ESPN says Seahawks had seventh-worst offseason in NFL

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

So, the Seattle Seahawks offseason wasn't what a lot of people anticipated. 

Jadeveon Clowney remains arguably the top remaining free agent on the market. The Seahawks actually picked at No. 27 this year, selecting linebacker Jordyn Brooks who wasn't on many expert's draft boards until the second round. 

And Quinton Dunbar, who Seattle acquired via a trade in March, is now facing four counts of armed robbery after he and Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker were issued arrest warrants following an incident on May 13. He may never suit up in a Seahawks uniform. 

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These are just a few of the reasons ESPN reporter Bill Barnwell ranked Seattle with the seventh-worst offseason in the NFL

Let's start with the good. Barnwell praised the Seahawks for their makeover of the offensive line this offseason. He noted the re-signing of veteran Mike Iupati and the signings of B.J. Finney, Brandon Shell, Chance Warmack, and Cedric Ogbuehi. Seattle also bolstered its wide receiver corps with Phillip Dorsett and added depth defensively, bringing back Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa

His criticisms of first-round pick Brooks, however, did not go unnoticed. Barnwell believes the Seahawks could have benefited by taking a player like offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson or defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos instead. 

While it's obviously too early to make significant judgments about draft picks, Seattle's first-round selection of off-ball linebacker Jordyn Brooks was widely seen as a stretch for both the player and the positional value. The Seahawks have proved broader consensus wrong in the past -- Metcalf and quarterback Russell Wilson come to mind -- but Brooks will have to be great to overcome the needs this team had on either side of the line of scrimmage.

Barnwell also believes the Seahawks have some unfinished business to take care of by bringing back Jadeveon Clowney, who made 11 starts in 13 games for the Seahawks and recorded 31 total tackles, seven for loss and three sacks. 

He suggested several players the Seahawks could release to ensure there is enough cap space available to reunite with the star pass-rusher. 

A one-year reunion makes sense for both sides, given that the Seahawks are likely to be a playoff contender and Clowney wants to restore his free-agent stock on a winner. Seattle has about $15 million in cap space, which is a little more than what he might hope to land on a one-year pact at this point. General manager John Schneider could clear out $5.4 million by releasing backup pass-catchers Jacob Hollister and David Moore. 

While returning Clowney would certainly be advantageous, it still makes sense for the Seahawks to bring in another productive veteran like Everson Griffen to aid the pass rush. Otherwise, they are counting on 32-year old Bruce Irvin, a Jarran Reed bounce-back season and L.J. Collier to emerge as a star after a lackluster first season. 

As the offseason program approaches the midway point, there are still some questions the Seahawks will need answered. But it appears more people are anxious for answers than John Schneider and Pete Carroll, who succeed consistently and have built a perennial contender. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Stanford coach David Shaw.

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