3 defensive tackles the Seahawks need to sign today
By Geoff Shull
Defensive tackle number 3: Former Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane
The final player is a familiar face. Brandon Mebane played for Seattle from 2007-2015. He is the oldest of the 3 players at 35, however, he is also the most familiar with the scheme Seattle employs.
This would offer a plug and play upside with very little learning curve to adhere to. Mebane is once again a run-stuffing defensive tackle. He has a combined 18.5 sacks across 13 years. So, don’t expect much in terms of pass rush.
Since Mebane left in 2016, the team has struggled to replace him. His ability to eat bodies and plug the run lanes has been sorely missed.
When I think of Mebane, I think of Al Woods. Woods’ career had taken a detour after his breakout campaign several years ago. Seattle signed the 32-year-old and helped restore him back to his productive ways.
The Seahawks could do the same for Mebane. If I had to guess, I think Mebane is the most likely to sign with Seattle. First, I think his asking price wouldn’t be more than the veteran minimum. With teams trying to save as much cap space as possible, the less the player gets the more the team can roll over into next year.
Second, with the season just about to start, his knowledge of the system is huge. The team can trust just throwing him to the wolves and trust he can get the job done. Where Damon Harrison and Marcell Dareus would both have some learning curves.
Finally, Mebane is already known to be a solid locker room guy. I am not questioning Harrison or Dareus’s locker room presence, its more of a Schrodinger’s cat kind of situation. Seattle knows exactly how Mebane would fit into the locker room where the other two are unknowns.
Regardless, Seattle should jump at signing any of these 3. All have their pros and cons. All would give the Seahawks a massive boost at the defensive tackle position. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I expect the Seahawks to sign someone in the next week or two.