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Seattle Seahawks Spending Spree: Receiver

We have already looked at quarterbacks, running backs, and fullbacks. Based on the fact that the Seahawks have only one quarterback and no fullbacks signed, that they are going to come away with at least three players at those positions in free agency, or, possibly a trade (Palmer?).

So far, my prediction is that they will re-sign Matt Hasselbeck, sign Tarvaris Jackson, and grab John Kuhn from the defending champions to be the blue collar blocking fullback they desperately need. As I speculated, they could opt to use some of what may be up to $65+ million in cap room to target a dynamic rusher like DeAngelo Williams to pair with Marhsawn Lynch.

As I look at the incredibly deep unit of available wide receivers this is where I see Pete Carroll coming away with at least one starting receiver

They wisely locked up current No. 1 receiver Mike Williams for three more years, Deon Butler caught 5 touchdowns before a season ending injury and will have a prominent role as well.

Golden Tate didn’t do much more then flash some potential, he is going to be expected to step up and assume at least one of the top four receiver positions on a consistent basis this season. Ben Obamanu quietly stepped up and accumulated almost 500 yards (494) and four touchdowns. Fourth round pick Kris Durham is certainly going to see the field as well.

That doesn’t leave much room for Brandon Stokely and Ruvell Martin, who both had some critical plays in the 2010 season that ultimately held sway in how the first losing team to advance in the playoffs came to be.

Based on the current depth chart, here’s the situation as of now for 2011.

(1) Flanker- Mike Williams
(2) Split End- Deon Butler
(3) Slot Receiver- Ben Obamanu
4- Golden Tate
5- Kris Durham

Certainly a good young group with potential to become one of the deepest units in the league. When you take a look at some of the names below and the ridiculous cap space Pete Carroll has, I see him trying to add at least one upgrade at Split End or Flanker. This would allow them to move Deon Butler into the slot where I have been told by lots of Penn. State fans is his favorite place to live.

1) Santonio Holmes

The Jets are likely going to press hardest to keep Holmes in Jets green  out of their well documented prominent trio of available receivers.

Despite being had for only a fifth round pick, it’s going to take a lucrative deal to obtain his services in the neighborhood of $7 million annually.

I don’t see the Jets letting him walk away, but I don’t see them keeping Holmes and Edwards unless both are willing to take less.

In Seattle, he would be the No. 1 receiver and the sort of game breaking receiver they need beside BMW. With defenses focusing more on Holmes, it would open things up even more for the budding star

However nice it is to think about it, don’t get too far in this daydream, they do have the resources to pry him away though.

2) Vincent Jackson

He’s a very similar (but better) receiver to Mike Williams, which is why he slides to number two behind Holmes on my list.

Seattle reportedly had a contract worked out with Vincent Jackson during last season but could not agree to terms on a trade with the San Diego Chargers. The Seahawks instead chose to trade for Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.

In order for Pete Carroll to land Jackson he’s going to have to work out a deal for the franchise tagged receiver.

Considering they turned their second round pick into guard John Moffit and receiver Kris Durham, if that was the bounty the Seahawks and Chargers couldn’t agree on, in hindsight it might of just been smarter to make the trade for Jackson?

At least a second round pick is going to be required to obtain him, and you’re getting delusions of grandure if you’re fantasizing about Carson Palmer throwing to Jackson in 2011.

That being said, if the Seahawks decide to pursue a trade for a veteran, I don’t see the 12th Man opposed to adding a dynamic vertical threat like Jackson.

3) Braylon Edwards

As I said before, the Jets probably aren’t keeping Holmes and Edwards, and for the first time on this list, we have an actual realistic option for the Seahawks.

His critics will note the drops, his fans will praise his playmaking ability. First of all, every receiver drops the ball, no one is perfect, and the fact he did the majority of his dropping in a city that has sucked at football for almost their entire existence should tell you something.

Many would say he had a good 2010 season for the Jets, 53 catches for 904 yards and 7 touchdowns.

I’m not a huge Edwards fan or hater, regardless he would be considered the No. 1 option in Seattle and when you look at the depth chart Pete Carroll doesn’t have a proven play maker among his catchers (I’m a big BMW fan though).

Real talk, I remember the buzz around TJ Houshmandzadeh being he may arguably be the best receiver the Seahawks had acquired since Brian Blades and I dare heard the name of Largent invoked on several occasions as well.

That was a fizzle and flop, although they did cut him after one “yeah, so what?” season because of Mike Williams and I think Williams is better then Houshmandzadeh anyway.

An in his prime Edwards I feel is an upgrade over BMW though. It doesn’t even need to be looked at that way. Williams is more of a big athletic possession receiver, and that’s OK. Edwards averaged 17.8 YPC last season, no one on the Seahawks roster has proven they can bring that type of playmaking ability to the table yet, including Williams.

4) Steve Smith

The USC tie is definitely there, but who knows how much of a factor it will end up being. This is someone I would love to see Pete Carroll put in Seahawks blue though. After a non existent rookie season he compiled a decent 57 catches for 574 yards in 2008 and then exploded for 107 catches for 1,220 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Before an injury ended his 2010 season he was on pace to again eclipse 1,000 yards receiving. The only concern with Smith is this latest knee injury which may turn out to be a positive because it will put a damper on his market value.

5) Sidney Rice

Despite his placement at fourth he is really the second “realistic” target for the Seahawks and I regard him as such.

Matt Loede reported earlier that Rice likely won’t wind up with the Seahawks, and I can see why considering his price and the fact his skill set more compares to BMW instead of complementing his style. If you look at the entire receiving core though, that gives Seattle two 5″10 receivers and three 6″4-6″5 receivers atop their depth chart. Most teams crave diversity among their receivers, and it’s well known Pete Carroll prefers tall receivers, having three tall and two short receivers may be his preferred contrast.

Rice is hardly a lock to remain a Viking who are looking to potentially break in a rookie quarterback. The Seahawks may be breaking in a new quarterback as well, so keep that in mind.

6) Mike Sims Walker

I have reservations about him because he is a fizzle and flop receiver, just ask any fantasy football addict. He will shred you one game and disappear for two then go big for two and disappear for three games then set the world on fire for two games and it’s a vicious cycle.

He is a playmaker regardless, something this offense sorely lacks, no one should mind it if Pete Carroll offers a $5 million annual deal.

7) Plaxico Burress

Despite his placement at No. 7, I really want Plaxico Burress in Seattle. He was an impact No. 1 receiver before he went to prison and I firmly believe he will be a No. 1 receiver this time around. People look at his two years out of the league, the prison sentence, his age…

I see someone who is extremely motivated to prove he still has it who didn’t spend the past two seasons doing the grueling daily grind in the NFL.

There is going to be a ton of competition over his services and it’s no slam dunk the Seahawks even have a chance. Potentially the best value on the open market.

8) Lance Moore

This is where the market dips from receivers with No. 1 potential to receivers that are No. 2-3 options. Lance Moore is a terrific slot receiver and if they strike out on the top options he’s an excellent and productive consolation prize.

He has had an up and down career with nagging injuries and some disappearing acts in a very active Saints passing attack that has multiple weapons. In 2008 and 2010 he averaged 840 yards and 9 touchdowns. In his other three seasons he’s averaged 151 yards with four total touchdowns.

Even in a buyers market, I think someones going to panic when some of the top options are off the board and overpay for Moore. At the right price though, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him catching passes in the slot at “shudder” CenturyLink Field.

9) Terrell Owens

Yes I am putting him here, surgery, no surgery, injury, no injury, mouth, no mouth, the guy is flat out productive and I would put my money on him having a borderline 1,000 yard season for Seattle if he does end up signing here. Out of all the signings they could make, he may put up the best numbers.

10) Malcolm Floyd

Another victim of circumstance, he was a fantasy monster for me the first half of the year and finished with a Madden-esque 37/717 split that netted him a ridiclous 19.9 YPC.

Unfortunately he didn’t do much of that the second half of the season due to injuries, and when Vincent Jackson came back he pretty much disappeared.

Still, it’s not like he did not put up great figures when he got his number called, he was very productive. Someone is going to pay this guy a nice salary.

11) Randy Moss

I don’t believe he is done yet and this is someone who has proven he can get out of his slumps regardless. I think people are foolish for saying perhaps the most purely talented receiver in league history can’t help a team.

Last season was some weird stuff, getting traded, then not getting used often, then getting cut, and not being used again, was odd.

I mean the guy is literally 0ne calender season removed from posting an 83/1,264/13 stat line with 15.2 YPC and he proved even in his worst statistical season he can burn Darrell Revis.

12) Santana Moss

I can’t believe he is No. 12 but that’s just how deep the receiver market is. He’s coming off a career best 93 receptions and finished with his second highest career receiving yardage total (1,115).

Moss still has elite speed, and who knows, maybe I am an utter fool and this Moss will offer more to the Seahawks then the other.

13) James Jones

A contributor to the Packers Super Bowl run, Jones is going to get a nice pay day on the open market by Green Bay or what is going to be nearly a dozen suitors. He posted a career best 50 catches for 679 yards and 5 touchdowns as the No. 3 option for the Packers. Someone is going to anoint him their No. 2 receiver if he doesn’t stay in Green Bay.

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