Friday, June 8, 2012
Three under-the-radar moves: Seahawks
By Mike Sando
A look at three potentially significant under-the-radar offseason moves for each NFC West team, continuing with the Seattle Seahawks:
1. Signing Jason Jones. A one-year deal for $4.5 million delivered Jones to the Seahawks' defensive line, part of an effort to upgrade the pass rush. The moves Seattle made at quarterback and even tight end (Kellen Winslow) drew more attention, as did the recent tryout for Brian Banks. Jones' addition also has potential. Seattle's current leadership has almost always been right when targeting personnel for its defense. Chris Clemons fit better in Seattle than he did in Philadelphia. Alan Branch went from Arizona bust to key Seahawks contributor. Red Bryant became a force at defensive end after converting from tackle. When the rest of the league was going to cover-oriented safeties, the Seahawks went big -- and hit it big -- with fifth-round choice Kam Chancellor. CFL alum Brandon Browner became a Pro Bowler in his first year with the team. What's in store for Jones?
2. Re-signing their own guys. Seattle spent the previous two offseasons adding "name" players from elsewhere. Sidney Rice, Robert Gallery and Zach Miller were examples in 2011. Keeping your own guys doesn't always feel like progress, but it's part of the building process. Bryant and Marshawn Lynch were the big re-signings. Paul McQuistan, Michael Robinson, Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy and Heath Farwell re-signed as unrestricted free agents. Bringing back Marcus Trufant could factor into the equation as well. Might the long-time starter be reborn as a nickel corner?
3. Churning the OL depth. Deuce Lutui's offseason diet became a bigger story than his signing as a potential key member of the offensive line rotation. A new deal for Breno Giacomini was also significant among under-the-radar moves along the line. Seattle even made a small-stakes bet on 2005 St. Louis Rams first-round choice Alex Barron. Frequently churning the line depth has helped Seattle upgrade over the past two seasons. Signing Giacomini from Green Bay's practice squad in September 2010 stands out as one example.