Change comes upon you fast. One minute you’re a goal line carry away from a Super Bowl victory and the next minute Malcolm Butler is a household name, and Brady has his 4th ring! In Dynasty football it seems we’re always weighing today’s value against tomorrow’s promise. So what’s in store for each NFL team moving forward the next two years (or even beyond)? That’s what we plan to answer, and today we discuss the Seattle Seahawks.
To Come: There is stability with the front office and coaching staff, so the future appears to hold much of the same in Seattle. The Seahawks have HC Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider under contract through the 2019 season. Carroll was entering the final season of a three-year contract back in 2016. His new contract came two days after general manager John Schneider agreed to a new five-year deal. Like Carroll, Schneider was entering the last season of his current contract. Now, each is assured of being with the team for at least three more seasons. This coincides with QB Russell Wilson, who is also signed through the 2019 (his age 30) season. Those three constants plus a focus on valuing defensive players, evidenced by Seattle’s 60.14% 2017 defensive cap allocation( per Spotrac) provide a glimpse into how skill position players will continue to be valued in the Great Northwest.
The Seahawks continue to ignore investing in the offensive line which is supposed to protect their franchise QB. Can Tom Cable continue to play magician and pull giant rabbits out of his hat or will the team suffer?
The Team’s Response: The Seahawks proceeded to use five of their first seven 2017 draft picks on defense thus perpetuating the draft and develop defense first mentality. However, one of the two offensive players selected was offensive lineman Ethan Pocic who should push Justin Britt off the pivot in Seattle before too long. Beyond that, it’s still duct tape and dreams for their patchwork offensive line (they recently traded for the Eagles Matt Tobin in the wake of George Fant’s ACL injury). The Seahawks have very little committed to the running back position beyond Eddie Lacy’s 2017 weight clause incentives and seem pretty high on 7th round (cheap) running back Chris Carson at the moment. I have serious concerns over the dynasty viability for an offense that relies so heavily on the mobility of Russell Wilson to survive.
Dynasty Owners Proactive moves:
- Check your Waiver Wire and place a speculative add on Chris Carson if he’s still available. Note: Article written before Week 1
- Test the waters on Jimmy Graham trade value. He’s a UFA in 2018 and there was no talk of extending him this offseason. He also turns 31 in November so this will be his last bite at a BIG contract.
- Buy Doug Baldwin – he’s signed through the 2020 (his age 31) season to a relatively reasonable contract and is Wilson’s clear cut WR1 for the foreseeable (2-3 year) future.