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Which Super Bowl-winning Seahawk’s departure stings the most?

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In the non-Marshawn Lynch division, naturally

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Like the subhead says: we’re not counting Marshawn Lynch. I didn’t even want to include Golden Tate because he’s going to win the poll, but I suppose the rest of the gentlemen can battle royale it out for second place.

Many members of the 2013 world champion Seattle Seahawks have since departed for more money elsewhere. Or because the team saw fit to trade them for more valuable (?) assets. Some such departures left a gaping hole the team has yet to fill adequately; other vacancies were replaced with relative ease, as their replacement outperformed the outgoing Hawk.

Some guys still missed to this day. It’s tempting to imagine the Seattle secondary with Byron Maxwell holding down the other side of the field. Think of Max Unger still anchoring the line. And what if Brandon Browner had stayed? What an alternate timeline THAT would be.

Picture Bruce Irvin’s energy, spreading up and down the sideline. (Follow Bruce on Twitter. Trust me.)

Reflect on how much better the running game would be in 2017 with Robert Turbin still in the fold oh-kaay now you’ve gone too far, Fraley.

But really — who broke your heart? Brandon ME! BANE! or Red Bryant? Or maybe it’s one of the solid-but-not-spectacular offensive linemen such as James Carpenter, Breno Giacomini, Russell Okung or J.R. Sweezy.

We’re limiting the options to championship-winning guys who left for money reasons or trade reasons. Not included are players who retired, or failed to find another team after being cut. Like, for example, Clint Gresham and Zach Miller, among many others.

Not included is Percy Harvin.

Poll

Which XLVIII champion Seahawk’s departure — through either trade or free agency — stings the most, to this day?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Brandon Browner
    (90 votes)
  • 2%
    Red Bryant
    (86 votes)
  • 0%
    James Carpenter
    (22 votes)
  • 1%
    Chris Clemons
    (53 votes)
  • 2%
    Breno Giacomini
    (66 votes)
  • 2%
    Stephen Hauschka
    (80 votes)
  • 13%
    Bruce Irvin
    (413 votes)
  • 11%
    Byron Maxwell
    (352 votes)
  • 1%
    Clinton McDonald
    (55 votes)
  • 5%
    Brandon Mebane
    (172 votes)
  • 9%
    Russell Okung
    (280 votes)
  • 0%
    J.R. Sweezy
    (22 votes)
  • 20%
    Golden Tate
    (630 votes)
  • 1%
    Walter Thurmond III
    (58 votes)
  • 21%
    Max Unger
    (636 votes)
3015 votes total Vote Now

Which departure was the worst? Ah, memories.