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Free Agency: 49ers Manny Lawson Linked to Seahawks

Until the lockout ends there’s nothing fresh to report except lockout details, and well, free agency speculation.

Recent reports on the lockout have a tentative date of July 21st (who cares?), it’s probably not going to be the exact date, but the fact there is an actual target date is a good thing. Digging deeper into reports numerous sources say the only thing holding things up is the rookie pay scale, and after that the tiresome legalese of tying the lose ends together.

When things come together, free agency will reportedly begin a week after, and the period of time before that will be used for “right of first refusal” on free agents; the two sides have not agreed on a number of allowable “ROFR’s”.

So far, the most prominent names the Seahawks have been linked to include Jonathan Joseph, Nnamdi Asomaugha, Robert Gallery, and Tarvaris Jackson.

Matt Barrows has added another name to the list and a player the Seahawks know well as he duly notes in his article:

“The Seahawks might land him. Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan has sway in Seattle’s front office and Lawson has been training in Arizona with 49er-turned-Seahawk Michael Robinson.”

I’m not convinced the last part has enough sway, but Barrows makes an excellent point about Scout McCloughan. In fact I am very surprised the Seahawks have not been linked to defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin as well. It’s a toss up if Mebane leaves and he’s arguably the best replacement Seattle could reel in, some may argue he represents an upgrade as well.

Lawson seems like an intriguing pass rushing option. Not elite and won’t cost a lucrative free agent contract and based on his past he seems to be a nice fit as a situational rusher. Pete Carroll did a nice job getting production from cast offs Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons and arguably has the best depth at linebacker in the league.

Unless Carroll is ready to flat out demote the disappointing Aaron Curry I wouldn’t expect Lawson to be brought in as a starter. One thing about his philosophy is competition. If he’s added it may be a tactic to not just add depth, but put a charge into an underwhelming linebacking unit that certainly has the potential to be considered one of the best three starting units in the league.

As I keep noting, the Seahawks have to spend roughly $37 million, and they may have an additional $8-15 million if they just want to go insane.

Who cares if the lockout delayed free agency, who cares if everyone hated on their draft? The Seahawks are poised to add multuple in-their-prime impact players this off-season in what may historically become the city of Seattle’s best free agency class ever.

 

 


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