Well, free agency isn't technically over, but it's slowed down to a crawl, and that means the grades are going to start filtering in. Here's what ESPN analysts Bill Polian (former NFL GM), Louis Riddick (former NFL Scout), Field Yates (former NFL Scout) Mark Dominik (former NFL GM), and Mike Sando (really rad dude) had to say about Seattle's offseason thus far.
Re-signed: DT Ahtyba Rubin, CB Jeremy Lane, WR Jermaine Kearse, P Jon Ryan, LB Eric Pinkins, RB Christine Michael, LB Mike Morgan
Signed: T Bradley Sowell, OL J'Marcus Webb, DT Sealver Siliga
Lost/cut: DT Brandon Mebane, LB Bruce Irvin, G J.R. Sweezy, LT Russell Okung, DT Jesse Williams, LS Clint Gresham
The Seahawks were another good team with a high-priced quarterback suffering the usual offseason attrition. The deals for Lane and Kearse made sense, as did re-signing Rubin. Losing Irvin was a given. Losing Okung was likely. It's tough getting better when you're mostly trying to minimize losses.
"This is what happens when you are really good for a long time and have paid your quarterback," Yates said. "The players they lost got good deals from other teams, except for Okung. I also look at who they kept. Those were good value signings. The Lane deal was very reasonable for a No. 2 corner. The Kearse deal was smart for both sides."
Riddick did not mind Seattle letting Sweezy hit the market, but he disliked their adding Sowell and Webb to the mix along the offensive line.
"I think it was all understood that this was what was going to happen," Dominik said. "It is hard to beat up the organization. They did nothing wrong. But when you identify your core, your 7-8 guys, you can only pay so many guys. That is just what you do."
So, sounds about right. They can't truly assign an A+ grade at this point because the Seahawks lost a fair amount of starters, but the caveat here is that all these losses were expected and mostly unavoidable. As the ESPN Insiders point out, Seattle is pretty set with their core group of players, and simply can't afford to throw money around to second-tier players, even if they were important cogs in the machine.
Seattle will have to go back to the Draft and fine themselves some solid starters and maybe a star or two. That's what set them up in the position they find themselves now.