by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - A day after a 23-20 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals ended their season, the Seattle Seahawks had to partake in the yearly ritual of cleaning out their lockers.
For the first time since Jim Mora was fired after the 2009 season, the offseason outlook for the Seahawks appears fairly clear.
There will be no more large scale shuffling of the roster. Seattle has built a young nucleus of players to be the core of the team moving forward. Now it becomes an exercise in adding to the roster and filling in holes.
For the players, it means many of them will likely be back with the team next season.
Seattle has 22 players currently on the active roster or injured reserve that are not under contract for next season.
Eighteen of those 22 will be unrestricted free agents able to sign with any team they chose. Two will be exlusive rights free agents that can only negotiate with Seattle unless they aren't tendered a contract (CB Kennard Cox, DT Clinton McDonald) and two will be restricted free agents that give Seattle the right to match any deal (CB Roy Lewis, K Steven Hauschka).
The three names at the top of the list of unrestricted free agents to be includes RB Marshawn Lynch, DE Red Bryant and LB David Hawthorne.
This will be the first time for all three players that they have hit unrestricted free agency.
Bryant seemed pretty steadfast in his desire to be back with Seattle. It's the organization where his father-in-law Jacob Green played and it's the organization that helped find a role for him and turn him into an effective player.
"I'd be lying to say that the Seahawks haven't been extremely good to me," Bryant said.
Bryant was also asked if he was tempted to test the market to get a better feel for his value.
"I'm not and the reason I say that is because I know what we have here," Bryant said.
"It's not always greener on the other side. The Seahawks organization is first class in everything they do so I have a desire to be here."
Lynch is the highest profile free agent-to-be for the Seahawks. Lynch finished 2011 with a career-high 1,204 yards rushing and 13 total touchdowns.
His aggressive running style helped turned Seattle ground game into a consistant threat the second half of the year.
"I would like to come back, but if it don't happen, it don't happen," Lynch said.
Lynch was also asked if he would like to test the market...
"Well hopefully I don't have to," Lynch said. "Hopefully I can get taken care of where I'm at. If that's the case, that would be the next step to see what it would be."
Hawthorne also talked about his pending free agency.
"I'd love to (be back)," Hawthorne said. "Me and my agent are doing everything we can to get back."
Hawthorne has been playing with a sprained MCL all season and with the season over, his knee will be able to completely heal and get back to full speed.
"I'll get a couple weeks to just let it chill and that's all it needed," Hawthorne said. "I feel like it will bounce back quick."
The remaining list of unrestricted free agents includes...
QB Charlie Whitehurst
RB Justin Forsett
FB Michael Robinson
TE John Carlson
OL Breno Giacomini
OL Mike Gibson
OL Paul McQuistan
DE Raheem Brock
DE Jimmy Wilkerson
DT Anthony Hargrove
LB Leroy Hill
LB Heath Farwell
LB David Vobora
LB Matt McCoy
S Atari Bigby
Pete Carroll will have a season-ending press conference on Tuesday to put a wrap on the season and look ahead to the offseason.