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March 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Seahawks free agency refresher

I didn’t find a lot of links to pass along so this morning.

So instead, I thought I would present a quick refresher on what is about to happen with free agency.

First, the timeline. Teams can begin entering contract negotiations with players who will be unrestricted free agents on Saturday. Qualifying offers can also be made to restricted free agents and offers to unrestricted free agents who the team wants to keep. This is the so-called “three-day tampering period.”

Then on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Seattle time, free agency officially begins and teams can begin signing players. Also at that time, all teams must be under the salary cap (not an issue for the Seahawks).

As for Seattle’s free agents, the team has 15. Here’s the list, with a quick comment on each:

DE Michael Bennett: Bennett is the team’s No. 1 priority in free agency, and the moves the Seahawks made last week to shed the salaries of Sidney Rice and Red Bryant give them the money to get him back. Good odds he returns.

CB Brandon Browner: You can officially put him back on this list now that he’s reinstated. Seems little shot the Seahawks will be interested right now, though.

TE Kellen Davis: Depth player in 2013 who didn’t command much salary. One would think Seahawks will be looking at other options at tight end in 2014.

OT Breno Giacomini: Had a $4.75 million cap hit in 2013. Seahawks might think they have cheaper options there in Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Giacomini also played well down the stretch, though. Will be an interesting one to watch.

K Steven Hausckha: Made $750,000 last season, and obviously will command more than that now. Seahawks, though, didn’t deem him worth a franchise tag and a $3 million. So look for Seattle to try to bring him back somewhere in between those numbers.

QB Tarvaris Jackson: At this point, as dependable and cheap an option as the Seahawks can get at backup QB. Seems a sure thing he’ll beĀ  back.

S Chris Maragos: Maragos agreed to a late restructuring of his deal in 2013 from $1.3 million to $855,000. Backup to Earl Thomas and a special teams demon, he’s hoping for more than that now.

TE Anthony McCoy: McCoy missed all of 2013 with an ACL injury, but figures to re-sign with Seahawks and add to depth at TE in 2014.

DT Tony McDaniel: Making just $890,000 on a one-year deal, McDaniel was a big bargain as a key part of the DL in 2014. Will want more than that now.

DT Clinton McDonald: Another who was a big bargain for Seattle this year, returning to play for just $630,000 for the last 15 games after initially being released in the cutdown to 53 players. And like McDaniel, seems certain to command and want more than that now after a surprisingly solid season.

OL Paul McQuistan: Made $3.75 million this season. But as with Giacomini, Seahawks might feel like they have younger, cheaper options.

FB Michael Robinson: Veteran locker room leader just turned 31. But he has indicated he’d like to keep playing.

LB O’Brien Schofield: Helped greatly early when team had depth issues on the DL, and could be a dependable and relatively cheap depth option again this year.

WR Golden Tate: Figures to want more than $5 million or so a season — recall that he said he sees himself in a far different situation than that of Riley Cooper, who just signed a five-year deal for a reported $25 million. Will Seahawks want to go that high?

CB Walter Thurmond: Didn’t help himself with late four-game suspension, during which Seahawks found out just how well they can get along with the likes of Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane. But he also returned to start the Super Bowl when the Seahawks went with a lot of nickel, and will undoubtedly get lots of attention on the market.



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