Found April 15, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Who starts? The Seattle Seahawks have been busy this offseason, putting themselves near the top or at the top of free agency activity. After last season ended, an inflated number of players became eligible for free agency. Slowly but surely, the Seahawks signed back their biggest free agency casualties as well as a couple new guys.
One area the Seahawks were concerned with was their secondary.
They have made some moves as of late to solidify their thinned out linebacking corps, but now they’re signing some cornerbacks and safeties to bolster the secondary. With Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, and Richard Sherman already returning, the Seahawks just needed to add a cast of characters to surround those core guys. They’re starting to do just that. The Seahawks have re-signed Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis most recently as well as “future contracts” to Coye Francies and Jesse Hoffman in the beginning of the offseason. Now while you wouldn’t expect those guys to start next season (Lewis might), they will add depth and competition to the position, which will only strengthen the secondary. One thing is for certain - Trufant brings a lot to the table still Trufant will be especially helpful, bringing quality leadership and knowledge to a crop of young guys as well as still being able to shift his play style and come in on 3rd down/nickle situations. Last season, Trufant only played 4 games due to injury but still managed 20 tackles, 3 passes defended and an interception. The team also has in waiting Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond III, to name a few more familiar names. While the Seahawks will ultimately still need to draft a corner or two in the draft or grab one as an undrafted free agent, the team is slowly addressing yet another need on their list. With all those names above, it should be no surprise to see a few new names starting next season in the Seahawks defense. Depending on who the Seahawks acquire through the draft or soon after, you could easily see Maxwell, Lewis and Thurmond (depending on injury status) in the starting line up at some point. Last season Roy Lewis played in 10 games, starting none, and registered 12 tackles, half a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, and a pass defended. Thurmond played in 6 games, starting 3, and collected 7 tackles with a forced fumble and 2 passes defended. In a starting role, those numbers will skyrocket with ease.
The one thing to remember is this – if they’re on the team, they fit the profile and are liked by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
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