The Seahawks aren't waiting until the official kickoff of free agency to begin re-tooling the roster, opting to re-sign seven players - including starting center Patrick Lewis and arguably the most versatile member of the famed Legion of Boom, cornerback/safety DeShawn Shead.
Lewis was given a tender of $1.67 million, nearly triple the salary he earned a year ago. The third-year pro started the final 10 games of the season at center - with his improved play over Drew Nowak serving as one of a handful of factors sparking Seattle's offense down the stretch.
Shead earned a $100,000 raise for his solid play in 2015, which included a career-high 55 combined tackles, eight passes broken up and his first interception while starting six of 16 regular season games. Shead's ability to slide between strong safety and cornerback makes him a terrific value for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks also offered one-year $600,000 tenders to defensive tackle A.J. Francis, tight end Cooper Helfet, cornerback Mohammed Seisay and defensive back Steven Terrell and a one-year $450,000 deal to outside linebacker Eric Pinkins.
With starting defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin set to enter unrestricted free agency, re-signing the 6-5, 330 pound Francis certainly makes sense. So too does keeping Pinkins given that Bruce Irvin is likely to command a massive deal, luring him out of Seattle.
Don't sleep on the re-signing of Seisay and Terrell, who each showed some playmaking chops during last year's training camp, maintaining some depth to a secondary which could be tested if "starting" nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane is also poached from the Seahawks.
Of course, the free agent Seattle could perhaps least afford to lose is Russell Okung, which is why the club is being projected to take a left tackle in many of the mock drafts out there.