We're less than one week away from the NFL's 48-hour negotiation window on March 16. Starting next Monday, you'll hear of several deals being agreed to. All of those contracts will become official on Wednesday morning when the new league year begins.
The Seahawks have a big number of unrestricted free agents set to hit the open market as well as a few notable restricted free agents who they might like to bring back in 2020.
There’s potentially going to be a large amount of turnover for the Seahawks over the next few weeks as they have 19 unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents. That’s nearly half of a 53-man roster. Seattle has around $45 million in cap space to use on bringing back their own guys or signing new players who come available around the NFL.
DE Jadeveon Clowney
Everyone is anxious to see where Clowney ends up. My guess is that the Seahawks avoid a bidding war for him, although I am of the opinion that would be a mistake.
DT Jarran Reed
While all the talk has been about Clowney, things have been quiet on the Reed front. I'm genuinely curious to see what Reed's market ends up being. My guess is that he signs a prove-it deal with the Seahawks.
DT Al Woods
The Divisional Round marked the end of Woods’ four-game suspension, which means he’ll be eligible to return for Week 1 in 2020. Woods played well for the Seahawks in his 14 games in 2019, and he’s a candidate to re-sign for a one-year deal this offseason. Woods will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he could be a quality option for depth on the interior of Seattle’s defensive line. This move wouldn't happen for weeks, if not months, into the new league year.
DE Ziggy Ansah
I can say with confidence that Ansah has played his last snap for the Seahawks. This was a prove-it deal gone terribly wrong. It’s not like Seattle invested huge money in Ansah, but the team still expected for him to be a much bigger factor in an overall underwhelming pass rush. Ansah posted just 2.5 sacks in 12 games (playoffs included) and struggled to stay healthy for most of the season.
DL Quinton Jefferson
Jefferson was quietly Seattle’s second-best defensive lineman behind Clowney. He posted 5.5 sacks in 16 games (playoffs included). The Seahawks would be wise to bring back Jefferson, and I think they will.
LB Mychal Kendricks
Pete Carroll loves Kendricks as much as any player on the Seahawks roster. He raved about him at every opportunity throughout the 2019 season. However I still expect to see Seattle let him walk to pave the way for more playing time for Cody Barton.
CB Neiko Thorpe
Thorpe is a locker room favorite and has been a captain a few years running. I think Seattle brings him back for special teams purposes without any expectations of him playing on defense.
CB Akeem King
My guess is Seattle lets King walk.
LB Dekoda Watson
Watson was a last-minute roster filler with all of Seattle’s injuries. He won’t be back in 2020.
LT George Fant
Fant may be a challenge for the Seahawks to re-sign, though there’s no doubt Seattle wants him back. Fant said after the season that he wants the opportunity to compete to be a starting left tackle. As it stands, Seattle can’t offer that with Duane Brown still under contract. There’s a chance that Fant ends up back in Seattle, but like Clowney, he’s almost sure to test the open market first. He showed he’s a capable option at left tackle in his four starts in 2018 and should have plenty of suitors willing to meet his demands.
RT Germain Ifedi
I genuinely have no idea what will happen with Ifedi. On one hand, he’s a middle of the road tackle. On the other, he’s dependable and played every single snap in 2019. Ifedi is another player I expect to test the open market. Ifedi is going to get a nice contract free agency, and if I'm being honest, I wouldn't be surprised if it came from the Seahawks.
LG Mike Iupati
I’d be surprised if Iupati returned in 2020. I think Jamarco Jones and Phil Haynes will compete to start at left guard for the Seahawks next season.
WR Jaron Brown
I also think Brown has played his last snaps in Seattle.
WR Josh Gordon
Gordon remains suspended, but who knows how his status will change if the league adopts a new proposed rule on marijuana. Remember, Gordon also tested positive for PEDs.
RB Marshawn Lynch
Lynch isn't likely to be suiting up in Week 1. But will I rule out another late-season reunion with Beast Mode? Absolutely not.
RB Robert Turbin
My guess is Turbin has also played his last NFL snaps.
RB C.J. Prosise
I think the Prosise experiment is over in Seattle.
QB Geno Smith
Smith may return, but my guess is he’ll explore the open market first in the hope of signing somewhere without a franchise quarterback already in place.
TE Luke Willson
Willson may re-sign with Seattle, but it wouldn’t be until a few months into the new league year. My guess is that he begins next season as a free agent and then becomes an injury replacement somewhere, just as he was in 2019. After signing Greg Olsen, I'd imagine Seattle doesn't feel a pressing need at tight end.
Restricted free agents:
TE Jacob Hollister
Seattle would be wise to bring Hollister back given the injury history of Olsen and Will Dissly. Hollister caught 41 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season and showed he can be a viable pass catcher in this league.
WR David Moore
The Seahawks are likely to want to keep Moore around for one more year to see if he can develop. He was uninspiring in 2019 but is still just 24 years old.
C Joey Hunt
Hunt showed you can do much worse for a backup center. He played admirably well through a stress fracture in his fibula. I expect him back in Seattle.
DE Branden Jackson
He could re-sign with Seattle and would then be a bubble player come roster cuts next August.