Friday, April 18, 2014
Seahawks: Who's out, who's new
By Terry Blount
Earlier this week, I went over the Seahawks' roster by salary-cap numbers. Here's a position-by-position look at how things have changed for the Seahawks since they won Super Bowl XLVIII -- who's gone, who was re-signed, who was added, and who is still undetermined:
Re-signed -- Backup Tarvaris Jackson returns on a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. He gives the Seahawks a better backup quarterback than most teams have, an experienced player who knows the offense and is highly respected by his teammates.
Undetermined -- Fullback Michael Robinson. He's a free agent, but the Seahawks have made no effort to re-sign him and may be ready to move on with Derrick Coleman as the No. 1 fullback.
The Seahawks lost Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions in free agency.
Re-signed -- After releasing Sidney Rice for salary-cap reasons, the Seahawks re-signed him Wednesday to a one-year deal. The team also gave restricted free agent Doug Baldwin a one-year tender worth $2.2 million.
Added --Taylor Price and Chris Matthews. Price is a complete wild card. He was drafted by New England in 2010 and signed with Jacksonville in 2011, but he missed the past two seasons with injuries. If he's healthy, he can fly; Price has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. Matthews could be that diamond in the rough the Seahawks are known for finding. He was the Canadian Football League's Rookie of the Year in 2012, but missed most of the 2013 season with injuries.
Coming back -- Starter Zach Miller had his contract restructured, which saved $3 million in salary-cap money and ensured the Seahawks kept him. Anthony McCoy, who missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon, re-signed a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.
Added -- The Seahawks signed Travis Beckum (6-foot-3, 245) to a one-year deal worth $730,000. Beckum, 27, spent four seasons as a backup with the New York Giants, but didn't play with any team in 2013. He played college football at Wisconsin.
Re-signed -- Backup center/guard Lemuel Jeanpierre, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a one-year deal worth $950,000. Jeanpierre played well last season when starting center Max Unger was out with injuries for three games.
Added -- Guard/center Greg Van Roten (6-foot-3, 305). He was released by Green Bay and signed with Seattle to a one-year deal with $570,000. He played two seasons for the Packers. Interesting side note on Roten: He's a University of Pennsylvania grad, which gives the Seahawks two Ivy League graduates. Receiver Bryan Walters, from Kirkland, Wash., graduated from Cornell. Seattle also signed guard Stephen Schilling, a Bellevue, Wash., native who spent three seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Schilling (6-foot-5, 310) played college football at Michigan.
Michael Bennett had 8.5 sacks for the Seahawks in 2013.
Re-signed -- Michael Bennett returned for a four-year deal worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed. Keeping Bennett, who was the team's best defensive lineman last season, has been Seattle's biggest and best move of the offseason.
Re-signed -- Tony McDaniel agreed to a two-year deal worth $5.75 million. It hurt to lose McDonald, who had a breakout season in 2013, but keeping McDaniel helps because he's an excellent run-stopper inside.
Undetermined -- O'Brien Schofield. He signed with the Giants, but the deal fell through because he failed a physical from a previous knee injury. So Schofield still is a free agent, meaning he could return to Seattle if the price is right.
Added -- Mike Taylor (6-foot-2, 220) was signed to a three-year deal worth $1.5 million. He played college ball at Wisconsin and was Russell Wilson's teammate in 2011. Taylor was All-Big Ten in 2012, but had hernia surgery in March 2013 and wasn't drafted. He spent part of last December on the Seattle practice squad. The Seahawks believe he can be a quality special-teams contributor.
Added -- Phillip Adams, who signed a one-year deal worth $635,000. Adams made two starts and played in all 16 games last year for Oakland. But he was a member of the Seattle secondary in 2011. The Seahawks hope to reach a contract extension with Pro Bowl corner Richard Sherman, who is slated to be a free agent at the end of 2014.
Re-signed -- Jeron Johnson, who was a restricted free agent. Johnson missed most of the 2013 season with hamstring injuries. The Seahawks are working on a contract extension for All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, who is slated to be a free agent at the end of 2014.
Re-signed -- Kicker Steven Hauschka inked a three-year deal worth $9.1 million, a key move to keep one of the best kickers in the NFL.