The Frank Clark trade gave Seahawks general manager John Schneider the first-round pick that allowed him to maneuver a series of draft-day trades and bring Seattle’s number of draft choices from a league-fewest four picks to a second-most 11. And even though losing Clark could be a major setback, the $17.1 million cap savings gave Schneider the room to bring in six street free agents, including two who might be starters.

Early reports from Seahawks’ voluntary workouts

Quarterback Geno Smith signed on Wednesday, and though his numbers aren’t posted, you figure that it is probably a minimum salary deal that likely includes a $90,000 signing bonus. If that’s true, the Seahawks spent a little less than $15 million this year for a starting defensive end, a possible starter as an early down run-stopper, a fullback-special teams ace, a veteran slot cornerback, a backup quarterback to compete against Paxton Lynch, and a backup guard – and in total, Schneider turned one big trade into 13 players, including seven additional draft choices.

What those moves mean for the Seahawks’ roster and cap

If you thought roster battles were going to be intense after the completion of the draft, they grew even tougher after the team’s May 7 free agent signings.

Obviously, the key to the success of those signings is whether defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah can fill the pass-rushing void created by the Clark trade. Ansah has the ability and résumé to get 13 sacks, but thanks to a shoulder injury, his availability at the start of the season could be in question.

Now coming off surgery for that shoulder, Ansah won’t be able to practice until mid-August. And although the shoulder is structurally-sound, it’s not out of the question for him to miss a game or two. Ansah signed a one-year deal at …read more

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