As NFL free agency has quickly moved into "Tier 3" territory, I thought it would be interesting to track the Free Agency history of this current regime.
This is not an exhaustive list of every free agent signed (hundreds of players came through the VMAC in the early years), just notable players, and gives a sampling of how this current roster was built, and the decisions made early in the regime compared to those today. Here are some quick observations:
- The "Yellow" indicates that the free agent was later signed to another contract (basically that they "proved themselves" under this regime); notice that some work and others don't - that's expected, and part of the process.
- This list does not include players that re-signed with the Seahawks, but were with the Seahawks before Pete Carroll and John Schneider (Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Ben Obomanu, Leroy Hill, Marcus Trufant, or even a Roy Lewis).
- If you notice the "previous ties" column, almost all the Tier 1 and Tier 2 free agents always have a previous tie. Interestingly, Cliff Avril, Jason Jones, and Alan Branch had no previous ties (but were on short deals).
- Will the 2013 Seahawks do something in Tier 3 free agency? (To be fair, they have signed Will Blackmon and Darren Fells) They likely will, but look at how it has become almost un-needed because the roster is filled with younger drafted or undrafted rookie type players that have "grown up" in the program.
- Notice how age is such an important factor when signing Tier 1 and Tier 2 Free Agents, not so much in Tier 3.