Seattle Seahawks: Stealing one player from every NFC East foe

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Dallas Cowboys: G Zack Martin

Last season, the Seahawks saw a slight increase in their offensive line’s effectiveness. It’s still nowhere near where it needs to be (or where Russell Wilson deserves), but it could be worse. Then again, it could also be much better in this hypothetical scenario.

The Cowboys boast one of the best all-around offensive lines in the league. The unexpected retirement of Travis Frederick didn’t help, but they’ve still got three players capable of starting on just about any NFL team.

Tyron Smith didn’t make sense because the Seahawks already have Duane Brown on the blindside. That left either right guard Zack Martin or right tackle La’el Collins. While I think the sorer short-term thumb is right tackle (Brandon Shell is penciled in as the starter), I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to add one of best interior blockers in the league.

There’s just too much to love about Martin as a player. He’s an elite pass blocker, having not yielded a single sack in 2019. He also avoids penalties like the plague and is a tremendous run blocker as well. If you’re looking for consistently excellent play, then Martin is your man.

Stealing him would likely mean moving rookie Damien Lewis to a backup role, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. He could be given the opportunity to push Mike Iupati for the left guard gig, or use his first year in the league to learn instead of being thrown to the wolves.

Regardless of what happens with Lewis, adding Martin would mean a more well-protected Wilson.