The Seattle Seahawks roster could use some upgrades at multiple positions following an up and down season which resulted in a 9-7 record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Many questions surround the Seahawks’ roster that haven’t been there in previous off-seasons. The uncertainty around the neck injuries to defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Kam Chancellor has opened some holes on a once-dominant defense. The lack of a running game during 2017 forced Seattle’s offense to be a one-dimensional pass-first scheme which resulted in more inconsistency than years past. The offensive line continues to fail protecting Russell Wilson and hurts any rhythm or flow the offense gets into. There are improvements that must be made before this franchise can be considered a real Super Bowl contender again. They could start trending toward the right way with a strong off-season with impactful free agent signings and high potential draft picks. They have some of their own players they must consider as well, but these three players should be at the top of Seattle’s list of desired free agents:

Offensive Guard Andrew Norwell:

The Seahawks have known for the past few seasons now that they must improve their protection up front to enhance Wilson’s success as a quarterback. Too many times over the past three years have we seen Wilson running for his life and expected to do everything on offense to get points on the board. Seattle has some play-makers at skill positions, but must find a way to improve their blocking both in the run game and passing attack. Norwell was an All-Pro during 2017 for the Carolina Panthers and has been among the best guards in football the past few years. He has a good combination of ability to block for both the run and pass along with providing some more veteran leadership these other young linemen Seattle has to help them develop. His elite ability to pass protect from the interior should help Wilson be able to be even more dynamic and make more plays down the field. This move makes too much sense for both sides if they are able to find a middle ground in financial negotiations. The lack of the Seahawks’ cap space may be a challenge, but Seattle must find a way to make this work to improve a huge weakness in their franchise.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller:

The Achilles injury cornerback Richard Sherman suffered during 2017 showed Seattle has a hole at cornerback. They have young talent with Shaquill Griffin and Justin Coleman on the roster but neither of those guys provide the elite impact needed on the outside against top wide receivers. Sherman will be back in 2018 but he is turning 30 years old, his age and injuries may start to catch up with his talent. Fuller had a strong season after an up and down start to his career with the Chicago Bears. He recorded 60 tackles, had 22 pass deflections, and two interceptions during 2017 which helped revive his career after a rough 2016 season. Fuller is a lengthy, physical corner who is not afraid to be aggressive with receivers at the line of scrimmage which is something Seattle likes with their corners. Even better for Seattle, he may come at a more discounted price than originally thought when he was a first-round pick in 2014. Fuller is an upgrade from re-signing Byron Maxwell so I could definitely see the Seahawks have strong interest in Fuller.

Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor

Pryor, the former quarterback, bursted onto the scene after a position change in 2016 when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns during 2016 from one of the worst quarterback situations in NFL history with the Browns. He moved to the Redskins during 2017, where he struggled to fit in their offensive schemes and dropped too many passes resulting in his benching. He eventually ended up on injured reserve, but Pryor will be looking to bounce back during 2018 to prove he’s a legitimate talent at wide receiver. His 6’6″, 240 pound frame is perfect for the outside receiver position, especially on jump balls where he can use his height and strength to go up and grab the ball. The Seahawks have lacked having a tall wide receiver Wilson can throw jump balls to downfield. If he can regain his hands this off-season, he could be a perfect fit in Seattle’s system with Wilson and at a discount as well. Seattle should reach out to him, especially with the likely departure of their tall red zone threat in tight end Jimmy Graham.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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