Fifteen players who were on the 46-man active roster for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX now are unrestricted free agents. Here’s the list:
PR/WR Bryan Walters
FB/DE Will Tukuafu
DT Landon Cohen
LB Mike Morgan
TE Tony Moeaki
Maxwell will be one of the sought-after cornerbacks in free agency and it will be difficult for the Seahawks to keep him. Carpenter also could get some decent offers from other teams.
Williams proved he still can play at a high level at age 34, but whether he wants to continue playing is unknown.
Johnson could get some offers as a back safety for other teams. Smith and Morgan could be salary-cap casualties.
Moeaki played well as a midseason pickup, but his return probably depends on what the Seahawks do with Zach Miller, who spent most of the year on injured reserve.
Gresham is considered one of the best deep snappers in the game, so he could get some good offers from other teams.
After having an $8 million deal last year that was voided by the New York Giants when Schofield failed a physical with a knee problem, he proved he could play at a high level all season and likely will receive similar offers this offseason.
Jackson was a steal at $1.25 million last year as Wilson’s backup and the Seahawks probably would bring him back if the price is similar, but they are high on young quarterback B.J. Daniels, who is much like Wilson in how he plays the game.
Walters was a dependable punt returner who didn’t make mistakes, but also wasn’t a threat to gain much yardage or break one.
Jeanpierre is a quality backup, but the Seahawks probably will draft younger offensive linemen they want to develop.
Tukuafu helped the Seahawks as a rare guy who played on both sides of the ball, but fullback Derrick Coleman’s return from injury might leave Tukuafu without a spot.
Five players who ended the season on injured reserve also are free agents:
DE Greg Scruggs
Farwell likely will retire and go into coaching. The other four are not likely to be high priorities for the Seahawks.
Two others are exclusive rights free agents, meaning the team must make a contract offer to them by March 10 or they become unrestricted free agents:
Both are valuable backups the team would like to keep, but at what cost?
WR Jermaine Kearse is a restricted free agent. He can sign with another team and the Seahawks have seven days to match it or receive a compensatory draft pick from the team that signs him.