The Aftermath of Free Agency

The first and second waves of NFL free agency have come and gone. The dust has finally settled, players have found their homes, and now the NFL is dead silent.

The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, have added depth to the team by way of offensive guard Stephen Schilling. Wait, that’s it? That’s all they’ve have done? Apparently that’s the case, and that might not change until the NFL Draft this May.

I’ll be honest with you. From the perspective of a Seahawks fan, this has probably been one of the more boring free agency periods that I can recall. Last offseason, we poured the poker chips out on the table to acquire Percy Harvin, followed by making the splash signings of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. There was no way in the world I was expecting something like this to happen again. But for us to only bring it one addition? It was surprising.

In ways, it’s actually been quite puzzling and frankly even frustrating. But how could someone think otherwise when turning on the news and seeing Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, and Brandon Browner donning other uniforms? Or seeing headlines that locker room leaders like Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, and Sidney Rice were released? No not leaving via free agency, but being straight up cut! These are our guys. How could we let all these impact players just leave, yet not bring anyone in (literally)? Have Pete ‘n John lost their minds?!

No. No they have not.

If this offseason happened two years ago, I’m sure we would’ve all lost our minds. True, the Seahawks have lost a lot in terms of talent and depth since the free agency period opened. But if Pete and John have taught us anything in these last four years, it’s that they don’t make any moves without having a solid plan in place. They’ve pulled off the unthinkable before, but can they do it again? My bet is, yes they will.

Pete preaches competition. By now everyone knows that. Competition breeds the “next man up” mantra, and you know what that has meant to this program so far? It’s led to the emergence of many brilliant young stud players. Yes, that mantra is cliché; but it’s cliché because it’s true! Just take a look around the organization. Without it, we would have no Richard Sherman (stepped in due to injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond). There would be no Malcolm Smith (injuries to K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner). There would be no Byron Maxwell (injury to Brandon Browner). The examples go on and on, and I don’t have a feeling they will stop.

I presume that the Seahawks didn’t feel compelled to make any further additions in free agency because they feel that some of those upgrades already lie on the roster. Might a Gregg Scruggs or Benson Mayowa step up in place of Chris Clemons? Or how about Michael Bowie/Alvin Bailey in place of Breno Giacomini/Paul McQuistan? Could Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon actually be upgrades over their departed counterparts in Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner? It’s a strong possibility the front office thinks so, and I don’t doubt them. There are some promising young players waiting in the wings for their chance to shine, and they will be given their opportunity real soon.

Still dissatisfied? Oh yeah, the NFL Draft is coming…and this class is absolutely loaded with talent. I’ll be coming out with a few articles on the draft soon, so stay tuned. I am not kidding when I say that this draft class could very well be the best Pete and John will bring in so far. It is that talented.

We’ve got our first Lombardi in the books. Yes, it’s going to be tough to repeat next season. But boy, compared to the rest of the league, I’d say we’re in pretty good shape. I like our chances, and you should too. The future is still bright Hawks fans!