When John Schneider was asked about whether he sees veteran nose tackle Brandon Mebane with the team next season at the recent NFL Owners Meetings, he replied "I hope so, I hope so. We are going to continue to work through the offseason here. As of right now, yes."
That's a pretty tepid response for a player that is currently under contract with the team, and points to the thought that the Seahawks will ask Bane to take a paycut going into 2015. Mebane is currently slated to $5.5 million next season and count $5.7 million against the cap, and at 30 years old and coming off of a major hamstring injury, Seattle may be looking for younger, "value" players to either replace him or lean on him to accept a paycut.
will host hosted 27-year old free agent defensive lineman Letroy Guion, who recently wrapped up a legal case involving marijuana possession. Guion, 6'4, 315 pounds, started 16 games for the Packers last year on a one-year, $1 million deal and while it's been stated by the Green Bay brass that they want him back, they may have competition in Seattle.
Seattle recently signed free agent DT Ahtyba Rubin, and have reportedly pursued (in some capacity) C.J. Wilson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Darnell Dockett, and Chris Canty without success. John Schneider mentioned recently that they're talking to Kevin Williams about a return in 2015, and comes on the heels of Seattle's decision to re-sign Jesse Williams and D'Anthony Smith. Depth on the defensive line is looking strong in the run up to the Draft, and if Seattle makes another signing or two, it could mean the end of Brandon Mebane's time as a Hawk, potentially. Will the Hawks look to replace Banger with two or three younger, cheaper options? It's a cold thought, but it's something to watch.