By Brady Henderson
The absence of many immediate needs allowed the Seahawks to approach the draft with the bigger picture in mind. That helps explain why they used three of their first five picks on positions that didn’t need solidifying for this season.
Wide receiver was one of them.
Chris Harper doesn’t figure to factor heavily into Seattle’s passing game as a rookie considering its abundance of weapons, particularly at receiver. But the decision to use a fourth-round pick on Harper makes more sense when considering the decisions the Seahawks will have to make next offseason.
Golden Tate (unrestricted) and Doug Baldwin (restricted) are scheduled to become free agents. Sidney Rice’s contract will count $9.7 million against the 2014 salary cap, which could be a prohibitive amount considering all the money Seattle committed to Percy Harvin. Even more so if the Seahawks remain a run-first offense.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby pick up the conversation from there.
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