While other teams sought to make a splash in free agency by signing big-name players to record contracts, the Seahawks have been satisfied with a ripple. Most of the big name free agents in Seattle have been leaving the team, such as Justine Colman receiving $9 million a year from the Lions and Earl Thomas heading to Baltimore at nearly $14 million a year, but the Seahawks have made some big signings that went under the radar. The signing of a pro bowl kicker in Jason Myers will anchor Seattle special teams for the significant future and the resigning of DJ Fluker and KJ Wright on very team friendly deals sets Seattle up to address Russell Wilson’s and Bobby Wagner’s contracts as the offseason unfolds. With most of the lingering questions from 2018 answered, John Schnieder can get to work on bargain hunting among the second wave of free agents that have yet to sign and file the gaps that remain on Seattle’s roster. Here are a few of the names to keep an eye on while the dust continues to settle from this outrageous free agent class.
Donald Penn – Offensive Tackle
Fresh off of his release from the Oakland Raiders, Pen will be entering his 14th season in the league and will not command a very high number in the open market. A place like Seattle that was able to return to the playoffs after a one-year absence, seems like a great fit. The Seahawks need a stable body to replace the trainwreck that has been Germain Ifeti at right tackle, especially with Dwane Brown getting up there in age at left tackle, and Penn needs a team that is ready to win now. This deal will all rely on how much Penn is asking for, especially with the signing Mike Iupati as a veteran lineman, but at the right number, this could be a very promising pairing.
Jordy Nelson – Wide Receiver
Another veteran player having just been released by the Oakland Raiders, Nelson played his first season outside of Green Bay in 2018, and his production remained respectable. While the touchdowns took a bit of a dive, Jordy still recorded 63 receptions for 739 yards with an abysmal Raiders team. Russell Wilson is coming off a career year in 2018, but when Doug Baldwin was off the field, it was clear that the rest of the receiving core, with the exception of Tyler Lockett, had a hard time getting open for Russ and forced him to throw into tight windows. Nelson is a great route runner and has a huge body to impose himself on smaller defensive backs and since he will be looking for another elite quarterback to team up with, Seattle is a prime destination. The only thing standing in the way of this deal would be Nelson’s ability or willingness to block in Seattle’s run-heavy scheme, but a veteran like him should understand how well the passing attack can perform with a strong ground game.
Danny Shelton – Defensive Tackle
Any fan of Seattle sports wants this to happen more than they want to see the sun come up, but the homecoming nostalgia aside, there are legitimate reasons behind Shelton’s place on this list. After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Browns and taking part in their winless season in 2017, he was traded to the New England Patriots in 2018 and won the super bowl! This guy has pretty much been through the highest and lowest a player can be from a team perspective, but in terms of his individual achievements, he has something to prove. Danny has had a respectable career thus far, but on the Patriots he only had 10 solo tackles and was buried by the depth chart, which has kept him from breaking out and becoming one of the household names that can command big money. In Seattle, Shelton has a chance to make a name for himself in the middle of a talented, yet thin defensive line, with guys like Jarran Reed and Frank Clark to play with and a real opportunity to get snaps. The Seahawks need the depth and Shelton will be relatively cheap on a short term deal to try and get a bigger payday the next time he hits the market so this deal makes all the sense in the world.
All of these guys would be great short term fixes for the Seahawks but that comes with the territory with the guys still available this late into free agency. Schnieder has shown a knack for finding the diamonds in the rough that fill the holes the team needs most, with DJ Fluker, Ed Dickson, and JR Sweezy all coming into Seattle and contributing immediately to a playoff squad. The three guys above would all would help the Seahawks take the next step to a championship contender but there are definitely more low profile guys getting ready to join the Hawks in the coming weeks.