New Season, New Faces For 2016 Seattle Seahawks

Can The Seahawks Maintain A Winner With New Blood?

The Seattle Seahawks have said goodbye to a number of key players this offseason.  J.R. Sweezy, Brandon Mebane, Bruce Irvin and Russell Okung have all parted ways with Seattle in the past few weeks.

The departures have also given the Seahawks an opportunity to perhaps upgrade in these areas or other areas.  Despite a modest amount of cap space, the Seahawks have secured a few new faces via free agency.  Here’s a look at the three newest members of the Seahawks.

Russell Okung

Okung the agent, signed his client, Okung the player, in Denver.

J’Marcus Webb

The Seahawks wound up signing J’Marcus Webb, a free agent offensive lineman from the Raiders, to a two year, $6.25 million contract.  Webb is the kind of player that the Seahawks seem to collect in abundance, in that he can play multiple positions.

It’s hard to say for sure if Webb will be asked to take over at left tackle for the departed Russell Okung or if he’ll wind up playing guard in place of the departed J.R. Sweezy.  Given the size of of Webb’s contract which makes him the highest paid offensive lineman on the Seahawks’ roster, I’d say he’s probably going to start someplace on that line.

But where?  If I had to guess, I’d say they move him back inside to play guard.  It’s really just a guess at this point.

He chased Wilson well in the Super Bowl but can Siliga do belly rolls?

He chased Wilson well in the Super Bowl but can Siliga do belly rolls?

Sealver Siligia

The Seahawks have chosen to reunite with their former friend Sealver Siligia who spent the 2015 season with the New England Patriots.  The Seahawks previously employed Siligia when they sent John Moffit to Denver as Siligia was the return.  Siligia wound up not making the team after the trade and circulated his way to New England.

The intentions by the Seahawks are much more clear in this deal than the Webb deal.  By signing Siligia to a one year, $1.4 million deal after re-signing Ahtyba Rubin, it’s quite clear to me that the Seahawks will be using Siligia as an early down run stuffer, just like they used the now departed Mebane.

The big question here is, can Siligia be as dominant in the middle as Mebane has been over the past few seasons?  Siligia appeared in 13 games last season with just four starts and recorded zero sacks and 28 total tackles.  He has just 5.5 sacks in his career but at just 25 years of age and a limited number of starts there is still plenty of room and time for his numbers to grow.

Bradley Sowell

In their first signing of the offseason, the Seahawks chose to invest $1.5 million on a one year deal to acquire the services of Bradley Sowell, offensive lineman, most recently of the Arizona Cardinals.  Sowell hasn’t started a game since 2013 when he started 12 that year for the Cardinals.

Pete Carroll

Pete, the O-line still needs work.

Sowell could wind up being the replacement for Okung as he has only played tackle in his career.  It’s an interesting move by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.  Keep in mind they signed Sowell before they knew for certain Okung was in fact leaving the team.

At the time, Carroll and Schneider had to be viewing Sowell as an insurance policy.  Well, with Okung gone, it’s time to make that insurance claim.  The question is, are the Seahawks really going to be satisfied with that claim payout?

Sowell is a young player still at 26.  He hasn’t had many chances to play the past two seasons but Okung was the Seahawks best offensive lineman.  The thought of Sowell stepping into the mix with no other substantial changes on the line is worrisome, at least to me.

The Seahawks can’t be done with this line.  As it stands now from left to right the – line reads as Sowell, Justin Britt, Patrick Lewis, Webb, and Garry Gilliam.

Tell me we can do better than this, Pete, please.

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