(1090 The Fan) — The NFL Draft is less than a month away (May 8) — and the 12th Man can hardly wait to see who’ll be joining the Super Bowl XLVIII Champions.
Seattle has done a good job of retaining its power players going into the upcoming season, avoiding much of the “Super Bowl curse” (i.e. breakout players being lured away by big contracts) that typically follows a wildly successful run. For all who think the Super Bowl curse is just a silly fear, we say this: it’s real, guys. There’s an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to it.
A big reason Seattle is getting off easy when it comes to player retention? Most of the stars this season are still under contract.
However, Seattle is going to face some major contract decisions in 2015, including two that could (quite literally) change the face of Seattle’s secondary.
Kevin Major of Rant Sports lists “secondary help” as one of the biggest 2014 NFL Draft needs for Seattle, noting that two power players in Seattle’s secondary — Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas — are going to be free agents after next season. And, if Seattle secures a second ring, you can be sure teams are going be drafting up contracts with some serious cash before Wilson steps foot on Letterman’s stage (oops – we mean Colbert’s stage).
Before you go rushing to look up potential corners and free safeties from this year’s draft, keep in mind that Seattle’s secondary was best in the league this year, allowing just 172 passing yards per game, according to Rant Sports. And it’s no surprise that Richard Sherman led the team with eight interceptions. Seattle also doesn’t have to let age factor into their decisions, since going into next season Sherman and Thomas will be just 27 and 26, respectively.
While the threat of another team doubling Seattle’s offer is a possibility, it’s still likely that Schneider & company will do everything they can to keep both players, barring major setback or injury.
In the small chance that Seattle has to let one of them go, or in the case that Sherman or Thomas is lured away with a big contract (Jerry Jones, back off), Seattle could add some insurance with a pick next month. If Seattle decides to go this route, Major is putting his money on Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. At 5’11″ and 195 lbs., Roby is certainly smaller than Sherman, but his elite speed is sure to impress a number of scouts.
This May, we’ll find out whether Schneider and Pete Carroll were just as impressed.
To read what other needs the Seahawks have, read Major’s entire article at Rant Sports.
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