2012 record: 11-5
The skinny: The Seahawks are paying at total of $1.45 million for Wilson and Jackson in base salary this season, the lowest amount of any quarterback room in the league. The inexpensive salary for the two quarterbacks allowed the team to spend more on players like Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor. Wilson believes he will avoid a sophomore slump by continuing to work hard and relying on the things he did well as a rookie – improvising and making sound decisions in the passing game.
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Backups: Jackson has six years of experience in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense. Jackson finished with a 131.4 passer rating in preseason play.
|3||Russell Wilson||QB||5-11||206||1||Richmond, Va.||Wisconsin|
|7||Tarvaris Jackson||QB||6-2||225||8||Montgomery, Ala.||Alabama State|
The skinny: Look for Golden Tate to fill the role the Seahawks had pegged for Percy Harvin, who is recovering from hip surgery. Sidney Rice did not play during preseason because of a nagging knee issue, but is expected to start the season opener at Carolina.
Backups: Jermaine Kearse was perhaps the most impressive receiver in camp, and has a skill set similar to Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. Stephen Williams, who beat out fourth-round draft pick Chris Harper, led the team in receiving yards (236) and touchdowns (3) in exhibition play.
|18||Sidney Rice||WR||6-4||202||7||Gaffney, S.C.||South Carolina|
|81||Golden Tate||WR||5-10||202||4||Hendersonville, Tenn.||Notre Dame|
|89||Doug Baldwin||WR||5-10||189||3||Gulf Breeze, Fla.||Stanford|
|15||Jermaine Kearse||WR||6-1||209||2||Lakewood, Wa.||Washington|
|83||Stephen Williams||WR||6-5||208||3||Levelland, Texas||Toledo|
The skinny: The Seahawks decided to go with two tight ends this year. Seattle did add training camp tight end Cooper Helfet to the team’s practice squad. Although he missed most of training camp with a foot issue, Zach Miller is expected to start the season opener, and is a glue guy on Seattle’s offense.
Backups: Luke Willson, a fifth-round draft choice, was impressive during preseason. Along with elite speed to threaten the seams of a defense in the passing game, Willson also showed he can be an effective blocker in the run game.
|86||Zach Miller||TE||6-5||255||7||Phoenix, Ariz.||Arizona State|
The skinny: Marshawn Lynch might not carry the ball 300-plus times again this season, but Seattle still will lean heavily on his sturdy frame. Veteran fullback Michael Robinson was a surprise cut, although his $2.5 million base salary made him a target. The Seahawks got a cheaper alternative in second-year pro Derrick Coleman.
Backups: Robert Turbin remains the No. 2 back behind Lynch because of his overall knowledge of the offense, but rookie Christine Michael showed he deserves touches with his explosive running during the preseason. Pete Carroll also remains bullish on the hard-charging running style of Spencer Ware.
|24||Marshawn Lynch||RB||5-11||215||7||Oakland, Calif.||California|
|40||Derrick Coleman||FB||6-0||233||2||Los Angeles, Calif.||UCLA|
|22||Robert Turbin||RB||5-10||222||2||Fremont, Calif.||Utah State|
|33||Christine Michael||RB||5-10||221||1||Beaumont, Texas||Texas A&M|
|44||Spencer Ware||FB||5-11||229||1||Cincinnati, Ohio||LSU|
The skinny: This unit has the chance to develop into one of the better lines in the NFL if Russelll Okung and James Carpenter can stay healthy, and Breno Giacomini limits his penalties. Max Unger, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012, is one of the top centers in the league.
Backups: Offensive line coach Tom Cable has good, young talent in rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Both are versatile performers who can play guard or tackle. Mike Person will serve as the swing tackle, backing up both Okung and Giacomini.
|76||Russell Okung||OT||6-5||310||4||Houston, Texas||Oklahoma State|
|67||Paul McQuistan||OG||6-6||315||8||San Diego, Calif.||Weber State|
|60||Max Unger||C||6-5||305||5||Kailua-Kona, Hawaii||Oregon|
|64||J.R. Sweezy||OG||6-5||298||2||Mooresville, N.C.||N.C. State|
|68||Breno Giacomini||OT||6-7||318||6||Cambridge, Mass.||Louisville|
|77||James Carpenter||OG||6-5||321||3||Augusta, Ga.||Alabama|
|75||Mike Person||OT||6-4||299||3||Glendive, Mont.||Montana State|
|61||Lemuel Jeanpierre||C||6-3||301||4||Orlando, Fla.||South Carolina|
|73||Michael Bowie||OT||6-4||332||1||Tulsa, Okla.||Northeastern State|
|78||Alvin Bailey||OT||6-3||320||1||Broken Arrow, Okla.||Arkansas|
The skinny: A priority this offseason, Carroll added depth with the additions of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel in free agency. While Avril has received a lot of the attention, Bennett might be the most important addition because of versatility, and his ability to rush from the interior on third down. Chris Clemons could return as early as the Week 2 contest against San Francisco.
Backups: The Seahawks traded for D’Anthony Smith from Jacksonville to add depth to a defensive front dealing with several nagging injuries. Expect Schofield to see a lot of time as an edge rusher if Avril and Clemons can’t play in the first few weeks.
|79||Red Bryant||DE||6-4||323||6||Jasper, Texas||Texas A&M|
|99||Tony McDaniel||DT||6-7||305||8||Columbia, S.C.||Tennessee|
|92||Brandon Mebane||DT||6-1||311||7||Los Angeles, Calif.||California|
|91||Chris Clemons||DE||6-3||254||10||Griffin, Ga.||Georgia|
|56||Cliff Avril||DE||6-3||260||6||Green Cove Springs, Fla.||Purdue|
|72||Michael Bennett||DE||6-4||274||5||Alief, Texas||Texas A&M|
|97||Jordan Hill||DT||6-1||303||1||Steelton, Pa.||Penn State|
|93||O'Brien Schofield||DE||6-3||242||4||Racine, Wis.||Wisconsin|
|95||Benson Mayowa||DE||6-3||252||1||Inglewood, Calif.||Idaho|
|94||D'Anthony Smith||DT||6-2||300||4||Leesville, La.||Louisiana Tech|
The skinny: Bobby Wagner finished with a team-high 140 sacks last season. K.J. Wright moves from SAM linebacker to WILL linebacker, freeing him to make more plays in open space. Bruce Irvin makes the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, but begins the season on the suspended list while sitting out four games because of a PED violation.
Backups: Former USC linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. kept three of his former Trojans in Mike Morgan, starter Malcolm Smith and Allen Bradford – a converted running back. John Lotulelei is a big hitter and force on special teams.
|53||Malcolm Smith||OLB||6-0||226||3||Northridge, Calif.||USC|
|54||Bobby Wagner||MLB||6-0||241||2||Ontario, Calif.||Utah State|
|50||K.J. Wright||OLB||6-4||246||3||Olive Branch, Miss.||Miss. State|
|57||Mike Morgan||OLB||6-3||226||3||Dallas, Texas||USC|
|52||Allen Bradford||MLB||5-11||235||3||San Bernardino, Calif.||USC|
|55||Heath Farwell||MLB||6-0||235||9||Fontana, Calif.||San Diego State|
|58||John Lotulelei||OLB||5-11||233||1||Kihei, Hawaii||UNLV|
|51||Bruce Irvin||OLB||6-3||248||2||Atlanta, Ga.||West Virginia|
The skinny: The Hawks return perhaps the best secondary in the NFL. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner all have Pro Bowls to their credit, and Richard Sherman was an All-Pro selection last season. With new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, expect the Seahawks to play more man coverage.
Backups: Veteran Antoine Winfield was a surprise cut here, but Walter Thurmond outplayed him. The Seahawks also like the depth behind Thurmond in Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, who are both good special teams players.
|25||Richard Sherman||CB||6-3||195||3||Compton, Calif.||Stanford|
|31||Kam Chancellor||SS||6-3||232||4||Norfolk, Va.||Virginia Tech|
|29||Earl Thomas||FS||5-10||202||4||Orange, Texas||Texas|
|39||Brandon Browner||CB||6-4||221||3||Sylmar, Calif.||Oregon State|
|28||Walter Thurmond||CB||5-11||190||4||West Covina, Calif.||Oregon|
|20||Jeremy Lane||CB||6-0||190||2||Tyler, Texas||Northwestern St. (La.)|
|41||Byron Maxwell||CB||6-1||207||3||Charleston, S.C.||Clemson|
|42||Chris Maragos||FS||5-10||200||4||Racine, Wis.||Wisconsin|
|32||Jeron Johnson||SS||5-10||212||3||Compton, Calif.||Boise State|
The skinny: Kearse earned the starting kick return job on the basis of his 107-yard kick return for a score against Denver. Tate will share punt return duties with Thurmond. Steven Hauschka made three field goals beyond 50 yards during the preseason, including a career-long 56 yarder. Clint Gresham beat out Kyle Nelson in a competition for the starting long snapper job in training camp.
|9||Jon Ryan||P||6-0||217||8||Regina, Saskatchewan||Regina|
|4||Steven Hauschka||K||6-4||210||6||Needham, Mass.||N.C. State|
|49||Clint Gresham||LS||6-3||240||4||Corpus Christi, Texas||TCU|