Let’s do another recap of where we are.
Walter Thurmond signing with the Giants made him the sixth unrestricted free agent to leave the Seahawks this offseason. Receiver Golden Tate (Detroit Lions), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), cornerback Brandon Browner (New England Patriots), offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (New York Jets) and safety Chris Maragos (Tampa Bay) have also departed.
The core of the team remains, as do possible in-house candidates to replace the departed.
Wide receivers: Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette and Bryan Walters remain. Taylor Price was added. Phil Bates was also on the practice squad all last season and will be back. Chris Matthews was signed out of the CFL. Arceto Clark should be around when camp starts, too. As has been often discussed, it would appear logical for the Seahawks to use a draft pick on a receiver. They also haven’t ruled out the return of Sidney Rice.
Defensive tackle: Tony McDaniel re-signed. Jordan Hill, who played in four games last year, will be back, as will Brandon Mebane. A wild card here is Jesse Williams. The Seahawks’ fifth-round pick is making it sound like he’s recovered from the knee injury that put him on injured reserve last season. Williams is 6-3, 325. For comparison, Red Bryant is 6-4, 323.
Cornerbacks: A clear line of succession here. Byron Maxwell remains the starter opposite Richard Sherman. Jeremy Lane moves into the nickel back role and the Seahawks figure out what they have with Tharold Simon, if he can get over his toe injuries. I’d expect another late-round cornerback draft pick to be added to the mix.
Right tackle/offensive line: Michael Bowie seems the clear leader to replace Giacomini. The Seahawks also have Alvin Bailey to work with. Left guard Paul McQuistan is a free agent. Versatile Lemuel Jeanpierre re-signed to again provide depth. James Carpenter is entering the final year of his contract. He can become an UFA following the season.
Safety: Jeron Johnson re-signed. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor basically don’t come off the field. The Seahawks are likely to add another piece of depth here. As was pointed out in the comments, we should include DeShawn Shead here. He’s a big body the Seahawks like. He’s under contract for next season, then can become an unrestricted free agent.
Overthecap.com estimates the Seahawks to be $13,483,664 under the cap, at this point, though the restructuring of Zach Miller’s contract does not appear accounted for. That should give the Seahawks a slight bump in cap space. Percy Harvin ($13,400,000) and Russell Okung ($11,240,000) are the only two cap numbers more than $10,000,000 next season.
The Seahawks still have several steals on the roster. Michael Bennett and Thomas combine to produce just a $9,473,212 cap hit next season, almost equivalent to Cliff Avril’s ($9,250,00). Considering what the Seahawks get out of those two, that’s a major deal — for at least one more year.
Sherman is a $1,476,606 cap hit next year. Russell Wilson comes in at $817,302, also known as less than long snapper Clint Gresham ($887,500).
> This is a couple days old, but a cool look from MMQB at how free agency works for the players. Former Lions safety Louis Delmas had two hours to give Miami an answer about its offer.
> Also from SI, how the start of free agency can impact the draft.
> WR James Jones says he would “love” to play for the Panthers.