Seattle Seahawks: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all time

Cliff Avril, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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John Randle, Seattle Seahawks
John Randle, Seattle Seahawks. (Mandatory Credit: Christopher Ruppel/Getty Images) /

36. . Defensive Tackle. 2001-03. John Randle. 11. player

The Seahawks could certainly use a player of John Randle‘s abilities in 2019. A young Randle paired with Jarran Reed would form one of the best interior defensive lines in the NFL. Defensive tackles that can get interior pass rush are game changers and Randle was a game changer.

For most of Randle’s career, he played for the Minnesota Vikings. 11 of Randle’s 14  NFL seasons in the league were with Minnesota. Randle was an aging player when he signed with Seattle for five years at $25 million before the 2001 season.

The contract was a bit high even in today’s dollars for a player that was going to be 34 years old in the first year of his Seahawks contract. Still, Randle finished 2001 with 11 sacks, his highest total in four seasons. He also forced four fumbles and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

In three years with Seattle, Randle finished with 23.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. Those numbers pale in comparison to some his Vikings statistics, but Randle was a difference maker on Seattle teams that needed one.

Again, it is just nice to think about if Randle were still playing and getting him on a line with Reed to see what those two players could do. Maybe it would even free up Frank Clark for a 20-sack season?