In the opening days of free agency, the Seattle Seahawks watched offensive weapons leave for other teams, as both wide receiver Paul Richardson and tight end Jimmy Graham found new homes in which to play, and then late Sheldon Richardson departed for the Minnesota Vikings. This got fans excited about the potential for the Hawks to receive comp picks in the 2019 draft, but before long it became apparent the team was intent on adding multiple role players to the roster as potential contributors and that any comp picks could be cancelled out.
This year the period of time during which free agents count towards the comp pick calculations runs from March 14 through May 8, which means Wednesday marked the start of the second half of the 2018 free agency period. The draft is just two weeks away, and I have seen a couple of questions in the comments regarding where the Seahawks stand in terms of its comp picks. Thus, this is an update on where things stand as of today, which is roughly the midpoint of the comp pick period.
The first thing to take into consideration is that in order to receive comp picks a team must lose more qualifying free agents than it gains. That means the first order of business is to look at the qualifying players the team has signed compared to the qualifying players the team has watched leave. After the signing of Dontae Johnson the Seahawks have added seven free agents who qualify in the comp pick calculations, and those players are
- Linebacker Barkevious Mingo,
- Guard D.J. Fluker,
- Cornerback Dontae Johnson,
- Tight end Ed Dickson,
- Wide receiver Jaron Brown,
- Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and
- Defensive tackle Tom Johnson.
In contrast the team has lost six qualifying free agents
- Tight end Jimmy Graham,
- Tight end Luke Willson,
- Offensive lineman Matt Tobin,
- Wide receiver Paul Richardson,
- Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and
- Linebacker Terence Garvin.
Putting those two together, the Hawks have currently added one more free agent than they have lost, meaning they are not in line to receive any comp picks. They currently have several players remaining unsigned who could still sign elsewhere, including
- Guard Luke Joeckel,
- Guard Oday Aboushi,
- Running back Eddie Lacy,
- Linebacker Michael Wilhoite,
- Cornerback Byron Maxwell,
- Kicker Blair Walsh and
- Quarterback Austin Davis.
In addition, starting in early May teams will have the option to take advantage of the rarely utilized May 8 Tender described in Article 9, Section 1(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Using the available May 8 tender could change the picture for the team’s comp picks through the summer, and I will shed more detail on that in the coming days.
For now, the key regarding comp picks is that Seattle is not currently in line to receive any comp picks, so if the team hopes to receive any, it still needs to see multiple free agents sign with new teams in the coming weeks.