By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on July 11, 2014
This is the time of year when teams across the NFL scramble to accumulate as much talent as financially possible, and the defending Super Bowl Champions are no different. In addition, it's also the time of year when veteran contracts are assessed for their respective value, often leading to difficult roster decisions. Again, Seattle is not immune from this inevitability. Here are five roster rumors heading into Seahawks training camp.
Irvin, a first-rounder, had a fairly productive rookie campaign after being labeled a boom-or-bust prospect from WVU. In 2012, he registered 8 sacks playing primarily on passing downs. Then last year he was moved to strong-side (SAM) LB. His tackles went up (40) but his sacks went way down (2). Now, it's unknown whether irvin should remain at SAM LB or return to his original pass-rushing role following the offseason departure of Chris Clemons.
Seattle's No. 1-ranked defense is single-handedly responsible for delivering the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Then, when members of their infamous Legion of Boom secondary left via free agency, fans got nervous. Yet the LOB looks better than ever this year. Byron Maxwell has clearly proved his ability to replace Brandon Browner, and Jeremy Lane is a superstar in the making as a slot CB. Overall, the LOB will likely be nastier.
DT Jesse Williams was drafted by Seattle in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at the University of Alabama, playing DT for one of the most feared defensive units in the country. Despite his immense potential, an unfortunate knee injury derailed Williams' rookie season leaving him with a difficult rehab process. By all reports, however, Williams is lighting up Seahawks OTAs and is playing better than ever.
All of Seattle went bonkers when the Seahawks traded for playmaking WR Percy Harvin last year. Unfortunately, he was limited to just one regular season appearance after experiencing a torn labrum in his hip early in the offseason. Now in 2014, head coach Pete Carroll has informed the media that Harvin will be limited practice-wise forever, which seemingly validates the 12th Man's fear over Harvin's seemingly injury-prone history.
It may be painful for Seahawk fans to think about, but the fact is RB Marshawn Lynch's days as Seattle's every-down back are numbered. Since HC Pete Carroll's arrival, he's spent a variety of draft picks building his backfield into one of the league's best. His crowning jewel, of course, is Lynch, the man they call Beast Mode. Yet, with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin in place behind Lynch, Seattle is more than prepared for Lynch's departure.
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