Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, June 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
What Does Seattle's Future Look Like?
ESPN NFL Insiders John Clayton, Louis Riddick, and Mike Sando have collaborated on a project to determine which franchises are in the best shape for the next three seasons (Insider).
The trio rated each NFL club on a scale of 0-100 in five categories: roster (minus the quarterback), quarterback, draft, front office, and coaching. Each of the five categories were weighted to come up with an overall score for each team, with roster accounting for 30 percent, quarterback for 20 percent, draft for 15 percent, front office for 15 percent, and coaching for 20 percent.
The Seahawks appeared at No. 1 on the site's future rankings last year, but fell to No. 2 this season behind the Green Bay Packers despite Seattle raising its overall score from 88.4 in 2014 to 89.7 in 2015. Green Bay earned an overall score of 91.3 this year.
Here's Seattle's scores in each category followed by what ESPN's NFL Insiders had to say about the Seahawks' future:
Front Office: 92.3
The overview: Seattle improved its overall score from 2014 but not enough to avoid trading places with the Packers. This is the third consecutive year the Seahawks have placed in the top three. They joined the Packers and Patriots as the only teams to post top-five rankings in all six categories (counting overall ranking). In fact, the Seahawks rank among the two best teams in every category except quarterback (eighth overall). The lack of a young backup behind Russell Wilson is hurting them a bit in the QB department. The assumption is that Wilson, who's entering the last year of his rookie deal, will stay in Seattle -- either as a franchise player or under a long-term deal. --Mike Sando
The dilemma: The future for Seahawks is all about how to they manage their team-building process and salary-cap discipline when Wilson -- their Super Bowl-winning franchise quarterback -- no longer counts just $1.69 million against the cap, as he does in 2015. Properly valuing Wilson is not as easy as it seems, which is a good thing for the QB, and not so good for Seattle. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is set to become a free agent in 2016 and will likely be looking for a deal that averages about $9 million per year. And maybe most importantly, the Seahawks need to start preparing for life after Marshawn Lynch, whose desire to play will be reevaluated seemingly every offseason. --Louis Riddick
The youth movement: The draft has been the Seahawks' backbone as they've gone 36-12 over the past three seasons. The 2012 class, in particular -- which included Wagner, Wilson, J.R. Sweezy and Bruce Irvin -- propelled the franchise to nearly winning its second consecutive Super Bowl last season. Seattle might have snagged two more eventual starters in this year's draft, wide receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive end Frank Clark (provided Clark can stay out of trouble). --John Clayton
Rounding out the top five behind the Packers and Seahawks are the New England Patriots (No. 3), Baltimore Ravens (No. 4), and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5).
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we re-share a photo from tight end Jimmy Graham, who posted an image of himself wearing a Seahawks uniform for the very first time.
More From Around The Web
Selfies taken by Sea Gal Gretchen as she heads out on the Central Washington #12Tour to Yakima, Tri-Cities, Chelan and Wenatchee.
Seahawks.com digital media reporter John Boyle recaps a recent move by the Seahawks that made more tickets available to fans.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch jumped into an end zone full of Skittles on 'Conan' last night.
And Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday.
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