Who Should the Seahawks Re-sign on Offense?

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Things in Seattle have certainly changed. Without franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle may be overhauling the whole roster.

Free agency is under a week away from kicking off in the NFL. With salary caps now set, this week teams started to use their franchise tags on their players. The free agency picture is clearing up, but what should the Seahawks do?

When it comes to who should be reigned or let go in free agency comes down to value. What is the position worth around the league? Who would come in at a good cost compared to what they add to the team? Seattle’s cap space according to overthecap.com is just about $34 million, giving the Seahawks the eighth most space cap in the NFL to spend. Now with Wilson traded, Seattle will save $51 million with $26 million being dead cap for Wilson’s contract on top of that.

The names that are focused on this article were starters for Seattle. Deciding where the bigger money decisions should lean toward. With that in mind let’s evaluate the names that as of now scheduled to be free agents.

Duane Brown – LT

Would Not Re-sign Him

With Russell Wilson leaving to the Denver Broncos, it is time to move on from Duane Brown. The team didn’t extend him last offseason, now it looks like the right move. With no quarterback of the future, unless you think highly of Drew Lock, Duane Brown just doesn’t fit Seattle’s plans. Seattle should save the money and look for longer term options while they restructure the roster.

Brandon Shell – RT

Would Not Re-sign Him

The contract Seattle gave Shell in 2019 ended up being great value for two years. But with injuries catching up to him in 2021, as well undrafted rookie Jake Curhan being a pleasant surprise at RT. Seattle may have found a prospect that can take over in Curhan. If you look at the trending nature Shell may be regressing, and it’d be better to get younger.

If Shell doesn’t get signed all summer, he would be worth bringing back in for depth and competition. For now, they need to find prospects and rebuild their line. Saving some cap space in the process as well.

Ethan Pocic – C

Would Not Re-sign Him

Seattle’s biggest 2021 off-season regret among the fan base is what happened at the center position. Re-signing Ethan Pocic for one year of $3 million, Seattle failed to make meaningful moves at the center position. Seattle in the last draft passed on rookie Creed Humphrey who had an All-Pro caliber season for the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle now has to readdress center in back-to-back seasons.

Ethan Pocic has had an injury-plagued career being on IR multiple seasons. Paired with the fact he has low pass and run blocking grades. It would be best for Seattle to try anything new. Perhaps getting a new guard and moving Damien Lewis from guard to center.

Gerald Everett – TEs

Would Not Re-sign Both Him

With both tight ends up, the tight end position was the thinnest position on the Seahawks. Then as part of the Seahawks trade of Russell Wilson, Seattle gets a young tight end in Noah Fant. A former first round pick Seahawks have their new starter. Meaning Gerald Everett’s time has most likely come to an end in Seattle.

If Everett doesn’t have a market he’d be a great TE two for Seattle, but for now he as been replaced for a younger cheaper player.

Will Dissly – TE

Would Re-sign Him

Will Dissly his first two years look like a star before both seasons ended early to ACL and patellar tendon injuries. In the last two seasons, Dissly has played tight end two to two different players. And that’s fine. Will was the best blocking tight end in his draft and that still holds value for Seattle. On a cheap deal, Seahawks can keep a familiar guy and help the run/pass block game.

Dissly can come in at just over $1 million to be the number two to Noah Fant. Buying time to develop Colby Parkinson or draft a rookie TE this year.

Rashaad Penny

Would Not Re-sign Him

Sunk cost fallacy. The tendency to stick to a bad move because time/effort/money was already heavily invested is the gist of Rashaad Penny. Just before the 2021 season, Seahawk fans wanted Penny cut or traded for nothing. Now some Seahawks fans would pay anywhere $4-6 million a year for Penny.

Penny drafted in the first round for Seattle has been an injury-prone second RB. In his whole Seattle career, he never surpassed Chris Carson, who is a great running back. But a first-round pick should have never fizzled to the point where the seventh round running back gets re-signed for two years $14 million. Now a year after signing Chris Carson, he may be a cap casualty facing his injury problems.

Seattle should just reset the running back room with the trade of Wilson and tear down the offense. When it comes to running backs, add cheap veterans and draft a rookie and try to get a good committee like their divisional rivals. Seattle seems stuck in the past on running backs needing to be workhorses when only the elite ones can do that. Trying to gamble on injury-plagued players is fine, but not when you throw big money compared to the rest of their positional peers.

Free Agency

A reminder that the NFL free agency starts next week on March 16th.

Although deals will be getting made on March 14th in the legal tampering period. News will be breaking next Monday. Who will Seattle add and let go next week?

Seattle will be trying to get their guys and build a team around a new quarterback. Seattle will be active this offseason.