Tight end has been one obvious position to look at as a spot where the Seahawks might want and/or need to add bodies in the off-season.
One potentially enticing free agent is Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers. And today, NFL writer Ben Volin of the Boston Globe Tweeted that a source says the Seahawks are among the teams interested in Finley:
I'm told that TE Jermichael Finley, still not medically cleared, has drawn interest from the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Giants and Steelers
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 7, 2014
As Volin notes, Finley has yet to be cleared following a neck injury that ended his season last year after just six games.
Finley has been productive and the injury concerns could make him more of a bargain than some other possible options.
One player who apparently is off the market is former Seahawk John Carlson, who it looks like is about to sign with the Cardinals:
#azcardinals working on a deal with TE John Carlson, who visited Thursday. Carlson has interest from others but no visits planned.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 7, 2014
One thing still hard to read is exactly what Seattle’s needs are at tight end. It’s been speculated often that the Seahawks might release Zach Miller to clear themselves of his $5.8 million salary for 2014 (Ian Rapoport reported a month ago there was a “zero” percent chance Miller would be back at that number, which obviously also includes the idea that he could just agree to a restructuring of his contract to return at a lower salary).
If anything has happened with Miller, though, it’s been yet to be reported.
Seattle seemed happy with the progress this season of rookie Luke Willson in 2013. But Kellen Davis and Anthony McCoy are each free agents. And Seattle also could simply be looking to add depth and competitiveness to the tight end spot.
UPDATE — And just as I published this, news broke that Arizona has indeed signed Carlson:
Arziona Cardinals gave former Vikings TE John Carlson a two-year deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2014