The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2014-2015 season in disappointing fashion as they came just one questionable play call short of possibly repeating as Super Bowl champions. With a roster that is undoubtedly one of the best in the NFL, the only job Seattle had this offseason was to add to it. They did just that when they sent center Max Unger to New Orleans in exchange for tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and will help solidify the offense. The Seahawks offense is built off of the run game of Marshawn Lynch and the playmaking ability of Russell Wilson, but adding Graham gives Wilson a great middle of the field threat to go to.
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The only thing missing from the Seahawks offense was a big playmaker in the passing game and now they can check that off the list. Graham will quickly become the best receiver Russell Wilson has had the privilege of working with despite being at the tight end position. The offense will be that much better with this new addition and complement the great defense that was already in store. It was a great deal for Seattle, but sending Max Unger left a big hole in the offensive line. They attempted to sure up this hole through the draft, where they selected two offensive lineman in their first four draft picks. Terry Poole and Mark Glowinski who are both guards were selected in the fourth round. Only time will tell but Seattle hopes one of these guards can fill the spot Unger left and become a starter in their offensive line.
The Seahawks did not have a first round pick in the past draft and they used their second round pick on defensive end Frank Clark out of Michigan. This draft pick could be an insight into the situation with defensive end Michael Bennett. Bennett is upset with his current contract and has claimed he is willing to hold out of training camp if the team does not bring a better offer to the table. Bennett is an important part of the defense and is the next player the Seahawks need to come to terms with, but Frank Clark is a nice insurance policy if the two sides cannot agree on terms. The other potential impactful draft pick was Tyler Lockett, the speedy receiver out of Kansas State. Lockett is a great special team’s player in the return game and gives the Seahawks another offensive weapon on the outside. The only knock on him is his small stature. Look for Seattle to try to get the ball into his hands in creative ways and see if he can produce big plays with his speed.
The next big move for Seattle will be securing Russell Wilson for the future, but this is a decision that they will not have to face until the next offseason if they choose. The two sides are talking contracts currently, but will stall the talks once training camp begins if a deal is not done. Realistically, Seattle did not need to do much this offseason other than keep their roster intact. Adding Jimmy Graham earns them an “A” for the offseason and they will certainly be a contender once again in the 2015-2016 season. The preseason is just under a month away and the Seahawks kick if off with a 2014 super bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos, followed by games against Kansas City, San Diego, and Oakland.
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