I disagree quite strongly with this sentiment that the Seahawks are going "all-in" and somehow jeopardizing their future.
The Seahawks have brought in Cliff Avril (20.5 combined sacks the last two years) and Michael Bennett (13 sacks combined). They is going to help their pass rush, and that does not hurt their future whatsoever. They had a ton of cap space this year and are utilizing it. That's it! These signings have practically no long-term consequences for the franchise. I mean, that would be like implying that bringing in a John Abraham or an Asomugha or a Woodson on a 1-2 year deal is going to kill us in the future. It's just simply not going to.
Harvin is an elite playmaker. Yes, there are concerns about him. Anyway, somehow, they managed to sign him for a 5-year deal with only $12M guaranteed! Think about that for a second. Dwayne Bowe got $26M guaranteed. Vincent Jackson, $26M guaranteed. Mike Wallace, $30M guaranteed.) All of those guys have a better track record then Percy, but Percy will still be in his 20's when his deal ends! Jackson will be 34. Mike Wallace will be 31. Bowe will be 33. Those
guys are examples of mortgaging the future for talent now. Relatively speaking, the Seahawks have a very small guaranteed commitment. Now, of course, the Seahawks gave up a first and a third for Percy (and a 7th, but that has practically no value). That is definitely a big price to pay, make no mistake. But they did get a steal on Harvin's contract, so that sort of offsets the cost of the picks when you see what other receivers are getting on the open market.
I think the Seahawks and the 49ers were pretty comparable in overall talent heading into the offseason. And they're a younger team than us, so I think it's not unreasonable to think they they will take a small step forward (from experience) and that we will take a small step back (as a result of age, e.g. Justin Smith). Personally, I had been predicting that Seattle wins the NFC West next year at the start of the offseason. Since then, we have acquired Boldin... they have acquired Harvin, Avril and Bennett -- all solid/good players. The offseason is far from over, but... they've certainly done more to improve their team.
Quite frankly, I think they have surpassed us as of right now -- and I think it's a huge stretch to say that they have damaged their long-term outlook.
[ Edited by theduke85 on Mar 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM ]