NFL free agency officially starts on Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm New York, but that doesn’t take into account the fact that teams and players have been negotiating for more than two straight days through the legal tampering period.
For the Seattle Seahawks, the legal tampering period has seen a good piece of the roster leave in free agency, with six members of the 2018 53 man roster already having agreed to terms with other clubs. These departures to date include Justin Coleman, Brett Hundley, J.R. Sweezy, Earl Thomas, Mike Davis and Shamar Stephen, all of whom are eligible to be included in comp pick calculations.
It is still very early in the comp pick process, but per Nick Korte of OverTheCap.com, as of this moment the team is currently looking at comp picks of
- A third round pick for Thomas signing with the Baltimore Ravens,
- A fourth round pick for Coleman signing with the Detroit Lions,
- A sixth round pick for Shamar Stephen signing with the Minnesota Vikings and
- A sixth round pick for Mike Davis signing with the Chicago Bears.
The term of Sweezy’s agreement with the Arizona Cardinals have not yet come out, but that could potentially replace one of the sixth round picks with something higher.
In any case, there is still a ton of time for the Hawks to sign free agents that cancel the currently projected comp picks out, or for other former Seahawks to sign contracts large enough that the project comp picks improve.
I’ll do my best to keep readers updated on these matters as free agency progresses.