Seahawks fans, need some good news? Earl Thomas and Bradley McDougald are pretty good. According to Pro Football Focus, they were nearly perfect on Sunday.
The Seahawks did not have a fun week one. They lost to Denver. But you knew this. And while losing is never fun, Seattle did have a few good things come out of their week one loss.
But the best part of the Seahawks game on Sunday was the play of the safeties. According to Pro Football Focus, both Earl Thomas and Bradley McDougald ranked in the top four graded safeties. Thomas was first. And McDougald was fourth. The great thing about this is those two players are proven veterans and should continue to play well.
The Seahawks need that. Because the overall defense is down and there needs to still be a great unit or two. Seattle may not have a good pass rush, but they have possibly the best safety duo in the NFL. And this is without Kam Chancellor.
Let’s be honest, Seattle wants to overturn the roster and get younger. There are several contracts, like Russell Wilson‘s, that will be coming up for extension. But the Seahawks should probably sign Thomas. Just imagine how bad the defense might have been without him.
Thankfully, the Seahawks chose wisely and did re-sign McDougald to a multi-year deal this offseason. Chancellor isn’t coming back. Why not make the safety position one of strength for the next two or three seasons after 2018 by signing Thomas too? It’s time to do that.