CB Shaquill Griffin
2020 Cap Hit: $2.32 million
Arguably the Seahawks’ most underrated player, Shaquill Griffin continues to be overlooked by general NFL fans despite his excellent play for Seattle. For years after the Legion of Boom crumbled, in fact, he was the lone star among a rebuilding secondary.
And yet, somehow, the Seahawks are lucky enough to only have to pay him $2.32 million in 2020. It’s highway robbery for one of the league’s better young cornerbacks who’s coming off his first Pro Bowl nod.
Here’s some perspective for you: in terms of 2020 cap hit, Griffin is ranked 61st in the NFL among cornerbacks. That puts him behind guys like Fabian Moreau, Daryl Worley and Eli Apple. Heck, he’s not even the highest-paid cornerback for the Seahawks — Quinton Dunbar is set to count $3.42 million against the cap for Seattle in 2020.
Obviously things will change next season. Griffin’s contract is up after the 2020 season, meaning the Seahawks will be tasked with paying him like the true No. 1 cornerback he is. Considering the impact he’s had on this franchise since joining as a 2017 third-round pick, I don’t think the front office will have too much trouble opening their wallets for him.
It’s not often you find a quality No. 1 cornerback in the third round. While Griffin may not be an “elite” cover man, he more than gets the job done for Seattle. Expect him to stick around for at least a few more years.