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Seahawks 2024 Free Agency Primer

With the 2024 offseason here, a look at which Seahawks players are set to become free agents with the start of the new league year.

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The Seahawks head into this offseason having made a significant change, hiring Mike Macdonald as the team's new head coach to replace Pete Carroll, who held that job for the previous 14 seasons. With that important decision behind him, general manager John Schneider and his staff will now turn their attention to free agency, which begins with the start of the new league year in March.

As always, the Seahawks will look to bolster their roster by adding new free agents to the roster, but there are also plenty of players from the 2023 team who are headed to free agency that Seattle would like to keep around.

With that in mind, we're taking an early look at which players are set to become free agents when the new league year begins on March 13. This list can change between now and the start of free agency, as teams can re-sign their own free agents at any time, while the window to negotiate with outside free agents starts on March 11.

In all, the Seahawks have 14 unrestricted free agents, including seven starters—linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner, guards Damien Lewis and Phil Haynes, defensive end Leonard Williams, tight end Noah Fant and center Evan Brown, as well as four restricted free agents and five exclusive rights free agents.

An unrestricted free agent is a player who has four or more accrued seasons whose contract is expired, and is free to sign with any team once the new league year begins.

Restricted free agents are players who have three or fewer accrued seasons and an expired contract. If teams extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents before the start of the new league year, they can receive draft-pick compensation if a player signs an offer sheet with another team that their current team chooses not to match. The level of compensation depends on the level of RFA tender the team uses.

Exclusive rights free agents are players with two or fewer accrued seasons and an expired contract, and if extended a qualifying offer, they can only sign back with the team. Restricted and exclusive rights free agents become restricted free agents at the start of the new league year if no qualifying offer is made.

The Seahawks could also have the option of using the franchise tag before March 5 to keep a player from becoming an unrestricted free agent, though they've rarely done so under Schneider, using it in 2010 on kicker Olindo Mare, and in 2019 on defensive end Frank Clark Sr., a move that later facilitated a pre-draft trade to Kansas City.

Unrestricted Free Agents

LB Jordyn Brooks
C Evan Brown
CB Artie Burns
LB Devin Bush
RB DeeJay Dallas
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
TE Noah Fant
G Phil Haynes
G Damien Lewis
QB Drew Lock
TE Colby Parkinson
T Jason Peters
LB Bobby Wagner
DE Leonard Williams

Restricted Free Agents

T Jake Curhan
CB Michael Jackson
LB Jon Rhattigan
LB Darrell Taylor

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

DE Myles Adams
T McClendon Curtis
T Raiqwon O'Neal
LB Joshua Onujiogu
TE Brady Russell

Seahawks clear out their lockers and sit in their last team meeting at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. to conclude their 2023 season.

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