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2012 NFL Free Agency: Previewing the Seattle Seahawks

Alright, everybody, get your flu shots. I've been trying to fight one this weekend, and it has been downright miserable. This has been a NN PSA!

So for my last article, I got in a little bit of hot water when I said nice things about Lance Kendricks. I will admit that I probably over-did it, but I still think that he is a bright star for that team. He also can't catch, sooo....

Anyway, this just means for today's post about the Seattle Seahawks, I'm going to be particularly tepid about everybody. Here it goes!

The Seahawks have a few pressing issues this offseason, one of which is what to do about that all-together average running back they have in Marshawn Lynch. Is he a guy they want to sign long-term? Totally replace? Or perhaps the prudent answer might be to Franchise him.

Another big question for the Seahawks is what to do with the QB position. I think most people would agree that Tarvaris Jackson is not the man for this team's future. What with the Matt Flynns of Free Agency coming up (Miami not withstanding), Seattle may try to make a move on a FA QB. In fact, because Seattle has an odd draft position (either 11 or 12), they may be forced to look to Free Agency for their QB needs.

Seattle may want to look to FA for a couple of other needs as well. For the most part, I think Seattle is pretty set on defense. Most of their question marks come on the offensive side of the ball. In fact, in a lot of ways, the Seahawks remind me of the recent 49ers these last couple of years: excellent, and perhaps underrated, defense coupled with a mediocre offense. Too bad they don't have a Jim Harbaugh to ride in and fix it all (lol college coach Pete Carroll in the NFL).

Digression aside, the Seahawks could stand to improve their pass rush. Securing a DE or OLB in Free Agency may do just that.

Unrestricted Free Agents: QB Charlie Whitehurst, RB Justin Forsett, RB Marshawn Lynch, FB Michael Robinson, TE John Carlson, OL Paul McQuistan, DE Raheem Brock, DE Red Bryant, DE Anthony Hargrove, DE Jimmy Wilkerson, LB Heath Farwell, LB David, Hawthorne, LB Leroy Hill, LB Matt McCoy, LB David Vobora, S Atari Bigby.

Restricted Free Agents: OL Mike Gibson, CB Roy Lewis, K Steven Hauschka

Exclusive Rights Free Agents: DT Clinton McDonald, CB Kennard Cox