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Seattle Seahawks: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason

Russell Wilson has already put it out there – he wants to be a Seattle Seahawk for the remainder of his career.

That’s something that should make Seahawks management and head coach Pete Carroll very happy. Now comes the hard part of making sure that happens so Seattle can be a perennial playoff and Super Bowl contender.

The Seattle free agency situation is not unlike other teams that have signed other free agents and their own players to long term contracts. There is not a lot of cap space and the thought of signing high-priced free agents will not solve the issues of needing help at wide receiver or potentially on the offensive line because frankly, John Schneider, the team’s general manager, has little wiggle room. And now that he is in his in the last year of his rookie contract, Wilson figures to cash in after making a paltry $600,000 in 2014.

Yes, that is paltry for a quarterback who has played in two Super Bowls in the three seasons he has been in the league.

As Chris Wesseling of explained, Wilson's bargain-basement contract has been a tremendous competitive advantage, allowing general manager John Schneider to sign impact free agents such as Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Now that Wilson is set to become the league's highest-paid player and Marshawn Lynch has been offered one of the NFL's most lucrative running-back contracts, the Seahawks will be forced to make tougher decisions in constructing their roster.

But there is still a need to plug a few holes on the roster.

“If questionable speed and shaky route running render Chris Matthews to one-game wonder status -- as NFL Media's Gil Brandt suggests -- the top need is for a wide receiver with size,” Wesseling explains. “Malcolm Butler's Super Bowl-winning interception and Seattle's Week 11 loss at Kansas City shined a light on the need for a wide-bodied go-to target in the red zone. The Seahawks will also be in the market for a starting guard and defensive line depth, especially if Mebane is jettisoned and Kevin Williams isn't re-signed.”

Here is a look at three free agents the team could sign in the offseason.


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