The Seahawks almost always wait to sign free agents instead of making a big splash. On Monday, though, Seattle lost three players to free agency.
The Seahawks did not work out a deal to sign anyone in free agency on Monday. Seattle rarely does make a big splash when it comes to spending money the first day of free agency so the team doing nothing is not surprising. Seattle, though, will be losing players to other teams. Three players who were with Seattle in 2018 worked out deals with other teams.
Justin Coleman signs with the Lions
Seattle had no issues at slot corner the last two seasons. Justin Coleman was a good fit for the Seahawks defense and graded out highly in 2017 and 2018. Coleman took that success and transitioned it into a $9 million per year deal with the Detroit Lions. The contract runs for four years.
Coleman leaving isn’t a shock. Seattle was never going to pay Coleman what the Lions offered. Plus, Seattle re-signed Akeem King last week and it was clear they were keeping King with the thought that Coleman would be leaving.
Mike Davis ran to the Bears
Davis was a very solid number two running back behind Chris Carson last season. Seattle hopes that Rashaad Penny will be much more productive next year in his second season, though. This made Davis expendable. He will probably be a very good fit in the Bears offense, though. Davis’s deal is for two years and $6 million with Chicago.
Shamar Stephen goes back to the Vikings
Stephen was decent for Seattle in 2018, but the Seahawks also struggled against the run at times. This was something Stephen was supposed to help with and he wasn’t great at it. Poona Ford will probably eat up a lot of the snaps Stephen was going to get anyway, so Stephen leaving just makes sense. His deal is for three years with the Minnesota Vikings.