I’ve long since all but stopped using the Jenkins Family Blog as a venue to ruminate about what’s bothering me. But three days after the Seahawks’ heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, I’m making an exception.
Normal grieving just isn’t working very well.
In reverse order, here’s what I’d like to see the Seahawks do for next year:
10. Find a way to keep Brandon Mebane. A core player on this Hawks squad, the veteran DT is almost a certain salary cap casualty this offseason as management frees up funds to sign Russell Wilson and/or Bobby Wagner … This is low on my list because a much cheaper Jordan Hill may be a very capable replacement.
9. Promote an insider to replace Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. Kris Richard and Ken Norton seem plenty competent and have done well in their respective jobs — there’s no need to look elsewhere.
8. Give Ricardo Lockette more playing time as a WR. Except for not catching that not-very-good Wilson pass, he’s done everything the coaching staff has asked of him on both offense and special teams … He’s earned the right to more PT — I hope he gets it.
7. Sign Russell Wilson long term. This one would obviously be much higher on my list if he didn’t have a year left on his rookie deal … Would be nice to get this deal done, but we can theoretically survive without it this offseason.
6. Trade Doug Baldwin. The Angry Doug act is wearing thin, especially when it costs his team fifteen yards near the end of the Super Bowl (more) … Almost as bad, he defiantly stated as late as two days after the game that he had “no regrets” about that disgusting, pre-meditated act and did not care what anyone thought about it except his teammates … Deal him to Timbuktu for a draft pick to be used on a WR and I’d be perfectly happy. Which leads me to …
My heart wouldn’t hurt if this was gone.
5. Add a big wide receiver to the mix. Maybe it’s Chris Matthews. Maybe it’s a guy out of the draft. But we need a guy who can go up and get it. Package Baldwin and a draft pick to move up and get a Kelvin Benjamin type — ideal.
4. Sign a new kick returner. With or without Sir Poop-a-Lot, the ‘Hawks presented no threat to the end zone on kick returns — on too many occasions they barely threatened the 20-yard line … Not saying we need another Percy Harvin, but neither Angry Doug nor Paul Richardson appear to be the answer.
3. Sign a new punt returner. Brian Walters looks like a high school kid out there … We don’t need Devin Hester in his prime, but we do need something other than a designated fair catcher.
2. If Byron Maxwell goes, sign a starting cornerback. I’m guessing BM is gone and if he is, it’s clear his replacement isn’t on the current roster … An undersized Jeremy Lane is a nickel back at best, and Tharold Simon reminds me of Kelly Jennings — hard-to-watch bad.
1. Sign Marshawn Lynch to a three-year deal. He and Kam Chancellor are the guys who stir the drink … I get that he’s almost 29, but it simply isn’t true that all running backs tail off once they hit 30 (more) … Beast didn’t work too hard in Buffalo, doesn’t practice now and has shown no signs of slowing down, so I’m guessing there’s still plenty of tread on his tires.
Keeping Marshawn Lynch is priority No. 1.
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