Times have changed since the Seahawks triumphed in 2013. The cheap young players that made up the core of their team are now expensive players on long contracts. They are so tight against the cap that the idea of signing quality free agents on one year deals is a distant memory. There are going to be casualties this year, they have a huge number of players with two years or fewer left and are only going to pay more to the likes of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner. So who might go before this season starts?
Jimmy Graham, TE
Graham has only been with the Seahawks a year but it hasn’t worked for either party. He didn’t integrate with the offense well at all in 2015, putting up just 605 yards and 2 touchdowns in 11 games. That’s not the return on investment the Seahawks wanted when they packaged Max Unger and draft picks for him. The Seahawks can solve a lot of their cap problems this year by moving on from Graham and saving themselves a massive $9 million. It would be a very understandable decision.
Sealver Siliga, DT
Siliga was signed in March but after the Seahawks drafted the massive Jarran Reed in the second round they might not need him. With 9 defensive tackles on the roster at the moment and Siliga proven to be barely replacement level after his time in New England the saving of $800k should be enough for the Seahawks to part ways with Siliga before he plays a snap for them.
Doug Baldwin, WR
A potentially controversial suggestion after his monster second half of the season in 2015. Baldwin found the end zone 14 times last year and had his first 1,000 receiving yard season, but was that his new level of talent, or his he going to come back down to earth in 2016? If he returns to his 2014 production of just 12.5 yards a catch and 3 touchdowns? That is very replaceable and with Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson and Jermaine Kearse they wouldn’t necessarily miss 2014 Baldwin, especially when cutting him would save the team $4.7 million on the cap.