "Legion of Boom" defense. The Seahawks’ defense ranked first in points per game, pass defense and turnovers. Key players up front like Bennett, Walter Thurmond and Clinton McDonald are all up for free agency and in today's age where Super Bowl teams have been gutted going into the next season, retaining all of these players can't be a guarantee.
Offensively, the Seahawks have relied on unknown players to build a good unit. Receivers like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse went from being undrafted to starting. Baldwin is up for free agency, as is their no. 1 receiver in Golden Tate. The offensive line will also be tested in free agency as both starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and reserve lineman Paul McQuistan are up as well.
Free agency is the first priority for the Seahawks, and they will have to continue the successes they have had with unknown players settling for lower contracts. The salary cap is favorable again for the Seahawks as only Harvin is scheduled to make over $10 million in 2014. In fact, Seattle is $12.9 million under the salary cap, giving the team options to keep their players and also to sign some much-needed free agents.
To continue their string of success, the Seahawks will have to restructure several player contracts and make some tough cuts prior to free agency to make some room. The Seahawks will continue to rely on finding some diamond-in-the-rough players who can not only turn into stars for low cost, but who want to play for a championship team. Targeting the following five underrated free agents in March could be a first step towards their Super Bowl defense in 2014.
5. Tyson Clabo
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Tyson Clabo fits the bill for what a Seattle Seahawk looks like. Clabo, like most of the Seahawks' roster, has been a workhorse who has unappreciated during a solid career in the NFL. He will be looking to get out of the mess that the Dolphins have made, and would be an excellent replacement should Giacomini not be re-signed or gets a better offer somewhere else.
4. Fred Davis
The former USC connections kick in right here with Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis. Davis can be an effective player, but was stuck on a bad team that quit during a rough season. Davis would revitalize his career in Seattle and give Russell Wilson a no. 1 tight end that can make big plays in the middle of the field, and someone who would have a chip on his shoulder after being cast aside by the Redskins.
3. Charles Tillman
The "Legion of Boom" secondary will now be down by two players as both Brandon Browner and Thurmond will either be banned from the league or get a big free agent deal on an also-ran team. In Charles Tillman, the Seahawks will get a savvy veteran that can still make big plays for a Seattle secondary that is constantly known for forcing turnovers and making big plays.
2. Jared Allen
Defensive end Jared Allen is not likely to be re-signed as the Vikings undergo a new coaching regime and a new defensive scheme, leaving him to go to a contender where he will have the chance to play for a title. With the Seahawks, Allen can be a situational pass rusher who can bring pressure to opposing quarterbacks on obvious passing plays. As Bennett's future is up in the air, the Seahawks need all the pass rushers they can find.
1. Kenny Britt
Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt had a bad attitude on a bad offensive team. That being said, Britt's height and playmaking ability would fit well for a Seahawks offense that relied on Tate last year as their no. 1 wide receiver. With a new change of scenery and being around winners, I am banking on Britt turning his attitude around and being the no. 1 receiver that QB Russell Wilson hasn't had in his young career.