The Seattle Seahawks are going to be busy in free agency this off-season and it seems they already have one player in particular in mind that they are fighting to bring in.
Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks staff must have been mightily impressed by what they saw in their NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers because they are rumoured to be in for Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.
According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Seahawks are expected to actively court Williams when he hits the market in a week or so.
According to the piece from Bob McGinn, the fact that Seahawks general manager John Schneider knows Williams well from his time in Green Bay will go a long way in formulating Seattle's interest in the corner.
In fact, it was seemingly Schneider who made the decision to sign Williams to the Packers practice squad in the first place nine years ago.
"A source close to Williams and his agent, Rodney Williams of Katy, Texas, told the Journal Sentinel that the Seahawks have made it clear they're going after the 31-year-old cornerback because they have little or no chance to re-sign Maxwell, an unrestricted free agent," McGinn wrote yesterday.
"The Seahawks prefer Williams to other veteran cornerbacks because Schneider knows him from four seasons in Green Bay and views him as an ideal fit for coach Pete Carroll's aggressive Cover 3 coverage scheme," McGinn added.
Seattle Losing Maxwell
Seattle will probably be losing Byron Maxwell in free agency, with him being the hottest corner available on the market the former Legion of Boom star will have multiple teams interested in his services and would be silly not to test the market.
The Seahawks have a fair bit of cap money available but it would seem they would prefer to either hang on to it with Russell Wilson closing in on a new deal than give it to another member of the secondary.
The Seahawks option at that second corner spot seem somewhat limited. They can either bring in a rookie at the draft next month, sign a veteran like Williams on a short-term deal, or hope that Tharold Simon can develop and become a better player than he showed in the Super Bowl, where he was targeted by the Patriots repeatedly.
Nickel corner Jeremy Lane will almost certainly miss the start of the season after blowing out his knee in the Super Bowl so unfortunately he is out of the running for the spot in the near future.