A breakdown of the first week of free agency for the Seattle Seahawks:
Most significant signing: The two players they've signed so far are running back Eddie Lacy and offensive lineman Luke Joeckel. Lacy will grab more headlines, but Joeckel is the more significant move. The Seahawks handed him a one-year, $8 million deal with $7 million guaranteed and are counting on Joeckel to help solidify their offensive line. He'll get a look at left tackle, but he could slide inside to left guard. Joeckel struggled to live up to expectations in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is coming off a torn ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus in his left knee that limited him to five games in 2016. If Joeckel can be healthy and productive, he'll represent a much needed upgrade on the offensive line, but that is a big if.
Most significant loss: Steven Hauschka signed a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, leaving the Seahawks with a question mark at kicker. But Seattle made the right call in letting him go. Hauschka's new contract pays him $3.1 million per year, and the Seahawks are better off spending that money elsewhere on their roster. They signed Blair Walsh to compete for the kicking job and are likely to add a rookie before OTAs. Hauschka joined the Seahawks in 2011, so this is the first time in a while they'll go into the season with a question mark at kicker.
Player they should have signed: The Seahawks are paying Joeckel $8 million for one year and had a reported offer on the table for T.J. Lang that would have paid him $8 million annually. Ultimately, Lang ended up signing with the Detroit Lions. Instead of targeting those two players, the case could be made that the Seahawks should have gone after right tackle Rick Wagner, who signed a reported five-year, $47.5 million deal ($17.5 million guaranteed) with the Lions. Wagner, 27, would have given the Seahawks a quality right tackle for years to come, and they could have had Garry Gilliam, George Fant and perhaps a draft pick compete at left tackle.
What's next: Among the players the Seahawks have shown interest in are running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Jared Cook and safety Bradley McDougald. And they could add pieces on the offensive and defensive lines. Don't be surprised to see the Seahawks explore trade options. Pete Carroll has admitted this draft is short on starting-caliber offensive linemen, and given the team's interest in Lang, clearly it is still looking to add talent up front.
Overall grade: C. The Seahawks went into the free-agency period hoping to improve their offensive line, and signing Joeckel is a gamble. Seattle was in a tough spot, given the high-priced contracts being handed out to tackles. The Seahawks' "draft and develop" philosophy is sound, but they haven't executed often enough. Seattle has drafted 14 offensive linemen since Carroll and GM John Schneider took over, tied for most in the league. Six of those picks have come in the first three rounds. But too often the selections haven't panned out, leaving the Seahawks with holes up front.