4 free agents the Seahawks should sign today
By Geoff Shull
Seahawks should sign Everson Griffen, DE
The connection between Everson Griffen and the Seahawks has been there for months. It’s time to bring this connection to reality and sign the aging star to a contract. The defensive line is arguably the weakest position grouping on the team.
Griffen has played his entire 10-year career for the Vikings. However, in a salary cap maneuver both the player and organization decided to go separate ways. This move says nothing about the player’s abilities on the field. Griffen has been to the Pro Bowl in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
Year: 2019 2018 2017 2016
Tackles: 48 45 33 41
Sacks: 8 13 5.5 8
TFL: 9 12 5 11
Pressure %: 11.7% 7.8% 12.8% 10.9%
His numbers all together were down in 2018. He was dealing with some serious mental health conditions and football was the last thing on his mind. It led him to only playing 11 games and stepping away from the team for a period of time.
This in part is the reason many believe Griffen to be connected to Seattle. He is an aging star and has familiarity and a support system already built for him. He played his college ball under Coach Carroll at USC. Russell Wilson is also one of the most genuine human beings on the planet.
Griffen would step into the starting lineup as the 5-tech. Behind him, Rasheem Green and LJ Collier would rotate between the 5-tech and the 3-tech (DT). Opposite of him would be a mixture of Bruce Irvin, Benson Meyowa, Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson. Griffen would bring just the right amount of experience into the group while still having youth on their side.
Given that Griffen’s contract demands likely won’t be outrageous, this would be the perfect signing to bring the weakest position grouping up to snuff.
Suggested contract: 1 year, $7 million