The Seahawks’ free agent strategy this offseason has been simple: Take steps to improve their running game.
The big fish reeled in by Seattle this offseason has been Big Eddie Lacy, the former Green Bay and Alabama running back. Lacy, a former offensive rookie of the year, had a number of very good seasons with the Packers early on in his NFL career, but injuries and weight issues have derailed the Lacy train. In a recent video, Eddie Lacy appeared much fitter than the reported 267 pounds he was said to be carrying around with him. If Lacy can maintain his weight in the 230-240 pound range and avoid injury, the Seahawks may have picked up a superb addition to their running back corps. Pete Carroll likes the “thunder and lightning” approach, so pairing Lacy with the speedy Thomas Rawls could prove very impactful.
The big free agent signing on the O-line was Luke Joeckel, the former Jaguars lineman. Joeckel was the #2 overall pick in 2013 and started 39 games in four seasons with Jacksonville. While spending most of his time at left tackle, Joeckel was moved to left guard in 2016 before getting injured early in the season. Joeckel had been playing well at left guard, and while that may be his best position, Joeckel clearly has the flexibility to play other positions on the O-line. Clearly a big point in his favor among Seattle coaches. Shortly thereafter, the Seahawks inked the Texans’ Oday Aboushi, who is well known for his exceptional pass protection skills.
The Seahawks are already loaded at wide receiver, but they did add LSU track star Cyril Grayson, who has not played football since high school. Grayson may get a look at kick returns, depending upon Tyler Lockett’s rehab from injury. The biggest offseason receiver news, though, was the re-signing of dependable Luke Willson as the backup tight end. Willson is more of a pass catcher than a blocker, and has made some key grabs for Seattle since being selected by the Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft.
Finally, while no move had been anticipated at QB, the recent arrest of Trevone Boykin has thrown the backup slot into question. If Boykin is unavailable to play this season, Seattle will obviously need to take steps to bring in someone, either through the draft or through free agency. As Boykin was an undrafted free agent rookie, this is not a position that Seattle deems critical. Their future is with Russell Wilson, and they are keenly aware that their future is tenuous if anything happens to Russ, no matter who is available to be under center.