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Free-Agent Setup: Seattle Seahawks seek to keep DT Sheldon Richardson

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Free-Agent Setup: Seattle Seahawks seek to keep DT Sheldon Richardson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) loses the ball after getting sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) in the fourth quarter on October 29, 2017 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

The Seattle Seahawks' only logical candidate for a franchise or transition tag is defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson was acquired from the New York Jets last September prior to the start of the regular season and cost Seattle a second-round pick and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse in return. The Seahawks and Richardson expressed mutual interest in keeping the relationship going into the future.

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However, a franchise tag amount of approximately $14 million could prove prohibitive. Tight end Jimmy Graham is coming off a 10-touchdown season, but the general sentiment is both sides are ready for a change.

Unit-by-unit depth chart as of Super Bowl LII. Injured players listed as starters if that was their status when injured.

*Asterisk indicates player ended 2017 season on injured reserve.

QUARTERBACKS (B): Starter - Russell Wilson. Backup - Austin Davis (UFA).

RUNNING BACKS (D): Starter - *Chris Carson. Backups - Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy (UFA), *C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis, J.D. McKissic, FB *Tre Madden.

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TIGHT ENDS (B-minus): Starter - Jimmy Graham (UFA). Backups - Luke Willson (UFA), Nick Vannett, Tyrone Swoopes.

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WIDE RECEIVERS (B-minus): Starters - Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson (UFA), Tyler Lockett. Backups - Amara Darboh, David Moore, Tanner McEvoy.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (D-plus): Starters - LT Duane Brown, LG Luke Joeckel (UFA), C Justin Britt, RG Ethan Pocic, RT Germain Ifedi. Backups - T *George Fant, T/G Matt Tobin (UFA), T/G *Rees Odhiambo, G *Oday Aboushi (UFA), C Joey Hunt, G Jordan Roos, T *Tyrus Thompson.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (B): Starters - LDE *Cliff Avril, DT Sheldon Richardson (UFA), NT Jarran Reed, RDE Michael Bennett. Backups - DE Frank Clark, DE Dion Jordan, DE Marcus Smith (UFA), DE Branden Jackson, DE Quinton Jefferson, DT *Nazair Jones, DT *Malik McDowell, DT Garrison Smith, DE *Christian French.

LINEBACKERS (A-minus): Starters - WLB K.J. Wright, MLB Bobby Wagner, SLB Michael Wilhoite (UFA). Backups - OLB Terence Garvin (UFA), OLB D.J. Alexander, MLB P.J. Dawson, OLB *Dewey McDonald, OLB *Josh Forrest.

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DEFENSIVE BACKS (B-plus): Starters - LCB *Richard Sherman, RCB Shaquill Griffin, SS *Kam Chancellor, FS Earl Thomas. Backups - CB Byron Maxwell (UFA), CB Justin Coleman, CB Jeremy Lane, CB Mike Tyson, S Bradley McDougald (UFA), FS Tedric Thompson, SS Delano Hill, S *Jordan Simone, CB DeShawn Shead (UFA), CB *DeAndre Elliot.

SPECIAL TEAMS (C-minus): K Blair Walsh (UFA), P Jon Ryan, KOR/PR Tyler Lockett, LS Tyler Ott. Addition: K Jason Myers (signed as free agent).

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