The Seahawks' roster is constantly in flux, and after the Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend, this 91-man roster cheatsheet will be out-dated.
I still thought it would be helpful to create a snapshot of how this current Seahawks team was acquired. This is not an exhaustive list of every Seahawk transaction over the last 3-4 years - it is a list of how the current team was originally acquired.
(A) Only four players have survived since Pete Carroll took over: Jon Ryan, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant and Max Unger. Jon Ryan is the only Seahawk that is still playing under the contract he signed before the PCJS era. Mebane was drafted in 2007, Bryant was drafted in 2008, and Unger was drafted in 2009. Those three lineman have all re-signed with the Seahawks - Mebane in 2011, and Red and Unger in 2012. Mebane is the longest tenured Seahawk now that Leroy Hill and Marcus Trufant are no longer with the team.
(B) In 2010, the Seahawks were unable to recruit very many good undrafted rookies, but they pulled off a great Draft and they were able to create two huge trades - one for Chris Clemons, and one for Marshawn Lynch. These two players are two of the best players on their respective sides of the ball over a three-year period. Both of these players had signed large new contracts with the Seahawks in 2012. Snapping up Breno Giacomini and Mike Robinson off the Packers Practice Squad and Niners 53-Man Cut, respectively, were also nice moves in 2010.
(C) The 2011 Draft was not as fruitful as 2010 or 2012, but the Seahawks did serious damage in all levels of free agency: Big Time Free Agency, Rookie Free Agency, and Scrap Heap Free Agency. The Seahawks were able to throw money at Sidney Rice and Zach Miller. They also dusted off Brandon Browner and Paul McQuistan out of the junkyard. They then picked up Doug Baldwin, Josh Portis, Ron Parker, Jeron Johnson, Mike Morgan, and Ricardo Lockette (not shown) in rookie free agency. The Seahawks also traded for Clinton McDonald using Kelly Jennings as compensation. The Seahawks did some serious work in 2011 outside of the Draft. The 2011 Draft also yielded Richard Sherman and K.J. Wright, of course.
(D) The Seahawks killed the 2012 Draft and did an amazing job re-signing their own players. Not only did the Seahawks draft Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Robert Turbin, and Bruce Irvin, but they re-signed Chris Clemons, Max Unger, Marshawn Lynch, Red Bryant, Breno Giacomini, Paul McQuistan, Heath Farwell, and Mike Robinson! That is eight pretty significant "re-ups" right there. They also did very well in rookie free agency by nailing Rishaw Johnson, Sean McGrath, and Jermaine Kearse.
(E) The 2013 offseason will probably be known for "big time" free agency because of the signings of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Antoine Winfield, and the trade and subsequent 6-year deal given to Percy Harvin. It is too early to tell how the draft and rookie free agency will be perceived - but the "outside" free agency work is significant, and the Seahawks have only "re-signed" one player so far: Kam Chancellor.
Every year, the offseason has brought different themes to the Seahawks in regards to their focus for player acquisition and retention. Pete Carroll and John Schneider continue to be aggressive in all avenues of player acquisition.
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