There are basically two free agents that 12s will be asking if the Seahawks will re-sign this offseason. One is running back Chris Carson. The other is cornerback Shaquill Griffin. I think that Seattle must bring back Carson but Griffin is a little more difficult for me to argue. Griffin is a very good corner, but is he a number one corner and should he get number one corner money?
Top cornerbacks make $13 million or more a season and Griffin is likely to want $15 million or more. According to PFF, however, Griffin is the 43rd-highest-graded corner this season. Griffin was not good in 2018 and better in 2019 and has been solid this year but has also missed four games.
Griffin does have three interceptions this year, his career-high, and is a good tackler, which cannot go overrated in the Seattle scheme. Griffin is fast and big enough to play bigger receivers. But is he worth a chunk of what cap space the Seahawks will have available this offseason?
There is one important thing to keep in mind here that Seattle’s brass will be thinking about as well. Griffin is a good guy and a good teammate and does not undermine the team. Coach Pete Carroll has always talked team-first and Griffin clearly agrees with that. So Griffin might be worth bringing back because he is a good, but not yet great, cornerback, but he is also good in the locker room and for the team. That is really important as well.