With out a doubt, the single greatest need for the Seahawks this off season is more horses for the bandwagon. Not only are sport columnists, TV and radio football personalities,draftniks jumping on board, thousands of fans around the world are. Not that is a bad thing, just a heavy load. The expectations for next year just seem somehow a little out of kilter. It's like some of these people don't really see a need to even have a season next year, what with the risk of injury and all. Just award the Super Bowl to the Seahawks and be done with it.
Well, a lot of things had to go right to win this year. A last minute end zone interception got them into the big game and they went into it very healthy (other than Rice, no starters missing and no one really banged up). A repeat is not automatic. Injuries alone can change a team's season. It's going to be a very interesting off season.
First, I'd like to give my warped view of what could happen. A lot has been said about resigning Micheal Bennett as a top off-season priority and I couldn't agree more. However, I just have this feeling that some team will step up and offer more than this team can afford and still maintain a flexible salary cap. I know he said he would take a home town discount, but if a team comes along and offers a 3 year 27 mil contract, it's "thanks for the memories!". I think if this happens, then Chris Clemons comes back at least for training camp. Whether it's with or without a contract re-write. Lucky for us that there is great depth at that position on this team even with out spending a draft pick.
Next, I'd like to talk about Sidney Rice. Some times I feel like I'm the only one that feels like he will be back next year. Whether it's a cut and re-sign (dead money issue) or a re-write, I think he's there come training camp. He's only 27 years old and provides that big outside target everyone seems to want us to draft. We know what we have. Great catch radius and good chemistry with Russell Wilson. Remember, Aaron Curry was a sure fire superstar in the making when drafted. Seattle knows exactly what they have in Rice.
As for the rest of the free agents, it more or less comes down to money and personal desire whether they come back or not. The Seahawks will not over pay for any of them, but at the right price, why not. As far as draft picks, I have some thoughts on that subject as well, but that's a subject for another day.