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Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks Earn A Grade From CBS Sports For "Savvy" Free Agency Moves

Jared Dubin of CBS Sports ranks Seattle atop the NFC West for free agency moves.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, April 5 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

CBS Sports Gives Seahawks an A For Free Agency Moves

It's been an exciting offseason for the Seahawks, retaining 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Geno Smith and bringing back fan-favorite linebacker Bobby Wagner after a season away. With familiar faces like defensive end Jarran Reed returning, and new talent like defensive end Dre'Mont Jones and safety Julian Love coming in, it's been an active free agency period to say the least. CBS Sports writer Jared Dubin breaks down the offseason moves of the NFC West, with the Seahawks earning a division-best A-grade for their dealings.

Preparation for the NFL Draft is different when you have multiple first-round picks, as is the case for Seattle with picks No. 5 and 20. While coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have been adamant that the team is exploring all possibilities, the front office has worked diligently to sure-up talent on both sides of the ball via the market.

Dubin discusses Seattle spreading its attention in free agency to addressing the quarterback position, offensive and defensive lines and linebacker corp.

Seattle Seahawks: A

Players lost: RB Rashaad Penny, RB Travis Homer, WR Marquise Goodwin, C Austin Blythe, RG Gabe Jackson, IDL Poona Ford, IDL Al Woods, IDL Quinton Jefferson, IDL L.J. Collier, LB Cody Barton, S Johnathan Abram

Players added/retained: QB Geno Smith, QB Drew Lock, LG Phil Haynes, C Evan Brown, IDL Dre'Mont Jones, IDL Jarran Reed, IDL Myles Adams, LB Bobby Wagner, LB Devin Bush, LB Nick Bellore, LB Jon Rhattigan, CB Mike Jackson, S Julian Love, S Ryan Neal, K Jason Myers

With Kenneth Walker breaking out last season and DeeJay Dallas still in town to work in some obvious passing situations, the Seahawks were just fine letting both Penny and Homer leave. They shuffled some things along the interior offensive line and brought in a big upgrade on the interior defensive line by adding Jones in free agency, and they completely overhauled the linebacker room, which probably needed to be overhauled -- especially with Jordyn Brooks working his way back from a torn ACL. I love what they did in bringing back Jackson, who had a terrific 2022 season, and supplementing the safety room with Love, who brings needed versatility on the second level of the defense. But the structure of the Geno Smith contract is really what puts this offseason over the top for me. Geno got paid, and deservingly so, but Seattle did not tie itself to him for all that long, and has the ability to move on if it finds a QB of the future type in the draft and/or Geno struggles to replicate last year's success. That's very strong work.

With just a few weeks into the offseason, Seattle's roster begins to take on a new look. But per the local and national media, change can often be a good thing.

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