As the NFL offseason trudges forward, just a week remains for teams across the league to use the transition or franchise tag, and then just six days later the legal tampering period begins. For the Seattle Seahawks it seems unlikely that they will use the franchise tag, though there remains the possibility they could apply the transition tag to running back Chris Carson.
Regardless of whether the Hawks wind up using a tag to attempt to retain their own free agents this offseason, at the end of the day, the team will have significant holes to fill. Those include starters at center and left guard, tight end, a third wide receiver, running back, and at least one cornerback spot. That said, at the moment the team does not have a lot of 2020 cap space to work with, but that is less of a concern as there are a variety of ways Seattle can easily create the space it needs to conduct business.
However, in wake of Russell Wilson maybe demanding to be traded or maybe just asking to be traded or maybe just wanting to have greater say in the decisions management is making, here is how the offensive cap dollars the team currently has allocated for the 2021 season stack up relative to the rest off the league.
2021 offensive positional spending via https://t.co/YeZQRD2rtj
Red = spending a lot on that position
Blue = not spending much on that position pic.twitter.com/CIFOPej02p
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 1, 2021
So it looks like Pete Carroll and John Schneider have built the roster in such a way as to pay an above average amount at quarterback, a slightly below average amount at wide receiver, and well below average at the other offensive position groups. Of course, the offseason is still young, so there’s plenty of time for the team to drastically change that by adding two All Pro offensive linemen before training camp opens this summer.