2013 NFC West offseason glance: Seahawks

May, 14, 2013
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A look at the Seattle Seahawks' offseason to this point ...

What went right: A soft free-agent market allowed Seattle to add Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on short-term deals, strengthening the team's pass rush, its No. 1 need area while Chris Clemons recovers from knee surgery. ... Signing strong safety Kam Chancellor to a contract extension showed the Seahawks could take care of their own players even after splurging to acquire Percy Harvin from Minnesota. ... Acquiring Harvin fits into this category as well. We can debate the price Seattle paid. We can all agree Seattle added a supremely talented 24-year-old recent MVP candidate. Teams don't acquire such players very often. ... Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell signed a new contract to remain with the team after interviewing for head coaching positions. ... Dan Quinn, who had worked under coach Pete Carroll in 2010, was available to fill the void at defensive coordinator. ... Antoine Winfield was eager to sign with Seattle at a reasonable price, providing a welcome option at slot corner.

What went wrong: The Seahawks lost defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bradley had been one of the most valued assistant coaches on staff. ... The Seahawks got little from Oakland in the Matt Flynn trade. Perhaps teams simply aren't that excited about Flynn, whose options in free agency appeared limited last offseason. Perhaps the trade market for unproven quarterbacks died too soon for the Seahawks to leverage a better deal. A combination of both could have affected the situation. ... Defensive lineman Greg Scruggs required reconstructive surgery after suffering a knee injury during a training drill.

The bottom line: The Seahawks appear better on paper for the moves they made this offseason, and they were already pretty good.

Your turn: Any significant omissions here?

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