Seahawks signing Chance Warmack should be sign of concern
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks clearly focused on a couple of things this offseason. One was fixing the offensive line but Chance Warmack doesn’t do that.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider never fails to keep 12s off balance as far as his offseason plans. Just when everyone assumed the main focus of Schneider would be to sign as many quality edge rushers as he could, Schneider decided he wanted to re-form the Seahawks offensive line. Seattle signed its fourth offensive lineman of 2020 on Sunday in the form of Chance Warmack.
Warmack was a first-round 2013 draftee. Unofficially, the Seahawks have now signed every 2013 first-round pick. OK. That isn’t exactly true, but the signing off offensive guard Warmack is the seventh player Seattle has signed out of the first 13 players chosen in the 2013 NFL draft.
The problem with this is the top half of the 2013 draft hasn’t overall proven to be very good. Warmack actually was underwhelming in his first six seasons in the NFL. After playing all 16 games in his first two years, he wasn’t able to stay healthy. Since 2015, Warmack has played 22 games out of a possible 64. I am counting 2019 when Warmack sat out the entire season because he could not get healthy enough to play.
I am assuming Schneider sees Warmack as some kind of backup. Warmack wasn’t good even when he was healthy enough to play. In 2017 when Warmack played 318 snaps Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 61.6. That grade in 2019 would have been the equivalent of the 42nd best guard in the NFL. Albeit, that grade would have still been better than any Seahawks guard in 2019.
That isn’t a good thing, really. Seattle’s offensive line, except for a few pieces like Duane Brown and George Fant, wasn’t good. And the fact that Schneider has signed so many pieces of the offensive line this offseason appears to show he didn’t like what he had last year and isn’t sure of the quality he is bringing in either.