The Seattle Seahawks are slated to lose a few key players. A lot of their pieces will still be in place, but there will definitely be holes to fill in a few positions.
G James Carpenter, LB Malcolm Smith, and CB Byron Maxwell are three players that could test the market with their contracts expiring and will certainly get some dollar signs thrown at them from other teams around the league attempting to lure them away from the team that has been the NFC representative in the Super Bowl the previous two seasons.
The Seahawks also have a wide receiver corps that doesnâ€™t exactly stand out and has four players with expiring contracts. Ricardo Lockette, Jermaine Kearse, David Gilreath and Bryan Walters all have their contracts coming to an end. Itâ€™s likely that at least a few of these guys return to Seattle in 2015, but that doesnâ€™t take away the fact that this position is still a huge need for the Seahawks.
Obviously I mentioned the Seahawksâ€™ need for wide receivers. This was an area that was a concern all year after the departure of Golden Tate. None of these guys are a clear number one and I expect them to address this in the off-season. This wide receiver class is loaded with talent, much like last year, and to pass up a lot of these guys when this is a position of need could be difficult to swallow.
With James Carpenter likely leaving, the Seahawks will need to address this as well. With the offensive linemen class looking a lot like the wide receiver class, it is likely that this area will be addressed in the draft rather than free agency to save money.
The Seahawks will also have an open corner back position opposite of Richard Sherman available. This is a position that wouldnâ€™t shock the world to be seen taken over by a veteran by way of free agency.
The NFC West is still one of the top divisions in the NFL. To maintain that level, these teams will need to make a few changes. With the 49ers sliding in 2014 and the emergence of the veteran heavy Cardinals, this division is very unpredictable. Thereâ€™s also an argument for the Rams who ended the season 6-10 but spent all 16 regular season games with back up QBs behind center. The Rams were also able to beat the 49ers and Seahawks each once, held Peyton Manning to his lowest point total as a Bronco, and notched two consecutive shut outs.
One thing is certain, this division is going to be impossible to predict until we see the final rosters in training camp.
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