Conference Rival Report: Seahawks

Big shot out to Lemonverbena from our sister site the Field Gulls for making this list. It saved me a lot of time doing my own research! 

For as active as the Cardinals have been this FA period, the Seattle Seahawks have been just as active. Pete Carroll in his second season in his second stint has a NFL head coach has come in and is doing what most expected him to do, reforge the roster to his liking. 

The Seahawks have made a few questionable decisions, like drafting Alabama's OT James Carpenter in the 1st round when many draft experts had him going later in the second. The Seahawks didn't have a 2nd round pick last year and so had to wait till the third round to draft more help to a weak offensive line with OG John Moffitt from Wisconsin. 

Many Hawk fans and experts were disappointed with the draft thinking it was weak. Looking back now it seems that the draft wasn't were the Hawks were focused.

After the break, a list of Seahawk transactions.

* rookie    ** undrafted    ~ free agent    Player signed after Jan. 16/released after July 26


DB - In the DB group I still see room for improvement. Trufant and Thomas are excellent but after that their depth and talent are lacking. Only Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis have more than 2 years of experience with 9 and 4 respectively. From my standpoint, this is a definite weakness.

Lawyer Milloy
+ *Richard Sherman, *Mark LeGree, *Byron MaxwellBrandon Browner, **Jesse Hoffman, **Ron Parker, **Jeron Johnson, **Rickey ThenarseJames Brindley
• Marcus TrufantEarl ThomasWalter Thurmond IIIKam ChancellorKelly JenningsRoy LewisNate NessKennard CoxJosh PinkardMarcus Brown, ~Jordan Babineaux

DL - The DL has improved over the FA period by retaining Brandon Mebane. They also added some depth with Alan Branch and Ryan Sims. While Seattle doesn't have the strongest defensive line in the league, they do have a solid core with youth waiting in the wings. 

Alan BranchJimmy WilkersonRyan Sims, *Lazarius LevingstonJay AlfordA.J. Schable, **Jarrett Crittenton, **Pierre Allen, **Ladi Ajiboye 
• Brandon MebaneChris ClemonsColin ColeRed BryantKentwan BalmerE.J. WilsonDexter DavisJunior SiaviiDerek WalkerMaurice Fountain, ~Raheem Brock, ~Craig Terrill, ~Amon Gordon, ~Jay Richardson

LB - Losing Lofa Tatupu has to be a big loss, especially considering how disappointing Aaron Curry has been thus far. Tatupu was arguably their best defensive player and will be hard to replace. Seattle will be set back, but as bad if they didn't have willing backups with either David Hawthorne or Leroy Hill. With very few LB's left in FA it seems Seattle will be a little weaker at LB this year.

Lofa Tatupu, Will Herring, Joe Pawelek
+ *K.J. Wright, *Malcolm Smith, **Deron Minor, **Mike Morgan, **Blake Sorensen, **Neal Howey
• Aaron CurryDavid HawthorneLeroy HillMatt McCoyMichael Johnson

QB - Not much to say here. Lost Matt Hasselbeck and brought in Tarvaris Jackson which is a very questionable move in many experts eyes. Only time will tell if Carroll knows something we don't.

Matt Hasselbeck, J.P. Losman, Nate Davis
Tarvaris Jackson, **Josh Portis, **Zac Lee
• Charlie Whitehurst

OL - Seattle definitely made their biggest splash here grabbing Robert Gallery in FA and adding James Carpenter and John Moffitt in the draft. With Russell Okung shows flashes of probowl talent at LT last year, the solid play of Max Unger at center Seattle is hoping that Moffitt and Carpenter can fill our the right side of their line and that Gallery will finally fill the whole they have had at LG. They also have Tyler Polumbus who can step in and start if Carpenter doesn't live up to his first round billing. While Seattle is relying on some rookies, they do appear to have a pretty solid line in the making. If Okung stays healthy their line could become the strength of their roster.

Chris Spencer, Sean Locklear, Stacy Andrews, Chester Pitts, Ben Hamilton, Chris White 
Robert Gallery, *James Carpenter, *John MoffittCaz PiurowskiPaul McQuistanLemuel Jeanpierre, **Michael Huey, **Brent Osbourne, **Zach Hurd
• Russell OkungMax UngerMike GibsonTyler PolumbusWill RobinsonBreno GiocominiPaul Fanaika, ~Ray Willis

RB - While most of us are not Hawk fans, we are football fans and after watching Marshawn Lynches epic run against New Orleans. After seeing that and just reading about Seattles line, it appears that that Seattle could have a potent rushing attack anchored by Lynch and spelled by Forsett.

+ **FB Dorson Boyce, **Chase Reynolds
• Marshawn LynchJustin ForsettLeon WashingtonChris Henry, FB Michael Robinson

WR - The addition of Sidney Rice was huge. He is the big-play WR that Seattle has been looking for since failing to acquire both Brandon Marshall and Vincent Jackson. Rice does have some baggage over his head because he has already suffered from some injuries at only 24 and has so far only played one good season when Brett Farve was at the helm. His familiarity with Tarvaris Jackson should help. Big Mike Williams will be greatly helped and will work as a possession WR for Seattle. Rice also gives 2nd year player Golden Tate more time to develop. If TJax can play well, this will be a difficult group to cover.

Sidney Rice, *Kris DurhamDominique EdisonPatrick WilliamsChris Carter, **Doug Baldwin, **Ricardo Lockette
• Mike WilliamsBen ObomanuGolden TateDeon ButlerIsaiah Stanback, ~Brandon Stokley, ~Ruvell Martin

TE - While it isn't 100% official yet, rumors have that the Hawks have acquired TE Zach Miller from the Oakland Raiders. This is a huge boon for Hawks and TJax. Outside of Miller Seattle will also have John Carlson who is also a quality TE who can both catch and block. A huge signing for Seattle.

Chris Baker
Dominique Byrd, **Ryan Travis
• John CarlsonCameron MorrahAnthony McCoyJameson KonzNick Tow-Arnett

ST - Lost Mare who is a big loss. We'll how this plays out.

Olindo Mare
+ K Brandon Coutu, **K Wes Byrum, **P John Gold
• P Jon Ryan, LS Clint Gresham

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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