The A team

The Seahawks have not made a move in free agency since running back Kregg Lumpkin agreed to terms a week ago. But Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. likes what the team has done during the first three weeks of free agency.

Williamson has passed out grades for all 32 NFL teams and the Seahawks are one of seven to earn an A – along with the 49ers, Rams and Buccaneers from the NFC; and Bills, Broncos and Chiefs from the AFC. It is an Insider item at ESPN.com, so registration and a fee is required to read the entire article.

But here’s what he had to say about the Seahawks: “This is an up-and-coming football team. While I am not the biggest (Matt) Flynn believer, he is a clear improvement at the most important position on the field – so I can’t argue with that acquisition, especially at the price. Seattle is betting on Flynn, but they aren’t betting the farm. Keeping (Marshawn) Lynch in the fold should ensure that Flynn’s transition to his new team is smoother. Bringing back (Red) Bryant, the massive run-stuffer, was huge for this young defense, as was adding an exceptional complement to Bryant in (Jason) Jones, who is one of the better pure interior pass-rushers in the NFL. There are some big names on Seattle’s key-losses list, but in reality, this group’s value doesn’t compare to its name recognition. The Seahawks are on the rise.”


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