Anybody know who Michael Wilhoite or Terence Garvin is? No? Me neither.
I’ll be honest with you, the Seahawks are doing a lot more than I thought they’d do in free agency this year. In particular, around the edges of the roster, where you normally find the Seahawks filling in with draft picks and undrafted free agents. It’s not necessarily how the Seahawks did it at their peak – from 2012-2014 – but it’s how they’ve had to do it since their superstars have started getting paid.
For the most part, the Seahawks built up their roster through the draft, and filled in with some key veteran free agents to be one of the most dominant teams of recent memory. But, since those young studs have started seeing second contracts – and as we’ve headed towards some of their third contracts – you can’t pay everybody, and as such, the org has had to skimp where necessary. But, as the salary cap has gone up, and as the Seahawks haven’t had that many big contracts to dish out recently (thanks to the God-awful 2013 draft, and the pretty bad 2014 draft), they’ve actually come into a little money this year to spend on veteran free agents again! Guys like the aforementioned Wilhoite & Garvin. As well as McDougald and Brown and Aboushi. These are people who will feature primarily on the Special Teams, but also guys who figure to be more reliable as backups if and when injury strikes.
The 2016 Seahawks were kind of a mess from the get-go, and just when you thought they’d turn a corner, some other disaster would strike. While the offensive line deservedly gets its share of the blame, there are plenty of areas to spread that around. That game in Green Bay was particularly alarming, for instance. We haven’t seen a defeat like that around here since Pete Carroll’s first couple of seasons in Seattle. And yet, even when the Seahawks controlled their own destiny, they blew it at home against the Cardinals. How different would those playoffs have played out had the Seahawks owned the #2 seed? We’ll never know.
So, in general, I like what the Seahawks are doing on the fringe of the roster. Backup linebacker/starting SAM linebacker could’ve been a major area of concern in the upcoming draft. Instead, the Seahawks have brought in a bunch of guys who can compete for those spots right away, reducing the need for the Seahawks to fill that role with a draft pick. That doesn’t mean they won’t select one, if he’s the best player available, but if things don’t slot appropriately, they don’t have to REACH for one, and I think that’s pretty important.
Let’s face it, the Seahawks are going to have their hands full with this draft, just in replenishing the secondary. I would expect our top pick to be a corner, and I wouldn’t be shocked if the top two picks were both in that area. I’d be a little sad if we’re unable to get one of those Husky DBs, but that’s neither here nor there. The interior pass rush is another area of concern, as well as the O-Line, safety, and tight end. While the Seahawks COULD look to bolster the linebacker position for the long term, I just don’t see a need as long as Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are balling out the way they are. These moves to sign veterans at the position only confirm that line of thinking.