By Todd Vandenberg
Free agents were flying all over the NFL, but the Seahawks bided their time as key players went elsewhere. They had good reason to wait on their targets.
NFL fans were treated to some major moves once free agents were – well, free – to deal with other teams. Big names like Le’Veon Bell, Trey Flowers, and Nick Foles all found new homes around the league. While teams like the Jets, Lions, and Jaguars were busy, the Seahawks sat back. Perhaps the Seahawks were playing the long view here.
I like to think that’s exactly what they were doing. I did have Flowers, Dante Fowler Jr., and Preston Smith on my wish list of pass rushers, and they’ve all signed elsewhere. Co-expert Lee Vowell had safety Landon Collins on his list of top targets, and he’s gone too. I mentioned both Tyrell Williams and Devin Funchess as potential targets for Russell Wilson, and neither landed in Seattle. I think the 12s were getting a bit nervous after the first two days of the feeding frenzy; I know I was.
Yet the Seahawks have scored big in free agency, although in more of a stealth mode. Signing kicker Jason Myers may not be as splashy as signing Bell, but he fills a major need for the Hawks. As Lee wrote, adding a Pro Bowl kicker to a Pro Bowl punter gives Seattle one of the best special teams in the league, if not the best. I’ll note that Mr. Vowell presciently had Myers on his top four wish...