Sound-Off Saturday and GM for a day

March, 8, 2014
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Just call this Sound-Off Saturday. It’s your chance to be Seattle Seahawks' John Schneider for a day and make the tough decisions every general manager has to make.

So here’s your dilemma. You have three top-priority free agents -- defensive lineman Michael Bennett, wide receiver Golden Tate and kicker Steven Hauschka. But you can only sign two of them and keep your salary cap situation where it needs to be, especially knowing you have big-money deals coming up for safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson next year.

So which two do you sign and which one do you let go?

Here’s another consideration. Hauschka likely will come a lot cheaper than Bennett and Tate. Let’s say Bennett, who wants to test the free-agent market, could get as much as $40 million over five years, and Tate may want $20 million -- or more -- over four years.

But the Seahawks probably can keep Hauschka for two years at $6 million or three years at $7.5 million. If you sign Hauschka and let one of the other two go, you have more money left over for other free agents, especially defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who was a force inside all season. You also would have more money to sign defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and possibly cornerback Walter Thurmond.

So Mr. or Ms. big-shot GM, what do you do? Post your thoughts and decisions in the comments field or you can tweet at me at @TerryBlountESPN, using the hashtag #seahawksGM.

On Monday, I’ll list what some of what you had to say on your day as the GM.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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