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Russell Okung, Julius Peppers among names that could intrigue Seahawks

Julius Peppers finished last season with 7.5 sacks and 11 QB hits. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports

At the combine, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider was asked if he plans on being more aggressive in free agency this year.

"Actually, we are aggressive in free agency," Schneider told reporters. "We just don’t do a lot of deals lately. We try to pride ourselves on being involved in a lot of deals and then deciding what our threshold is for those deals."

The NFL's legal tampering period begins Tuesday, and the Seahawks go into free agency with just under $26 million in cap space, which ranks 20th in the NFL. Their focus is expected to be on the offensive and defensive lines.

Here's a cheat sheet with 10 players who could intrigue Seattle:

Russell Okung, OT: He spent the first six years of his career in Seattle before signing with the Denver Broncos last offseason. Okung, 29, dealt with a shoulder injury last year but still started 16 games. His best football is probably behind him, but Okung is familiar with the Seahawks' culture and could provide much-needed leadership to their offensive line. He may find more of a market this offseason than last and could be too pricey for Seattle.

Mike Remmers, OT: He started every game the past two seasons for the Carolina Panthers and is best suited to play right tackle. Remmers allowed seven sacks last season and was called for 11 penalties. He is expected to be less expensive than some of the top tackles on the market.

Austin Pasztor, OL: He's started 43 games in five seasons and has experience at guard and tackle. Pasztor was a 16-game starter for the Cleveland Browns last season, allowing eight sacks. He may not have a high ceiling, but at 26, Pasztor could be worth taking a flier on.

Luke Joeckel, OL: The second overall pick in 2013 was a disappointment with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in only four games last year because of a knee injury. Coming out of college, Joeckel showed good athleticism and could get a look at tackle or guard. Given the injury, it's tough to decipher what kind of deal he'll get.

Julius Peppers, DE: Of all the names on this list, he's the one likely to get Seahawks fans most excited. Peppers is 37-years-old but wants to keep on playing. He showed he still has some pass-rushing chops last year, finishing with 7.5 sacks and 11 QB hits. A third-down package of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Frank Clark and Peppers would be intriguing. If Peppers wants to join a veteran group that has a chance to win a Super Bowl next season, Seattle could be attractive.

Terrell McClain, DT: He started 15 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season and has already been linked to the Seahawks. McClain would compete with Jarran Reed for the starting nose tackle spot and would add to Seattle's overall depth. He has not been a prolific pass-rusher though (2.5 sacks, seven QB hits last season), which could limit what the Seahawks would be willing to spend.

Brian Schwenke, OL: He turns 26 later this month, showed plus athleticism and has experience playing both guard and center. In addition to finding a starting-caliber tackle, the Seahawks need to add depth/competition on the interior. Schwenke could fill that role.

Devin Taylor, DL: As a 16-game starter with the Detroit Lions last year, Taylor had 4.5 sacks and 10 QB hits. At 6-foot-7 with 36-inch arms, Taylor possesses the unique athleticism that Pete Carroll covets. Taylor has yet to reach his potential, but at 27, he's someone who could be attractive to the Seahawks.

Earl Watford, OL: He's started 13 games in three NFL seasons but had the versatility to play different spots on the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line. Watford showed plus athleticism coming out of college and was a fourth-round pick in 2013. He turns 27 in June.

Mike Morgan, LB: He may be the most likely of the Seahawks' unrestricted free agents to return. Morgan can compete for playing time at the SAM linebacker spot or be a depth option. And he can contribute on special teams. Given that he's been a two-down player, Morgan is unlikely to command a high price tag.