Do the Seahawks need help at outside linebacker?

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Bruce Irvin, Malcom Smith and the rest of the Seahawks linebackers had a banner year. In the playoffs and Super bowl they dismantled any hopes for the Saints, Niners and Broncos to run the ball.

You would think that the Seahawks are in a good position at linebacker, but if we’ve learned anything this offseason it’s that winning comes at a high price. Nearly a dozen free agents have already left for other teams and Seattle has yet to extend Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to long-term deals.

Here’s how the current outside linebackers on the roster look as far as the salary cap is concerned (courtesy of spotrac.com):

Seattle Seahawks Player Contracts  Salaries    Transactions

 

K.J. Wright and Smith’s deals will expire at the end of this season, and bringing them back will require major payraises, so John Schneider may want to consider developing a cheap OLB in the draft. With that in mind, here’s a list of cover32’s top ten outside linebackers in the NFL draft this year.

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