Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Seattle Seahawks [full archive here].
Season Recap - Pete Carroll brought energy and excitement to Seattle during the 2010 season. Even though the team finished 7-9, they won their division and clinched a playoff spot. Not many thought Seattle was worthy of being in the playoffs, but shocked the world when they upset the 11-5 New Orleans Saints in a high scoring battle. Seattle has many needs to fill this offseason as they enter their second season under Pete Carroll.
1. Quarterback – Longtime Seahawk, Matt Hasselback is scheduled for free agency, and it is unclear if he will return. Charlie Whitehurst was acquired last offseason but hasn’t shown he’s capable of becoming the starter. Pete Carroll needs to find a young QB who can take control of the offense. Taking Christian Ponder or Jake Locker in round one is a possibility, or Seattle could sign a veteran free agent. Matt Leinart played for Carroll at USC and would fit in nicely.
2. Defensive End – Late season spark, Raheem Brock is scheduled to become a free agent, which leaves only Chris Clemons as a capable starter. Seattle will need to grab a legit D end to apply pressure on opposing QB’s. Seattle can upgrade through the first two rounds of the draft.
3. Cornerback – Seattle’s secondary struggled in 2010 and with Kelly Jennings set to leave through free agency; this is a major position of need. Marcus Trufant is going to be 31 and will not have much left in his legs. A prospect such as Brandon Harris or Jimmy Smith could be available in the first round.
4. Defensive Tackle - Seattle’s best defensive lineman, Brandon Mebane is a free agent and resigning him is a must. Kentwan Balmer should some improvement and could be a starter, but Seattle has to fill the hole next to him. Mebane would be the first option, but Seattle may have to look elsewhere.
5. Offensive Line – Seattle has some holes to fill across the entire O-line unit. 2010 first round pick Russell Okung is set at left tackle along with interior lineman Max Unger. The other three positions could all possibly be upgraded. Right tackle may be the biggest need with Sean Locklear departing in free agency. Seattle will hope to resign Chris Spencer and Tyler Polumbus but if not, will need to bring in two or three new lineman.