Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. NFL teams eager to change their fortunes with one stroke of the pen often find themselves deep in regret for having signed or traded for the wrong guy. (We’re looking at you, Trent Richardson. ALL of us.)
Seahawks GM John Schneider has built a championship team from the ground up by drafting well and not taking big money risks on free agents. Percy Harvin is perhaps the only exception to this rule, and you can argue how well that’s worked out so far. I’m reserving judgment for at least another full season.
I get it, though. In order to stay competitive when you have a window to win Super bowls it’s tempting to go out and splurge on the areas where your team needs improvement. Take the Denver Broncos for example. Thus far this offseason they’ve gone on a big spending spree in order to bolster their defense, they’ve signed Aqib Talib, Demarcus Ware and T.J. Ward to long-term, big money deals. Their defense will definitely be better next year, but at what cost? Peyton Manning likely only has a two year window left in his career, and they were already the best team in the AFC by a wide margin. Bringing in all that extra cap money is going to severely limit their options long-term. It’s just unnecessary. If the Broncos wanted to win a Super bowl then they should have played better in the Super bowl.
The Seahawks will make no such mistakes, which is why they likely won’t go out and overpay for the wrong guy. Here are five potential landmines that the Seahawks should avoid in free agency.
1. Jared Allen*
I include the asterisk because this can work, but ONLY if the price is right. Apparently Allen has gone on record stating that he will retire if he doesn’t get the kind of money he thinks he deserves. That means somewhere around $9 or $10 million dollars. That also means that Allen should probably start looking at property in Florida because nobody’s paying him that much.
We all know Allen is a beast and one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the game. If Seattle can get him for $6 million or less it’s worth a shot. Otherwise, forget it.