Updated Mar 5, 2013 - 1:09 pm
Remaining pass-rush options after franchise deadline
The NFL's deadline for using the franchise tag passed Monday, providing an opportunity for a look at the remaining pass rushers who could be available to the Seahawks when free agency begins next week.
The list got a little shorter. The Bengals' Michael Johnson and the Cowboys' Anthony Spencer were among the eight players to receive the franchise tag. The Bears' Henry Melton and the Dolphins' Randy Starks, both defensive tackles with pass-rushing abilities, were also named franchise players.
The Seahawks and others teams can still pursue those franchised players, but doing so would require making an offer greater than the franchise-tag value for the given position and giving up two first-round picks if the tagging team fails to match. That exorbitant price makes it rare for teams to go after franchised players.
The list of remaining options includes a mix of young and veteran players. Paul Kruger and Cliff Avril are in their mid-20s. Osi Umenyiora, Dwight Freeney, John Abraham and Kyle Vanden Bosch are at least 31. Cullen Jenkins, a defensive tackle who reportedly visited with the Seahawks Monday, is 32.
In the video below, Brock Huard and Mike Salk discuss those options and another for the Seahawks: standing pat in free agency and relying on some of the team's recent draft picks.
You can listen to Tuesday's show here.
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