The Seahawks still need pass rushers for 2020. Everson Griffen might be available at an extremely good price and that could mean Super Bowl for Seattle.
According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton on his podcast Saturday, Griffen could be signed to a $2-3 million deal for 2020. Well, gosh. If this is so, the Seahawks should absolutely jump at the chance to do this. Seattle might have signed Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, but there is nothing wrong with getting another cheap pass rusher.
And Griffen isn’t just a normal guy. He has 74.5 sacks in his career. In 2019, he had 8. This would have led the Seahawks by four sacks. Not that that is some great feat. The Seahawks were one of the worst teams in the NFL getting to the quarterback last year.
Again, if Clayton is right and Griffen can be signed for so relatively little, then I am disappointed the Seahawks haven’t already inked Griffen. Seattle likely isn’t getting Jadeveon Clowney back. But adding Irvin, Mayowa and Griffen more than make up for any potential loss of Clowney.
DTs versus DEs
Seattle would still need run-stoppers on the interior of the defensive line. Clowney was a good rush defender as a defensive end, possibly even better at stopping than run than getting to the quarterback. But get more push on the opposing quarterback is more important.
Seattle has Jarran Reed and Poona Ford on the interior. They do need another DT but those guys are normally less expensive than ends and Seattle seems to find a rotational defensive tackle every year who fits their system well enough.
Seattle needs to sign Griffen now. Worry about signing a DT later. If Seattle can fix its pass rush, it might make the Super Bowl in 2020.