Seahawks free agents on offense

February, 14, 2014
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It’s time to start looking at the free agents for the Seattle Seahawks and their chances of returning next season.

Here are the free agents on offense, how much they counted against the cap in 2013, how they contributed to the Super Bowl-winning season and the chances of returning in one of five categories: excellent, good, maybe, not good or unlikely.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson

2013 cap money -- $1.5 million

Contribution: As the back-up quarterback to Russell Wilson, Jackson played in only four games for mop-up time, but he is a former starter with the team who knows the offense well and has the respect of his teammates.

Chances of returning: Good

Fullback Michael Robinson

2013 cap money -- $325,000

Contribution: The starting fullback the second half of the season after the Seahawks re-signed him. He was released at the end of camp and suffered through a bizarre illness from a medication reaction that caused him to be hospitalized. He re-signed for the minimum and could return without much cost to the team, but he may get a better offer elsewhere.

Chances of returning: Maybe

[+] EnlargeGolden Tate
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonGolden Tate, a second-round pick in 2010, had his best season in Seattle but could command a hefty contract.
Receiver Golden Tate

2013 cap money -- $880,000

Contribution: Most productive season of his career as a receiver and punt returner and a big part of the offense. The Seahawks want to keep him, but Tate will get some offers for more than five times what he’s making. Tate said he might take a little less to stay, but probably not much less. The Seahawks will need to release Sidney Rice (scheduled to make $9.7 million in 2014) and use some of that money on Tate.

Chances of returning: Maybe

Tight end Kellen Davis

2013 cap money -- $673,000

Contribution: Signed as the team’s third tight end early in the year and played in 17 games before being inactive for the Super Bowl. He's a good blocker, but Anthony McCoy’s return probably means Davis is gone.

Chances of returning: Unlikely

Tight end Anthony McCoy

2013 cap money -- $656,000

Contribution: He spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in May during OTAs. He was waived injured, then re-signed and placed on IR. The Seahawks wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t intend to keep him.

Chances of returning: Good

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini

2013 cap money -- $4.7 million

Contribution: The starting right tackle that missed seven games this season with a knee injury, but played well in the playoffs. Giacomini has a bit of a mean streak that coaches like at his spot, but he also has issues at times with false starts and holding. He’s a quality starter, but is he worth over $5 million a year?

Chances of returning: Maybe

Guard Paul McQuistan

2013 cap money -- $3.375 million

Contribution: He started 14 games, including eight at left tackle when Russell Okung was injured. McQuistan is a valuable veteran who plays hard, but his salary might hurt his chances of staying when the Seahawks are high on 2013 rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie.

Chances of returning: Maybe

And two restricted free agents:

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin

2013 cap money -- $560,000

Contribution: Baldwin had the best season of his career and was a valuable asset in the team’s passing game. It’s likely the Seahawks would match any offer Baldwin receives unless it was 10 times his current salary.

Chances of returning: Excellent

Offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre

2013 cap money -- $555,000

Contribution: A quality backup who played well while starting three games at center when Max Unger was injured. He also can play guard and tackle. The Seahawks would love to keep him.

Chances of returning: Good

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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