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Brandon Olsen
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Team Needs:

EDGE, OG, 1T, FS, CB, 3T, WR

Available Draft Picks:

1(21), 3(85), 4(118), 5(149)

Starting Cap Space:

$52,930,849

Trades:

None

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

None

Re-signings:

DE Frank Clark for 5 years, $80,000,000

CB Justin Coleman for 2 years, $18,450,000

LB KJ Wright for 2 years, $14,500,000

G DJ Fluker for 2 years, $6,000,000

K Sebastian Janikowski for 1 year, $1,015,000

S TJ Green for 1 year, $645,000 (ERFA)

CB Kalan Reed for 1 year, $645,000 (ERFA)

WR David Moore for 1 year, $645,000 (ERFA)

OT Jordan Simmons for 1 year, $570,000 (ERFA)

LB Austin Calitro for 1 year, $570,000 (ERFA)

LB Emmanuel Ellerbe for 1 year, $570,000 (ERFA)

Frank Clark is one of the best young edge rushers that might hit free agency this offseason and with their draft position, the Seahawks can’t really expect to replace him in the draft so they re-sign him here and keep their best pass-rusher on the team. Justin Coleman is one of the better slot cornerbacks in the NFL so bringing him back to Seattle should be a top priority this offseason. KJ Wright has long been one of the most underrated linebackers in the league and his IQ and play make him worthy of this extension to stay around for another couple of years. DJ Fluker is used best as a run-blocker and he played well enough for the second half of the year to earn an extension. Sebastian Janikowski played well enough last year to be brought back but given his age, I’d stray away from deals longer than one season. TJ Green, Kalan Reed, David Moore, Jordan Simmons, Austin Calitro, and Emmanuel Ellerbe are all early-rights free agents so bringing them back on minimum deals should be easy decisions, whether they’re starters or depth.

Free Agent Signings:

DE Dante Fowler Jr. for 4 years, $42,000,000

DL Corey Liuget for 2 years, $9,000,000

DL David Irving for 1 year, $1,105,000

WR Jermaine Kearse for 2 years, $8,000,000

LS Kyle Nelson for 1 year, $750,000

Dante Fowler Jr. hasn’t really been able to put it all together yet in the pros but he’s going to get paid this offseason and bringing him to Seattle could really help bring this defense back to its elite status. Corey Liuget and David Irving could make a very solid pairing as a 1-technique and 3-technique in the middle of the defensive line. Jermaine Kearse reunites with Russell Wilson and Seattle here, adding an immediate boost to the receiving corps. Kyle Nelson comes in immediately as the starting long snapper.

Draft Results:

1.21 – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Earl Thomas is out the door in Seattle so the Seahawks replace him with the best single-high safety in the draft with Deionte Thompson out of Alabama. Alabama has the range, length, and IQ to be a superstar in this Seahawks secondary.

3.85 – D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Although more natural rushing out of a 2-point stance, Walker should have no problem putting his hand in the dirt to get after the QB. He’ll start off as a situational pass-rusher but should see an improved snap percentage as the season goes on.

4.118 – David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia

David Long Jr. is a versatile linebacker that would excel as the weak-side backer in this Seahawks 4-3. Long has the athleticism and blitzing ability to constantly move around this defense and fill holes depth-wise.

5.149 – Dru Samia, IOL, Oklahoma

Dru Samia isn’t quite a household name yet but he’s got the potential to change that fairly quickly and find himself earning some playing time before the playoffs, whether rotationally or a as a full-time starter.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$37,630,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$20,855,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$4,220,496

Total Cap Remaining:

$3,295,353

Backfield Starters

QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Chris Carson

FB: Tyrone Swoopes

Receiver Starters

WR1: Doug Baldwin

WR2: Tyler Lockett

Slot: David Moore

TE1: Ed Dickson

TE2: Nick Vannett

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Duane Brown

LG: Ethan Pocic

C: Justin Britt

RG: DJ Fluker

RT: Germain Ifedi

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Dante Fowler Jr

DT: Jarran Reed

DT: Corey Liuget

SDE: Frank Clark

Linebacker Starters

WLB: Shaquem Griffin

MLB: Bobby Wagner

SLB: KJ Wright

Secondary Starters

CB1: Shaquill Griffin

CB2: Tre Flowers

Slot CB: Justin Coleman

FS: Deionte Thompson

SS: Bradley McDougald

Special Teamers

K: Sebastian Janikowski

P: Michael Dickson

KOS: Sebastian Janikowski

LS: Kyle Nelson

KR: Tyler Lockett

PR: Tyler Lockett

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