NFL Picks: Seahawks' 2015 Draft & Free Agency 'Shopping List'

Nikki Adams

Sunday, February 15, 2015 7:32 PM GMT

This NFL handicapper looks at the Seattle Seahawk's Free Agency picture, specifically the standout players entering the free agency market ahead of the 2015-2016 season.

Looking Ahead
With the 2014-2015 season in the books, football enthusiasts can look ahead to the fast-approaching Combine, the 2015 NFL Draft and Free Agency. In this column, we weigh in on the Free Agency market, which officially gets off the mark on March 10.

Seattle Seahawks have several players slated for Free Agency, from restricted to exclusive rights and unrestricted as highlighted in Table 1. Of the players on the list below, 12 players were listed on the active roster for the Super Bowl (names in bold). Notably missing on this list are Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, both of whom are out of contracts. As integral members of the team, they are the top priority for GM John Schneider to pen, surely.

Table 1: Seattle Seahawks Free Agency List

Player

Age

Position

Cap Hit

Status

James Carpenter

25

G

$2,431,364

UFA

Kevin Williams

34

DT

$2,078,125

UFA

Heath Farwell

33

ILB

$1,666,667

UFA

Jeron Johnson

26

S

$1,453,125

UFA

Anthony McCoy

27

TE

$1,350,000

UFA

Tarvaris Jackson

26

QB

$1,250,000

UFA

Clint Gresham

27

LS

$887,500

UFA

DeMarcus Dobbs

31

DE

$673,412

UFA

Byron Maxwell

28

CB

$673,363

UFA

Malcolm Smith

27

OLB

$656,475

UFA

Michael Morgan

26

OLB

$645,000

RFA

Jermaine Kearse

25

WR

$570,000

RFA

D'Anthony Smith

26

DT

$570,000

UFA

Deshawn Shead

26

S

$570,000

ERFA

O'Brien Schofield

27

OLB

$570,000

UFA

Ricardo Lockette

28

WR

$570,000

ERFA

Steve Schilling

26

G

$517,000

UFA

Greg Scruggs

24

DE

$368,823

RFA

Will Tukuafu

31

FB

$341, 740

UFA

David Gilreath

26

WR

$318,000

RFA

Tony Moeaki

27

TE

$303,259

UFA

Bryan Walters

27

WR

$268,235

UFA

Sidney Rice

28

WR

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UFA

Stacy Andrews

33

G

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UFA

 
 
Before or after March 10, Seattle Seahawks could pen contracts with the players of their choice to keep from this list, salary cap permitting. Only players can't make any moves outside of their current franchise until that date.

Check out this handicapper's bold predictions for 2015-16, including for Seattle. 

Restricted and Exclusive Rights Free Agents
In the simplest terms: Restricted Free Agents (RFA) are players that can solicit offers from other clubs, but the Seahawks have an opportunity (seven days) to match the offer. The Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA), Ricardo Lockette and Deshawn Shead, are players the Seahawks must make an offer to before March 10 or they become unrestricted free agents.  

 

The Case For Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch & The Rest
Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, arguably, are the biggest names on Seattle's must-sign list this offseason. Both are out of contracts, making their signings the top priority in Seattle. However, signing this pair is going to force Seattle to come out of the pocket in a big way, leaving little wiggle room in the free agency market.

Most anticipate negotiations to go successfully with both Wilson and Lynch. Then again, nothing is ever certain and the unthinkable (negotiations going sour) could happen. As it stands, Lynch has reportedly been extended a $10 M contract but the running back is holding out, prompting speculation whether he has any intentions to play next season or is simply looking for a bigger dole out from Schneider.

Russell Wilson, who's been performing above expectations behind a rookie contract, is reportedly in line to become the richest quarterback in the league. Slated to surpass Aaron Rodgers' handsome $110 million extension by the Green Bay Packers allegedly. Whether that materialises or not remains to be seen. Those reports initially surfaced before the Super Bowl letdown.

Byron Maxwell is another desirable Seattle hopes to hold on to as well as Malcolm Smith (last year's Super Bowl MVP). Things will get tight, though, with new deals pressing for a whole slew of players including Kevin Williams, Heath Farwell, Jeron Johnson, DeMarcus Dobbs, O'Brien Schofield and D'Anthony Smith, amongst several others. Seattle can't possibly keep the lot and satisfy cap restrictions at the same time. It's only reasonable to expect a significant chunk to leave for greener pastures elsewhere and Seattle to turn to draft picks for some much needed patchwork, if not to discover diamonds in the rough.

It's worth noting that despite the current landscape in Seattle, the Seahawks are the top faves for Super Bowl 50 matched at +500 NFL odds. NFL bettors, who've piled onto the Seahawks for the early Super Bowl NFL picks, will be following the teams news and developments closely in the coming months. Of importance: whether there'll be any changes, key losses in free agency that would cause significant moves on the NFL futures odds board.