A tough couple of days for the Seahawks

March, 13, 2014
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Despite how it looks right now, keep the faith.

It's only two days into free agency and many things are going to change over the next few weeks, maybe even the next couple of days. But for the moment, the Seattle Seahawks are not as good a team as the one that won the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

Seattle is down seven players from the team that won the Super Bowl, and that doesn't include wide receiver Sidney Rice, who was on injured reserve, but was recently released.

Four Super Bowl starters are gone -- offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons and wide receiver Golden Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

Giacomini tweeted this comment Wednesday night after signing a contract with the New York Jets: "THANK YOU 12th Man for the love in Seattle. The city/fans have been great to me and I'll never forget that!"

Tate also thanked the fans numerous times, but also said he offered the Seahawks a discount. In the end, they were too far apart.

"I feel they didn't reward me enough," Tate said Wednesday on KJR radio.

Seattle lost five free agents in the first two days of the free-agent period, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, backup safety Chris Maragos (a top special-teams player), backup defensive end O'Brien Schofield, Giacomini and Tate.

The only addition so far is hardly worth mentioning, former Jacksonville receiver Taylor Price, who hasn't played since 2011. Who knows? Maybe he'll become another remarkable find by the Seahawks staff.

The week started with great news when the Seahawks re-signed defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a four-year, $28.5 million deal. But it's been downhill since then.

However, it would be wrong to make any judgment based on just two days of free agency. And it would be foolish to second-guess general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, considering everything they have accomplished the past four years, often with players other teams didn't want or undervalued.

Give it time. Trust the process. What looks a little gloomy today could change, and probably will change, in the near future.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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