5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Seattle Seahawks Should Avoid At All Costs
Seattle Seahawks: Who to Avoid in Free Agency
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a Super Bowl victory, but their celebration won’t last long. With plenty of their own players leaving for the free agency market, it will open up a lot of holes that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll will need to work to fill.
The good news is that Schneider and Carroll have found creative ways over the past several years to get players who aren’t expensive to fill different roles on the team. Carroll has a great knack for getting players to perform to their maximum potential and coming off a Super Bowl victory, he will be even more motivated to make sure this continues.
The bad news is that the Seahawks will have a huge target on their back and playing in the NFC West is not an easy feat. With the San Francisco 49ers primed for another run, the Arizona Cardinals steadily improving and the St. Louis Rams with plenty of draft picks, the Seahawks can easily find themselves on the outside looking in when the playoffs begin in January 2015.
However, if they are smart in free agency and hit on their draft picks, they can continue to be the force they were during the 2013 season and will be able to successfully defend their championship title.
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Kellen Clemens - Quarterback
No, the Seahawks do not need a starting quarterback as they have Russell Wilson. However, they do need a backup as Tarvaris Jackson is set to hit the market and is expected to test the waters to try to find an opportunity where he can compete for a starting job. If that happens, it is rumored that the Seahawks will go after Kellen Clemens.
However, it doesn’t seem that Clemens would be a good fit in Seattle’s scheme. Wilson is a mobile quarterback who thrives on making plays after the original one breaks down. If Wilson was to ever go down and Clemens were to come in, the Seahawks would need to change their entire scheme to fit him. In addition, Clemens is 31 which goes against what Seattle is trying to continue to build.
Dennis Pitta - Tight End
It is rumored that the Seahawks are going to cut Zach Miller in an effort to save money. If they do, they are likely to look at Dennis Pitta. However, Pitta is 29 years old and was rated by Pro Football Focus with a -0.9 grade in 2013. In addition, he’s coming off a hip injury and only played in four games last season, catching 20 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown.
The Ravens may end up slapping the franchise tag on Pitta and Seahawks fans should be happy if they do. Pitta is a huge risk and they would be better off finding a way to keep Miller on the team.
Austin Howard - Right Tackle
Current Seahawks right guard Breno Giocamini is set to hit the free agent market and the Seahawks will probably be looking to upgrade that position. If they decide to do it via free agency, they should avoid Austin Howard.
While Howard is young and has hardly missed a snap in two years with the New York Jets, he had a Pro Football Focus rating of -1.0 in 2013. Although he had a +1.9 pass blocking grade, his run blocking was highly inconsistent throughout the season. Again, with the Seahawks built to run, Howard does not fit their philosophy and won’t be much of an upgrade.
Kenny Britt - Wide Receiver
Sidney Rice is a free agent and although he said he will take a hometown discount to stay with the Seahawks, Schneider and Caroll may want to go in a different direction. If they do, they should stay away from Kenny Britt.
While Britt is extremely talented, he comes with a lot of issues both on and off the field. At times, he can be somewhat of a diva and those are the players the Seahawks are trying to avoid. They need to look past his talent and get to the root of his character problems to come to the conclusion that he simply doesn't fit their philosophy.
Jon Asamoah - Right Guard
The Seahawks need help on their offensive line and Jon Asamoah seems like the perfect fit. There are several problems with this, though. While he is only 26 and one of the best guards that will hit the free agent market, he is going to be very expensive. In addition, he only played nine games last year due to a calf injury.
In 682 snaps, he gave up one sack, but according to Pro Football Focus he only had a run-blocking grade of +0.5. The Seahawks love to run the ball so this isn’t good news. The Seahawks can find someone else cheaper and who can do a better job of run blocking.