The Seattle Seahawks ended their offseason program on June 15. Here's a look at how they fared:
Offseason goals/grade: The Seahawks' had two main goals this offseason: getting their run game back on track and increasing their depth on defense. The team signed offensive linemen Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi while drafting Ethan Pocic in the second round. They also added Eddie Lacy to team up with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. They spent four of their first five draft picks on defense in addition to signing safety Bradley McDougald and a trio of linebackers. Defensively, the Seahawks should be fine if they can stay healthy, and this is still a Super Bowl-caliber roster. But did they do enough up front to provide an upgrade? Or are they counting too much on second-year players to make the leap? The answer to that question could tell the story of their season. C.
Move I liked: Signing McDougald to a one-year contract. Last season, the defense fell apart without Earl Thomas. The unit allowed 12 touchdowns with one interception and an opponents' passer rating of 100.3. Thomas is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken leg, but the Seahawks needed to add insurance behind him. McDougald has been practicing mostly at free safety but has the ability to play both spots, and the Seahawks could experiment with using him in a big nickel look. In addition to signing McDougald, the Seahawks drafted four defensive backs. They are much better equipped to deal with an injury in the secondary than they were a year ago.
Move I didn't like: Signing Luke Joeckel to a one-year, $8 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. The problem here is that the move doesn't give the Seahawks much upside. If Joeckel comes in and plays well, the team will have to pay big money to retain him next offseason. Such a move would carry risk, considering Joeckel's past struggles and injury issues. And if Joeckel doesn't play well, it'll be the latest in a long string of poor evaluations on the offensive line. It would have been nice to see the Seahawks sign Joeckel to a more team-friendly deal where they could have held onto him for a reasonable cost if he played well.
Biggest question still to be answered in training camp: Who's playing right cornerback? The Seahawks brought DeShawn Shead back, but he's recovering from a knee injury and probably won't be ready for the start of the season. Jeremy Lane could get a shot at replacing Shead, but he has been playing mostly nickel. Rookie Shaquill Griffin has impressed and appears to be picking up the scheme quickly. Otherwise, a lesser-known player like Neiko Thorpe could line up at right corner to start the season. Richard Sherman's name was floated in trade rumors, but he's staying put at left cornerback. Whoever lines up opposite him figures to see plenty of action from opposing quarterbacks -- especially early on.
Salary-cap space: $8,464,133 (source: Overthecap.com)
2018 draft picks: 1. DT Malik McDowell, 2. OL Ethan Pocic, 3. CB Shaquill Griffin, 4. SS Delano Hill, 5. DT Nazair Jones, 6. WR Amara Darboh, 7. FS Tedric Thompson, 8. CB Mike Tyson, 9. OT Justin Senior, 10. WR David Moore, 11. RB Chris Carson.
Undrafted rookie free agents signed: OG Jordan Roos, FB Algernon Brown, LB Otha Peters, DT Jeremy Liggins, WR Darreus Rogers, TE Tyrone Swoopes, LB Nick Usher, TE Stevie Donatell, WR Cyril Grayson Jr., FB Kyle Coleman.
Unrestricted free agents signed: RB Eddie Lacy, OL Luke Joeckel, OL Oday Aboushi, DB Bradley McDougald, QB Austin Davis, K Blair Walsh, DE David Bass, LB Arthur Brown, DB Marcus Cromartie, LB Terence Garvin, DL Dion Jordan, LB Michael Wilhoite, CB Demetrius McCray,
Restricted free agents signed: None.
Players acquired via trade: None.