NFL Free Agency 2012 Primer: Offensive Options for the Seattle Seahawks

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Mike Tolbert (R) #35 and Antonio Gates (L) #85 of the San Diego Chargers celebrate Tolbert's fourth quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 24-17. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Here follows a simple list. It's a list of offensive players that are on the market - that is, they're not restricted, the Seahawks wouldn't have to make trades or give up any draft picks to get them, and they're free to peruse their options and go to the place that offers them the best situation and/or most money. The Seahawks may have interest in some of these players. The Seahawks' front office likes to build through the Draft and establish a core group of 'their guys,' but they proved last season that if they like a player enough, and he's young enough, and he fits the system and the plan, that going out and making a marquee free agent signing is not out of the question. John Schneider and Pete Carroll, and Paul Allen's wallet, are known to test the murky waters of free agency. With limits.

I will go in depth about why I have identified these players soon - hopefully by Monday or Tuesday - as Tuesday is the first day of NFL Free Agency, but for now I wanted to open this up for discussion. Give me players you like that I have missed, in a write-in ballot form below.

My criteria were pretty simple really - and like I said, further detail will follow - but this is really a list of free agents that a) I could see the Seahawks pursuing, and b) I would WANT the Seahawks to consider pursuing. Not all of these players are awesome options, but with fewer draft picks this year and a bevy of free agents set to leave in the next few weeks, some holes will need to be filled. Some depth will need to be established. Some free agents may need to be signed.

That said, I think the Seahawks have built up their depth to the point where signing aging veterans toward the ends of their careers (save for maybe Peyton Manning) would not be all that interesting or useful. I'd prefer too, that instead of using stop-gap veterans, the Seahawks develop their youth and strengthen their depth with an eye toward the future.

This is not all encompassing, thus my request (with reasoning) for some more options below. Let me know what you think (h/t to WalterFootball for their updated list of Free Agents).

Quarterbacks:

Matt Flynn, QB, Packers. Age: 27
Josh Johnson, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 26
Dennis Dixon, QB, Steelers. Age: 27
Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins. Age: 27
Kyle Orton, QB, Chiefs. Age: 29

Running Backs:

Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers. Age: 26
Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns. Age: 26
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots. Age: 27
Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins. Age: 26

Fullbacks:

Marcel Reece (RFA), FB, Raiders. Age: 27
Le'Ron McClain, FB, Chiefs. Age: 27
Michael Robinson, FB, Seahawks. Age: 29

Wideouts:

Mario Manningham, WR, Giants. Age: 26
Steve Smith, WR, Eagles. Age: 27
Early Doucet, WR, Cardinals. Age: 26
Jerome Simpson, WR, Bengals. Age: 26

Tight Ends:

John Carlson, TE, Seahawks. Age: 28
Martellus Bennett, TE, Cowboys. Age: 25.
Kellen Davis, TE, Bears. Age: 26

Offensive Line:

Anthony Collins, OT, Bengals. Age: 26
Barry Richardson, OT, Chiefs. Age: 26
Jared Gaither, OT, Chargers. Age: 26
Carl Nicks, G, Saints. Age: 27
Samson Satele, C, Raiders. Age: 27

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