Grading the Seahawks impending free agents through 11 games

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 07: Free safety Earl Thomas (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 07: Free safety Earl Thomas (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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Mychal Kendricks of the Seahawks suspended
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The Cs

Mychal Kendricks

I would like to give Kendricks a much higher grade and would have (most likely) had he played more games this year. But the NFL in all its wisdom decided to suspend the linebacker eight games for being found guilty of insider trading.

Kendricks did commit the crime. I know this because he admitted to it and paid back the money he gained from the transaction. The crime also seemed like something he was tricked into rather than created. But leave it to the NFL to suspend someone longer for a non-violent crime than a violent one.

In three games in 2018, though, Kendricks had two sacks and 15 tackles. That is good stuff. Kendricks will be sentenced in January for his crime but there is a possibility he serves no jail time. Should he not, Seattle should seriously think about retaining his services.

Chances Kendricks returns to Seahawks: 50 percent (if no jail time)

Shamar Stephen

Stephen was brought in to do one thing: Help Seattle stop opposing teams from running the ball. Unfortunately, Seattle has not done a great job of that in recent weeks. In their last three games, the Seahawks rank 23rd in the league in yards allowed rushing.

According to Pro Football Focus, Stephen is lowest graded inside defender Seattle has.

Chances Stephen returns to Seahawks: 25 percent

Justin Coleman

I had higher hopes for Coleman this season after his very good 2017 season. Seattle re-signed Coleman to a one-year deal but really wanted a longer contract. They just didn’t want to pay him what Coleman wanted.

The question now is should Coleman have taken what Seattle offered? And the issue is that Coleman started the year well but hasn’t had a pass defended in three games. Have opposing quarterbacks figured out how to attack him?

Chances Coleman returns to Seahawks: 50 percent