The Seahawks are pretty notorious for making moves. They’re not afraid to make big moves, and they’re not afraid to make frequent moves. In GM John Schneider’s first year alone, he made an unheard of 284 personnel transactions. This roster churning was a tactic to find a diamond in the rough and to turn the roster over as quickly as possible to get Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s type of players on the field. Because of this, we found the following players via trade and free agency:
(I may have missed some people, but I tried to keep it to their earlier years and key/valuable players.)
You can call it whatever you want, but this dumpster diving-esque method has proven to be quite effective for the front office. For the players, however, it’s not so much fun. I’m certainly on the outside looking in, but as a player you can’t feel too secure. Most players understand this game is a business, but I think there is good reason to be a little worried about team chemistry and the morale of players, because I don’t think either is a myth. One player particularly that has voiced his opinion about this is wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin has never been one to keep his mouth shut, as he's made his fair share of noise on Twitter before. Specifically, Baldwin was ticked about the Seahawks releasing Bryan Walters rather late notice while he was at the hotel with the team. So while these roster moves affect the overall talent of the roster a great deal, they also affect the players.
The exact moves I’m worried about are the release of players such as Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Brandon Browner, Chris Clemons, and possibly even not bringing back Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, and Michael Robinson. As we look towards the future, we have to be mindful of our cap situation. These upcoming drafts are going to be crucial because we’re going to lose expensive players for monetary reasons, and we’re going to need to keep adding talent. We can afford to have drafts like 2013, where we mostly were looking to the future, adding depth, and taking risks. We can trade for Percy Harvin and give up valuable draft picks and money. But eventually if we miss huge on a draft pick or signing, we could be headed for a rough season or two, compared to the success we've had now. It's hard to predict what's going to happen because there's so many variables, but we need to have a good offseason.
Getting Avril and Bennett on the cheap has been great for the team. Those were absolute steals. Whether it was a dry market or Schneider/Carroll's sweet talking, we somehow coaxed them into coming to Seattle. Bennett in particular has been a savage and Avril has been great too. Avril may be able to be the successor to Clemons as Clemons is aging, coming off of an ACL injury. Avril may not be as solid against the run, but his strip sacks are becoming a signature move of his. He’s the best in the league at it. Rice is coming off an injury with a lot of cap against the books. Miller is one of the highest paid tight ends in the league, and he’s not exactly the focal point of our offense. Red Bryant’s snap percentages have been declining, and he’s getting paid also. Mebane is unlikely, but as Davis Hsu has said, we’re going to have to pick between Mebane and Bryant. As for Browner, he’s coming off of a very murky suspension and he’s not exactly getting younger. Maxwell has played very well in his stead. Golden Tate and Thurmond could be (undeservedly?) pricey to bring back, and Coleman might be the successor for Robinson next season.
Which brings me back to the this: If Browner doesn't return, how does that affect the rest of the Legion of Boom? If Tate doesn't return, how does that affect the receiving corps and Wilson? Not only because it leaves a void on the team, but they develop very strong relationships with people on the team. It seems that going forward loyalty to our players may be a weak point on this team. At the very least things need to be handled better, like the Walters situation. Schneider is pretty ruthless, and it benefits the team. I could be being irrational, but these are real people. Maybe watching the Real Rob Report has gotten to my head, but I don't think Sherman and the rest of the Legion of Boom would be very happy to see Browner go. Same goes with other members of the team. Players may see a pattern of this happening and want out as soon as possible for more financial security.