Ranking the Free Agent Fits

Seattle isn't known for lavish spending sprees in free agency but could the disappointment of losing the Super Bowl make Pete Carroll, John Schneider and Co. more aggressive than we've grown accustomed? If so, here are five potential veteran targets to consider.

During the Pete Carroll and John Schneider regime, the Seahawks have focused much more attention to the annual collegiate player draft than veteran free agency but that isn't to say that important additions haven't been made in this manner.

Stars Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are, of course, the team's most successful additions but fellow defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Tony McDaniel also were key cogs on Seattle's record-setting defense.

With Seattle anticipating as many as 11 draft picks to play with this year, the scouts will have plenty of ammunition to re-fill the roster. This club doesn't need more young, unpolished talent, however. To get back to the Super Bowl for a third consecutive year, one could argue, the Seahawks might be in need of a couple of difference-makers.

Let's take a peek at five veterans Seattle might be willing to roll out the "blue" carpet for...

Players are listed by position and "current" team.

5. TE Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

Familiarity can breed success and Carroll is going to know his former pupil at Southern Cal better than most. The 26-year old Cameron possesses the size (6-5, 249), athleticism (4.53 in the 40-yard dash, 37.5" vertical) and soft hands to give Seattle a more reliable target down the seam than Luke Willson. Seattle inquired about Cameron's availability when trying to unload Percy Harvin so the interest is there. It is worth asking whether Cameron would be a reliable addition, given that he's yet to play an entire NFL season in four years.

4. CB Walter Thurmond, New York Giants

Speaking of familiarity and struggles with durability... Knock Thurmond all you'd like for his struggles with remaining healthy but he possesses the 27-year old still has speed and playmaking ability. His experience playing inside at nickel and outside would make a lot of sense for the Seahawks given the injury to Jeremy Lane and likelihood that Byron Maxwell has played his last game in a Seahawks uniform. Thurmond also possesses return ability. Given his inability to remain healthy, Thurmond would be a relatively inexpensive addition.

3. OL Orlando Franklin, Denver Broncos

Franklin spent the majority of his time in Denver at tackle but with a frame and physical nature similar to Seattle's James Carpenter, he could be viewed as a plug and play option at left guard should the Seahawks elect to move on from their former first round pick. Franklin, in fact, moved to left guard this past season and his durability (started 63 of 64 possible regular season games over his four NFL seasons) serves as a stark contrast to Carpenter.

2. WR/PR Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers

If the Seahawks are confident in Paul Richardson's recovery from his second torn ACL, wide receiver may in fact not be the overriding concern for Carroll and Schneider that it is for the fan base. Without Richardson, however, Seattle is clearly lacking in playmakers at receiver. Royal isn't as reliable a route-runner and hands-catcher as current slot star Doug Baldwin but he's more elusive and faster, making him more dangerous after the catch. Royal, 28, is also an experienced return man with three scores (two off punts, one off a kick return) to his credit.

1. TE Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

With two tight ends on this list, am I hinting at a position I think Seattle might target in free agency? Perhaps, though it isn't necessarily only because both Jordan and Thomas would offer a significant boost to Seattle's pass-catchers. Given how Seattle focuses on the draft, Schneider and his scouts are likely to feel as I do - that the rookie crop of tight ends is as poor as position in this year's class. The 26-year old Thomas offers great size (6-5, 246 pounds), athleticism (4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and has caught a dozen touchdowns each of the past two seasons despite missing five games due to injury. No, he's not a terrific run blocker but his balance, agility, speed and soft hands would give Seattle their mismatch down the seam to keep safeties from crowding the box. Plus, as a Lodi, California native and Portland State alumni, he's a west coast guy who might be willing to take a little less to remain on a contender.

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