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I know it's a lot for the position but I don't think it's a huge contract for a guy who has never missed a game, is an absolute beast, and is the leader (or one of them) of that ferocious Defense.

Best safety in the NFL

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Sherman will want a similar deal. Wilson will also want a similar deal. They'll have to let go of some really good pieces

Not really. Their team is relatively cheap in terms of contracts. They are mostly made up of low round draft picks who blew up in their system. I'm pretty sure they will do another great job of bringing in a fresh batch of talent. I wouldnt be surprised if they traded out of round 1.

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And so begins the battle to stay competitive in a league that is designed for every team to go 8-8. Seattle had to paid Thomas and soon Sherman and then Wilson. Very tough to keep all your pieces year and year out which is why the draft is so key. We'll see how Carroll is able to do going forward but rarely does lightning strike twice with so many good players taken so low in the draft.

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And so begins the battle to stay competitive in a league that is designed for every team to go 8-8. Seattle had to paid Thomas and soon Sherman and then Wilson. Very tough to keep all your pieces year and year out which is why the draft is so key. We'll see how Carroll is able to do going forward but rarely does lightning strike twice with so many good players taken so low in the draft.

 

The Seahawks are in better shape with the cap than most think.  They are nearly $15M under the cap right now and even with extensions to Thomas and Sherman should still be able to roll quite a bit of that into next year's cap.  And with the salary cap expected to rise above $150M in 2016 there has probably never been a better time to lock up young elite talent. 

 

Like all teams they will have some tough cap decisions to make, but they will have a young, talented core under contract to continue to build around for the next few years.

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Not really. Their team is relatively cheap in terms of contracts. They are mostly made up of low round draft picks who blew up in their system. I'm pretty sure they will do another great job of bringing in a fresh batch of talent. I wouldnt be surprised if they traded out of round 1.

This offseason, they've already lost Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, and Giacomini.  This is simply the nature of the salary cap.  You can't keep all the great talent you have because you can't afford it.  Guys who have proven themselves in your system will have to be replaced by rookies who aren't a sure thing.  They're bound to lose some good talent.  They have a lot of contracts expiring in 2015 and 2016

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Don't get me wrong, Sherman and Thomas are great players, but they are benefitting from the dominance of the front 7. With big contracts being handed out, I just don't see how they will maintain success for the long haul. It's great to have star players on the team, but with the big contracts, less money can be spent to add quality players around them

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Not really. Their team is relatively cheap in terms of contracts. They are mostly made up of low round draft picks who blew up in their system. I'm pretty sure they will do another great job of bringing in a fresh batch of talent. I wouldnt be surprised if they traded out of round 1.

Those guys eventually get paid. And I highly doubt they can a repeat the same kind of success they have had in the draft the last few yrs.

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This offseason, they've already lost Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, and Giacomini. This is simply the nature of the salary cap. You can't keep all the great talent you have because you can't afford it. Guys who have proven themselves in your system will have to be replaced by rookies who aren't a sure thing. They're bound to lose some good talent. They have a lot of contracts expiring in 2015 and 2016

Those guys eventually get paid. And I highly doubt they can a repeat the same kind of success they have had in the draft the last few yrs.

I had a long response but it got erased somehow. Bottom line, those guys are expendable. They still have a bunch of depth at those positions save for DB but they have a bunch of picks too so it's no biggie. Their Indispensable players have already been identified and will be paid accordingly.

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I had a long response but it got erased somehow. Bottom line, those guys are expendable. They still have a bunch of depth at those positions save for DB but they have a bunch of picks too so it's no biggie. Their Indispensable players have already been identified and will be paid accordingly.

Oh, I didn't realize it was that easy...my bad.

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I had a long response but it got erased somehow. Bottom line, those guys are expendable. They still have a bunch of depth at those positions save for DB but they have a bunch of picks too so it's no biggie. Their Indispensable players have already been identified and will be paid accordingly.

You never know with rookies.  You might let Lynch go, but you won't be able to find an RB with his running style and his abilities.  Looking at just their linebackers, KJ Wright and Malcolm Smith both have contracts that expire in 2015.  Bobby Wagner expires in 2016.  Furthermore, Cliff Avril expires next year, as does former first round pick James Carpenter.  All of these guys will want to be paid and it's not likely for Seattle to be able to replace all that talent using the draft.  In the end, they will have to let some good talent go

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Super jealous.. that dude can BALL and is only 24 years old.  Having an enforcer like that roaming around your secondary is a HUGE asset to any defense, regardless of the system you run.  He has no weakness, he has speed and coverage skills, instincts, intelligence, size to match up on Tight Ends or bigger WRs and is a ferocious tackler that can play down in the box to support the run game.

 

 

Having a stud safety can completely transform your defense.  Nice signing by the Hawks

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Super jealous.. that dude can BALL and is only 24 years old.  Having an enforcer like that roaming around your secondary is a HUGE asset to any defense, regardless of the system you run.  He has no weakness, he has speed and coverage skills, instincts, intelligence, size to match up on Tight Ends or bigger WRs and is a ferocious tackler that can play down in the box to support the run game.

 

 

Having a stud safety can completely transform your defense.  Nice signing by the Hawks

He is a hell of a tackler, but I don't see him as a enforcer. Kam Chancellor on the other hand....

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Super jealous.. that dude can BALL and is only 24 years old. Having an enforcer like that roaming around your secondary is a HUGE asset to any defense, regardless of the system you run. He has no weakness, he has speed and coverage skills, instincts, intelligence, size to match up on Tight Ends or bigger WRs and is a ferocious tackler that can play down in the box to support the run game.

Having a stud safety can completely transform your defense. Nice signing by the Hawks

Size to matchup with TEs and big WRs? Isn't Thomas like 5'9" lol?
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This offseason, they've already lost Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, and Giacomini.  This is simply the nature of the salary cap.  You can't keep all the great talent you have because you can't afford it.  Guys who have proven themselves in your system will have to be replaced by rookies who aren't a sure thing.  They're bound to lose some good talent.  They have a lot of contracts expiring in 2015 and 2016

Those are exactly the type of players a team shouldn't overspend to keep if they want to remain competitive during the salary cap era. Teams don't get into cap problems because they pay fair market value to keep elite talent like Earl Thomas, they get into trouble by overpaying for relatively replaceable players. The Seahawks didn't even make an offer to Giacomini or Thurmond because they believe they already have young players on the roster who can replace them and lowballed Tate because this is a WR rich draft.

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They are spending some big bucks for sure. Just gave made him the NFL's highest paid FS after maikng Sherman the highest paid CB. 

 

I see no information that indicates that Sherman has received a contract extension yet.  Although there is information that they are working on it. 

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I see no information that indicates that Sherman has received a contract extension yet.  Although there is information that they are working on it. 

 

 

Yes that's correct and we've addressed it a couple of times already in the thread

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Those are exactly the type of players a team shouldn't overspend to keep if they want to remain competitive during the salary cap era. Teams don't get into cap problems because they pay fair market value to keep elite talent like Earl Thomas, they get into trouble by overpaying for relatively replaceable players. The Seahawks didn't even make an offer to Giacomini or Thurmond because they believe they already have young players on the roster who can replace them and lowballed Tate because this is a WR rich draft.

I agree that they were smart to let those guys go, but they have plenty of other talented players with contracts that will expire in a year or two.

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