There have been, of course, lots of rumors in the last week that the Seahawks are taking a long look at bringing in free agent defensive end Everson Griffen this year. Seattle has tried to address the need for pass rushers this offseason but they still haven’t signed anyone of the quality of Griffen.
In his career, the 32 year-old Griffen has 74.5 sacks. 8 of those came last season. He can still get to opposing quarterbacks with consistency. Plus, Griffen isn’t terrible against the run. The Seahawks currently have about four guys who can play the LEO position – weakside edge rusher whose main assignment is to pressure the quarterback – but they don’t really have a proven guy who can play the pass and the run. Griffen can do that.
While Griffen isn’t as good overall as Jadeveon Clowney can be, he isn’t that far off. Plus, Seattle should have more depth to support a good end like Griffen. If Seattle can get him to sign for $4 million or so, that would be a win.
Griffen was the 22nd highest-graded pass rusher in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus. And if Everson Griffen wants to play with teams who can win games near the end of his career, then the Seahawks should be high on his list.