The Seattle Seahawks are continuing to make moves that are not necessarily flashy. However, they are potentially important signings because they add depth to a squad that is strong in a lot of areas. One deal in particular has the potential to be solid pickup for the Hawks, though health will be an issue. Granted, health is always an issue, isn't it?
Of the three deals that were recently announced, Rudd is the most intriguing as he had success in the past with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ruud has some mileage on him, but if he can stay the field, he may replace the production of David Hawthorne. I still would have preferred Hawthorne, but if Seattle wasn't going to match the deal offered to David by New Orleans, this may be the best that they can do at this point.
Depth on the line
Guard Deuce Lutui is not quite as exciting, but he is a signing that is motivated by a desire to add depth to the offensive line. Lutui is a big body, but unfortunately he has been a little too big over the last couple of seasons. This feels a little bit like a Pete Carroll reclamation project from his USC days, as teams were not exactly falling all over themselves to get to Lutui when the free agency period opened. Still, a one-year deal may be worth the risk.
Finally, there is the one-year deal that was offered to Roy Lewis, who worked his way up from the practice squad to become a valued player on special teams. He may not get a lot of playing team on defense, but it is still good to have some veteran players on the squad that have more experience than late-round rookies that might otherwise fill these types of positions.
The 2012 NFL Draft is coming soon, and it will be interesting to see how the Hawks conduct their draft.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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