NFL Nation: Wesly Mallard

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seattle Seahawks 2009 UFA List
Pos. Status
Jeff Robinson LS UFA
Chris Gray
OL UFA
Bobby Engram
WR UFA
Steve McKinney
OL UFA
Wesly Mallard
LB UFA
Floyd Womack
OL Browns
D.D. Lewis
LB UFA
Howard Green
DL Jets
Rocky Bernard
DL
Giants
Maurice Morris
RB Lions
Koren Robinson
WR UFA
Will Heller
TE UFA
Charlie Frye
QB UFA
Ray Willis
OL Seahawks
Leonard Weaver
FB UFA

Floyd Womack's departure to the Browns following eight seasons with the Seahawks marks the fourth time an unrestricted free agent has left Seattle this offseason.

Running back Maurice Morris and defensive tackles Howard Green and Rocky Bernard also departed.

The Seahawks did not push to retain them. The team made retaining linebacker Leroy Hill its top priority, using the franchise tag to keep him off the market. Re-signing tackle Ray Willis was a secondary priority.

Receiver Bobby Engram and fullback Leonard Weaver stand as the highest-profile Seattle players yet to re-sign, but the Seahawks appear unlikely to invest much in retaining any of their remaining unrestricted free agents.

Seahawks UFA re-signed: Willis.

Seahawks UFA lost: Womack, Green, Bernard and Morris.

Seahawks UFA added: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Bengals; Colin Cole, DT, Packers; John Owens, TE, Lions.

Restricted free agents: None.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seattle Seahawks 2009 UFA Candidates
Pos. Age
Jeff Robinson LS 39.0
Chris Gray
OL 38.6
Bobby Engram
WR 36.1
Steve McKinney
OL 33.3
Wesly Mallard
LB 30.2
Floyd Womack
OL 30.2
D.D. Lewis
LB 30.1
Howard Green
DL 30.1
Rocky Bernard
DL
29.8
Maurice Morris
RB 29.2
Koren Robinson
WR 28.9
Will Heller
TE 27.9
Charlie Frye
QB 27.4
Ray Willis
OL 26.5
Leonard Weaver
FB 26.4

The Seahawks could conceivably part with six or more unrestricted free agents in their 30s this offseason. Their two youngest UFA candidates -- Ray Willis and Leonard Weaver -- might also land elsewhere in 2009.

The chart ranks the Seahawks' scheduled unrestricted free agents from oldest to youngest, with ages rounded down to the tenth. Eight are in their 30s. A ninth, Rocky Bernard, will join them when he turns 30 in April.

The Seahawks have not placed Chris Gray on the retired list. That's why he appears among their UFA candidates.

Seattle will look for a younger snapper. The team may or may not bring back Bobby Engram. Charlie Frye almost certainly will not be back. Steve McKinney was a stopgap addition amid injuries, as was Koren Robinson.

Maurice Morris lost his primary advocates when Mike Holmgren and Gil Haskell left, calling into question his future with the team. Floyd Womack provided badly needed depth last season.

TeamNFC West player on injured reservePos.Starter
ARIAl JohnsonOLYes
ARIScott PetersOLNo
SEARob SimsOLYes
SEANate Burleson
WR
Yes
SEAChris Gray
OL
No
SEABen ObomanuWRNo
SEATyler SchmittLSNo
SEAWilliam RobinsonOLNo
SEAWesly MallardLBNo
SEADeMichael DizerCBNo
SFAlex SmithQBNo
SFJay MooreLBNo
SFDamane DuckettOLNo
STLJustin KingDBNo
STLMark SetterstromOLNo
STLBrandon GorinOLNo
STLRob PetittiOLNo

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

NFC West teams are carrying 17 players on injured reserve lists. That ranks tied for second with the AFC South by my count, trailing only the AFC North (23).

Seattle has eight players on IR, most in the league. This includes two players I had listed as starters, tied with Jacksonville for most in the league. The Jaguars lost both starting guards.

These figures count only players currently on IR lists. Teams have placed other players on IR, only to waive them once the players became healthy. Some teams have reached injury settlements with players, sparing those players from IR.

Arizona and San Francisco have remained quite healthy so far. The Rams lost key depth at cornerback and along the offensive line. The Seahawks have lost key depth at receiver and on the offensive line.

NFC West teams have no players on their physically unable to perform (PUP) lists. I'm counting 16 players on PUP across the league, including six in the AFC South.

Players on IR get paid. In most cases, they cannot return until the following season.

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