The disappointment of a 24-22 wild-card playoff loss to Dallas won’t go away easily for the Seattle Seahawks.
But while they will spend the offseason ruing the plays that got away in a game they know was there for the taking, they also said Sunday as they cleared out their lockers that the defeat won’t wash away the optimism generated by their surprising run to a playoff berth.
“We’ve got great things in store,’’ quarterback Russell Wilson said to reporters as teammates signed and exchanged jerseys and packed away shoes and other equipment before holding their last official team meeting of the 2018 season. “I always said the best is ahead and I really believe that.’’
But before the Seahawks will take the field again in eight or so months the team will have to answer a number of significant personnel questions.
Seattle has 14 players who can become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins March 13, including six players who ended the season as offensive or defensive starters (defensive end Frank Clark, linebacker K.J. Wright, defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, offensive linemen J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker and nickelback Justin Coleman) as well as kicker Sebastian Janikowski and injured free safety Earl Thomas.