Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Free-Agency Wish List

Josh SteinContributor IIIMarch 12, 2012

Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Free-Agency Wish List

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    Free agency starts in less than a day, and the Seahawks will be busy with their large amount of cap room available.

    The Seahawks will look to fill many holes in free agency and shore up any loose ends during the draft.

    This free-agent market is full of Pro Bowlers and proven starters, and the Seahawks have the money to go after the top-tier players.

    Here is a look at the Seahawks' free-agent wish list that they will start pursuing in just one day.

Mario Williams, DE/OLB, Previous Team: Houston Texans

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    Mario Williams will be one of, if not the premier player not named Peyton Manning in this year's free-agent market.

    Williams should have never made it to the free-agent market, but somehow the Texans let him slip through their fingers.

    Williams has been a defensive force that has helped take a subpar Texan defense from mediocrity to one of the best in the league.

    But "Super Mario" wasn't always such a well-liked commodity. In the 2006 draft, he was picked with the first overall pick, surprising analysts who thought the Texans would take Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush. Some people at the time considered it the worst decision in the Texans short five-year history.

    Ironically, the decision to select Williams first was so that he could help control Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts' offense. With Arizona, the Seahawks' divisional rival, as a favorite in the Manning sweepstakes, Mario Williams could be an excellent pickup.

    Williams has been a defensive power since being drafted, holding the Texans' single-season sack record and going to the Pro Bowl twice.

Carl Nicks, OG, Previous Team: New Orleans Saints

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    Carl Nicks is likely the top guard in the league. Another, like Mario Williams, who should have never made it to the free-agent market.

    A hugely valuable player available, Nicks led an offensive line that allowed the second-least amount of sacks in the league. His leadership on the line gave Drew Brees enough time to pick apart defenses leading up to his record-breaking season.

    With all the injuries to the Seattle front line, Nicks could provide the stability to a line that allowed the fourth-most sacks in the league last year.

    The Seahawks may have to dish out a hefty sum to pick up this All-Pro guard, but if they are willing to, they would be receiving one of the best offensive lineman in the game today.

Stephen Tulloch, ILB, Previous Team: Detroit Lions

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    Stephen Tulloch may be the best linebacker on the market and the Seahawks could pursue him this offseason.

    Tulloch was a young leader on a Lions defense that played in an offensive-heavy division. He brought in versatility to the defense with his ability to stop the rush and the pass.

    Seattle will be in the market for a linebacker with the probable departure of David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill, after his complications with the law.

    Tulloch could be reunited with his college teammate, Mario Williams, both of which came out in the 2006 draft as well.

Matt Flynn, QB, Previous Team: Green Bay Packers

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    Matt Flynn and Peyton Manning have been the two most talked about free agents this offseason, though the Flynn talks have died down since Peyton started visiting teams.

    Nonetheless, Flynn is still a major target, primarily for the Seahawks and the Dolphins. Although he has only seen limited action, he is still praised to be the next big NFL star quarterback.

    Seattle's glaring need at quarterback may be their biggest concern this offseason and they will have to address it soon if they want to go forward in their contention process.

    Flynn has impressed in his limited playing time and the Seahawks will do anything in their power to attract him away from the Dolphins and one of his former coaches, Joe Philbin.

Marques Colston, WR, Previous Team: New Orleans Saints

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    The last dream pickup is one of Drew Brees' previously favorite targets, Marques Colston.

    I know, I know, the Seahawks have enough wide receivers. But with such a high quality receiver on the market, it is hard to resist him.

    This Hofstra alum is the third player on this list that was picked in the 2006 NFL draft and is hitting the peak of his career.

    Colston can instantly make T-Jax a better quarterback, but if the 'Hawks can find a capable QB, Colston could easily be an All-Pro player.

    He may not fill a major need for the Seahawks, who have an abundance of young talent at the wideout position, but he does bring substantial skill and leadership that could enhance this offense tremendously.