Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Seahawks’ team needs In case you missed part one of this two part series, the first two positions covered for our Seahawks were defensive end and offensive guard. Here then are my picks for a couple more positions that MUST be upgraded ahead of the Hawks 2013 season. Defensive tackle Currently on the roster: Brandon Mebane (FA 2016) Jaye Howard (FA 2016) Wade Myles (Reserve/Future) Clinton McDonald (RFA) You may have noticed the list is missing a couple big names.  Alan Branch and Jason Jones are both unrestricted free agents. If I were John Schneider or Pete Carroll my top priority would be to get a deal done with Jason Jones.   Last season he chose joining the Seahawks over the Rams.  Jason was looking to prove that he could still be a disruptive force in the middle after being moved to defensive end by the Titans. Jones proved he could still play the position, however between injuries and low sack numbers I don’t expect him to get offered the type of contract he was looking for.  That said, he will get offers if the Seahawks don’t get a deal done before free agency begins. Alan Branch & Brandon Mebane work nice together against the run…don’t they? Jason Jones made a big difference in the amount of pressure the Seahawks were able to get on opposing quarterbacks.   The Seahawks averaged 2.4 sacks per game in the 15 games that Jones was in the lineup.  During the games where Jason was out the team only averaged 1.5 sacks per contest. When the Seahawks line Alan Branch up beside Brandon Mebane it becomes very difficult for teams to run the ball up the middle.  Both players are very capable of holding their ground even while being double teamed. Clinton McDonald is a restricted free agent, however I do not expect the Seahawks to give him a qualifying offer.  That means he will essentially become an unrestricted free agent. I expect the Seahawks to wait until after the draft to see if they can upgrade his roster spot. They will most likely try to fill his spot, either free agency or the draft, before trying to re-sign him. Wide receiver Currently on the roster: Sidney Rice (FA 2016) Golden Tate (FA 2014) Doug Baldwin (RFA 2014) Jermaine Kearse (RFA 2015) Ben Obomanu (IR) (FA 2014) Charly Martin (IR) (RFA 2014) Phil Bates (Reserve/Future) Bryan Walters (Reserve/Future) Stephen Williams (Reserve/Future) Too often last season the Seahawks receivers were unable to get separation.  The Seahawks need a big play receiver to line up opposite Sidney Rice, one that scares opposing defenses.  Nothing against Golden Tate, I believe he has come into his own as an Wes Welker type player, but he doesn’t stretch the field. The Seahawks could look to upgrade this position in free agency. Releasing Obomanu would clear roughly $2.3 million off cap If Seattle released Ben Obomanu they would clear roughly $2.3 million off their cap this season.  Let’s face it, even if $2.3 million was all the money they spent in free agency the player they got would likely be an upgrade. Of the nine receivers who are making between $2.3-$2.9 million next season Ben had the least amount of receptions, least yards and was tied for the least amount of touchdowns. The other 8 players averaged 45 more receptions, 562 more yards and 2.5 more touchdowns than Obomanu last season. I believe he was kept this season due to his contributions on special teams, but Jeremy Lane has emerged and can fill the void that releasing Ben would leave. Weakside linebacker (Will) Currently on the roster: Malcolm Smith (FA 2015) Allen Bradford (FA 2016) Leroy Hill is a free agent again this season.  Hopefully this is finally the year that the Seahawks are not forced to bring him back.  Far too often Leroy has struggled in coverage and  once the Seahawks solidify this position the back 7 will be complete. Malcolm Smith could be the answer.  He has shown signs of improvement but he still isn’t as good as Hill.  In other words he isn’t quite as good as barely adequate. It seems a bit odd that 3 of the top 5 positions that need to be upgraded are on the defensive side of the ball yet that is the way I see it.  Some people may think that right tackle should be upgraded, but personally I like Breno Giacomini. I feel like he is worth the $3.75 million dollar cap hit next season. To sum it all up. My 5 positions of need are, WLB, DE, DT, Guard, and WR, If those five positions are upgraded I believe the Seahawks will end up in New Jersey next season. Go Seahawks! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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