Originally written February 02, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
A look into free agency Now that the season is over it is time to look towards the future.  As good as the 2012 Seahawks team was there is a good chance the 2013 team will be better, if they add the right pieces.  Of course injuries can effect an entire season. Last week I wrote a two part piece about the 5 positions that I felt the Seahawks needed to upgrade during the offseason (Part 1, Part 2). This week I have started going though free agents by watching game tapes and All-22 film.  All-22 is exactly what it sounds like.  You can watch all 22 players on the field at the same time. Let us take a look at five players who have caught my eye so far. Tight end Billy Bajeman Signing Billy Bajema would not get a lot of press.  That does not mean he wouldn’t be a good addition to the team. Seattle already has a starting tight end in Zach Miller.  In addition Anthony McCoy came into his own as a receiving tight end last season.  Adding Billy would give the Seahawks a solid blocking tight end as the teams third tight end. At 30 years of age Bajema is not a long term answer, however he would give the Seahawks an instant upgrade in short yardage situations, something the team struggled with at times last season. Think of Reynolds as a slightly better version of Paul McQuistan You can watch him play in the Super Bowl this weekend, number 86. Guard Garrett Reynolds Honestly I am hoping the Seahawks add a starting caliber left guard at some point during the off season.  Garrett Reynolds is not the answer at left guard, but I could see him stepping in and starting at right guard. He isn’t a star by any stretch of the imagination.  Think of him as a slightly better version of Paul McQuistan. Garrett is athletic enough to pull and get out in front of the running back and has the ability get to the second level so he can block a linebacker up the middle.  He shows a lot of awareness in pass blocking, always keeping his head on a swivel even while engaged in a block. Reynolds struggles against the bull rush.  He has trouble setting his hips and ends up in the quarterbacks face at times.  Then again, Paul McQuistan completely misses blocks at times and lets pass rushers to have a free shot on Russell Wilson. I wouldn’t call him a nasty player, but he has enough of a streak in him to fit with the team. Signing Garrett would require the teams medical staff to clear him after being placed on injured reserve last season with a back injury. Defensive End Paul Krugar Currently Paul Krugar plays outside linebacker in the Baltimore Ravens 3-4 defense.  Watching him play led me to believe he could be a solid defensive end in the Seahawks 4-3 defense, even though I would say that he is better standing up then playing with his hand in the dirt.  The drop off is not that significant. Much like Chris Clemons he has the ability to drop back into coverage as proved by his 6 pass defenses this season. Paul also has the ability to get to the quarterback.  On the season he had 8.5 sacks while adding another 2.5 during the Ravens post season run. Krugar holds his ground well at the point of attack. Although he has stated that he would like to remain a Raven, he has also acknowledged that he has not had any discussions with the team about a contract extension. Adding Krugar would give the Seahawks a player who could start in place of Clemons if necessary. Watch for number 99 during the Super Bowl. Defensive Tackle Vance Walker Vance Walker is bound to get heavy interest from teams during free agency.  Seattle should be one of those teams that takes a look. Vance has the type of swagger at defensive tackle that Seahawks fans are used to seeing out of cornerback Richard Sherman. Ellerbe could fill the role of weakside linebacker in Seattle’s 4-3 defense We have all heard about high motor players many time, Walker definitely fits the mould.  He is a tough player who hold up well at the point of attack while eating up blockers. Lining Walker up next to Brandon Mebane would make it extremely tough for teams to run up the middle. In passing situation Vance has the ability to collapse the interior of the pocket. Signing him would make sense, especially if they do not re-sign Alan Branch. Outside Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe I do realize that Dannell Ellerbe currently plays inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  Because John Schneider and Pete Carroll look for talent in every nook and cranny, I feel as though I should as well. Watching Ellerbe play gave me a lot of hope that he could fill the role of weakside linebacker in Seattle’s 4-3 defense, the role soon to be vacated by Leroy Hill. Signing Ellerbe would instantly give the Seahawks the best coverage linebacker that the team has had in years. I noticed that he has a lot of pursuit speed and tackles well while chasing down a ball carrier. Dannell also has the ability to get to the quarterback while blitzing. Watch for Ravens number 59 during the Super Bowl.  I think he would be a good addition to the Seahawks defense. Of course there is no way the Seahawks could add all these players.  Signing one or two of them would definitely strengthen the team for a 2013 Super Bowl run. Go Seahawks! 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