It’s easy to dismiss the notion that the Seattle Seahawks have any major needs on their roster. After all, they won the Super bowl last season and most of the major pieces will be returning in 2014.
However, I think that it’s clear that the Seahawks want (and need) a big red zone target at either wide receiver or tight end. Here’s the evidence:
In February they signed 6’5″ CFL receiver Chris Matthews. For several months the team flirted with Jermichael Finley despite a major neck injury. In May they drafted Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood in the fourth round after already taking another wideout earlier on.
For a while it seemed like the Seahawks were satisfied that they had enough big hands to go around, and they publicly stated they no longer were in the running for the Finley sweepstakes. But then over the past couple of weeks the Seahawks lost two of their largest receiving targets. Wide receiver Sidney Rice decided to retire rather than risk suffering more concussions, then tight end Anthony McCoy suffered a torn achilles tendon for the second straight year that will force him to miss the entire 2014 season.
Now Seattle is right back where they started in the 2013 season, with an (admittedly underrated) undersized receiver corps. Utilizing Zach Miller as a catching option is tempting, but you have to remember that Russell Wilson needs all of the protection that he can get, and just now offensive linemen are dropping like flies…