Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the uncertainty that surrounds the offseason could make things very difficult for the Seattle Seahawks considering that they will have to address both DT Brandon Mebane and LB Will Herring at some point during the offseason.
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi wrote yesterday that “teams have told me that if the Seahawks allow Brandon Mebane to hit the free-agent market, he will be highly sought after. Young defensive linemen with some rush ability are a rare commodity in free agency.”
This is a very good point and one that will likely adjust Seattles approach towards their offseason. The Seahawks really need to keep their impact players in place while they fill out their roster with talent and there may be no better way of doing so than retaining Mebane and Herring.
As Pro Football Talk’s Gregg Rosenthal points out, ruling out the possibility that Seattle may franchise would Mebane would be a mistake considering that it would cost them roughly $8 million next season while giving them time to work out a longterm contract. This appears to be the right move for Seattle but we’ll have to see if Pete Carroll agrees or not.