Restricted Free Agents
Darryl Tapp – I would be shocked if the Seahawks did not tender Darryl Tapp. He is one of our more reliable defensive players, and is surprisingly stout against the run. It sounds like Pete Carroll has some ideas on how to use Tapp as his Brian Cushing-esque Elephant backer in Carroll’s 4-3 Under defense. Keeping Tapp should be a top priority, and luckily, it shouldn’t be hard to keep him around.
Rob Sims – While Sims was taken in the 4th round, don’t be shocked to see him get a 2nd Round tender. He was a good starter last year, and while he is not Hutchinson, he is definitely good enough to stick around for a couple million bucks. I would be surprised if the Seahawks don’t tender him at a high enough level to keep him around.
Chris Spencer – Most likely will be tendered, but as a former first round pick who has disappointed and lost his job to a rookie last year, Spencer is the iffyest of the “big three” RFAs. If Carroll and Schneider want to surprise some people, not tendering Spencer would be a way to do it. He’s not a great fit as a ZBS guard, and he won’t be playing center so long as Unger is healthy. How much is a back-up center worth to the Hawks?
Brandon Frye – I would be utterly shocked if the Seahawks left Frye untendered. Frye is a fairly cheap option who provides solid depth at either tackle position. He is probably at least on-par with Locklear at Left Tackle, and was drafted by an Alex Gibbs team. Another year under Gibbsy and Frye might be worth the small investment an original round tender would cost.
Ben Obamanu – The Seahawks are shallow at WR, assuming that Burleson leaves in free agency. Keeping Obo is as close to free as it gets, but if they can’t (or want to get him cheaper by leaving him untendered a la Lance Laury) there should be plenty of other low-rent options on the market in the coming months. Let’s face it: Obamanu is no Colston and he was never going to be. It was a strange pick with little upside, and if he goes, he goes. I think he’ll stick around, but by no means is a sure thing to make the team, in spite of our shallow WR corps.
Nate Burleson – While Burly has said that he’d love to stay as Seahawk and will let the Hawks match any offer thrown his way, I don’t feel that it’s very likely he sticks around. He’s not a top-10 receiver, but he wins battles on third down consistently, can stretch the field a bit, and is always a threat with the ball in the open field. Guys like that get paid, especially when the free agent class is as bare as this one will be. As much as I love him, I fear his offer may put him out of the question for the Seahawks and I sincerely hope they don’t overspend to keep him. Come on Nate, stay for cheap!
Ken Lucas – I don’t see there being much demand for Lucas after a lackluster year. Maybe the Lions will make a play for him like they did last year, but who knows. He was fairly mediocre and will likely be paid as such. If he’s cheap, he is quality depth, but don’t look for the Hawks to enter a bidding war. It’s also an outside possibility that Lucas will retire.
Cory Redding – Pete Carroll has mentioned that he likes what he has seen from Cory Redding and thinks he might be able to play a bigger role in his defense. He has also intimated that Lawrence Jackson does not have a guaranteed starting spot in 2010. Those two may be unrelated, but maybe not. Either way, Redding accepted the revised contract last year in hopes of having a big year and getting big money in free agency. I don’t think he has earned that pay off, but again, in limited free agency his past performance may suffice to get him out of the Seahawks’ range.
Justin Griffith – It’s hard to say what will be done with Griffith. He should be fairly cheap and there won’t be much demand for his services if last year is any barometer. He was much better than Owen Schmitt in 2009, so there’s a decent shot that he is re-signed.
Lawyer Milloy – He was the best hitter on defense last year and when given a chance to play, excelled. He was cheap last year coming off a big year, and should be cheap this year too. The Seahawks want to get younger, but what harm could keeping Milloy around do? He offers quality play at a position of serious weakness. This will be an issue of age philosophy, assuming Milloy does not retire.
Those are the main guys. What are your thoughts on them?