NFC West offseason breakdown – Seattle Seahawks

Published on February 19, 2011 by     

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Outlook

The Seahawks shouldn’t get hung up on the fact that they made the playoffs last season. They still had a losing record in the regular season and have numerous needs on both sides of the ball. And like two other teams from the NFC West, the Seahawks must solve their quarterback situation.

The defense really came on late, so there’s hope that side of the ball is on the way to better consistency. However, they have many needs at key positions.

Key Free Agents

Matt Hasselbeck, QB — Head coach Pete Carroll indicated before the regular season ended that he wanted to re-sign Hasselbeck. And based on the way that he finished the season, it makes a lot of sense. Hasselbeck showed that he still has plenty left in the tank.

Leon Washington, RB-KR-PR — Washington tied for the lead in kickoff return touchdowns with three last season. His performance on special teams returns was amazing considering the horrific injury he suffered during the 2009 season.

Sean Locklear, ORT — The Seahawks could choose to move backup OL Stacy Andrews over to right tackle, which is his natural position. But Andrews is not a lock to return because of his $5.25 million base salary.

Brandon Mebane, DT — He’s one of the most underrated defensive tackles in the NFL. Mebane has a terrific first step and is capable of starting for a lot of teams that use a 4-3 defensive scheme. The Seahawks could choose to use their non-exclusive franchise tag on him.

Raheem Brock, DE — Brock might have been one of the best in-season street free-agent pickups by any team in the last few years. Brock, who turns 33 in June, had a career-high nine sacks for the Seahawks last season despite not starting a single game.

Leroy Hill, OLB — David Hawthorne did a nice job of filling in for the injured Hill last season. It’s unlikely that Hill will be back considering this coaching staff inherited him.

Kelly Jennings, CB — Jennings showed improvement last season, but the team is high on 2010 fourth-round pick CB Walter Thurmond.

Lawyer Milloy, SS — The veteran defensive back showed that he still had something left in the tank last season, but Milloy turns 38 in November. Kam Chancellor could be the replacement if Milloy isn’t re-signed.

Team Needs

QB, LG, RG, RT, DT, DE, CB, SS

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