Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SEAHAWKS: Free agent targets for the Hawks

With a possible NFL lockout looming, there might not be football in the fall of 2011, which would mean no free agency. Still, you still have to wonder which free agents the Hawks would target if a new collective bargaining agreement is agreed on by the NFL players and the owners by March 4th. Here are my top five free agents that should be on John Schneider’s radar.
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1. CB Nnamdi Asomugha You’ve heard of him. The lockdown corner in Oakland that has a weird name. Well, he’s more than just a lockdown corner... he’s thee lockdown corner. You look at Nnamdi’s interception totals from 2010, zero, and you frown and say he doesn’t make any plays. Well, frankly, quarterbacks have just given up and don’t throw in his area of the field anymore. He hasn’t given up a touchdown pass since 2007. Do I need say more? The Seahawks’ pass defense was a weakness this year, but with Asomugha taking the no. 1 corner spot, and Marcus Trufant moving over to cover the no. 2 spot, the Seahawks could be a hard team to pass on. The only problem with Asomugha is he’s not asking for a meager salary, and by that I mean one of highest paid defensive players in the NFL.

2. FB Le'Ron McClain One of the reasons why the Hawks finished second to last in the running game is their lack of a good fullback. The 2010 fullback was mainly Michael Robinson, but most of the time Pete Carroll didn’t even bother using a fullback, often going with 1-back formations. Le’Ron McClain is one of the best in the business, and repeatedly asked Baltimore for a bigger role in the offense. Knowing Pete Carroll, he can find a role for ANYBODY, let alone McClain.

3. WR Sidney Rice When you think of big, tall, strong receiver, you think of Mike Williams. If you live in the Midwest, you think of Sidney Rice. Back in 2009, when Brett Favre was his QB, Rice caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. He was out multiple games in 2010, and wasn’t himself this year. He’s a better deep threat than Williams, but is coming back from a major injury, which is a cause for concern. But, I’m not overly confident with Ben Obomanu as my full time no. 2 receiver and I know any Seattle QB would love Rice here. He will also ask for a fairly large paycheck.

4. OT/G Marshal Yanda The Seahawks’ offensive line this season was in shambles this year, and Pete Carroll shuffled around different lineman in different positions. With Sean Locklear most likely leaving, Marshal Yanda would be a great fit at right tackle, and if needed, play guard. He would be relatively cheap too.

5. G Justin Blalock An unspectacular, but solid starting left guard, Justin Blalock doesn't have any weaknesses in his game. If the Hawks can somehow get Yanda and Bialock in one offseason, they could consider this free-agency period a success.

Realistically, I can see the Seahawks getting Rice or Asomugha, then getting McClain, Yanda, or Bialock. Unfortunately, all of this won’t happen without the owners and the players agreeing on a new CBA.

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