Just because you have money to spend doesn't mean you have to spend it.

It's an approach to free agency that a mother would love, and one the Seahawks have tended to embrace under general manager John Schneider.

So when free agency officially begins in the NFL on Tuesday at 1 p.m., get ready for this possibility from Seattle: nothing.

This will surprise some people. The Seahawks have a need to improve their pass rush, more than $17 million in spending room when the league year begins March 12, and four of the top 20 unrestricted free agents are pass-rushing defensive ends. Two of those are in their mid-20s: Detroit's Cliff Avril and Baltimore's Paul Kruger. Two others are proven veterans: Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney and the Giants' Osi Umenyiora.

Chris Clemons, Seattle's starting defensive end the past three years, is coming back from knee surgery after suffering a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in January. His backup, Bruce Irvin, led all NFL rookies with eight sacks last season, but there are questions if he's ready to be an every-down player. No one else on the team had more than three sacks a year ago.