The Seattle Seahawks look like one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL through the first month-plus of the 2020 season, currently sitting atop the loaded NFC West with a 5-0 record. At this point in time, you would be hard-pressed to dismiss the notion that they are one of the prohibitive Super Bowl favorites.
Head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have finally addressed the outcries of “NFL Twitter” and are letting Russell Wilson cook. As a result, the six-time Pro Bowler currently ranks first in the league in passer rating (129.8) and touchdowns thrown (16), while ranking second in passing yards (1,502), third in both completion percentage (72.8%) and yards per attempt (8.9), as well as fourth in QBR (87.30).
In short, if the Seahawks continue letting Wilson do his thing — which includes picking apart defenses inside the pocket and improvising on the run after eluding a pass rush — there’s no reason to think they won’t be one of the last few teams remaining when all is said and done.
Looking beyond the 2020 campaign, however, Seattle projects to have an incredibly busy offseason as a legion of players are expected to come off the books. In terms of most notable players who fill that bill, you have linebacking tandem KJ Wright and Bruce Irvin, cornerback Quinton Dunbar, defensive end Benson Mayowa and left guard Mike Iupati.
Most of those players obviously feature on the defensive side of the ball, so it would certainly behoove general manager John Schneider to look to upgrade in those areas. After all, the Seahawks currently rank dead last in the NFL with 471.2 yards allowed per game. They haven’t been as woeful in terms of keeping points off the scoreboard, but their 27 average point concession (which ranks 20th) is nothing to brag about, either.
With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at four early free agent targets the Seahawks, who will have $29.459 million cap space (according to Spotrac) to work with, should be watching closely across the remaining 11 weeks of the regular season.