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Clayton: 3 potential Seahawks extensions should be priorities now

Jun 28, 2021, 3:42 PM | Updated: Jul 1, 2021, 3:30 pm
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Safeties Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams are both candidates for extensions. (Getty)
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This week – the week before the Fourth of July – is the quietest week of the offseason for the Seahawks and the rest of the NFL.

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For example, take Monday’s NFL waiver wire. There wasn’t a single signing or cut. It may be the same for several days this week. General managers and coaches are in vacation mode.

Don’t expect much from the Seahawks. Those in the front office people for Seattle can sit back on a beach and try to start figuring out things for the future. The big mission is trying to get some contract extensions done.

The Seahawks have about 21 players who will become unrestricted free agents after the 2021 season. Tackles Duane Brown and Brandon Shell, center Ethan Pocic, and safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs are among the starters whose contracts are due to come up. There are also six cornerbacks, which most likely includes the two who will end up with starting jobs this year, making it six total starters.

The re-signing negotiations start with Adams. He’s the big ticket item without a contract next year. He’ll command around a $16 million salary. As long as he doesn’t demand $17 million or $18 million a year, something should get done before the season. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he’s optimistic and that progress is being made, and Diggs also said at minicamp this month that Adams should be able to get a deal done.

Brown is probably the next player for Seattle to try to sign to a new deal. Left tackle is the most important position on the offensive line. At 35 years old, he should get a short deal at $10 million a year or maybe a little less.

Diggs is probably next on the list after Brown. Diggs and Adams were both selected to the Pro Bowl last year and form perhaps the best safety duo in the league.

If necessary, the Seahawks could use the franchise tag to make sure they don’t lose a starter, but it would be nice for them to get one or two extensions done before the end of training camp.

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