The Seahawks are projected to enter the free agent period with nearly $35MM in available cap space, but head coach Pete Carroll told reporters today that Seattle isn’t inclined to spend on the open market, according to Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times.
“I don’t think that way,” Carroll said. “That’s now how we — ‘OK, let’s take money and put it here and all of a sudden you’re going to get better.’ You’ve got to get guys that can play worthy of it, and when they demonstrate that then they get paid.
“We’ve shown that we understand that and are committed to that mentality. I don’t think you can just buy your way to it. We’re not going to do that. We’re not going to go out and spend a ton of money in free agency on one guy to try to save the day. That’s now how we function at all.”
As Carroll alludes to, Seattle’s model during the past few years has been draft, develop, and re-sign — the club hasn’t opted for lavish purchases in free agency, instead using the open market to fill in short-term holes. Never is that more apparent than along the Seahawks’ offensive line, where low-cost options have struggled to keep quarterback Russell Wilson upright. Still, while general manager John Schneider & Co. might spend to retain internal free agents like tight end Luke Willson and kicker Steven Hauschka, it doesn’t sound as though the club will be dipping its toe in the free agent waters.
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