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'Serious Remaking' Needed For Seahawks In Offseason

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Arizona Cardinals running back Elijhaa Penny dives past Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas to score a touchdown in the first half of the final regular season game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle.

The NFL playoffs begin this weekend. For the first time in six years, the Seahawks aren’t part of them.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host  Kirsten Kendrick about what went wrong in 2017 and what the team needs to do to come back strong next season.

Free Agency Fail

"The Seahawks have to do better in free agency," Thiel said.

"Last year, they signed running back Eddie Lacy, offensive lineman Luke Joeckel and kicker Blair Walsh. None of them worked out."

Costly Choices

"And then, in order to fill the gaps in the roster, the Seahawks traded in-season for players who cost them draft choices going into next April's draft."

"The Seahawks have a first-round pick, which is 18th overall - as high as they've had it in several years - but they don't have a second-rounder and they don't have a third-rounder."

"So, they won't pick until fourth. That is, right now."

Trade Earl Thomas?

"The only way to get those picks back is to trade somebody. And it could be (free safety) Earl Thomas," Thiel continued.

"He's the guy that could draw second- and third-round draft picks. But he's still in his prime at age 29. He's the heart of the defense."

"It would be a blow but the Seahawks are going to have to do things drastically, I think, this offseason."

"In order to stay competitive and playoff-caliber, they're going to have to do some serious remaking."

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Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.
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