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Field Gulls Podcast: A look at the first week of free agency

Seattle addresses needs at linebacker, guard and kicker in the first week of free agency

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Just a few days into free agency and the Seattle Seahawks have addressed two major areas of need with the offensive line and their kicker. Seattle has signed D.J. Fluker to a two-year deal and brought in former Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati to replace J.R. Sweezy who left for Arizona. Adam Emmert and Brandan Schulze discuss how losing Sweezy means Seattle misses an opportunity to maintain continuity on the line, but the team philosophy remains in place to have an offensive line particularly skilled at run blocking. On special teams, they bring back Jason Myers, who lost out on the job in the 2018 preseason. Now he’s signed to a four-year deal with the Seahawks.

What is the need Seattle should focus on now that the initial wave of free agents have been signed. The Seahawks could still use another pass rusher whether they look to fill that spot through free agency or the draft. Their top player at that position went have sounding satisfied to play under the franchise tag a week ago, to a player who reportedly will hold out if a new contract isn’t in place by training camp.

With the departure of Earl Thomas, there have now been a few Pro Bowl caliber players to leave the team with very little to show for it. Should it bother Seahawks fans that these players are leaving at the end of their contracts rather than being traded the season before so they can get more immediate value in the draft rather than waiting for potential compensatory picks? Looking around the division, one team particularly active in free agency is the San Francisco 49ers. The guys take a look at some of their biggest moves and talk about where they might have some concerns in terms of cap space as they look down the road.

The final segment of the show looks at what Area 29 meant to the Seahawks and even though his final moments in uniform will go down in infamy, it’s still possible fans will see that number up in the rafters at CenturyLink Field in the future.

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