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Seahawks 2016 Off-Season Part II

The 2016 off-season was pretty eventful for the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the NFL. In the last article, I wrote about the slew of retirements that occurred around the league. Now I'll go more in-depth with how the Seahawks in particular went.

Off-Season Free Agency/Trades:

Seahawks traded SS Kam Chancellor to Carolina Panthers for HB Jonathan Stewart and a 3rd and 4th round pick.

Left Team:
HB Fred Jackson (Retired)
SS Kam Chancellor (Trade)
HB Marshawn Lynch (Waived; picked up by Panthers)
QB Tavaris Jackson (Free Agent to Patriots)
FB Derrick Coleman (Free Agent to Saints)
FB Will Tukuafu (Free Agent to Browns)
WR Jermaine Kearse (Free Agent to Ravens)
WR Ricardo Lockette (Free Agent to Chargers)
TE Cooper Helfet (Free Agent)
C Lemuel Jean-Pierre (Free Agent to Falcons)
DT Brandon Mebane (Free Agent to Steelers)
LB Bruce Irvin (Free Agent to Steelers)
LB Mike Morgan (Free Agent to Packers)
CB Cary Williams (Free Agent to 49ers)
CB/S Deshawn Shead (Free Agent to 49ers)

Beast Mode will reunite with buddy Kam in Carolina

HB Jonathan Stewart (Trade from Panthers)
QB Colt McCoy (Free Agent from Cowboys)
FB John Conner (Free Agent)
WR Kasen Williams (Re-Signed)
TE Anthony McCoy (Re-Signed)
RT Cordy Glenn (Free Agent from Bills)
LB OBrien Schofield (Back again from Jets)

A lot of free agents left team yet again this off-season, and only a few were picked up in the free agency period mostly to fill depth. Key starters such as Beast Mode and longtime Hawk Mebane leave the team. Irvin and Kearse will look to breakout in their new roles, with Kearse being the #1 target in Baltimore. Interestingly, TJack is going to be battling for a starting gig in New England following the retirement of Tom Brady.

NFL Draft:  (Madden Grade D+)

1st Round: Hugh Wade, HB, Ohio State
Was originally a Top 10 prediction, but dropped to 32nd overall for the Hawks, who looks like a speed back to compliment Stewart

2nd Round: William Brown, LT, Cornell
Originally was going to pick him in the 1st round but he slid and picked him in the 2nd.

3rd Round:
Dave Matthews, OLB, Georgia Tech
Not the singer. Agile LB should be able to drop back into coverage with TEs

Tony Hewitt, SS, Kansas St
Another 1st round prediction that slid.

4th Round: Antonio Lyle, DT, Arkansas
Strong big DT will help fill void by Mebane's departure

5th Round: Tim Perz, SS, Virginia Tech
2nd round talent that slid to 5th. Safeties weren't very hot in this draft.

7th Round:
Bobby Sweeney, CB, Miami
Seahawks draft a small CB with a lot of speed. A little different than previous years.

Phillip Law, FB, UCLA
Drafted a UCLA FB to replace a UCLA FB