Unless you’ve somehow been completely out of the loop over this 2018 NFL offseason, you know which notable unrestricted Seattle Seahawks free agents have moved on and which ones have stayed. Gone are Paul Richardson, Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, DeShawn Shead, Thomas Rawls, and Sheldon Richardson, while Bradley McDougald, Byron Maxwell, Austin Davis, Marcus Smith, and Mike Davis stayed in Seattle.
There are, of course, several other free agents from the 2017 team who’ve moved on. The likes of Matt Tobin (New England Patriots), Terence Garvin (Miami Dolphins), and Garrison Smith (Atlanta Falcons) have found their new teams, but the same cannot be said for Dewey McDonald or Christian French. As for the rest, let’s have a quick rundown, shall, wee?
Offensive lineman Luke Joeckel started 11 games at left guard last season, but the #2 overall pick from the 2013 NFL Draft remains unsigned. At 26 years old and with a rough stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, plus an injury history for more than half of his short career, it’s pretty obvious that Joeckel will go down as a bust. In fairness, have you looked at the offensive linemen from that class? Lots of high profile names not panning out as one would’ve hoped.
Oday Aboushi, the Seahawks’ in-season replacement right guard for the much-maligned Mark Glowinski, worked out with the San Francisco 49ers back in May, but the Niners opted to sign another ex-Seahawk, Mike Person. Aboushi himself was replaced by Ethan Pocic after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
Linebacker and Special Teams contributor Michael Wilhoite hasn’t been picked up by any team during free agency. The Barkevious Mingo signing all but sealed the fate of Wilhoite and Garvin.
Kicker Blair Walsh’s one-year stop in Seattle was one to forget, and the kicker hasn’t been in the news since the Dolphins gave him a tryout in March. Remember when he was a First-Team All-Pro in his rookie season? Yeah...
Unsurprisingly, not a word has come up about running back Eddie Lacy since his stunning 176-yard performance...spread out across 68 carries. I was stupidly optimistic that this signing would work out. Don’t listen to me.
Lastly, while he wasn’t a free agent, defensive back Jeremy Lane went from “key member of the Seahawks’ 2014 secondary” to falling out of favor and off the team by the end of the 2017 season. He was originally traded to the Houston Texans as part of the Duane Brown deal, only to fail his physical and cost the Seahawks a third-round pick in the process. Seattle moved on from Lane, and he’s still a free agent. Lane was recently handed a suspended sentence for a DUI arrest.
And that should be everyone of note. Oh, and I must mention that 2016 Seahawks member and underappreciated role player Kelcie McCray is now with the Buffalo Bills, having been unsigned for all of 2017. So if the players you see listed here aren’t on a roster come kickoff for the 2018 regular season, that doesn’t mean their respective NFL careers are over.