Along with signing new players and preparing for the NFL draft, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider will need to take a look at which current players the team might want to extend this offseason.
"We have several guys that have one year left on their contracts, so that's always something that we look at," Schneider said last month. "For planning purposes moving forward, we have to know what's down the road. We have several key players that have one year left on their deal. So we'll try to address that at the appropriate time."
Much of the discussion surrounding the Seahawks has centered on defensive end Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor. Chancellor held out last season, and Bennett thought about doing the same. But both players still have two years left on their current deals.
Below is a look at some of the more prominent Seahawks who are entering the final years of their current contracts and what might be in store going forward.
Doug Baldwin -- He's easily the biggest name on this list. Baldwin had a monster season in 2015, catching 78 balls for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns. He last signed an extension (three years, $13 million) during the 2014 offseason, but Baldwin is in line for a big raise. Wide receiver Marvin Jones signed a five-year, $40 million deal with $13 million guaranteed as a free agent this offseason, and Baldwin has been a more productive player. ESPN's Field Yates suggested recently that Baldwin could be looking at a deal that pays him close to $10 million annually.
Jordan Hill -- He had 5.5 sacks in 2014, but battled through injuries last season and missed six games. Depending on what the Seahawks do in the draft, Hill could have a tremendous opportunity to get on the field and make an impact in 2016. With Brandon Mebane having signed with the San Diego Chargers, Hill is in line to compete for the starting nose tackle job, and at the very least, he'll be a rotational player. The most likely scenario here is the Seahawks see how Hill performs in 2016 before making any kind of decision on whether to bring him back.
Steven Hauschka -- He made 29 of 31 field goals last season, including all six attempts from 50 yards or more. Hauschka has had a very nice run with the Seahawks the past five seasons. The top kickers in the game have received contracts that pay out more than $4 million per season. The Seahawks paid punter Jon Ryan $10 million on a four-year contract this offseason. They'll need to spend more to retain Hauschka.
Patrick Lewis -- He was a restricted free agent this offseason and is in line to start at center. But coach Pete Carroll made it clear after last season that the team will keep its eyes open for an upgrade.
"We didn't need him to be the best center in the NFL, but we needed him to be a solid guy," Carroll said. "He contributed to it and became a very good part of it."
As the Seahawks found out early in the season with Drew Nowak, finding a quality center isn't easy. The team will almost certainly wait until next offseason to decide whether to extend Lewis.
Luke Willson -- If Jimmy Graham is not ready for Week 1, Willson will most likely be the starter to open the season. He's been a dependable option the past three seasons, but is viewed more as a number two tight end by the team. Willson has made 24 career starts over the past three seasons. Any decision on an extension seems unlikely until the Seahawks figure out how Graham is able to come back from his ruptured patellar injury.