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Seattle Seahawks Free Agents: Potential Dan Quinn Favorites

The Atlanta Falcons new head coach Dan Quinn will probably need a bottle of expensive Scotch in order to watch the 2014 Atlanta Falcons defense game film. If it does not give him PTSD, he will likely look to change the personnel as drastically as humanly possible.

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Dan Quinn will likely look for some of his current Seattle players to come to Atlanta in free agency once he is officially hired. Or maybe he will sign random people off the street. It is hard to get much worse.

The following Seahawks players, per Sportrac, are unrestricted free agents and are currently expected to become free agents.

G James Carpenter

Remember years ago when the Seahawks confusingly took an average right tackle in the 1st round then you never heard his name again? That was James Carpenter. A pretty big miss by a franchise trying to fix their offensive line, Carpenter has moved to being a bad guard between his constant injuries.

It seems easier to just keep Gabe Carimi.

DT Kevin Williams

Formerly 50% of the Minnesota Vikings "Williams Wall," the 34 year old defensive tackle appears done. At the same time, he had two sacks last season, which I believe would have been a team high for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons already have enough underperforming defensive tackles that are stealing money from the team. Do we need another?

LB/ST Heath Farwell

A backup linebacker and special teams captain, the aging Farwell was placed on injured reserve early in the season. He has reportedly been given some coaching duties in Seattle this year.

Why sign Farwell when we have a younger, oft-injured linebacker in Sean Weatherspoon?

SS/ST Jeron Johnson

The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Johnson is Seattle's third safety and plays on special teams. He has struggled to stay healthy recently, and looks like possible quality depth signing. Johnson has looked good in limited action and has spent the last two years with Quinn.

Good depth at the always injured safety position. He is young and should come on the cheap.

TE Anthony McCoy

McCoy is a pass catcher with great size, and an insane 14.1 YPC career average in Seattle. He is also healing up from his 2nd achilles tear in two years, never even making it to preseason.

I hope Scott Pioli does not invest in players with injury histories as Thomas Dimitroff did.

QB Tarvaris Jackson


LS Clint Gresham

According to Pro Football Focus, Gresham is a long snapper. I have no other information or opinions regarding Gresham.

DE Demarcus Dobbs

Dobbs is an oversized, run-stopping defensive end that is very bad at stopping the run. The 27 year-old has zero sacks in his five year NFL career. The former Georgia Bulldog earned negative grades as a rotational player on an otherwise impressive defensive line.

Why sign Dobbs when we already have Tyson Jackson and could just literally set fire to a pile of money?

CB Byron Maxwell

Maxwell is expected to be one of the top cornerbacks available in free agency only if the Seahawks fail to sign him to an extension. However, Maxwell is graded out as an average corner by Pro Football Focus, and seems unlikely to improve if he moves to a much, much, much worse defense. He would also get in the way of Robert Alford's development.

The Falcons should pass, which means they will likely make him the highest paid cornerback in the league.

LB Malcolm Smith

Smith has gone from Super Bowl MVP to role player, playing under 300 snaps during 2014 and generally grading out poorly. The undersized linebacker would make some sense to help Atlanta's atrocious linebacker group.

I hope he is not very expensive, because signing Smith would address a few problems.

DT D'Anthony Smith

Smith is only a depth player who has bounced around the league for his career and dealt with injuries.

The Falcons already have a dozen defensive tackles who are not very good. Do we really need another?

DE O'Brien Schofield

I had been calling for the Falcons to sign Schofield for years. He has been able to produce a few sacks every season on limited snaps, which is more than anyone else in Atlanta has been able to do since John Abraham was unceremoniously cut. Pro Football Focus gives Schofield positive grades in pass rush and pass coverage, two things that could be helpful to the league's worst defense.

Schofield should come cheap and be a nice rotational player. Make that happen.

G/C Steve Schilling

Seattle's backup center/guard, Schilling has only gotten a handful of snaps the last few seasons. Considering Atlanta's injury history at those positions, and the existence of Peter Konz, Schilling could be a nice, cheap free agent addition.

Sign Schilling. Or draft for depth. Either should be fine.

FB/DT/DE Will Tukuafu

I usually assume anyone with a difficult to spell name is a Dimitroff guy. Between different teams, Tukuafu has played defensive end, defensive tackle, and now full back. It does not seem like Tukuafu should be starting at any of those positions, but this level of versatility is impressive.

My spellcheck weeps for his signing.

TE Tony Moeaki

Moeaki is an impressive pass catching tight end who had a ridiculous rookie year, but has since dealt with an ACL injury, calf strains and hamstring pulls. He only has 8 catches for the Seahawks through 6 games, for an insane 16.8 YPC. The Iowa alum could easily start in Atlanta if he can just stay healthy.

Bring him home, Dimitroff/Pioli!

WR Bryan Walters

Walters looks to be an undersized wide receiver lacking with only bottom of the roster talent.

Maybe he could play special teams.

That is the roster.

The Falcoholic will stay on top of Seattle's cuts, as well as their restricted free agents, for other players that look like good additions to the Falcons roster. Who on this list do you think the team should sign?