The Seahawks definitely need to beef up their pass rush. Here are some possible additions that could get that done and not break the bank.
First, let me admit that I told a little white lie in that heading. Some of these players wouldn’t break the bank. A couple of them would press the line pretty hard, but the Seahawks have the cap space to get it done. They’d just have to make some tough choices to do so.
Lee Vowell covered some excellent pass rushers Seattle could find in the draft. I wrote about some free agents that for one reason or another, the 12s shouldn’t expect to join the Seahawks in 2019. So now it’s time to talk about some of the free agents that could play on CenturyLink Field this year. As I said, a couple of these guys will be expensive. But I’ll start with some relative bargains.
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Preston Smith, 6’2″ 265 pounds, 26 years old. Smith lines up as an outside linebacker for Washington, but that’s more a function of their 3-4 defensive alignment as it is his ability. He certainly has the size to switch to the line in the Seahawks 4-3 defense. He played defensive end in college at Mississippi State. The SEC definitely has big boys playing the offensive line, so he can handle it.
He had an off year in 2018 with just four sacks, but he added 16 quarterback hits and made the most tackles of his career. Smith has averaged six sacks, seven tackles for a loss and fifteen quarterback hits over his career.
He won’t turn 27 until midway through the 2019 season, and spotrac.com lists his market value as $11.1 million. He’d be a fine addition, especially at that price.