Need #1: Edge

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jadeveon Clowney (statistically his first year in Seattle was a disappointment - but was better than the numbers indicate - as he was consistently disruptive and drew lots of double teams, his performance in the Wild Card game vs. Philly was nothing short of dominant, he did miss 3 games on the season and injuries have been a limitation throughout his career, if Seattle can afford to retain him - they should - he still possesses elite talent and game-changing ability) 
  • Ezekiel Ansah (appeared in 11 games, started only one, produced 2.5 sacks and 3 TFls, did not look like the 12 sack 2017 version of himself, it's unclear if he has fully recovered from the shoulder injury that marred his 2018 season)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Rasheem Greene (2018 3rd rounder, underwhelmed as a rookie but took a nice step forward in 2019 - with strong run defense and 4 sacks across 8 starts, has the size and athletic ability to continue progressing - so his upside is quite high, should be in contention for a full-time starting job in 2020)

Need Level: Very High 

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks must increase their sack production, they need to retain or replace Clowney and add substantial rotational depth. 

Updates: 

  • Signed Bruce Irvin (recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks in 13 games for the Panthers last season, has recorded at least 7 sacks in each of the past 4 seasons, will be 33 years old in November, solid addition but not a long-term fix) 
  • Signed Benson Mayowa (recorded a career-high 7 sacks in Oakland last season - despite not starting a single game, only has 15 starts over 7 career seasons, solid rotational pass-rusher) 
  • Drafted in 2nd Round: Darrell Taylor (explosive SEC defender, 1st rounder-caliber size, length, and athletic ability for an edge rusher, production at Tennessee was solid - 8 sacks in each of the past two seasons, he's still developing from a technique and instincts standpoint - and lacks a natural feel for the game at times, fits into Seattle's defensive scheme - where he can be used both as a rush OLB and hand in the dirt DE, Pro Bowl potential - but there is also a degree of boom/bust to this selection) 
  • Drafted in 5th Round: Alton Robinson (10 sacks and 17 TFLs as a junior but only 4.5 sacks and 9.5 TFL as a senior, checks boxes in terms of size and length, tested well at the Combine, has enough speed off the edge to be a factor in the NFL - but needs to refine his technique and play with more consistency, nice value in round 5 - he's got starting upside) 

Need #2: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • George Fant (23 career starts, started 4 games at LT in 2019 and in the games he didn't start - he operated as a 3rd OT in running situations, has the size and athletic profile of a LT, will likely seek a full-time starting opportunity in 2020 - whether or not it will be in Seattle remains to be seen)
  • Germain Ifedi (has been the full-time starter at RT ever-since being drafted in 2016, quality of play has been disappointing and characterized by penalties and inconsistency, a change of scenery is probably best for both sides) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Duane Brown (solid/unspectacular veteran LT, has started 37/48 games over his 3 seasons in Seattle, will be 35 years old when the 2020 season begins, contract is up after the 2021 season, given his age and injury history a capable swing tackle is important) 
  • Jamarco Jones (2018 5th rounder, was an effective college player who tested poorly before the draft, did not play as a rookie but did start 4 games at guard in 2019, will likely be given an opportunity to start somewhere along the line in 2020) 

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks need to add a new starting right tackle and a capable swing tackle. They should also begin the replacement process at left tackle.  

Updates:

  • Signed Brandon Shell (49 career starts at RT for the Jets over the past 4 seasons, quality of play has been average to slightly below-average, he's an underwhelming replacement for Ifedi - but should be a slight upgrade)
  • Signed Cedric Ogbuehi (1st round pick in 2015, served as a swing tackle in Jax last season, did not make any starts, despite the 'bust' label he does have more starting experience and theoretical upside than most swing tackles - so this a solid depth signing) 

Need #3: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jarran Reed (2016 2nd rounder, broke out in 2018 with 10.5 sacks, but got suspended for the first 6 games of the 2019 season and  underwhelmed upon returning - with only 2 sacks and 0 TFLs, the big question is whether or not his 2018 production was an anomaly - as the other 3 seasons of his career show little resemblance to that level of performance) 
  • Al Woods (rotational run-stuffer) 
  • Quinton Jefferson (2016 5th rounder, made 12 starts in 2019 and recorded moderate production - 3.5 sacks and 4 TFLs, did have 2 sacks in the Wild Card game, main function is run defense, solid player) 
  • Branden Jackson (rotational DL, 2 sacks and 2 TFLs over 418 snaps)
  • Bryan Mone (only played 89 snaps in 2019, massive presence at 6-3, 366 - could compete for run-stuffing nose tackle work in 2020) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Poona Ford (2018 UDFA, has been a solid run-stuffer but struggles with pass-rush productivity, plays with nice burst so pass rush development in 2020 is possible) 
  • L.J. Collier (2019 1st rounder, only played 142 snaps as a rookie and recorded just 3 tackles, was a gameday inactive 6 times, development was likely stunted by an ankle sprain in training camp, was only a one-year starter at TCU and his production there was never exceptional, he also tested poorly at the Combine, needless to say - he has a lot to prove in 2020) 
  • Demarcus Christmas (2019 6th rounder, spent his entire rookie year on the PUP list, projected as a rotational run-stuffer coming out of FSU) 

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks will need to resign or replace two starters in Reed and Jefferson and two rotational linemen in Woods and Jackson. Pass rush explosion is sorely needed. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Jarran Reed 
  • Resigned Branden Jackson
  • Resigned Bryan Mone
  • Released Branden Jackson
  • Resigned Branden Jackson
  • Season-ending Injury: Branden Jackson

Need #4: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Neiko Thorpe (special teams ace) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Shaquill Griffin (top CB on the team, Pro Bowler in 2019, if he can pick where he left off - a big payday will be coming his way in 2021) 
  • Tre Flowers (2018 5th rounder, has been a full-time starter over the past two seasons, decent ball production in 2019 with 8 PBUs and 3 INTs, but overall performance was inconsistent both in coverage and as a tackler, penalties were also an issue, he's got the talent to improve in 2020 - but patience may be wearing thin) 
  • Ugo Amadi (2019 4th rounder, had an awesome rookie year on special teams but only mixed results covering out of the slot - though he did flash promise in that role, will be in contention for nickel CB duties in 2020) 

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks could look to upgrade the starting outside CB spot opposite Griffin. Amadi also needs competition for the nickel job. Also, note that Griffin's contract is up after the 2020 season. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Neiko Thorpe
  • Traded for Quinton Dunbar (was excellent in Washington last year, offers the size Seattle prefers in DBs, takes the entire secondary up a level...or two, a 5th round pick for a Pro-Bowl caliber corner in the prime of his career is a fantastic value for the Seahawks - though the contact situation will need to be resolved) 

Need #5: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Mike Iupati (started 15/16 games at LG in 2019, quality of play was average, he'll be 33 when the 2020 season begins, could be brought back to compete for starting job / serve as veteran depth) 
  • Joey Hunt (struggled across 10 starts at center)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Ethan Pocic (2017 2nd rounder, has appeared in 30/48 possible game since joining the team - and started 16 of them, missed most of the 2019 season with a knee injury, showed some promise as a rookie but little since then - largely due to all the injuries, if he can stay healthy there is still some theoretical upside - but time is running out) 
  • D.J. Fluker (has been the primary starter at RG over the past two seasons, quality of play has been about average, durability is often an issue) 
  • Justin Britt (has been the team's starting center since the 2014 season, missed 8 games in 2019 due to an ACL tear, performance tends to be solid/unspectacular, could be an offseason cap casualty) 
  • Phil Haynes (2019 4th rounder, spent the first half of his rookie year on the PUP list and did not play a single regular-season game upon activation, but he did see some action in the playoffs - and seemed to hold up well, should be in contention for a starting job in 2020) 

Need Level: High 

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks could stand to upgrade center and at least one of the guard spots. An overhaul of the offensive line is long overdue. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Mike Iupati 
  • Resigned Joey Hunt 
  • Signed B.J. Finney (backup center, 13 career starts over 4 seasons in Pittsburgh) 
  • Signed Chance Warmack (2013 first-round pick, 51 career starts, but has not been a full-time starter since the 2015 season, sat out the entire 2019 season to improve his health, offers veteran depth and some starting upside) 
  • Drafted in 3rd Round: Damien Lewis (2-year starter at LSU, very wide and powerful build, dominant run blocker but has issues with pass protection, a nice value in round 3 - has starting upside) 
  • Released D.J. Fluker
  • Released Justin Britt 
  • Released Joey Hunt
  • COVID 19 Opt-out: Chance Warmack (may not have made the team)

Need #6: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • Josh Gordon (7 catches for 139 yards across 5 games in 2019, was suspended indefinitely in December for his fifth substance abuse violation, a return to Seattle seems unlikely) 
  • Jaron Brown (only 16 catches in 2019, the Seahawks may look for a younger player to take on his reserve role) 
  • David Moore (2017 7th rounder, has offered playmaking ability as a WR3/4)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Tyler Lockett (Wilson's most reliable target, 18 TDs over the past two seasons, career highs in 2019 for targets, catches, and yards, categorically is still more of a WR2 than WR1) 
  • D.K. Metcalf (2019 2nd rounder, had an awesome rookie season - 58 catches for 900 yards and 7 TDs, his built-in-a-lab size and athletic ability provides him with a seemingly limitless amount of potential, the 160-yard performance he had in the playoffs may be a sign of what's to come in 2020) 
  • John Ursua (2019 6th rounder, made 3 game appearances as a rookie and caught one pass, reeled 89 passes for 1,343 yards and 16 TDs in his final collegiate season, has some breakout potential in 2020 as a slot WR) 

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks need to add WRs behind Lockett and Metcalf, the depth behind them is minimal. 

Updates:

  • Resigned David Moore
  • Signed Phillip Dorsett (reliable reserve WR with good speed and red-zone productivity, this is a solid depth signing) 
  • Drafted in 6th Round: Freddie Swain (good athlete - combine testing numbers were above average, was not overly productive at Florida but flashed playmaking ability at times, has punt-return experience)
  • Signed Paul Richardson (returns to SEA after an underwhelming stint in Washington, adds some depth and speed to the position)

Need #7: Tight End / Fullback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jacob Hollister (41 catches for 349 yards and 3 TDs across 11 games in 2019, made 3 starts, solid TE2) 
  • Luke Willson (blocking specialist, only caught 8 passes in 2019) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Will Dissly (2018 4th rounder, a patellar tendon tear limited him to 4 games as a rookie, played in 6 games this past season before tearing his Achillies, when on the field he has been borderline TE1 caliber - he just needs to stay healthy) 

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • Dissly is a starting-caliber TE, but the Seahawks cannot rely on him to stay healthy, so they need to add at least one capable TE this offseason. 

Updates:

  • Resigned Jacob Hollister
  • Resigned Luke Willson
  • Signed Greg Olsen (stay relatively healthy in 2019 - started 14 games and put up decent numbers, but hasn't a gone full 16 games since 2016, like the fit in Seattle - can complement Dissly while serving as an ultra-reliable target for Wilson) 
  • Drafted in 4th Round: Colby Parkinson (Stanford aka TE U alum, solid production in each of the last two seasons, excellent size/length at 6-7, great hands and ball skills, not much of a blocker - more of a 'move' TE, but offers nice playmaking and red-zone ability, should be a superb fit in Seattle) 
  • Drafted in 7th Round: Stephen Sullivan (developmental talent - only caught 12 passes for 130 yards last season - despite being a member of the target-friendly LSU offense, came to LSU as a WR but they tried developing him into a TE, offers tremendous length and intriguing athletic ability, but needs major refinement as a route runner, pass-catcher, blocker, etc)

Need #8: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents: 

  • Mychal Kendricks (made 14 relatively nondescript starts in 2019, tore his ACL in Week 17, could face jail time in 2020, needless to say, his status for next season is very murky) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Bobby Wagner (arguably the best LB in football, sideline to sideline playmaker who is excellent vs. the run and pass, five straight All-Pro honors) 
  • K.J. Wright (long-time starter at outside LB, had a very productive season in 2019 - though he did have some struggles in coverage, there have been some cap casualty rumors given his advanced age and recent injury history - missed 11 games in 2018) 
  • Shaquem Griffin (2018 5th rounder, one start and only 16 combined tackles over two seasons, offers explosion but is undersized, will be on the roster bubble in 2020) 
  • Cody Barton (2019 3rd rounder, served as a backup in the regular season but started both playoff games - and performed admirably, he is a rangy player with above-average athletic ability, a logical replacement for Kendricks) 
  • Ben Burr-Kirven (2019 5th rounder, play almost exclusively on special teams as a rookie, he's undersized but is a good athlete who led the NCAA in tackles in 2018, like Barton - he could compete for a starting job in 2020) 

Need Level: Moderate 

Need to Address: 

  • The Seahawks could add another LB to compete with Barton/Burr-Kriven to replace Kendricks. They could also add developmental depth - as Wright and Wagner play into their thirties. 

Updates:

  • Drafted in 1st Round: Jordyn Brooks (ultra-productive 4-year starter at TTU - a legit tackling machine, great size, good athlete, plays with excellent football instincts, he's at his best when attacking downhill, was not used in coverage often and is unproven in that area - but has potential due to his speed and range, there were some pre-draft concerns over the medical history of his shoulder, impact-LBs have been a key component in the Carroll-era and Brooks figures to be a strong replacement for Wright/Wagner somewhere down the line... if he can develop his coverage skills, but at #27 was he a better option than Queen-LB? Cleveland-LT? Gross Matos-DE? Epenesa-DE?) 

Need #9: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Geno Smith (did not attempt a pass in his first year as the backup in Seattle, has not been a full-time starter since the 2014 season, has a career competition percentage of 58% and he's thrown 29 career TDs to 36 INTs) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Russell Wilson (one of the best players in football, tremendous production in 2019: 66% completion, 4,110 passing yards, 31 TDs, 5 INTs, 342 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs - all with a below-average offensive line and undermanned WR/TE depth chart, has not missed a single game across his entire 9-year career, he's signed through the 2023 season) 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks need to add a backup (that they probably will never have to use). 

Updates:

  • Resigned Geno Smith 
  • Signed UDFA: Anthony Gordon (one-year starter at WSU, put up video game numbers in 2019: 72% completion, 5,579 yards, 48 TDs, should have a chance to win the #2 job) 

Need #10: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • C.J. Prosise (2016 3rd rounder, career has never gotten off the ground - has never received more than 30 rushing attempts in a season, and averaged only 3.1 yards on 23 carries in 2019, injuries have been  a limitation, both sides are probably looking for a fresh start) 

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Chris Carson (thrived in workhorse role for the second straight season, is arguably the second most important part of the offense, took 278 carries for 1,230 yards and 6 TDs in 2019, also caught 37 passes for 266 yards and 2 TDs, had he been available for the playoff run - the Seahawks may have advanced further, he's quietly emerged as one of the league's more reliable RBs - though ball security needs improvement, his contract is set to expire after the 2020 season)
  • Rashaad Penny (2018 1st rounder, flashed explosive running ability in 2019: 65 carries, 370 yards, 5.7 ypc, 3 TDs, he had big performances in Week 12 and 13 before tearing his ACL in Week 14, if he can recover from the injury the Caron-Penny duo should be a force to be reckoned with in 2020) 
  • Travis Homer (2019 6th rounder, pressed into a featured role at times due to Carson/Penny injuries, finished his rookie year with 18 carries for 114 yards and 11 receptions for 56 yards, there is an explosive element to his game, will enter the 2020 season as the favorite for RB3 duties. 

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks could stand to add at least on additional RB this offseason, due to Carson/Penny injury concerns and Carson's expiring 2020 contract. 

Updates:

  • Signed Carlos Hyde (had a good year in Houston - 1,070 rushing yards, 4.4 ypc, and 6 TDs, does not offer much as a pass-catcher, solid insurance policy - Seahawks don't want to be in the position they were last year when Carson/Penny got hurt) 
  • Drafted in 4th Round: DeeJay Dallas (moderately productive college career, ran a slow 40 time but looks fast and explosive on tape, has good hands and solid size for a RB) 

Need #11: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • Akeem King (primarily a special teamer, played a 'big nickel' role at times in 2019 - but did not necessarily stand out)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Quandre Diggs (acquired via trade in October, forced 4 turnovers in his first four games with the team, given his tremendous production - he should be locked into a starting job going forward)
  • Bradley McDougald (solid player, excels in coverage situations, tends to be strong in run support - though he did have some tackling issues in 2019, his expiring contract and relatively high cap number may make him an offseason cut candidate) 
  • Marquise Blair (2019 2nd rounder, started three games as a rookie with mixed results - he flashed game-changing hitting ability but did have some struggles in coverage and with missed tackles, he possesses good size and athletic ability - so a year 2 jump could be in order) 
  • Tedric Thompson (2017 4th rounder, has started 16 of the 29 games he's appeared in, was limited to 6 starts in 2019 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, on-field consistency has been an issue, and the organization does not seem to believe he fits into the long-term plans at the position) 
  • Lano Hill (2017 5th rounder, struggled across 4 starts in 2019, adds value on special teams) 

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks have two capable veteran starters in Diggs/McDougald and young depth behind them in Blair/Amadi (who is a CB/S). There is not much need at this position. 

Updates:

  • Released Tedric Thompson
  • Traded: Bradley McDougald
  • Acquired via trade: Jamal Adams (one of the league's best defensive players - he's a true sideline to sideline force and defensive playmaker, he's also just entering the prime of his career - so the Seahawks are adding an ELITE player who will optimize the Russell Wilson championship window and counter the rapidly improving NFC West competition... however, the Seahawks were short on salary cap space to begin with and will now have to extend Adams - which means many of their 2021 FAs may have to walk - this includes Carson, Shaquill Griffin, etc - or the front office could decide to move on from Wagner - who is nearing 30 - and use the savings to extend Adams - who is only 24, either way understand that the Seahawks did not just give up picks to acquire Adams - they will have to give up a tremendous chunk of cap space, in terms of compensation - McDougald, 2 1sts, and a 3rd for Adams and a 4th is probably noverpay - but Russell Wilson is CURRENTLY as a good as he'll ever be - and the time to win is NOW... not later - and Adams will help them do that)

Need #12: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jason Myers (decent in his first year with the team: 23 of 28 on FGs with a 54 yard long and 40 of 44 on XPs, he's locked in as the team's kicker in 2020 but he's paid to be one of the top kickers in football and he didn't play like one in 2019) 
  • Michael Dickson (made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018, numbers feel a bit in 2019 but he was still highly effective and ranked third in terms of punts inside the 20) 

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Seahawks are set at kicker and punter.