Dante Fowler, DE
Fowler is quietly coming off his best season as a pro. He accumulated 11.5 sacks, 39 hurries, 7 tackles for a loss and 53 pressures. His 53 pressures were good for 10th best in the NFL last year. With Fowler just entering his age 26 season, it’s safe to say his best years should be ahead of him.
When you read his draft profile, analysts called him an athletic freak, and state that his first step was amongst the most explosive they have seen at the position in years. While it’s taken some time for this to translate to the NFL. What we have seen over the last two years has shown that the transition is finally coming to fruition.
Fowler also has a lot of familiarity with Seattle. Over the last two seasons, he has played with the Los Angeles Rams. Since joining the Rams, he has faced off against the Seahawks 3 times. In those games, he has accumulated 8 total tackles and 2.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He consistently put pressure on Russell Wilson and was very disruptive in the run game.
From the reports I have read, his market value should be nowhere near what Jadaveon Clowney is asking for. Tom Pelissero has stated that he should be in the market for a $12-15 million per year contract. Considering his age, potential, intangibles and familiarity with the organization this could be a slam dunk signing. Very similar to how Za’Darius Smith came out roaring last year for Green Bay.
Projected contract: 3 years, $42 million ($14 million APY), $30 million guaranteed