Brian McIntyre writing for Football Outsiders takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks salary cap situation in his review of the NFC West.
McIntyre estimates that Seattle will have between $30 to $35 million in cap space once free agency begins on March 13th . He predicts that Marshawn Lynch could be franchise with the tag for running backs estimated to be around $7.7 million, while defensive end Red Bryant likely will not be franchised, with the estimated tag for defensive ends around $10.4 million.
McIntyre also writes that cornerback Marcus Trufant and receiver Mike Williams could be potential salary cap casualties. Releasing trufant would free up $4.467 in cap space, but more important would save Seattle $7.3 million in cash that could be spent on other free agents. And while McIntyre says it’s unlikely, releasing Williams would clear $3.425 million off the team’s salary cap.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post has a nice breakdown of the franchise tag process, with the deadline coming on Monday.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle takes a look at the quarterbacks and their performance at the NFL Scouting combine. Huard believes that Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins helped himself while Arizona’s Nick Foles hurt himself last week.
More Huard: He believes Seattle should target Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson in the draft.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that defensive tackle Michael Brockers poor showing in the combine tests could be a red flag for teams looking to take him early in the first round.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network offers a blueprint on how the Rams can maximize the trade value for the No. 2 overall pick.