Seattle Seahawks Spending Spree: “Backs”

Lets face it, during this dry period the most interesting thing to talk about is free agents, and when it pertains to the Seattle Seahawks, this is going to be a very prolific topic.

As I previously wrote, it’s not a matter of questioning if the Seahawks are going to be active in free agency, but just how many potential huge signings they will end up pulling off in one of the deepest free agent classes in years.

Unfortunately, they are not the only team that will be flush with available cash, but they have one of the top five budgets amongst the NFL (and maybe more notably) the largest budget amongst 2010 playoff teams.

Everything by all means appears to be moving in the correct direction. Rebuilding teams that shuffle over half their roster out the door and make over 300 transactions don’t typically make the playoffs, let alone get their and beast mode over the defending champions.

This team is getting younger, they have a coach players well, love to play for, a General Manager who should get significant credit for building the current Super Bowl Champions into what they are.

Moves that were shredded like cutting Housh and promoting Mike Williams ended up well, even the questionable trade for Charlie Whitehurst panned out, he did game manage them into the playoffs after all.

With the proposed rules being four years of accrued time in the NFL to reach unrestricted free agent status, this is Pete Carroll’s most opportune time to stockpile as much talent as humanly possible during his current five year contract with Seattle.

Last season was more of plucking other peoples unwanted garbage and finding that they threw out an I Pad on accident. Chris Clemons and Mike Williams are budding stars in the league and i’m stumped as to how neither made the NFL Top 100 list (more so with Clemons then Williiams).

This season is not going to be about the scrap heap because well, the Seahawks can’t go dumpster diving even if they wanted to, and I don’t think they really want to when they are flush with available cash and an owner whose the richest in American sports.

Lets take a look at some of the prominent names amongst the” backs” that the Seahawks are going to come away with at least two of (and likely more).

Trust me, this is about as bad as it gets, and it ain’t even that bad, heck, it’s pretty damn good.

Quarterbacks:

Matt Hasselbeck

I’m really tempted to just put his name on the list and be done with it because with the amount of available money the Seahawks have I don’t see how both sides cannot come to an agreement if both sides want to remain in Seattle.

In a shortened off season, in a new West Coast offense, familiarity is key, and among free agent quarterbacks he’s considered the top option regardless. I am one of those who believe he redeemed his mediocre regular season with his excellent playoff campaign, he flashed 2005 Hasselbeck all over the place and the team has a chance to surround him with additional weapons.

Donovan McNabb

Although the general buzz is Hasselbeck is considered the top option available, many would argue McNabb is 1B and possibly a better option as well, they may be right.

For the Seahawks though, I don’t see McNabb as an upgrade over Hasselbeck, he’s coming off a mediocre season, he’s a West Coast quarterback, they’re both the same age. The only thing he truly offers over Hasselbeck is mobility, but even then McNabbs’ legs have worn down and he’s not anything near a “dual threat”.

Tarvaris Jackson

Before I get lynched, let me note this is where the drop off for a potential starter (through free agency) is noticeable. You would be hard pressed to find many who consider Hasselbeck and McNabb unstartable in the league. However, I can only think of a couple of situations where fans would prefer Jackson (maybe Washington?), over their projected starter.

He makes the list purely because of Darrell Bevell, he has shown some flashes of brilliance but nothing in my mind to warrant a full season of starting for a team coming off a playoff berth. This would be an emergency situation at least when it comes to talking about the starting position. However with Charlie Whitehurst the only quarterback under contract I fully expect Jackson to wind up in Seattle fighting for a backup position. The Vikings shocked everybody by reaching a full round for Christian Ponder and are going to likely bring another veteran (Hasselbeck?) as a bridge. He is as good as done there, Seattle makes too much sense, the mesh is perfect.

Running Back

DeAngelo Williams

Why not? This is a two back league and a historically bad rushing attack could use a dynamic injection like Williams. Normally I would consider a top option at a position that isn’t a need prohibitive but this is an exception for the rebuilding Hawks.

The Seahawks have an opportunity to do something really special at the running back position by pairing Williams with Marshawn Lynch. The vision for a revamped rushing attack would really start to come into focus. The addition of Tom Cable and an overhaul of young talent along the offensive line starts making the unsexy and criticized draft class make actual sense (maybe there’s something fans don’t know after all?).

He comes with injury risks, but would probably relish a chance to play alongside a relentless runner like Lynch, and while he’s going to command a pretty penny, the injury concerns will slightly reduce his costs.

Cedric Benson

A good player, but makes no sense for Seattle, much to similar to Lynch to invest the money required to sign him, I don’t see it happening with the lack of contrast.

Ronnie Brown

Also too similar to Marshawn Lynch to invest significant money in. The former No. 2 overall pick is still a solid starter, he will land a gig somewhere.

Joseph Addai

Besides Williams, this is someone else I see amongst available capable starters who could make an impact for the Seahawks. He is a great pass protector and pass catcher out of the backfield. He makes less sense then Williams but more sense then Benson or Brown to pair with Beast Mode.

 

Unless they decide to cut the always effective Justin Forsett, I don’t see them going with anything less then someone to pair with Lynch that they consider a clear cut upgrade. They already locked in return dynamo Leon Washington for another 4 years and he’s slated to see an increase in carries as well.an u

Fullbacks

Vonta Leach

I can only hope they will make up for botching on Leonard Weaver by prying Leach away from the Texans. The only fullback to make the Top 100 players list, would be a huge coup to revamp the rushing attack. Michael Robinson was not a very effective blocker and was hurt often and there were many times Seattle didn’t have a fullback at all or anybody to lead block for Lynch and it really showed.

There are other good fullbacks available, but Leach is a clear cut above the rest of the class.

Don’t underrate the impact this would have.

John Kuhn

A great blocking fullback, has the Schneider tie, out of all the available options, this is the guy I would put my money on landing in Seattle, and I wouldn’t be the least bit disappointed.

Le’Ron McClain

The best all around fullback available but not nearly the same blocker as Leach. I don’t see McClain being a fit in Seattle unless Pete Carroll wants to involve him often in the offense, something McClain was vocal about in Baltimore.


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