Seattle Seahawks Free Agency Preview: Will Jermaine Kearse, Jeremy Lane, Bruce Irvin Return?

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Feb 11, 2016 05:18 PM EST
Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks
Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a sack in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona."

Seattle Seahawks Salary Cap: $29,113,781

Free Agents: 31

The Seahawks are comming off of a solid season where they made the playoffs, no they look to reload and compete for another Lombardi trophy. With several key names set to leave this team will likely have a completely different feel come training camp.There are also several key depth players who could walk away to a different team so this should be one exciting offseason for the Seahawks.  

Russell Okung (LT/Age: 28): After undergoing surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder, Okung reached out to NFL teams to let them know he would be healthy by the time the season rolls around. The Seahawks will not resign Okung as he has not played a full 16 game season in his entire NFL career.

Brandon Mebane (DT/Age: 31): Mebane only registered 1.5 sacks this season and 24 combined tackles through 15 games. After tearing his hamstring effectively ended his season Mebane will likely reach free agency and become a bridge defensive tackle for a rebuilding team or a backup for a contender.

Bruce Irvin (OLB/Age: 29): Irvin has been a staple of the Seahawks defense however his play in the past four years may not be enough to keep him on the roster. Teams will be willing to pay a lot more for Irvin than the Seahawks but he has only recorded 12 sacks in the past 2 seasons. In 2015 Irvin only started in 12 games and played in 15. He would record 38 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses, and a forced fumble. Irvin should get priced out of the Seahawks range fairly quickly. The Seahawks also elected to resign K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner to monster contracts that almost make it impossible for Seattle to offer Irvin anywhere near what he would get paid in the open market. It is likely that the Atlanta Falcons bring in Irving to work with his former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Jermaine Kearse (WR/Age: 26): There are barely any effective free agents at wide receiver, I mean were talking about a class that boasts Marvin Jones as one of its best players. Alshon Jeffery is the only wide receiver in free agency who should be paid like a number 1 wide receiver and that says a lot. Kearse however did not offer a hometown discount to the Seahawks and is looking for a big payday. There will be plenty of teams who need a wide receiver that will pay Kearse numbers the Seahawks just could not match.

Jeremy Lane (CB/Age: 25): Lane did record 2 interceptions and proved to be an effective backup cornerback and replacement for Byron Maxwell. I would expect that the Seahawks will retain Lane's services unless he gets a much larger offer from a team offering him a bigger role.

Fred Jackson (HB/Age: 34): Jackson is 34 and even with Lynch retiring he does not fit into the Seahawks plans for the future. He should become a free agent with limited interest.

Christine Michael (RB/Age: 25): Michael is in the same boat as Jackson except he is 25 and is still a viable backup. Michael has not shown the Seahawks anything in terms of consistency and until he does his roster spot is not safe.

Bryce Brown (RB/Age: 24): Brown was another free agent running back to come to Seattle however he was the lowest rung on the totem pole for the Seattle offensive depth chart. Brown should be released.  



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