Tight end Luke Willson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - For a second straight year, the Seahawks have had to clean out their lockers after a loss on the road in the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs.
Seattle's season came to an end on Saturday with a 36-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship next weekend.
"It sucks that our season ended but you really can't control it now," center Justin Britt said. "You can't go back and appeal for a win so you've just got to suck it up and look at the positives and keep your head up and look ahead."
"Ahead" for the Seahawks includes a free agency period that lacks core pieces of Seattle's roster for the first time in years. The two most prominent unrestricted free agents for the Seahawks are kicker Steven Hauschka and tight end Luke Willson.
"I'm kind of going into an unknown period," Willson said of his impending free agency. "I wouldn't say I'm like afraid, but pretty sure I'm going to have a lot of opportunities. But again, kind of hope it's here because this is really my family. "I'm not just saying that. I love these guys. It would be tough to leave."
Willson missed five games this season after a knee injury against the Falcons in October required surgery. He caught 15 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns this season in 11 games.
Willson said he has had brief discussions with the team, but nothing official to this point.
"It seems like there's a shot I'll be back - which is kind of what I'm hoping for - but you never know," Willson said.
Other free agents of note for the Seahawks include linebacker Mike Morgan, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, tackle Bradley Sowell, safety Kelcie McCray, safety Jeron Johnson and fullback Marcel Reece.
Seattle also has a few restricted free agents as well. Cornerback DeShawn Shead, safety Steven Terrell, tackle Garry Gilliam and linebacker Brock Coyle are the most prominent names on that list.
However, that list is completely devoid of Seattle's core players. Quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman, defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, linebacker Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright and receiver Doug Baldwin are all under contract through at least next season.
It should give the Seahawks ample opportunity to augment their roster and patch holes that have developed over the past few years.
Unrestricted Free Agents:
K Steven Hauschka
TE Luke Willson
LB Mike Morgan
T Bradley Sowell
S Kelcie McCray
DT Tony McDaniel
S Jeron Johnson
RB Marcel Reece
CB Neiko Thorpe
FB Will Tukuafu
DE Damontre Moore
DT John Jenkins
TE Brandon Williams
Restricted Free Agents:
T Garry Gilliam
LB Brock Coyle
CB DeShawn Shead
S Steven Terrell
S Dewey McDonald
CB Mohammed Seisay