Assuming nothing changes between now and February 2nd, the following will be the 53 guys on the roster for The Big Game.
For the record, 32 of 53 were either drafted by the organization, or were undrafted rookie free agents. They include the following:
- Brandon Mebane – 2007 Draft
- Red Bryant – 2008 Draft
- Max Unger – 2009 Draft
- Russell Okung
- Earl Thomas
- Golden Tate
- Walter Thurmond
- Kam Chancellor
- James Carpenter
- K.J. Wright
- Richard Sherman
- Byron Maxwell
- Malcolm Smith
- Doug Baldwin (undrafted)
- Ricardo Lockette (undrafted)
- Mike Morgan (undrafted)
- Bruce Irvin
- Bobby Wagner
- Russell Wilson
- Robert Turbin
- Jeremy Lane
- J.R. Sweezy
- Derrick Coleman (undrafted)
- Jermaine Kearse (undrafted)
- DeShawn Shead (undrafted)
- Christine Michael
- Jordan Hill
- Luke Willson
- Michael Bowie
- Alvin Bailey (undrafted)
- Caylin Hauptmann (undrafted)
- Benson Mayowa (undrafted)
Of course, this list doesn’t include guys on the Injured Reserve or P.U.P. lists. This is just the 53 players eligible to play on Super Bowl Sunday.
By the way, would you look at that 2010 draft again? Holy SHIT! Three Pro Bowlers, a starting wide receiver, and your nickel cornerback. In fact, if you look at those first three drafts by John Schneider and Pete Carroll, you’ve got 12 of your 22 starters (sometimes 13, depending on whether Carpenter gets the nod over McQuistan or Bowie), with guys like Thurmond, Smith, Lane, Kearse, and Turbin playing quality minutes. Just amazing.
Of course, your three elder statesmen are Mebane, Bryant, and Unger, the only three draft picks the team has retained from the pre-Carroll/Schneider Era.
Next up, you’ve got your guys acquired in trade:
- Chris Clemons (3/16/2010 – with a 4th round pick from Philly for Darryl Tapp)
- Marshawn Lynch (10/5/2010 – from Buffalo for 4th round pick in 2011 & 5th round pick in 2012)
- Clinton McDonald (8/29/2011 – from Cincinnati for Kelly Jennings)
- Percy Harvin (3/11/2013 – from Minnesota for 1st & 7th round picks in 2013 & 3rd round pick in 2014)
Aside from the Harvin trade (which I contend the jury is still out on), I can’t tell which trade worked out best for the Seahawks. In McDonald, we got a steady rotational inside presence on the D-Line (AND we got rid of a liability in our secondary, for a 2-birds/1-stone type of deal). In Clemons, we got a guy who averaged double-digit sacks in his first three seasons with the Seahawks. And, in Lynch, we got an elite, every-down running back. It’s an embarrassment of riches! Trading with John Schneider should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning, because it’s seriously bad for your health.
Up next, we have the guys signed as free agents (or claimed off of waivers, denoted with ***):
- Jon Ryan – 9/9/2008
The only free agent signed prior to the Schneider/Carroll regime still on the team.
- Clint Gresham – 8/1/2010
- Michael Robinson – 9/6/2010 (then cut & re-signed 10/22/2013)
- Lemuel Jeanpierre – 9/6/2010
- Breno Giacomini – 9/28/2010
Members of the 2010 team, we’ve got our long-snapper, our starting fullback, our backup center, and our starting right tackle.
- Paul McQuistan – 1/28/2011
- Tarvaris Jackson – 7/29/2011 (then traded & re-signed 6/14/2013)
- Zach Miller – 8/3/2011
- Steven Hauschka – 9/4/2011 ***
- Chris Maragos – 9/22/2011
- Heath Farwell – 10/19/2011
Members of the 2011 team, we’ve got our sometimes-starting left guard, our backup quarterback, our starting tight end, our kicker, and two special teams standouts in Maragos & Farwell.
- Bryan Walters – 12/20/2012
- Cliff Avril – 3/13/2013
- Michael Bennett – 3/15/2013
- Tony McDaniel – 3/28/2013
- O’Brien Schofield – 7/27/2013 ***
- Kellen Davis – 9/11/2013
No big free agents left over from the 2012 team (Walters was a practice squad player when he signed originally). A lot of pieces were already in place by the time we got to our current team, but there is no more important stretch of days (aside from a couple of the drafts, of course) than those two weeks in March when we signed Avril, Bennett, and McDaniel. Mother of God! Essentially, you’ve got our pass-rush unit right there in those three guys. All made possible thanks to our quarterback earning well under a million dollars.
Add ’em all up, and you’ve got your 53-man roster. Probably the deepest roster in the league. And if you line ’em all up, our starters look something like this:
- WR – Golden Tate – Drafted
- LT – Russell Okung – Drafted
- LG – James Carpenter – Drafted
- C – Max Unger – Drafted
- RG – J.R. Sweezy – Drafted
- RT – Breno Giacomini – Free Agent
- TE – Zach Miller – Free Agent
- WR – Doug Baldwin – Undrafted Rookie Free Agent
- QB – Russell Wilson – Drafted
- FB – Michael Robinson – Free Agent
- RB – Marshawn Lynch – Trade
In our base, 12 offense (1 tight end, 2 backs), you’ve got mostly draft picks/rookie free agents (7 of 11). In our 21 offense (2 tight ends, 1 back), you’ve got 8 of 11. In our 11 (1 tight end, 1 back) offense (assuming Harvin is playing), we’re back to 7 of 11. When we go 4-wides, it’s back up to 8 of 11.
Now, for the defense:
- DE – Chris Clemons – Trade
- DT – Brandon Mebane – Drafted
- DT – Tony McDaniel – Free Agent
- DE – Red Bryant – Drafted
- SAM – Bruce Irvin – Drafted
- MIKE – Bobby Wagner – Drafted
- WILL – K.J. Wright – Drafted
- CB – Byron Maxwell – Drafted
- SS – Kam Chancellor – Drafted
- FS – Earl Thomas – Drafted
- CB – Richard Sherman – Drafted
That’s a whopping 9 of 11 in our base defense that we drafted! Incredible! Reserves who get frequent playing time are Malcolm Smith, Walter Thurmond, and Jeremy Lane – all drafted. When we get into our Nascar package, that’s when the number starts to go down (with a line consisting of Avril, Bennett, McDonald, and Clemons). But, even with that lineup, we’re still talking about 7 of 11 guys who were drafted.
This is how it’s done, people! Soak it in! I know we’re not used to having a hyper-competent general manager, but this is what it looks like. You couldn’t cherry-pick a roster more effective and complete than this one (within the constraints of the salary cap, of course). Just an overall amazing feat, and it happened (predominantly) in four short years!