In just two offseasons, a lot of important players on that team have signed multi-year, multi-million dollar deals with other teams - Tate, tackle Breno Giacomini, cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond last year; Maxwell, guard James Carpenter, linebacker Malcolm Smith and linebacker/defensive end O'Brien Schofield so far this year - which is both a testament to how incredible a collection of talent was on that 2013 roster, and also to how hard it is for the Seahawks or any other team to stay on top.
Since last year's Super Bowl rout of the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks have cut defensive linemen Chris Clemons and Red Bryant; lost receiver Golden Tate, cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and tackle Breno Giacomini in free agency; traded receiver Percy Harvin; and put 15 players on injured reserve, including starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane and tight end Zach Miller.
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) walks off the field with tackle Breno Giacomini (68) after turning the ball over on downs to the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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