3 players Seahawks should sign to help with their Super Bowl aspirations
By Geoff Shull
Player 2: Everson Griffen, DE
The Seahawks have left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths regarding the defensive end position. The team meanwhile appears to be ecstatic with how they have filled the position.
Regardless, Everson Griffen could be one of those icings on the cake type additions that helps solidify the unit for both the team and fan’s sake. From all appearances, Griffen is only interested in playing for three organizations. The Vikings, the Packers and the Seahawks. Simply he has familiarity with the teams.
Griffen has had some bouts with mental illness. He actually missed part of the 2018 season while he battled this. The Vikings connection is obvious, he has played his entire NFL career in Minnesota. Reports surfaced recently that there is a mutual interest between Griffen and Green Bay as well.
As for the Seahawks, he actually played for Coach Carroll at USC, back in his college days. Coach Carroll would bring familiarity as well as a phenomenal and welcoming culture. Two very important things for Griffen and his mental wellbeing.
Meanwhile, Griffen would bring veteran leadership to the defensive end position. He would likely rotate with Rasheem Green as the 5-tech (base end). Griffen is coming off a season where he accumulated 41 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks and a pressure rate of 11.7%. This would have been tied for the highest pressure rate on the Seahawks roster last year with Jadeveon Clowney.
Some people want Clowney to return. I don’t blame them. He is a phenomenal talent. However, how I see it; either the Seahawks sign Clowney or they sign all 3 players on this article. It’s likely going to cost about the same either way.
For that reason and that I believe Rasheem Green is a potential superstar in the making, I would rather have Griffen. Going this route would ensure Green has plenty of opportunity to improve/ play and adds two other strong additions to the roster.
Side-note: Rasheem Green is just 23 years old. In his pre-draft process, he was listed as a high potential player if a team is willing to be patient. After all, he was one of the youngest players in the draft. The team has been patient so far and I have seen a lot of growth in Green’s game. I think he seriously could be the face of the defensive line for years to come if everything continues as it has.
Projected contract: 1 year, $7 million