So, do you like what the Seahawks have done during the first four days of the NFL free-agency period?
The boys at NFL.com definitely do. In one of their “Instant Debate” installments, Charley Casserly and Adam Rank like the Seahawks as the favorite in the NFC, while Jason Smith tabs them as the team to beat in the NFC West and beyond.
Says Casserly: “I like Seattle as the NFC favorite. The Seahawks have made the biggest jump of any of the three teams (the 49ers and Falcons are the others in the discussion). They improved their pass rush; I believe Michael Bennett is a very good signing, and Cliff Avril will be a boost as well. Percy Harvin gives them the deep threat they were lacking a season ago.”
Offers Rank: “The Seahawks were the best NFC team at the end of the 2012 season, and the moves they’ve made this offseason have only strengthened their hold. Percy Harvin brings a dynamic playmaker who should not only help Russell Wilson, but also open up things for Marshawn Lynch. But don’t overlook the moves the Seahawks made on defense with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett joining an already impressive group. Avril could have signed a big-money deal with a non-contender and languished for a few years, but when he joined the Seahawks, he helped make them the most well-rounded team in the NFL.”
Adds Smith: “What else does Seattle need? They’re now loaded everywhere. Percy Harvin and Cliff Avril were their two missing pieces. These are marquee players in their primes who will help them be even more explosive than they were a season ago. … San Francisco takes a step back this season, Atlanta treads water or falls off a little bit, and Seattle rises to make it to New York.”