Earl Thomas is 23 years old. - Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
The Seahawks are set up to be good for a while - if they can solve their passing game issues. Check out the attached Seahawks Age Chart attached here, and some of my thoughts are here below...
* The "power" of the offense centers around 26 years of age (and the money too), with the "power" of the defense around 24 years of age.
* On the offensive side of the ball, there is no one that is critical to success above the age of 26. There are ten players 27 years or older on offense, but they are mostly special teams players, backups, or players that take less on 30 snaps per game. The three starters are Paul McQuistan, Breno Giacomini and Michael Robinson.
*There are eight unrestricted free agents in 2013 - and these players probably tell the story of the 2013 draft: Frank Omiyale, Braylon Edwards, Evan Moore, Marcus Trufant, Leroy Hill, Alan Branch, Jason Jones, and Steven Hauschka.
On the offensive side of the ball, I am in favor of drafting a WR, Tackle, and TE fairly early in the draft. I suspect the Seahawks will re-sign Jason Jones once the season is done unless he falls off a cliff. On the defensive side of the ball I think they can let the draft "come to them" when selecting another linebacker, another defensive back, and another defensive lineman.
* Pete Carroll values special teams, and many of the "older" players are key special teams players: Leon Washington, Heath Farwell, Jon Ryan, and Michael Robinson. It's a nice luxury to have - as these are players that are not taking a lot of snaps and may prolong their careers. But, they can also be released for cap reasons if you are in a tough position, or find a bigger opportunity out there in signing a free agent or paying one of your own players needing an extension.