Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SEAHAWKS: Post Lockout Priorities

The no. 2 priority 
If you somehow haven’t heard by now, the NFL Players and Owners finally agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, effectively ending the lockout and giving a green light to free agency.

Here’s what the Seahawks NEED to accomplish in free agency and trades before the season starts.

No. 1 Priority: Re-sign Matt Hasselbeck

Alright Pete Carroll, stop goofing around. Just re-sign him already. Don’t give us this baloney about how we might be pursuing TAVARIS JACKSON. Didn’t you watch Jackson play in Minnesota? He played like a deer in the headlights most of the time, not really knowing what to do.

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I’ve already beat this Hasselbeck question into the ground and I’m sick of talking about it. He’s the best QB option on the market. It’s getting ridiculous. JUST. RE-SIGN. HIM.

No.2 Priority: Re-sign Brandon Mebane

Mebane is one of 22 unrestricted free agents who ended last season in a Seahawks uniform, and the defensive tackle is probably the guy the Seahawks most desperately need to re-sign behind Hasselbeck.

The Seahawks failed to bolster their defensive line through the draft — they did take LSU DT Pep Levingston in the seventh round — it’s especially important to re-sign Mebane, a four-year starter. Don’t forget that defensive tackle Colin Cole is reportedly recovering from ankle surgery, too, making depth at that position scarce.

The only problem the Seahawks face in re-signing him is this question: Is Brandon worth the big bucks he will be asking for? Mebane is 26 and entering the prime of his career, but who knows what he will play like 6 years from now.

No. 3 Priority: Work out the Secondary

Safeties Jordan Babineaux and Lawyer Milloy and cornerback Kelly Jennings are all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason. And the Seahawks also drafted three secondary members — cornerback Richard Sherman, cornerback Byron Maxwell and safety Mark LeGree.

Not all of them can stay.

Marcus Trufant and Earl Thomas aren’t going anywhere, so that leaves a couple guys out. Expect to see Babineaux, Milloy, and Jennings leave. The addition of LeGree makes it less likely that Babineaux will return to a group of safeties that also includes 2010 draft pick Kam Chancellor.

No. 4 Priority: Attempt to sign Robert Gallery

Here’s what the Seahawks offensive line looks like at this point: Russell Okung left tackle, Max Unger center, John Moffit right guard, and James Carpenter right tackle. Notice how I didn’t even mention left guard because, well, we don’t even have a left guard!

Well, that’s not exactly right. We do have a guy named Chris White. Ever heard of him? No? That’s what I thought.

Anyway, here’s a way to fix our vacant left guard spot: Sign former Oakland Raider Robert Gallery. He played under current Seahawks O-Line coach Tom Cable in Oakland, and fits the Seahawks style of blocking. He’s 31 and would provide instant leadership on a very, very young line that otherwise will enter the season with a combined total of 27 starts in the NFL (assuming both Carpenter and Moffitt begin the year as starters).

If all these priorities are somehow met, the Seahawks would be off to a great start in a crazy NFL free agency market.

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