(1090 The Fan) – Free agency in the NFL begins two weeks from today (March 12), and it’s no secret the Seattle Seahawks will use the free agent market to address some weak spots on the roster.
Like in any sport, this particular market can be frightening for fans.
When the Seahawks snagged T. J. Houshmandzadeh in 2009, it looked as though the longtime Bengals wide receiver would help turnaround the miserable Seattle offense that failed to execute (to say the least) in 2008. As we now know, the five-year, $40 million contract he inked with the Hawks was probably a little too much for the speedy, down-field threat — in his lone, statistically average year with Seattle, Houshmandzadeh only scored three TDs.
Houshmandzadeh was not a complete bust, but he does represent a perfect example of a franchise overpaying for a position it needs a lot of help at.
One of the things Bleacher Report’s Todd Pheifer outlines in his seven moves the Seahawks should not make is the reality that comes with free agent receivers. Pheifer says all the big name free agent receivers this year (Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, etc) come with more questions than answers.
For example, “Is [Greg] Jennings too old for a long-term deal?”
Pheifer says it’s “an area where the Seahawks could use another athletic play-maker, but it may be prudent to proceed with caution.”
READ MORE ON THE RECEIVER DILEMMA AND THE OTHER SIX TOPICS HERE: The 7 Moves Seattle Seahawks Must Avoid In Free Agency
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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