I feel like this is something that shouldn’t be up for debate. And yet, for some reason, the same stupid questions keep popping up on Twitter, being handled with savage aplomb by the beat writers who somehow manage to maintain some semblance of sanity in this brave new world we live in where everyone has a voice (hi!) and gets to shout it to the masses whenever they fucking want.
People see the Seahawks have $20+ million in available salary cap room and think, “Oh boy! Shopping spree!” Why, with that amount of money, with some creative bookkeeping, you could easily fill a couple spots on the O-Line, with enough room left over for Adrian Peterson, Alshon Jeffery, and a couple dominant pass rushers!
Forget about the fact that that’s insane, and very much NOT enough money to do all those things, but as usual people fail to see the bigger picture. Yes, unlike in years past, the Seahawks do have some money to throw around. But, as usual, compared to the rest of the NFL, the Seahawks are relative paupers. At the moment (before the flurry of deals set to go down in the coming days), the Seahawks rank 22nd out of 32 teams in the NFL in available cap space. The Cleveland Browns, for instance, rank 1st, and have over $100 million! 8 teams in the NFL have DOUBLE what the Seahawks have in available cap space!
And, speaking of big picture, this is the NFL. Where the risk of injury is at its highest among the professional sports, and where the contracts aren’t fully guaranteed. In the life of an NFL player, you gotta get yours while the getting’s good, because any snap or even any practice rep could be your last.
As such, the best free agents are going to chase the highest dollars. And the majority of the league has stacks on stacks on stacks more money than the Seahawks. So, you know, don’t expect the Seahawks to land some whale in the first hours of free agency.
Also, not for nothing, but the Seahawks have more than a single hole to fill. If we were just one player away from a guaranteed Super Bowl run, then yeah, spend the bulk of that $20+ million on the best guy and call it a day! No, see, there are a number of holes to fill, along the O-Line, along the D-Line, and especially throughout the depth of our roster. In other words, we’ve gotta make that $20+ million last, and spread that shit around to as many guys as we can.
So, with that in mind, can we PLEASE take a reasoned, somewhat educated look at potential Seahawks targets?
I mean, I won’t, but maybe the rest of you can. The NFL free agency rumor mill couldn’t interest me less. Which is why Twitter is perfect for this sort of thing. Oh, the Seahawks may or may not be interested in Jamaal Charles? Put it in a Tweet! But, I can’t sit here and respond to every possible player we’re supposedly tied to in conversation! Even if I am tantalized by the notion of a healthy Charles just destroying defenses this season. Who has the time? The news changes so frequently, I can’t keep up.
In the end, there has to be a modestly-priced offensive tackle out there that the Seahawks will get around to signing. I could see us going after a veteran running back, but I really doubt it if the guy is coming off of major injury (considering the rash of injuries we’ve sustained to Rawls and Prosise). I’m sure there’s a solid D-tackle out there we’ll bring in. But, again, while these positions are priorities, they’re also something that can be knocked out later in the process. The NFL draft isn’t until the last weekend in April. There’s PLENTY of time for the Seahawks to make smart, sensible moves.
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