By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 18, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks were able to win their first Super Bowl in 2013 after signing two quality free agents to bolster the terrifying defense. Overall, the Seahawks haven’t had that much luck in free agency, although that luck has appeared to tilt in their favor. With the 2014 NFL free agency in full swing, I began to wonder who the five biggest free agent signings in franchise history are.
Chad Brown signed with Seattle in ’97 in which he posted eight successful seasons with the Seahawks. The fan favorite made two Pro Bowl appearances and he was named an All-Pro in ’98. That season was a career year, which saw him nab 7 ½ sacks, 148 total tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The linebacker recorded 48 sacks during his time with the team, which ranks fifth in franchise history.
Chris Gray was a top-notch offensive lineman who signed with the Seahawks in ’98. His success at center and right guard over an 11-year span was a big reason why Seattle clinched five straight playoff berths, including their appearance in Super Bowl XL. On top of that, Shaun Alexander owes a lot of his success to Gray, who was a beast in run blocking. Gray made 121 consecutive starts, which is the best mark in franchise history.
Bobby Engram signed a one-year, 7,000 deal in 2001, which turned out to be a steal. Engram is regarded as the best wide receiver in franchise history and he played a huge role in Seattle’s success in the 2000s. In 2005, he led the team with 67 receptions and he added 11 more in the playoffs. He finished his career ranked fourth in Seahawks history in receiving yards (4,859) and fifth in receptions (399).
Michael Bennett signed with Seattle on a one-year contract that was worth million in 2013. He had 31 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and led the team with 8 ½ sacks. Bennett’s presence on defense was a big reason why the Seahawks were able to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history as he posted 1 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the playoffs. He recently inked a four-year, .5 million deal.
Seattle also signed Cliff Avril in 2013. He became the best free agent signing in franchise history after he had 20 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during the regular season. Avril’s very reasonable two-year, million contract combined with his performance that led to a Super Bowl title is why he ranks No. 1 on the list. It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks winning it all without Bennett or Avril on the team.
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