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Welcome to Part Seven!

Yes, I chose to use a Pittsburgh offensive lineman as the cover model for this installment on purpose - because signing a Steelers O-lineman worked out really well for us last year.


Before we dive into today’s information, the related polls, and some probing, decision-making questions, let’s take a look at the results from yesterday’s installment.

  • High priority positions: Guard, Center, Cornerback, and Defensive End.

  • Medium priority positions: Tackle, Tight End, Running Back, and Defensive Tackle.

  • Low priority positions: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Fullback, Linebacker, Safety, and Special Teams.

Narrowing our focus to just the HIGH priority positions . . .

  • Center: 16% of you think we should get 2 or more. 83% said, “One”. And you’re willing to pay $5M - $10M per season to address that position.

  • Guard: 69% of you think we should get “Two or More” - which is interesting since Damien Lewis seems like he did a pretty good job last year. 34% of you said, “One”. How much you’re willing to pay was actually the tightest poll yesterday - - - 44% said “At least $5M, but not more than $10M” and 41% said, “Here’s my checkbook; try not to spend it all in one place.

  • Defensive End: 37% said we need “One”; 57% said “Two” with 39% voting to spend $5M to $10M and 47% voting to spend “whatever it takes to properly address the position.”

  • Cornerback: Nearly 2/3rds of you (63%) said we need “Three or More” and 47% of you are willing to spend $5M to $10M on the position.



Free agency resources - and some polls

There are obviously a ton of articles - and even entire websites - devoted to free agency and the options that various teams have available to them. There are scouting reports and draft profiles and HOURS of “tape” available.

Rather than providing my own take on who the Hawks could / should / might be targeting, I thought we’d have a bit more fun with this.

NOTE: If you want to skip the fun and jump to the decision-polls, scroll to the end.

Since so much content already exists, I will provide a link to a “resource” (aka an article) and give you a brief summary of what you’ll find if you click on the link. After each one, there will be some poll questions related to that resource.

Here’s a list of the resources we will be using:

  • Resource #1: Clayton: The Seahawks priorities and potential targets in free agency (710 AM / ESPN Seattle)

  • Resource #2: 10 free agents the Seattle Seahawks should target: NFL free agency 2021 (The Oregonian / Oregon Live)

  • Resource #3: NFL free agents 2021: Top 10 offensive linemen (NBC Sports Boston)

  • Resource #4: 2021 NFL Free Agency: Updated landing spots for PFF’s top 50 free agents (Pro Football Focus)

  • Resource #5: Simulating NFL free agency 2021: Who signs where, and why the Patriots are the big winners (ESPN)

  • Resource #6: Perfect scheme fits for top NFL free agents 2021: Landing spots for JuJu Smith-Schuster, Aaron Jones, more (ESPN+)

  • Resource #7: Ranking NFL’s top 30 free agents and predicting where they’ll sign (New York Post)


Polling time

Resource #1: Clayton: The Seahawks’ priorities and potential targets in free agency

Summary: This is a short article. In it, the beloved (?) and very knowledgeable John Clayton says that Seattle’s priorities are DE and IOL (i.e. Defensive End and Interior Offensive Line, aka Guard and Center) but then he mostly focuses on replacing Shaquill Griffin.

Poll #P7.01: Do you agree with John Clayton when he says the Seahawks will be “very active” but won’t spend “big numbers” on free agents?

Poll

Do you agree with John Clayton when he says the Seahawks will be "very active" but won’t spend "big numbers" on free agents?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Yes; that sounds like the Seahawks under this regime
    (321 votes)
  • 18%
    No; I think the Hawks will sign at least one player to "big numbers"
    (79 votes)
  • 7%
    No; I think the Hawks will not be "very active"
    (32 votes)
432 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.02: Clayton throws out three options for replacing Shaquill Griffin if the Seahawks don’t re-sign him. Of the 3, which would you prefer?

Poll

John Clayton suggests three possible replacements for Shaquill Griffin; which of the 3 would you prefer?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Justin Coleman
    (105 votes)
  • 38%
    Quinton Dunbar
    (164 votes)
  • 37%
    Jenoris Jenkins
    (160 votes)
429 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.03: John Clayton writes, “If the Seahawks could get (Quinton) Jefferson, (Carlos) Dunlap, and Benson Mayowa all back, they would be pretty good with them along with Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson rushing the quarterback.” Do you agree with that assessment?

Poll

Do you agree that the Seahawks would be "pretty good" with a pass rush that consisted of Quinton Jefferson, Carlos Dunlap, Benson Mayowa, Darrell Taylor, and Alton Robinson?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Yes
    (354 votes)
  • 21%
    No
    (96 votes)
450 votes total Vote Now


Resource #2: 10 free agents the Seattle Seahawks should target: NFL free agency 2021

Summary: This is an interesting list - in part, because 3 of the 10 names are our own free agents (Carson, Wright, and Dunbar); and, in part, because there are only 2 defensive players on the list (yep, you guessed it - Wright and Dunbar).

Poll #P7.04: This article lists 10 players the Seahawks could / would / should be interested in signing in free agency. Which of the 10 would be at the top of your wishlist if you were John and Pete?

Poll

If you weren’t writing the check, which of these 10 players would be at the TOP of your wishlist if you were John and Pete?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    New England Guard JOE THUNEY (age 28)
    (144 votes)
  • 2%
    Las Vegas Guard GABE JACKSON (29)
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    New Orleans Guard NICK EASTON (29)
    (12 votes)
  • 45%
    Green Bay Center COREY LINSLEY (30)
    (199 votes)
  • 3%
    Tennessee Tight End JONNU SMITH (26)
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    Seattle Running Back CHRIS CARSON (26)
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Minnesota Tight End KYLE RUDOLPH (32)
    (0 votes)
  • 9%
    Seattle Linebacker K.J. WRIGHT (31)
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Seattle Cornerback QUINTON DUNBAR (28)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Las Vegas Wide Receiver NELSON AGHOLOR (27)
    (1 vote)
441 votes total Vote Now


Resource #3: NFL free agents 2021: Top 10 offensive linemen

Summary: Headlined by the names you would guess: #1: Guard Joe Thuney; #2: Center Corey Linsley; and #3: Tackle Trent Williams. There are some interesting names at the bottom of their Top 10 list though - including #10: Ethan Pocic.

Poll #P7.05: Do we, the fans and/or the team, not “value” Mr. Pocic as much as we should?

Poll

Do we, the fans and/or the team, not "value" Mr. Pocic as much as we should?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Yes
    (124 votes)
  • 32%
    No
    (138 votes)
  • 38%
    Maybe
    (163 votes)
425 votes total Vote Now


Resource #4: 2021 NFL Free Agency: Updated landing spots for PFF’s top 50 free agents

NOTE: This one might be behind a paywall; I have an “elite” subscription and am constantly logged into the site. The summary is all you really “need” though.

Summary: Three of Seattle’s players made the Top 50: Shaquill Griffin (#26), Quinton Dunbar (#44), and Chris Carson (#50). Somewhat surprisingly, PFF predicts that Seattle will SIGN one player that is in their top 50 . . . who could it be?

#26: SHAQUILL GRIFFIN

Poll #P7.06a: PFF predicts that CB Shaquill Griffin will sign a 3-year, $28.5M contract with $15.5M guaranteed. Does that seem like an accurate estimate?

Poll

PFF predicts that CB Shaquill Griffin will sign a 3-year, $28.5M contract with $15.5M guaranteed. Does that seem like an accurate estimate?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Yes; that seems accurate
    (219 votes)
  • 27%
    No; that seems HIGH
    (116 votes)
  • 21%
    No; that seems LOW
    (91 votes)
426 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.06b: PFF predicts that SEATTLE will be the team that signs Griffin to the aforementioned contract. Do you agree?

Poll

PFF predicts that SEATTLE will be the team that signs Griffin to the aforementioned contract. Do you agree?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Yes; 100%
    (32 votes)
  • 42%
    Yes; at least I hope so
    (175 votes)
  • 50%
    No; it will definitely NOT be Seattle at that price
    (207 votes)
414 votes total Vote Now

#44: QUINTON DUNBAR

Poll #P7.07a: PFF predicts that CB Quinton Dunbar will get a 2-year, $12M contract with $9.5M guaranteed). Do you agree with that estimate?

Poll

PFF predicts that CB Quinton Dunbar will get a 2-year, $12M contract with $9.5M guaranteed). Do you agree with that estimate?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    Yes; that seems accurate
    (201 votes)
  • 47%
    No; that seems HIGH
    (194 votes)
  • 3%
    No; that seems LOW
    (16 votes)
411 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.07b: PFF predicts that JACKSONVILLE will be the team that signs Quinton Dunbar. Do you agree?

Poll

PFF predicts that JACKSONVILLE will be the team that signs Quinton Dunbar. Do you agree?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Yes; Jacksonville seems like a logical destination for him
    (96 votes)
  • 41%
    No; Seattle will be the team that signs him
    (160 votes)
  • 33%
    No; he will sign with someone else (not Jacksonville and not Seattle)
    (131 votes)
387 votes total Vote Now

#50: CHRIS CARSON

Poll #P7.08a: PFF predicts that RB Chris Carson will sign a 3-years $30M contract with $15M guaranteed. Does that seem like an accurate prediction?

Poll

PFF predicts that RB Chris Carson will sign a 3-year, $30M contract with $15M guaranteed. Does that seem like an accurate prediction?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Yes; that seems accurate
    (148 votes)
  • 61%
    No; that seems HIGH
    (251 votes)
  • 1%
    No; that seems LOW
    (6 votes)
405 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.08b: PFF expects Chris Carson to sign with the JETS. Do you agree?

Poll

PFF expects Chris Carson to sign with the JETS. Do you agree?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Yes; the Jets seem like a logical destination for Chris Carson
    (188 votes)
  • 10%
    No; because he’s re-signing with us
    (43 votes)
  • 41%
    No; he will sign with someone other than the Seahawks or the Jets
    (163 votes)
394 votes total Vote Now

BONUS Polls for Resource #4

Poll #P7.09a: PFF lists former Seahawk Richard Sherman at #10 among all free agents; is this an accurate ranking?

Poll

PFF lists former Seahawk Richard Sherman at #10 among all free agents; is this an accurate ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Yes; it’s about right
    (93 votes)
  • 1%
    No; he should be HIGHER
    (4 votes)
  • 75%
    No; he should not be ranked this high
    (296 votes)
393 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.09b: PFF predicts that Richard Sherman will land in Vegas with the Raiders; do you agree?

Poll

PFF predicts that Richard Sherman will land in Vegas with the Raiders; do you agree?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    Yes
    (272 votes)
  • 28%
    No
    (110 votes)
382 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.09c: PFF predicts 2-years, $28M ($18M guaranteed). The 2 years is an easy prediction since Sherman has said he wants to play 2 more years and then retire. Do you think the money estimate is accurate?

Poll

FF predicts 2-years, $28M ($18M guaranteed). Do you think the money part of the estimate is accurate?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Yes
    (88 votes)
  • 2%
    No; I think he will get more than that
    (11 votes)
  • 73%
    No; I think he will get less than that
    (277 votes)
376 votes total Vote Now


Resource #5: Simulating NFL free agency 2021: Who signs where, and why the Patriots are the big winners

Summary: Not a “Top X-Number” list; more of a random selection of guesses but done in an interesting way: NFL Nation writers for each team made offers for free agents and the “best” offer won.

Shaquill Griffin is on the list.

Brady Henderson, representing Seattle, put in an offer . . . that got utterly DESTROYED by an offer from Jacksonville.

  • Seattle’s offer: 3 years, $39M, $25M guaranteed, $2M in additional incentives for Pro Bowls + INTs

  • Jacksonville’s offer: 3 years, $48M, $28M guaranteed

NOTE: There were no other Seahawks players on that particular list and no other offers from Seattle.

Poll #P7.10: What, if anything, would you read into the difference between the (hypothetical) offers from Seattle and Jacksonville?

Poll

What, if anything, would you read into the difference between the (hypothetical) offers from Seattle and Jacksonville?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    I wouldn’t read anything into it
    (65 votes)
  • 30%
    It’s par for the course; Seattle often gets outbid for players at a certain level
    (108 votes)
  • 45%
    It says more about Jacksonville than it does about Seattle - i.e. the Jaguars have to pay "a premium" to get players to sign with them
    (158 votes)
  • 5%
    I would read something else into it
    (19 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.11: If you were Griffin, which of those 2 hypothetical offers would you sign?

Poll

If you were Shaquill Griffin, would you sign with Seattle (3/$39M) or Jacksonville (3/$48M)

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    I would sign Seattle’s offer (for whatever reason)
    (78 votes)
  • 78%
    I would sign Jacksonville’s offer (for whatever reason)
    (282 votes)
360 votes total Vote Now


Resource #6: Perfect scheme fits for top NFL free agents 2021: Landing spots for JuJu Smith-Schuster, Aaron Jones, more (ESPN+ = paywall)

Summary: Only one Seahawks player makes their list (Shaquill Griffin); and Seattle is considered the best scheme-fit for two players. And, like many, ESPN predicts that Griffin will ultimately stay in Seattle - in this case, because of the scheme-fit.

In their words:

Griffin has enough top-end speed to match or recover vertically, and he’s a tremendous match for the zone-heavy Seattle defense in both single-high and split-safety coverages. That’s where we see Griffin use his physical tools in coverage or when tackling in the run game. Griffin, who had three interceptions last season, has the ball skills to create turnovers.

ESPN also considers Seattle the best scheme-fit for EDGE Bud Dupree - which sounds good until you consider the money that’s involved (PFF’s estimate is 1-year, $15M, $12M guaranteed) and the fact that he’s likely to start the season on the PUP list after tearing his ACL near the end of last season.

Poll #P7.12a: Would you sign Bud Dupree to a 1-year contract given his injury and expected (lack of) availability to start the year?

Poll

Would you sign Bud Dupree to a 1-year contract given his injury and expected (lack of) availability to start the year?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Yes
    (62 votes)
  • 82%
    No
    (290 votes)
352 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.12b: Would you sign Bud Dupree to a multi-year contract with an APY of $15M? (ex. 2/$30M or 3/$45M)

Poll

Would you sign Bud Dupree to a multi-year contract with an APY of $15M? (ex. 2/$30M or 3/$45M)

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Yes
    (27 votes)
  • 92%
    No
    (320 votes)
347 votes total Vote Now


Resource #7: Ranking NFL’s top 30 free agents and predicting where they’ll sign

Summary: Predicts that Seattle will make bids on C Corey Linsley, DE Matthew Judon, and RT Mitchell Schwartz. Thinks that Seattle will land 2 of the 3 (Judon and Schwartz). Yet, somehow, doesn’t think Seattle will even make an offer to CB Shaquill Griffin.

Poll #P7.13a: Limiting it to JUST those 3 players, how many of the 3 do you think will end up signing with Seattle?

Poll

Limiting it to JUST Corey Linsley, Matthew Judon, and Mitchell Schwartz, how many of the 3 do you think will end up signing with Seattle?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    All three
    (2 votes)
  • 13%
    Two of the three
    (47 votes)
  • 53%
    Only one of them
    (187 votes)
  • 32%
    None of them
    (115 votes)
351 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.13b:

Poll

Between C Corey Linsley, DE Matthew Judon, and RT Mitchell Schwartz, which one do you think is the MOST likely to sign with Seattle?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    Corey Linsley
    (210 votes)
  • 21%
    Matthew Judon
    (74 votes)
  • 17%
    Mitchell Schwartz
    (61 votes)
345 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.13c: Of those 3 players, which one do you think is the LEAST likely to sign with Seattle?

Poll

Between C Corey Linsley, DE Matthew Judon, and RT Mitchell Schwartz, which one do you think is the LEAST likely to sign with Seattle?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Corey Linsley
    (56 votes)
  • 39%
    Matthew Judon
    (134 votes)
  • 44%
    Mitchell Schwartz
    (151 votes)
341 votes total Vote Now


“Hot or Not”, NFL free agency style

Here, in the form of some very quick polls, are a handful of free agents and the contract terms that PFF estimates for them.

  • Hot = You think the player is worth signing at the estimated price and you would want him on your team (assuming you could afford him).

  • Not = You’re going to pass - PFF is clearly insane and/or you would have no interest in having the player on your team at that price.

Poll #P7.14: HUNTER HENRY (Tight End). Age: 26.2. Estimated contract: 4 years, $48M, with $23.5M guaranteed ($12M APY). NOTE: Per PFF Henry ranked 14th and 18th among tight ends the last 2 years.

Poll

Hunter Henry (Tight End). Age: 26.2. Estimated contract: 4 years, $48M, with $23.5M guaranteed ($12M APY). HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    HOT
    (54 votes)
  • 84%
    not
    (284 votes)
338 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.15: NDAMUKONG SUH (Defensive Lineman). Age 34.1. Estimated contract: 1 year, $6.75M, fully guaranteed at signing. NOTE: Suh played the 11th-most snaps of any D-lineman in the league last year (788) while recording 50 pressures and 25 stops.

Poll

Ndamukong Suh (Defensive Lineman). Age 34.1. Estimated contract: 1 year, $6.75M, fully guaranteed at signing. HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    HOT
    (200 votes)
  • 42%
    not
    (147 votes)
347 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.16: KENNY GOLLADAY (Wide Receiver). Age: 27.3. Estimated contract: 4 years, $85M, with $57.5M guaranteed ($21.25M APY). NOTE: Injury short-circuited his 2020 season but he was #7 in receiving yards and #3 in yards per catch in 2019

Poll

Kenny Golladay (Wide Receiver). Age: 27.3. Estimated contract: 4 years, $85M, with $57.5M guaranteed ($21.25M APY). HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    HOT
    (54 votes)
  • 84%
    not
    (285 votes)
339 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.17 RYAN FITZPATRICK (Quarterback). Age 38.3. Estimated contract: 1 year, $10M, fully guaranteed at signing. NOTE: Say what you want about his Fitz-Magic slash Fitz-Tragic Jekyll & Hyde career, PFF has given him 3 of his 4 best season grades the last 3 years.

Poll

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Quarterback). Age 38.3. Estimated contract: 1 year, $10M, fully guaranteed at signing. HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    HOT
    (96 votes)
  • 71%
    not
    (244 votes)
340 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.18: TAKKARIST McKINLEY (EDGE). Age 25.3. Estimated contract: 3 years, $28.5M, with $18M guaranteed ($9.5M APY). NOTE: Many 12s had him on their wishlist last season near the trade deadline.

Poll

Takkarist McKinley (EDGE). Age 25.3. Estimated contract: 3 years, $28.5M, with $18M guaranteed ($9.5M APY). HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    HOT
    (185 votes)
  • 43%
    not
    (144 votes)
329 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.19: TRENT WILLIAMS (Tackle). Age: 32.5. Estimated contract: 4 years, $80M, with $62.4M guaranteed ($20M APY). NOTE: Per PFF, Williams has led all tackles in PFF grading 3 times, including last season.

Poll

Trent Williams (Tackle). Age: 32.5. Estimated contract: 4 years, $80M, with $62.4M guaranteed ($20M APY). HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    HOT
    (82 votes)
  • 75%
    not
    (250 votes)
332 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.20: YANNICK NGAKOUE (EDGE). Age 25.9. Estimated contract: 4 years, $70M, with $40M guaranteed ($17.5M APY). NOTE: Expected to be joining his 4th team in 2 years.

Poll

Yannick Ngakoue (EDGE). Age 25.9. Estimated contract: 4 years, $70M, with $40M guaranteed ($17.5M APY). HOT or NOT?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    HOT
    (106 votes)
  • 68%
    not
    (229 votes)
335 votes total Vote Now



Decision time!

AKA: Polls for specific players and positions that will actually help shape our roster.

Cap space

As a reminder, here in this series, the Seahawks have $33,748,844 in available cap space.

In theory, about $6M to $8M of that should be set aside (probably more) for things like injury settlements, in-season replacements, and, of course, the incoming rookies.

But none of those things are needed TODAY so if you, as John and Pete, want to spend every last one of those thirty-three million, seven hundred forty-eight thousand, eight hundred forty-four dollars . . . go right ahead!

A few questions about the current roster

Poll #P7.21: How comfortable are you with the defensive end rotation if the Seahawks don’t sign (or draft) a “difference-maker”?

As a reminder, you’ve decided to re-sign Benson Mayowa so the team has him, plus L.J. Collier, Jordyn Brooks, Darrell Taylor, Rasheem Green, and Myles Adams.

Poll

How comfortable are you with the defensive end rotation if the Seahawks don’t sign (or draft) a "difference-maker"?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Super comfortable
    (4 votes)
  • 25%
    Sort of comfortable
    (87 votes)
  • 51%
    NOT comfortable
    (178 votes)
  • 22%
    Super-very-NOT comfortable
    (76 votes)
345 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.22a: Do you think that Duane Brown legitimately has at least 3 more years of “quality” football in him?

NOTE: This question is being asked because (a) you’ve signed him to an extension that keeps him with the team through 2023, and (b) if the answer is “no” then it is time to start looking for his replacement.

Poll

Do you think that Duane Brown legitimately has at least 3 more years of "quality" football in him?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Yes
    (56 votes)
  • 45%
    No
    (159 votes)
  • 38%
    Maybe
    (135 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.22b: Regardless of your previous answer regarding Duane Brown, should Seattle be looking for their “next” Left Tackle this offseason?

Poll

Should Seattle be looking for their "next" Left Tackle this offseason?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Yes
    (117 votes)
  • 15%
    No
    (52 votes)
  • 50%
    Trick question; you should ALWAYS be looking for your "next" Left Tackle
    (172 votes)
341 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.22c: Should Seattle look for their next Left Tackle in free agency or in the draft?

Poll

Should Seattle look for their next Left Tackle in free agency or in the draft?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Free agency
    (18 votes)
  • 47%
    The draft
    (162 votes)
  • 47%
    BOTH
    (162 votes)
342 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.22d: If you feel that Seattle should look for their next Left Tackle via free agency, which of these tackles would you sign?

Poll

If you feel that Seattle should look for their next Left Tackle via free agency, which of these tackles would you sign?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Alejandro Villanueva (age 33)
    (8 votes)
  • 3%
    Chaz Green (27)
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    Cole Toner (27) - RFA
    (6 votes)
  • 24%
    Eric Fisher (30)
    (61 votes)
  • 1%
    Greg Senat (27) - RFA
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Jason Peters (39)
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    Jason Spriggs (27)
    (33 votes)
  • 0%
    Josh Wells (30)
    (0 votes)
  • 19%
    Julie’n Davenport (26)
    (48 votes)
  • 3%
    Kendall Lamm (29)
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Marshall Newhouse (33)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Riley Reiff (33)
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Roderick Johnson (26)
    (19 votes)
  • 5%
    Russell Okung (age 33) - est. 3 years, $50M
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    Sam Tevi (27)
    (12 votes)
  • 8%
    Trent Williams (33) - est. 4 years, $80M
    (21 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

NOTE: Contract estimates are from OverTheCap.com.


Priority #1: Signing a Guard (or 2)

FACT: This is the position that you identified as your #1 priority.

FACT: 213 of you voted to spend $5M to $10M on the position and that was only 17 more votes than “Whatever it takes to properly address the position.”

Thus, I am going to assume that you aren’t interested in pinching pennies or going with a “quantity over quality” approach to this position this year.

Poll #P7.23: (Assuming they agree to terms), Who will your starting Left Guard be when the 2021 season kicks off?

Poll

(Assuming they agree to terms), Who will your starting Left Guard be when the 2021 season kicks off?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Joe Thuney (age 28.3) - est. 4 years, $57M, $35M guaranteed ($14.25M APY)
    (135 votes)
  • 21%
    Matt Feiler (28.6) - est. 2 years, $12M, $8M guaranteed ($6M APY)
    (70 votes)
  • 8%
    Germain Ifedi (26.7) - est. 2 years, $5M, $3M guaranteed ($2.5M APY)
    (28 votes)
  • 28%
    Someone else
    (93 votes)
326 votes total Vote Now

NOTE: Don’t shoot the messenger; Brandon Scherff is no longer available which means Germain Ifedi is considered the 3rd best option at the Guard position (per PFF).

Poll #P7.24: If none of the 3 Guards in the previous poll sign with you, what’s the backup plan?

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If neither Joe Thuney nor Matt Feiler sign with you, what’s the backup plan?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Germain Ifedi (sigh)
    (31 votes)
  • 31%
    A low-cost, low-risk stop-gap free agent (ex. Nick Easton or J.R. Sweezy)
    (98 votes)
  • 2%
    Someone on the current roster (technically, Kyle Fuller is a guard)
    (9 votes)
  • 43%
    Hope a quality Guard is available in the draft
    (137 votes)
  • 7%
    Trade for a starting-caliber Guard
    (25 votes)
  • 5%
    Um . . . there is no backup plan; it’s Thuney or Feiler or BUST
    (16 votes)
316 votes total Vote Now


Priority #2: Signing a Center

We have a bit a quandary with the Center position. 45% of you voted to spend “At least $5M but not more than $10M” on the position.

Of the two dozen free agent centers, only 2 are expected to sign a contract that falls in that range: Alex Mack and David Andrews.

Alex Mack is 36 - which is fine, but do you really want to go year-to-year at the Center position? If not, then you are down to ONE option: David Andrews. At least within that price range.

There are 2 pieces of good news though.

Piece #1 is that there is another Center who MIGHT fall into that range - he’s the subject of the next poll question.

Piece #2 is that after Alex Mack, David Andrews, and the mystery Center, the rest of the free agents at the position are expected to earn salaries that would let you do a 2-for-1. For example, you could get a pair of Austins - Blythe and Reiter - for about $7.5M combined.

Seriously though, just like the Guard position, there is a HUGE drop off between the top of the class and everyone else.

Poll #P7.25: Center Corey Linsley, age 30, is a player who has been linked to Seattle and, frankly, for some pretty obvious reasons. In 2020, he allowed 4 pressures on 437 pass-blocking snaps and was in the 84th percentile as a run-blocker. PFF estimates that he will receive a 3-year, $33M contract with $16.5M guaranteed ($11M APY). Would you sign him at that price?

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If you were John and Pete and you could sign Center Corey Linsley to a 3-year, $33M contract with $16.5M guaranteed ($11M APY), would you do it?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Yes
    (282 votes)
  • 11%
    No
    (37 votes)
319 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.26a: If you would NOT sign Corey Linsley to a 3-year, $33M contract, which of these Centers would be at the top of your list?

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If Corely Linsley were excluded, which of these Centers would be at the top of your list in free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A.Q. Shipley (age 35)
    (0 votes)
  • 12%
    Alex Mack (36) - est. 1 year, $6M
    (32 votes)
  • 33%
    Austin Blythe (29) - LAR - est. 2 years, $5.5M ($2.75M APY)
    (87 votes)
  • 6%
    Austin Reiter (30) - est. 2 years, $9.5M ($4.75M APY)
    (17 votes)
  • 1%
    Ben Garland (33) - est. 1 year, $2.25M
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Brett Jones (30)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Dan Feeney (27)
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Daniel Kilgore (34)
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    David Andrews (29) - est. 3 years, $18M ($6M APY)
    (44 votes)
  • 2%
    Hroniss Grasu (30)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe Looney (31)
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Joey Hunt (27)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Josh Andrews (30)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin McCray (29)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Matt Skura (28) - est. 2 years, $4M ($2M APY)
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    Nick Martin (28) - est. 2 years, $8.5M ($4.25M APY)
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    Russell Bodine (29)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Spencer Pulley (28)
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Ted Karras (28) - est. 2 years, $8.5M ($4.25M APY)
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Tony Bergstrom (35)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Larsen (30)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Shatley (30)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Will Clapp (25) - RFA
    (12 votes)
263 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.26b: You previously decided to resign Ethan Pocic. Who is your projected starter in 2021; the player you selected in the previous poll or Mr. Pocic?

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Who is your projected starter in 2021; the player you selected in the previous poll or Ethan Pocic?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    The player that I selected in the previous poll
    (164 votes)
  • 28%
    Ethan Pocic is expected to be the starter, but I still want to sign someone to back him up and push him for reps
    (81 votes)
  • 14%
    Ethan Pocic is going to be the starter; I’ll pass on signing the player I selected in the previous poll
    (43 votes)
288 votes total Vote Now


Priority #3: Signing a Cornerback (or 2)

Golly, are there ever a lot of free agent cornerbacks.

If you go to OTC and sort their free agent list by position, you will find that there are 9 free agent cornerbacks whose first name starts with an A; 8 whose first name starts with a B; and a dozen for C.

That’s 29 free agent cornerbacks already; and we’ve still got 88.5% of the alphabet to go.

So, yeah, A LOT.

For this position, I am going to rely on PFF’s Top 200 Free Agents list, sorted by position. I am going to exclude our own free agents (since we’ve already had polls about them), anyone that is expected to earn more than $10M per season and anyone that is expected to earn less than $5M per year.

I am also going to exclude anyone that PFF identifies as a “slot corner” since that’s not what Griffin and Dunbar are or were.

Hopefully that gets us down to a reasonable number of options.

Poll #P7.27: TROY HILL (Rams) - Age 29.5. Est. 2 years, $10.5M, with $7.25M guaranteed ($5.25M APY) - technically a slot corner, but also grades well as a CB2.

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Troy Hill to the estimated contract? - - - 2 years, $10.5M, with $7.25M guaranteed ($5.25M APY)

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  • 40%
    Yes
    (109 votes)
  • 59%
    No
    (157 votes)
266 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.28: CHIDOBE AWUZIE (Cowboys) - Age 25.8. Est. 3 years, $27M, with $15.5M guaranteed ($9M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Chidobe Awuzie to the estimated contract? - - - 3 years, $27M, with $15.5M guaranteed ($9M APY)

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Yes
    (75 votes)
  • 71%
    No
    (190 votes)
265 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.29: XAVIER RHODES (Colts) - Age 30.7. Est. 3 years, $24M, with $14.5M guaranteed ($8M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Xavier Rhodes to the estimated contract? - - - 3 years, $24M, with $14.5M guaranteed ($8M APY)

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Yes
    (71 votes)
  • 73%
    No
    (196 votes)
267 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.30: RONALD DARBY (WFT) - Age 27.1. Est. 3 years, $30M, with $16.5M guaranteed ($10M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Ronald Darby to the estimated contract? - - - 3 years, $30M, with $16.5M guaranteed ($10M APY)

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Yes
    (39 votes)
  • 85%
    No
    (222 votes)
261 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.31: JASON VERRETT (49ers) - Age 29.7. Est. 2 years, $10M, with $5M guaranteed ($5M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Jason Verrett to the estimated contract? - - - 2 years, $10M, with $5M guaranteed ($5M APY)

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  • 52%
    Yes
    (136 votes)
  • 47%
    No
    (122 votes)
258 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.32: BASHAUD BREELAND (Chiefs) - Age 29.1. Est. 2 years, $10M, with $5.5M guaranteed ($5M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Bashaud Breeland to the estimated contract? - - - 2 years, $10M, with $5.5M guaranteed ($5M APY)

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Yes
    (101 votes)
  • 59%
    No
    (148 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.33: A.J. BOUYE - Age 29.5. Est. 1 year, $5M, with $3M guaranteed

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign A.J.Bouye to the estimated contract? - - - 1 year, $5M, with $3M guaranteed

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Yes
    (146 votes)
  • 42%
    No
    (109 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.34: MICHAEL DAVIS (Chargers) - Age 26.1. Est. 3 years, $21M, with $13.25M guaranteed ($7M APY)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Michael Davis to the estimated contract? - - - 3 years, $21M, with $13.25M guaranteed ($7M APY)

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  • 31%
    Yes
    (78 votes)
  • 68%
    No
    (169 votes)
247 votes total Vote Now

Alright . . . that wasn’t too bad. How about a couple of “bonus” options?

Poll #P7.35: GAREON CONLEY (Texans) - Age 25.7. Est. 1 year, $2.5M, with $1M guaranteed (former R1 pick; missed all of last season)

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Gareon Conley to the estimated contract? - - - 1 year, $2.5M, with $1M guaranteed

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Yes
    (154 votes)
  • 38%
    No
    (97 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.36: KEVIN KING (Packers) - Age 25.8. Est. 1 year, $3.5M, with $1.5M guaranteed

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If you were John and Pete, would you sign Kevin King to the estimated contract? - - - 1 year, $3.5M, with $1.5M guaranteed

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Yes
    (191 votes)
  • 25%
    No
    (65 votes)
256 votes total Vote Now

And the last 2 Cornerback questions . . .

Poll #P7.37: Of these 10 cornerbacks, which would be your #1 choice?

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Of these 10 cornerbacks, which one would be your #1 choice to sign in free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Troy Hill
    (17 votes)
  • 8%
    Chidobe Awuzie
    (20 votes)
  • 14%
    Xavier Rhodes
    (35 votes)
  • 3%
    Ronald Darby
    (9 votes)
  • 23%
    Jason Verrett
    (57 votes)
  • 4%
    Bashaud Breeland
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    Michael Davis
    (11 votes)
  • 8%
    Gareon Conley
    (20 votes)
  • 26%
    Kevin King
    (65 votes)
246 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.38: Which one would be your #2 choice?

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Which of these 10 cornerbacks would be your #2 choice?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Troy Hill
    (16 votes)
  • 4%
    Chidobe Awuzie
    (11 votes)
  • 6%
    Xavier Rhodes
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Ronald Darby
    (6 votes)
  • 22%
    Jason Verrett
    (55 votes)
  • 3%
    Bashaud Breeland
    (8 votes)
  • 18%
    A.J. Bouye
    (44 votes)
  • 2%
    Michael Davis
    (7 votes)
  • 5%
    Gareon Conley
    (13 votes)
  • 28%
    Kevin King
    (69 votes)
244 votes total Vote Now


Priority #4: Signing a Defensive End (or 2)

Y’all already know this one is going to be expensive as 47% of you voted to spend “whatever it takes” and another 39% voted to spend $5M to $10M.

Poll #P7.39: Which of these defensive ends would be your “big” free agent signing if you were John and Pete?

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Which of these defensive ends would be your "big" free agent signing if you were John and Pete?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Shaquil Barrett (est. 4 years, $72M, $42.5M guaranteed, $18M APY)
    (17 votes)
  • 8%
    Carl Lawson (est. 4 years, $55M, $30M guaranteed, $13.75M APY)
    (21 votes)
  • 3%
    Jadeveon Clowney (est. 1 year, $13M, fully guaranteed)
    (8 votes)
  • 8%
    Yannick Ngakoue (est. 4 years, $70M, $40M guaranteed, $17.5M APY)
    (22 votes)
  • 9%
    Melvin Ingram III (est. 2 years, $20M, $15M guaranteed, $10M APY)
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    Bud Dupree (est. 1 year, $15M, $12M guaranteed . . . likely to start the season on the PUP list while rehabbing an ACL injury)
    (2 votes)
  • 15%
    Leonard Floyd (est. 3 years, $40M, $22.5M guaranteed, $13.33M APY)
    (40 votes)
  • 2%
    Trey Hendrickson (est. 4 years, $48M, $25M guaranteed, $12M APY)
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Matthew Judon (est. 4 years, $68M, $36.5M guaranteed, $17M APY)
    (4 votes)
  • 19%
    Aldon Smith (est. 2 years, $15M, $10M guaranteed, $7.5M APY)
    (49 votes)
  • 10%
    Haason Reddick (est. 1 year, $8.5M, fully guaranteed)
    (26 votes)
  • 5%
    Takkarist McKinley (est. 3 years, $28.5M, $18M guaranteed, $9.5M APY)
    (13 votes)
  • 7%
    Romeo Okwara (est. 3 years, $19.5M, $10M guaranteed, $6.5M APY)
    (20 votes)
253 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.40: If your top choice didn’t sign with you (or if you could afford to sign two defensive ends), who would your second choice be?

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If your top choice didn’t sign with you (or if you could afford to sign two defensive ends), who would your second choice be?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Shaquil Barrett
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    Carl Lawson
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    Jadeveon Clowney
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Yannick Ngakoue
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    Melvin Ingram III
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Bud Dupree
    (2 votes)
  • 13%
    Leonard Floyd
    (34 votes)
  • 1%
    Trey Hendrickson
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Matthew Judon
    (14 votes)
  • 26%
    Aldon Smith
    (66 votes)
  • 10%
    Haason Reddick
    (25 votes)
  • 6%
    Takkarist McKinley
    (15 votes)
  • 11%
    Romeo Okwara
    (28 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now


Priority #5: Signing a Running Back

Although Running back was voted as a Medium priority by 50% of you, 38% thought it was a HIGH priority so let’s take a quick look at this position too.

NOTE: The target price range is less than $5M and this is not going to be a complete list; just half a dozen or so options for you to consider.

Poll #P7.41: Which of these running backs would be your #1 choice in free agency?

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Which of these running backs would be your #1 choice in free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Mike Davis (Carolina) - est. 2 years, $8.5M, with $5M guaranteed ($4.25M APY)
    (40 votes)
  • 3%
    Duke Johnson Jr. - est. 2 years, $6.5M, with $4.25M guaranteed ($3.25M APY)
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    James White (New England) - est. 2 years, $10M, with $5M guaranteed ($5M APY)
    (10 votes)
  • 4%
    Le’Veon Bell (Kansas City) - est. 2 years, $10M, with $5M guaranteed ($5M APY)
    (11 votes)
  • 12%
    Jamal Williams (Green Bay) - est. 2 years, $6M, with $4M guaranteed ($3M APY)
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Todd Gurley (Atlanta) - no estimate on PFF; could (maybe) be less than $5M APY - made $5.5M in 2020
    (6 votes)
  • 41%
    Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay) - no estimate on PFF; could also (maybe) be less than $5M APY - made $2.5M in 2020
    (110 votes)
  • 17%
    None of the above
    (46 votes)
267 votes total Vote Now

Poll #P7.42: Which running back would be your second choice?

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Which running back would be your second choice?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Mike Davis
    (74 votes)
  • 2%
    Duke Johnson Jr.
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    James White
    (8 votes)
  • 6%
    Le’Veon Bell
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    Jamal Williams
    (21 votes)
  • 5%
    Todd Gurley
    (14 votes)
  • 26%
    Leonard Fournette
    (70 votes)
  • 19%
    None of the above
    (52 votes)
263 votes total Vote Now