John Schneider reiterated this week that the team does not have a lot more money it can spend on free agency given their cap constraints. That leaves a current starting offensive line of Garry Gilliam, Justin Britt, Patrick Lewis, Mark Glowinski, and J’Marcus Webb. That far-from-inspiring group is sure to change once the team gets to the draft. As of now, though, they not only comprise the cheapest starting offensive line in football, but hundreds of players in the NFL make a higher average salary than the entire Seahawks starting line.

Basement, yes, bargain TBD

The most expensive player on the Seahawks line is Webb. Only he and Lewis average more than $1M on their contracts.

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9 more expensive Seahawks

Nine of their teammates average more per year on their deals than the whole Seahawks starting line.

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42 more expensive offensive linemen

There are forty-two linemen in the NFL with a higher average per year on their deals than this whole starting offensive line.

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222 more expensive players

You get the point…

 

 

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Draft should change this

If the Seahawks draft a player on the offensive line with their first round pick, that player will make over $2M per year. Seattle will likely draft multiple linemen. They could also gain some additional cap room through cuts or restructuring that could lead to more spending on the line. The team chose to spend $2.6M on Jermaine Kearse this year and $1.6M on Jon Ryan. They have $9M tied up in Jimmy Graham, whose availability to play this year is questionable. Some money is there to play with if the team chose to prioritize spending on their line, but they have not.

It feels like an unnecessarily high risk to take right now, but they are not complete with their work just yet.

4 Responses

  1. KC

    Sometimes you gotta have a “down” season to save some money and make moves later.

  2. Chipy SikHawk

    Nice Post Brian. So Spygaters have 4 top wages & Hawks have 9. C’mon Hawks stop whining about ur pay & just play. Kam & Mike win SB 51 & 52 & u wil get ample reward, wins over £, always…

  3. Josiah White

    Thanks for the data, Brian. I counted 19 teams whose LT made more than our entire O Line, leaving only 13 teams where this is not the case.

    I remain unconvinced that we’ll address this Obvious Team Weakness in the draft, any more than we addressed it in last year’s draft. Or at the very least, with Tom Cable’s input in the drafting process, the guys we draft will be huge reaches like when we drafted Britt in the second round.

    When our offensive line finally came together in the second half of last year, Wilson’s passing numbers were historic. It was almost like seeing two different QB’s — the early Wilson and the late Wilson.

    However, even when our offensive line had greatly improved, it still proved to be little better than mediocre when it faced the Rams, and in the playoffs, the Vikes and the Panthers.

    The quality of our offensive line, compared to the other teams’ defensive lines, is why we ended up losing these critical games late last year. (And it’s why Denver was able to beat Carolina in the playoffs.) Yes, the quality of the line really makes that much difference. And that’s why we’re unlikely to get any further in the playoffs than we did last year.

    • Jeff

      I totally agree. One more point: we are leaving Russell Wilson terribly exposed. If he gets hurt, then where will we be?

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