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Monday Round-Up: Free Agency Begins This Week

What to look for this week as free agency kicks off. 

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there for today – Monday, March 15 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Free Agency Begins

The NFL's new league year doesn't begin until Wednesday, but free agency kicks off today, as teams and player representatives are allowed over the next two days to start negotiating deals—the "legal tampering period" as it is informally known.

That means you'll see reports of deals being agreed upon over the next couple of days, but nothing can become official until Wednesday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time when the new league year begins. Players who were released by their previous team, however, are free to sign at any time.

The start of the league year also is the deadline for teams to tender restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents, and if those players aren't tendered by Wednesday, they become unrestricted free agents. Most notable among Seattle's restricted free agents is starting defensive tackle Poona Ford, as well as linebacker Shaquem Griffin. The list of exclusive rights free agents includes defensive back Ryan Neal, who started four games last season.

Among the unrestricted free agents who, as of Monday, can negotiate with other teams, are linebacker K.J. Wright, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Shaquill Griffin.

For an idea of what's out there on the free agency market, here's the Athletic's Top 150 list of free agents, and NFL.com's Top 101 list.

And if you want a better idea of where things stand on the Seahawks roster heading into free agency, here's our position-by-position breakdown from last month (a few things have changed since these were published, including the retirement of guard Mike Iupati, and the release of defensive end Carlos Dunlap II): offensive line, defensive line, tight end, linebacker, running back, defensive back, receiver, quarterback and special teams.  

And once deals start becoming official, we'll have all the moves covered on Seahawks.com, including a free agency tracker that can be your one-stop shop for Seahawks free-agency moves.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's social post comes from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who congratulates Drew Brees—a player Wilson has looked up to throughout his career—on his retirement from football after record-setting 15-year career that will eventually land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

More From Around The Web

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times looks at where things stand with the Seahawks secondary heading into free agency.

The Athletic's Michael Shawn Dugar looks at seven under-the-radar free agents that could be fits in Seattle.

ESPN.com's Brady Henderson cautions fans not to expect a flurry of moves from the Seahawks early in free agency. The Seahawks have rarely gotten themselves into bidding wars in the first couple days of free agency under John Schneider and Pete Carroll, instead looking to make value signings after the initial spending spree cools down.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf caught 10 touchdown passes, along with two in the playoffs, as part of a historic season that saw him set the franchise mark for receiving yards with 1,303. Here is one photo from each of those 12 touchdown catches.

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