Seattle Seahawks: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all time

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Chad Brown, Seattle Seahawks
Chad Brown, Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images /

Chad Brown. 7. player. 36. . Linebacker. 1997-04

Chad Brown was already a really good player when he signed with the Seahawks prior to the 1997 season. In 1996 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown had 13 sacks and was named First-Team All-Pro. Brown was considered the best defensive free agent on the market before the 1997 season and the Seahawks signed him to a six-year deal.

The linebacker would never come close to matching the 13 sacks he had in 1996, but Seattle didn’t need him to. What the Seahawks needed was a tackling machine and Brown was just that.

In 1998, Brown had 149 combined tackles, with 117 of those being solo tackles. Four times in his eight years in Seattle, Brown surpassed 100 tackles for the season.

Brown still was able to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks, though. Of his 79 career sacks, 48 of them came in a Seahawks uniform. Brown also had 55 tackles for loss for Seattle. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and once named First-Team All-Pro while a Seahawk.

However by 2002, Brown was beginning to miss games with injuries. In his last three seasons, he missed 19 games with varying ailments. Brown finished his career three years later and retired at 37 years old. He currently owns a business that sells non-venomous snakes, so that’s pretty cool.