Offseason Blueprint: Seahawks

In four short years, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider reached the mountaintop of the NFL by winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

For an encore, the dynamic duo will try and become the first team since the 2005 New England Patriots to repeat as NFL champions.

With one of the youngest rosters in the league, led by a dynamic, unflappable quarterback in Russell Wilson -- who will make $662,434 in base salary in 2014 -- the Seahawks have a unique opportunity to defend their crown. But it won’t be easy.

Seattle began the process of clearing salary-cap space to retain players like safety Earl Thomas, receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Michael Bennett by releasing the bloated salaries of receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant before the start of free agency on March 11.

But as our NFL Insiders allude to in this ESPN Insider piece detailing the offseason blueprint Insider for the Seahawks, Carroll and Schneider built this dominant team through the draft. So look for Seattle to add an explosive playmaker or two, along with improving depth at offensive and defensive line with a deep pool of rookie talent available in this year’s draft.