This article is part of our Team Previews series.
State of the Franchise
Whether the Percy Harvin trade is the most significant in Seahawks' history ultimately will be defined by what the team accomplishes the next few years. But it's already significant enough to make the team a legitimate title contender for the first time in a long while.
Despite coming within a half a minute of the NFC Championship Game last season, the Seahawks didn't have a championship roster. The front office, to its credit, didn't let a surprisingly successful 2012 campaign delude it into ignoring the significant need for one more playmaker, a game-breaker to join QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Sidney Rice. With Harvin added to the wideout corps, the Seahawks suddenly look like a pick-your-poison offense. Stopping Lynch can no longer dominate defensive game plans. Double-teaming Rice all game is no longer an option. Giving Wilson another high-powered weapon makes him that much more dangerous.
Seattle's other glaring need, defensive line depth, was addressed a few days after the Harvin trade by the signing of DE's Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. The line was exposed in the team's playoff loss, especially pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin, who saw few second-half snaps after getting pushed around in the first half as a replacement starter for injured DE Chris Clemons. The Seahawks ranked 23rd in YPC allowed (4.5) and 18th in sacks (36). Fixing those blind spots makes a defense that led the league in fewest points allowed per game