I’ve highlighted the top 4 unrestricted free agents that would be worth Seattle’s money to bring back. One or two of these players, if resigned, would help the team moving forward.
Keep them all? Probably won’t happen. In fact, all 4 walking is probably a more likely scenario.
I wrote earlier in the week about the free agents the Seahawks could potentially add to their roster this offseason. Included in that list was Jadeveon Clowney. But who else should the Seahawks resign and who would be worth still having around for another contract?
Seattle will almost certainly make some moves to add a free agent or two this offseason just off the fact of what they have done in seasons past. With a little more cushion in their spending this season and attention to some of their more glaring needs, the Seahawks have plenty of roster work to do this off-season.
Let’s look at some of the in-house talents, and who has the best chance of making a return to Seattle.
Jarran Reed, DT: Although I would certainly prioritize Jadeveon Clowney as the UFA to resign, Reed is also just as important. Many forget that he is only a couple years removed from a double-digit sack campaign where he recorded 10.5 sacks in 2018. It didn’t help that his contract year, which was last year, started off with a 6-game suspension. Reed’s talent is undeniable, the question of whether the team can afford both he and Jadeveon Clowney is what’s foremost and relevant.
Quentin Jefferson, DE: I have always been a fan of Jefferson, even since his days as a Terrapin. He possesses great size and lateral movement and has an underrated arsenal of moves to get off the snap. Last year, until the emergence of Rasheem Green late in the season, Jefferson was the Seahawks’ most valuable d-lineman opposite of Clowney. Unfortunately, an injury derailed his progress (yet again) and the return of Ezekiel Ansah to the starting lineup put Jefferson back into a rotational role, one he’s played for most of his career in Seattle. He has solid tape and can provide good depth for the Seahawks for the next few years.
Germaine Ifedi, RT: This is a tough one, but Germaine Ifedi is in more of a situation where the talent pool at the position is thin. I did touch on Seattle perhaps signing a free agent from outside, someone like Jack Conklin, who in my opinion would be an instant upgrade over Ifedi. But in a league where the lack of quality starters creates as premium, I see Ifedi signing for somewhere in the top 10 money range at his position. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him signing a contract comparable to the contract Ricky Wagner of Detroit signed a couple of years back. Again, not my favorite choice but you take what you can get.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE: The man is a motorized human being with a nonstop drive. His statistics never truly showed his destructive ways, as his sack count has never reached into the double digits. However, his relentless desire to make plays happen in the backfield is elite and matched by few. Whether or not Clowney returns depends on what we offer him – and we’re talking DE money, not OLB money like the Texans was trying to get away with, eventually giving way to a Seattle trade. Clowney is money, pay him what he’s worth.
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