As noted earlier, Seahawks GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll spent a considerable amount of their pre-draft press conference today talking about the importance of filling out their roster with undrafted free agents once the draft concludes.
Shortly after, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Seahawks are sending agents brochures extolling the benefits of signing with the Seahawks, something he said is unprecedented.
Never seen this before. The #Seahawks have sent agents a brochure recruiting undrafted free agents, how they keep & develop UDFAs. Clever.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2014
Schneider last week also talked about the importance of signing undrafted free agents, noting the success the team has had with players such as receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse and offensive tackle Alvin Bailey, who all played a key role in the Super Bowl win over Denver.
“Rookie free agency is incredible important for us,” Schneider said. “I’d love to tell you how we attack it but I can’t. But it’s extremely important for us. We take a lot of pride in competition to acquire those rookie free agents. Our scouts do a great job of establishing relationships in the spring with those guys and then obviously our coaching staff with, you know how Pete is, he can’t wait for the draft to get over to get on the phone with these guys and start recruiting. Pete, he’s phenomenal at that. I would have gone to USC and played there.”
Schneider also said then that he didn’t see that Seattle would have any difficulty recruiting UDFAs because of how competitive the roster is right now.
“We see it the other way,” Schneider said. “We never think we have all the answers. We don’t’ view ourselves as this incredibly, we know we have some very interesting, talented guys but we don’t view ourselves being more talented than any other team. We’re trying to acquire as many guys as we possible can and then put it out there during the summer and see what happens. I think you guys have seen that. Doug (Baldwin) is a great example of that. We didn’t re-sign Brandon Stokley that year because we felt so strongly about Doug.”
Seattle had seven players on its 53-man roster for the Super Bowl last year that the team initially signed as undrafted free agents — Baldwin, Kearse, Bailey, Mike Morgan, Benson Mayowa, Ricardo Lockette and DeShawn Shead.