Let’s do a fun little exercise that will probably end up Seattle Seahawks select “none of them”.
KJ Wright will remain a free agent one month from the start of 2021 NFL preseason. I love KJ and so do all of you, but it’s clear that the market value of an off-ball 4-3 linebacker on the wrong side of 30 hardly exists. It stinks, but it’s true. Seattle has “left the door open” to return, but it almost always codes for “he will not return.”
In the meantime ESPNs Jeremy Fowler kept the floating potential for a reunion between the Seahawks and cornerback Richard Sherman alive, although there have been no reports of serious talks taking place. Sherman is also a free agent after three seasons with San Francisco 49ers, but the 33-year-old is coming out of a very injured 2020 on what was an injured team. Your mileage may vary by PFF rating but his 67.7 was the worst of his career, albeit on a five-game trial.
The Seahawks’ cornerback situation is interesting if it is largely because they are undoubtedly overloaded with at least capable slot options – if only the 2019 team had that much depth. Ugo Amadi, Marquise Blair and DJ Reed can all play the slot machine, but Reed is the one who impressed when he moved out instead of the injured Three Flowers. It is expected that Reed and Ahkello Witherspoon will be Week 1 starters, but the remarkable depth of Flowers, Pierre Desir and rookie Tre Brown has some fans a little nervous.
On the linebacker front, we’re used to seeing Wright alongside Bobby Wagner since 2012. It looks like it’s over in 2021, and it’s second-year player Jordyn Brooks’ time to shine. But besides Wagner and Brooks, predominantly special holders are Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven, so a whole lot of camp food. Darrell Taylor and Benson Mayowa are both lined up for linebacker snaps, especially in the SAM position, so it’s worth watching, but we know nothing about Taylor in that role at the NFL level because he literally hasn’t played a snap yet. .
My belief is that the Seahawks will largely stick to what they have, which means not signing Wright again and not bringing Sherm back. It seems more than remarkable that no one else has really made a big game for Sherman either, and I have to think that the injury problems and his age are both important factors. If you gave me the choice of one or the other, I would actually choose Wright, who while the Seahawks’ outside CB depth is not ideal, my concern is that there is a greater potential for Sherman to fall into a shell of his own. even than for KJ who was excellent last season.
But I do not give you any of the options, because that is not the purpose of this vote. You choose each other over what you think is the improvement of this list.
You can sign one, but not the other, which one do you choose?
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