Looking ahead to the Seahawks 2016 Team and Season
Hello Folks! It's been a few months since I've been able to publish anything and I've missed you. :)
I maintain and publish to this website as part of my hobby and life took over the last few months and was not able to publish as often as I've wanted to. Nevertheless, I've been watching along with the rest of you #12s. What an amazing comeback and display of grit showcased by our team. throughout the season. It's just a testament to this team's mentallity to "Always Compete."
Now that the season is over, our boys will take their much needed rest and return for voluntary workouts in late April then OTAs in late May.
The future of our team's success will depend on our ability to create depth within the roster. With that being said, there will be a good amount of pieces to fill in this off-season.
Pending Free Agents include:
QB: Tarvaris Jackson
RB: Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Christine Michael
FB: Derrick Coleman, Will Tukuafu
WR: Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, Kasen Williams
TE :Anthony McCoy, Chase Coffman, Cooper Helfet
OL: Patrick Lewis, Russell Okung, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Alvin Bailey, J.R. Sweezy
DL:Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, A.J. Francis, Demarcus Dobbs
LB: Michael Morgan, Bruce Irvin, Nick Moody, Eric Pinkins
DB: Jeremy Lane, Deshawn Shead, Marcus Burley, Mohammed Seisay, Steven Terrell
ST: Jon Ryan
Ahtyba Rubin - Re-sign, 2-year/$6M
Brandon Mebane - Lose to FA
The biggest impact for me in this Free Agent picture has got to be Mebane and Rubin. Tuba and Mebane's presence demands a double team from opposing linemen. They are the run-stoppers that allows our linebackers to make plays in the running game. If we can't keep both, then we need to keep one of them.
Tuba (29 years old) is at the end of a 1 year/$2.6 Million contract ($1.25M guaranteed). Mebane (31 years old) is at the end of a 5 year/$25M deal. With Mebane, I believe John Schneider will allow Mebane to test the market, meaning he will see what other teams will offer then see if we can match or beat it. I'm not sure teams would be willing to pay Mebane the $5M+ a year base salary with age being a deciding factor. I could see a possible contract in the ball-park of 3 year/$12.5 Million being presented to Mebane but we'll see what his market value will truly be. If he is not willing to take a $4M/year offer from the Hawks, then this may be the last year we see Mebane in a Hawks jersey.
For Tuba, I don't believe he'll go to the free-agent market. I believe the Hawks will present an offer somewhere around the lines of 2-year/$6M (2.5M Guaranteed). Whatever the number may be worked out to be, keeping Rubin or Mebane will be an essential part of the defense's success in the next few years.
Russell Okung - Re-sign, 2-year/$14M
Patrick Lewis - Re-sign, 1-year/$745K
Lemuel Jean-Pierre - Re-sign, 1-year/$745K
JR Sweezy - Lose to FA
The offensive line play greatly improved once Patrick Lewis stepped in at Center as we saw sacks decrease and pass protection calls greatly improved as soon as Patrick Lewis got the full-time gig. However, his play has been inconsistent. . He is at the end of a 2-year/$900K contract ($585K for 2015). Maybe some where along the lines of a 1-year/$745K.
Next, big Russ. Big Russ is an interesting case. At 28-years old and at the end of a 6-year/$48.5M contract, Big Russ has a lot more football in him. However, I can't consider paying Okung like a top tier Left Tackle. Even more so with news of his impending shoulder surgery. Not to mention the self-written article in The Players' Tribune where he details representing himself as his own agent. Read between the lines, Okung wants to still be paid handsomely. In his absence, Alvin Bailey stepped in and performed adequately. But Bailey is far from the definitive answer long-term. Looking at other tackle's salary around the league, I say a fair market value is somewhere between $7-8M a year for a tackle like Okung.
If Okung goes to FA, then, apossibility would be to slide Gary Gilliam to Left Tackle, Justin Britt back to Right Tackle and Mark Glowinksi at Left Guard.
This still leaves holes at Right Guard if Sweezy is not resigned. If that is the case, this will be a spot the Hawks fill in Free Agency or the draft. Either case, the Hawks can't be a "musical chairs" scenario with the O-line going into the season.
Bruce Irvin - Lose to FA
Out of the 2012 draft, only Whitney Mercilus (30) has gotten more sacks than Irvin (22). While Bruce has stated he's willing to take a home discount, I highly think that's unlikely. I see Irving likely ending up at the Seahawks Pipeline at either Jacksonville or Atlanta.
Jeremy Lane - Re-sign, 2-year/$5M
Deshawn Shead - Re-sign, 2-year/$2M
We've all seen what happens to the Seahawks' defense (or lack thereof) when there is not a dependable cornerback opposite of Richard Sherman. The Hawks took a chance at Cary Williams and that did not pan out. Lane, at the end of a 4-year, $2.2M Contract and member of the LOB since day 1, I don't see Lane hitting the market at anything higher than $3M/year. My prediction - Lane gets re-signed.