Feel free to use this thread to discuss free agency as it happens. The market opens at 4pm EST, with big names such as Mario Williams, Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson set to cash in. Quarterbacks like Matt Flynn will be searching for new homes, while the Peyton Manning saga may finally draw to a conclusion. We could even see some trade activity.
In my opinion, the Seahawks won’t be major players for the big names. Although they’ve been heavily linked to Williams, Flynn and others, I suspect the priority this off-season will be to look after their own. Red Bryant will be the priority – and rival teams in the NFC West could make life difficult by raising the stakes. Seattle won’t want to lose one of the cornerstone’s of their defense and Bryant would be tough to replace. Other free agents such as David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill will test the market, as will pro-bowl full back Michael Robinson.
Here are a few predictions, we’ll see how many come true…
Mario Williams (DE) – resigns with the Houston Texans, who spent Monday clearing room
Vincent Jackson (WR) – moves to Tampa Bay despite serious interest from Chicago, Washington and San Diego
Matt Flynn (QB) – the market has a slow start but eventually he and Cleveland agree terms
Red Bryant (DE) – re-signs with Seattle for more than they expected to pay
Eric Winston (RT) – Washington finds some cap room to make an offer
Carl Nicks (OG) – Moves to Chicago who fight off competition from several teams
Marques Colston (WR) – Jacksonville will hit the market for receivers hard
Ben Grubbs (OG) – signs with St. Louis as the Rams rebuild their offensive line
Jared Gaither (OT) – re-signs with San Diego who need to lock him down
Paul Soliai (DT) – an option for Seattle if Bryant moves on, but he doesn’t so Soliai signs for Indianapolis
LaRon Landry (S) – signs a short-term deal to stay in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys
Cortland Finnegan (CB) – the Cowboys further repair their secondary here, allowing them to go O-line in round one of the draft