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A salary-cap look at the Seahawks' offense

4/16/2014

Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Seahawks stack up on offense under the salary cap at the moment. I’ll take a look at the defense on Thursday:

Quarterbacks

Total cap charge: $2.6 million

NFL average: $11.7 million.

Percentage of team cap space: 2.2 percent.

Biggest cap hit: Tarvaris Jackson at $1.2 million

Biggest bargain: Russell Wilson at $817,000

Note: Obviously, this spot is a steal for the Seahawks, but not for long. Wilson can renegotiate his deal at the end of the 2014 season and likely will command close to $20 million a year.

Running backs

Total cap charge: $9.5 million

NFL average: $7.7 million.

Percentage of team cap space: 8.1 percent

Biggest cap hit: Marshawn Lynch at $7 million

Biggest bargain: Christine Michael at $767,000.

Note: The Seahawks spend more than most teams here, and for good reason. Lynch is one of the best running backs in the league and the offense is built around the power running game. Look for Michael to get a lot more carries in 2014 and be a bigger part of the offense.

Receivers

Total cap charge: $18.7 million.

NFL average: $8.2 million.

Percentage of team cap space: 16 percent.

Biggest cap hit: Percy Harvin at $13.4 million.

Biggest bargain: Jermaine Kearse at $570,000.

Note: Harvin puts the Seahawks way over the league average here, which shows why they weren’t able to keep Golden Tate. Seattle likely will add a big receiver early in the draft (Indiana’s Cody Latimer is on their wish list). Another player who could prove to be a bargain is Chris Matthews, the 2012 Rookie of the Year in the CFL who signed with Seattle for $425,000.

Tight ends

Total cap charge: $6.9 million.

NFL average: $6.1 million.

Percentage of team cap space: 5.9 percent.

Biggest cap hit: Zach Miller at $4 million.

Biggest bargain: Luke Willson at $540,000.

Note: Miller agreed to restructure his contract, which saved the Seahawks over $3 million in cap space. The team is expecting big things from Anthony McCoy, who missed last season after tearing his Achilles tendon. And it’s still possible the Seahawks might consider adding former Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley, who they see more as a hybrid tight end/wide receiver. But it would depend of Finley being medically cleared and being willing to take a huge pay cut.

Offensive line

Total cap charge: $24 million

NFL average: $21.4 million.

Percentage of team cap space: 20.1 percent

Biggest cap hit: Left tackle Russell Okung at $11.2 million.

Biggest bargain: Right guard J.R. Sweezy at $584,000.

Note: Okung is the team’s second-highest paid player, but he’s worth it to protect Wilson’s blind side. And Okung likely will return to his Pro Bowl form in 2014 after missing half the 2013 season with a torn ligament in his big toe that continued to hinder him when he returned. But the O-line is an area where the Seahawks need to improve. Left guard probably is up for grabs unless James Carpenter has a great camp. Michael Bowie, who played well as a rookie in 2013, likely will get a chance to start at right tackle in replacing Breno Giacomini, who signed with the Jets. But it will be a shock if the Seahawks don’t select an offensive lineman early in the draft