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Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-14


Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-14
TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY


With the recent signing of offensive lineman Ray Willis, the Seahawks added depth up front as insurance in case Walter Jones cannot return from microfracture knee surgery. However, Seattle must continue to beef up the offensive line either through free agency or the draft.

Seattle also must address the defensive secondary by bringing in a more physical presence at safety and a bigger body at cornerback to help defend against bigger receivers like Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Defensive end: Seattle could use another rusher to help improve its pass rush off the edge.

2. Safety: Seattle brought in Tampa Bay's Jermaine Phillips for a visit, but he re-signed with the Bucs. The Seahawks could use a more physical presence here.

3. Offensive line: With the Seahawks switching to more of a zone blocking scheme, they could use a couple, more athletic lineman to go along with that change in philosophy.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Leroy Hill: Tendered at 8.304M.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--WR Bobby Engram missed the first three games of the season with a cracked shoulder blade and only finished with 47 catches for 489 yards and no touchdowns in 2008.

--QB Charlie Frye started one game and struggled, finishing 12 of 23 for 83 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-17 loss to Green Bay.

--TE Will Heller is a good blocking tight end, and serves as a nice complement to pass-catching tight end John Carlson.

--LB D.D. Lewis proved a valuable backup that knows Seattle's defensive scheme.

--LB Wesley Mallard finished on the injured reserve with an injured hamstring.

--C Steve McKinney was picked up at midseason to help add depth to an offensive line decimated by injuries.

--LS Jeff Robinson filled in nicely when rookie Tyler Schmitt suffered a back injury during training camp. Seattle may lean on him again in 2009,

--WR Koren Robinson was productive in spurts but does not have the top-end speed he possessed early in his career. May be off to greener pastures.

--FB Leonard Weaver has improved as a blocker and gives the team versatility with his pass-catching and running ability. Other teams may be interested, including NFC West rival St. Louis.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)

--LB Lance Laury (not tendered as RFA) was a valuable special teams player for Seattle.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--WR Ben Obomanu (tendered at $460,000).

--WR Courtney Taylor (tendered at $460,000).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--CB Kevin Hobbs: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).

--WR Jordan Kent: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).

--S C.J. Wallace: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).

--OT Ray Willis: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--DT Colin Cole: UFA Packers; $21.4M/5 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh: UFA Bengals; $40M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.

--TE John Owens: UFA Lions; terms unknown.

--DT Cory Redding: Trade Lions (OLB Julian Peterson)

PLAYERS LOST

--DT Rocky Bernard: UFA Giants; $16M/4 yrs, guarantee unknown.

--OG Chris Gray: UFA; retired.

--DT Howard Green: UFA Jets; $625,000/1 yr, guarantees unknown.

--RB Maurice Morris: UFA Lions; $7M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

--OLB Julian Peterson: Trade, Lions (Cory Redding, fifth-round pick)

--OT Floyd Womack: UFA Browns; terms unknown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 14, 2009

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