If you've been off the grid or simply not paying too close of attention the past couple of days, you've missed a bit of a purge of overpaid veteran players around the NFL. Free agency is about to ramp up (it starts next week), and here's a quick list of players you can add to the Seahawks' potential wish-list.
RB Arian Foster, Texans:
Personally, I love the fit. I love the player. I think he's one of the best zone blocking scheme backs since Terrell Davis. Dude knows how to get skinny through a hole, has preternatural vision and anticipation in the scheme, and runs with physicality and explosiveness downhill. Not only that, he's an excellent receiving back out of the backfield.
So what's the catch? Well, obviously, he's 29 years old, has missed 23 games over the past three seasons, and is coming off of an Achilles tendon tear. That -- well, those are big catches.
Still, he's one of my favorite running backs of all time, honestly, and not just because he's a very interesting person and funny personality. He's an amazing running back when healthy, but the huge question is whether or not he'll ever really be healthy. I wonder if he'll take a one-year prove-it style deal to get one last shot at another bigger deal next year. I doubt many teams will offer him big bucks based on his injury history and career workload.
Assuming he won't fetch big bucks, I think an Arian Foster and Thomas Rawls combo would be a great two-headed monster in the run game for the Seahawks next year. I doubt the team wants to put the run game on Rawls' shoulders right away, especially coming off that injury.
I mean, it probably won't happen, but if Foster were healthy and wanted to play in Seattle, that'd be just about the coolest succession plan for Marshawn Lynch that I could imagine.
DT Dwan Edwards, DE Charles Johnson, Panthers
It's hard to believe that Charles Johnson got released. That said, his numbers were way down last year and he was slowed by injury. I wonder what kind of market he'll see, but if it's on the low end, could definitely see the Seahawks reaching out and getting involved. Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush.
As for Edwards, Seattle does have a longish history of finding veteran interior linemen on the cheap and plugging them into their defense. Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, Alan Branch, etc. Just keep an eye on that name.
LB Daryl Smith, DL Chris Canty, Ravens
Seahawks showed interest in Canty last year before he re-signed with the Ravens so he's a name to watch.
WR Roddy White, Falcons
Don't see it happening, but you never know. Seattle may look to add competition and depth at the receiver position after losing Jermaine Kearse (assuming he leaves).
WR Marques Colston, Saints
Like Colston more than White. Big slot guy, could play a similar role up the seam as a receiver as Jimmy Graham did running from formations where he wasn't in-line.
TE Scott Chandler, Patriots
Was cut with an injured-designation but when healthy is a pretty solid tight end.
OL Nate Chandler, Panthers
Well, this guy is an offensive lineman, so that's a start. Secondly, he's a former undrafted guy that came into the league as a defensive lineman and he played tight end in college. Ok, so I'm sure Tom Cable's ears just perked up. Injury prone. Made several position changes along the line. That's a bingo. Definitely going to be a Seahawk.
LB Donald Butler, RB Donald Brown, Chargers
They are both named Donald. What are the odds of that.
OL Zane Beadles, Jaguars
He is also an offensive lineman, so that immediately makes him interesting. I guess he underwhelmed in Jacksonville despite being a pretty high-profile signing. I wonder if the Seahawks would sign him for a low-end vet deal.
Chris Clemons, Jaguars
I don't think so.
CB Leodis McKelvin, Bills
McKelvin was at one point a very good player but now he's 30 and fought injuries for much of the last two years.
WR Andre Johnson, Colts
It's kind of tough to know how bad Johnson was this past year based on the quarterback play in Indy but I mean, just for shits and giggles it'd be awesome if he wanted to come play in Seattle for very cheap. That probably will not happen.