Richard Sherman likely to be released on Friday by Seahawks

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Most thought the Seahawks were not likely to be big spenders this year, hoping to instead add compensatory draft picks in 2019 if free agents such as Richardson and Jimmy Graham sign elsewhere -- teams can make trades this year based on the expectation of comp picks in 2019 and Seattle could use expected picks to try to add selections in the second and third rounds this year. Seattle has only its own pick in the first round at 18, then nothing until the fourth round (No. 120 overall) due to the Richardson and Brown trades.

Corry said of the Seahawks' plan: "I'm trying to figure it out. Maybe they are going to go from being a team which is defensive-oriented and start allocating resources to the offense and maximize Russell Wilson."

If Seattle signs some significant free agents, then the plan to acquire comp picks might go out the window, and it would indicate the Seahawks are still in win-now mode.

But if not, as Corry says, "then next year could be a real challenge" in an NFC West featuring a Los Angeles team that has been making aggressive moves to stay at the top and a 49ers team that won its last five games in 2017 behind Garoppolo.

About the only thing clear is that the Seahawks are going to look a lot different.

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