Here’s my story today on Seattle players hitting free agency. The Seahawks have 22 free agents heading into the offseason, including 18 unrestricted free agents.
Defensive back Roy Lewis and kicker Steven Hauschka are restricted free agents, meaning the Seahawks have the right of first refusal for any offer they receive once free agency begins in early March.
And cornerback Kennard Cox and defensive lineman Clinton McDonald are exclusive-rights free agents – meaning Seattle is the only team that can sign those players if the team extends them a minimum qualifying offer.
According to cap specialist Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders, the Seahawks are about $20 million under this year’s salary cap of more than $120 million.
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Here’s the full list.
Seattle Seahawks unrestricted free agentsName Years Accrued 2011 base salary
S Atari Bigby 6 685,000
DE Raheem Brock 10 1,000,000
DE Red Bryant 4 600,000
TE John Carlson 4 620,500
LB Heath Farwell 7 685,000
RB Justin Forsett 4 600,000
OT Breno Giacomini 4 600,000
OL Mike Gibson 4 525,000
DL Anthony Hargrove 7 685,000
LB David Hawthorne 4 900,000
LB Leroy Hill 7 685,000
RB Marshawn Lynch 5 2,140,000
LB Matt McCoy 7 685,000
OL Paul McQuistan 6 685,000
FB Michael Robinson 6 1,000,000
LB David Vobora 4 600,000
DE Jimmy Wilkerson 9 1,000,000
QB Charlie Whitehurst 6 4,000,000
CB Kennard Cox 3 600,000
DT Clinton McDonald 3 450,000
K Steven Hauschka 4 600,000
DB Roy Lewis 4 525,000
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that there was more of a feeling of optimism at the end of this year compared to last year.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com describes the scene in the locker room, with Lynch talking to reporters one last time, which included offensive lineman Robert Gallery impersonating a reporter and asking for a bag of Skittles.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Tarvaris Jackson’s solid season doesn’t erase the fact that the Seahawks need a franchise quarterback.
Seahawks assistant coach Jeff Ulbrich, who worked mostly with the special teams unit, is headed to Los Angeles to join Jim Mora’s staff at UCLA.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post answers questions about the 2012 salary cap and Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn. Here’s what Brandt had to say about how much Flynn made in his impressive performance against Detroit: “Hard to say, although Flynn's market value will be determined long after the glow of Sunday's win has worn off. And the mixed results on recent contracts given to quarterbacks with a small sample size, though larger than Flynn's – see Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb – will be discussed around NFL front offices. Both players were given guarantees in the $20 million range. But again, too soon to tell.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says Seattle could be one of four or five teams interested in Flynn’s services, including Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Indianapolis.