Four Seahawks that could be roster cuts before 2020
By Lee Vowell
Bradley McDougald has been one of the few success stories for the Seahawks in free agency over the last four years. He has been a good communicator at safety and versatile enough to play both safety positions. In 2019, McDougald had 6 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 70 tackles and a forced fumble. He was amazingly consistent and had exactly 6 tackles in 8 games, oddly enough.
But consistent performance doesn’t truly mean consistently outstanding. McDougald set behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor his free year in Seattle. The reason why? He wasn’t as good as those players. In fact, McDougald isn’t as good as his safety mate, Quandre Diggs, either.
McDougald played much better once the Seahawks traded for Diggs in midseason. McDougald is the kind of player that needs another good to very good player next to him so that he plays better. He is not a difference maker on his own. That is part of the issue.
Cutting McDougald would save Seattle about $4 million. Seattle might already have McDougald’s replacement on the roster in Marquise Blair. Blair is faster than McDougald is now, he just doesn’t have the experience. He would gain said experience if he were the starter and he would have the help of the speedy Diggs.