For a team that is used to making noise in the offseason, Seattle has been generally quiet. They re-signed a few of their free agents and barely registered a blip in actual free agency and that was it. They still have yet to address the retirement of Marshawn Lynch and they continue to treat their offensive line as if it doesn’t exist. So with free agency over let’s look back at some of the Seahawks decisions and what questions lie in store for them post free agency. Continue reading The Seahawks Free Agent Decisions and Future Moves »
Because the Seahawks have executed a number of large extensions with high-profile players, there is a tendency to assume that the team must soon be entering a period in which salary cap considerations may force a break-up of the familiar core. These extensions may account for a considerable amount of cap space from the perspective of total contract value, but the more important consideration is that the portion of the contracts representing an actual salary cap commitment have largely passed in the cases of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and KJ Wright.
When teams sign a player to a certain contract value they have a general expectation of return based on that salary figure. The salary cap numbers, however, can be manipulated pretty easily as some teams will create an incredibly low cap figure early in a contract only to see that contract explode in later years even though the cash component of the contract will always remain as is. I’ve always been of the opinion that the more cap that you can eat early in the contract the more flexibility it gives you in the future when player’s performances decline. With all the talk of restructures of contracts and their impact on the future I wanted to explore just how much teams are backloading or frontloading those deals to have that cap flexibility. Continue reading Backloading Contracts and Mortgaging the Future »
I haven’t had as much time to post these past few weeks, but with Seattle’s continued struggles I wanted to look at tight end Jimmy Graham who is on pace to average a non-rookie low in pretty much every statistical category. Sigmund Bloom posted an interesting question the other day on Twitter wondering if the Seahawks overestimated Graham’s ability or if they just can not adapt to his talent. As we all know Seattle paid a big price for Graham (their starting center and a 1st round pick) and this has the look of Percy Harvin, Part II- an ill advised trade that might result in the player finding a new home just one year later. Continue reading Can Jimmy Graham be Fixed? »
Per information provided via Twitter by Joel Corry via Miguel of Patscap we have the full breakdown of Bobby Wagner’s new $43 million contract with the Seahawks. It’s an interesting contract with contract mechanisms that are a bit older in style with an option bonus backed up by a non-exercise fee that not only departs from the most other contracts but also departs from the Seahawks traditional style of contract. Many have made this contract out to the biggest at the position, which it is in terms of annual value, but a deeper look at the deal really points to a two year contract that does trail some of the biggest inside linebackers contracts in some key metrics . Continue reading Bobby Wagner’s Contract Breakdown »
It was a big week for the Seahawks who signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a big contract extension and then locked up linebacker Bobby Wagner to a top market contract. The moves, while expected, have clearly defined the Seahawks strategy of building a star laden roster at certain positions, while sacrificing the second tier players and instead relying on rookies and lower payscale “value” players to make up the roster. While they are not the only team to take this approach (the Packers were a team I specifically discussed in my marginal value analysis at the top of the roster) the Seahawks are now going to blow them, and anyone else, in the NFL away in this regard. So let’s take a quick look at the Seahawks heavy investment in their top talent. Continue reading The Seahawks Superstar Roster Strategy »
According to the NFL’s Ian Rapoport, Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks is reportedly unhappy with his contract and considering the option of holding out in order to get a raise. Chancellor had signed a $7 million per year contract extension in 2013 and this is technically just the second year of the four year extension, which runs through 2017. Chancellor is the second player unhappy with his contract in Seattle (Michael Bennett is the other) and the third looking for a raise (along with Russell Wilson). Continue reading Seahawks Kam Chancellor a Possible Holdout? »