In the backdrop of the Corona Virus Pandemic was the start of the NFL’s Free Agency period Monday morning. It seems surreal to report about Millionaires and Billionaires having contract negotiations regarding the future of the 32 National Football League Franchises while human beings are dying and seeking treatment for a disease that currently has no cure. Maybe the reporting of NFL Free agency will instill a ray of hope that the Corona Virus Pandemic will soon pass.
SEAHAWKS FREE AGENCY NORM
Head Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider ‘s free agency modus operandi is to lock in essential team personnel. That is, quickly signed second and third-tier but important players. The Seahawks stayed true to form on Tuesday Day 2 of the Free Agency signing period. The Seahawks signed tight ends Luke Wilson and tendered Jacob Hollister to compete with February signing Greg Olson.
Hollister was given a one year right of refusal tender by the Seahawks. If Hollister is offered a contract by another team the Seahawks have a chance to match the offer and keep Hollister.
The Seahawks signed Offensive lineman B.J. Finney to a two year $8 million deal. The former Steeler started four games last year and has experience at all five Oline positions.
The Finney signing will negate the loss of former tackle George Fant who signed a three year $27.3 million contract with the New York Jets. Center Joey Hunt was offered a Restricted Free Agent tender. Hunt started the last 8 games of the season for the injured Justin Britt who could become a salary cap casualty. Britt is due $8,250,00 in 2020
While big fish Jadeveon Clowney is still unsigned and the hope for all Seahawk fans is that this is a good sign, the Hawks made a significant move in resigning DT Jarran Reed to a two year, $23 million contract.
The team lost Quinton Jefferson to the Buffalo Bills who secured the DE lineman for two years.
The Seahawks ability to sign Clowney or not sign will have a dramatic impact on which direction the team will go in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Seahawks hold the number 27th pick overall and number 59th in the second round. A signed Clowney before the draft would allow the Seahawks to look at other needs on the offensive line and Defensive line. While the Reed signing helps their is still the question of Germain Ifedi and Britt.