Here’s a quick overview of where things stand for the Seahawks following day two of the free agent signing period.
Seahawks roster moves
Re-signed by Seahawks:
DE Michael Bennett
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Tony McDaniel
Signed by other teams:
WR Golden Tate, Detroit
DT Clinton McDonald, Tampa Bay
S Chris Maragos, Philadelphia
OT Breno Giacomini, New York Jets
*LB O’Brien Schofield, NY Giants
Players cut since end of season:
DE Chris Clemons
DT Red Bryant
WR Sidney Rice
Free agents signed by Seahawks:
WR Taylor Price
Unsigned Seahawks free agents:
CB Brandon Browner
TE Kellen Davis
K Steven Hauschka
QB Tarvaris Jackson
OL Paul McQuistan
FB Michael Robinson
CB Walter Thurmond
*Deal might not go through because of concerns Giants had after Schofield’s physical.
Seahawks have also had reported visits from TE Jermichael Finley and DT Jason Hatcher. But neither has yet to sign with Seattle, with Hatcher reportedly visiting the Raiders today.
As for Seattle’s unsigned free agents, there was a report today that the Jets may be interested in Browner, and Thurmond is reported to have visited Jacksonville and also may have a visit set with Tampa Bay. Clemons, meanwhile, has been reported close to also signing with the Jaguars. UPDATE — And after first posting this, there have also been reports that Browner is visiting the Patriots.
While I can tell there is some angst out there about the team not having yet signed many players while losing a few, keep in mind that the team’s professed strategy right now is to keep as many of the key players of this team together for as long as possible. That means managing the keep to extend the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson over the next year, as well as guys who after that will need to be taken care of, such as Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, to name two.
Also remember the NFL’s system of awarding teams compensatory picks for free agent losses. Seattle may be playing that game here, as well, willing to lose some higher-priced vets to load up on draft picks that will become lower-priced players over the next few years.
That system is explained here.
As the story states:
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a team is covered by this formula.
Remember, this year’s free agent losses would be rewarded with compensatory picks in 2015, so this won’t help this year. But it could give Seattle a lot of leverage down the road.