With offseason workouts and minicamps in the rearview mirror and training camps a few weeks away, we assess the Seattle Seahawks' offseason moves and assign a letter grade in the video above.
Best move: Without question, it was the trade for New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, even though it cost the Seahawks their first-round draft pick this year and starting center Max Unger. Graham will be a true difference-maker for Seattle's offense as one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league, especially in the red zone. Defenses are going to have to account for him over the middle, which will open things up for the wide receivers and make running back Marshawn Lynch even more effective and more dangerous. Quarterback Russell Wilson now has a true go-to guy in the clutch.
Riskiest move: Making Michigan defensive end Frank Clark their first pick in the 2014 draft. Clark was kicked off the Michigan team in November after an arrest on domestic violence charges involving his ex-girlfriend. Ugly stories about the incident surfaced in the days that followed and the Seahawks weathered a great deal of criticism for drafting Clark. But Clark is viewed as a talented edge-rusher who also can play inside and fill an obvious need for the team. Clark will be under a lot of scrutiny on and off the field, as will the Seahawks if he has another incident.
Improved injury situation: Entering the offseason, things looked a little gloomy on the injury front for the Seahawks. Five players in the secondary were hurt (Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon). Wide receiver Paul Richardson had ACL surgery in January and backup running back Robert Turbin had offseason hip surgery. And defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had surgery last season for severely torn hamstring. But things look much better heading to training camp. Sherman (torn elbow ligament) and Chancellor (torn MCL) were full speed every day in organized team activities and minicamp. Thomas (shoulder surgery) took part in individual drills and looks like he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Richardson has participated in kickoff and punt return drills and is running well. Mebane is practicing yet, but reportedly is ahead of schedule on is return. The one who will take a while is Lane, who had ACL and arm surgery from his injuries in the Super Bowl. It may be midseason before he's back.
Training camp outlook: It's really about polishing what already is a shiny product for the most talented team in the NFL. Only three 2014 starters won't return -- Unger, left guard James Carpenter and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Alvin Bailey, in the best shape of his career, steps in a left guard and could be better than Carpenter. The Seahawks have a drop-off at corner without Maxwell but added veteran Cary Williams, a physical player who fits the Legion of Boom image and playing style. The center spot is up for grabs, with veteran Lemuel Jeanpierre and the leading contender for the job. The truth is as good as Unger was, the Seahawks were pretty good last season in the 10 games he missed. If there is one downer it's that the Seahawks and Wilson haven't reached an agreement on a new contract, a storyline that isn't going away.