The Seattle Seahawks will have a lot of tough free agent decisions to make this offseason from their own 2020 roster. Whether Seattle re-signs Chris Carson or Shaquill Griffin or K.J. Wright or a combination of the three could go a long way towards how good the Seahawks are in 2021. But what about other team’s free agents?
This weekend the NFC and AFC Championship games will be played. Here is one player from each team that Seattle might want to look at signing, with the right price, this offseason.
Green Bay Packers – Cornerback Kevin King
Kevin King has probably not developed into the kind of player that Green Bay hoped he would be when the Packers chose him in the second round of the 2017 draft and King might have had his worst season in 2020. But in 2019 King had 5 interceptions and a sack.
Plus, King is a pure outside corner, which Seattle is going to need if they can’t re-sign Griffin, and he is 6-foot-3-inches or the nearly perfect size for a Pete Carroll cornerback. King also might welcome a chance to get back to Seattle as he played at the University of Washington.
King had issues with injuries his first two seasons and missed five games this season but this will diminish his value on the free agent market. If Seattle could sign him for around $3-5 million they should do it.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Running back Leonard Fournette
Let’s assume the Seahawks are going to get back to running the ball more. We can also assume that Seattle is not going to re-sign Carlos Hyde who is a free agent this offseason. Seattle must then re-sign Chris Carson or hope for the best with the unknown as Rashaad Penny hasn’t proven he can stay healthy and productive.
Leonard Fournette didn’t have a huge season with the Buccaneers with 367 yards rushing and an average of 3.8 yards a carry but that is OK and only helps Seattle if they decide to try to sign him. Fournette was paid $2 million this year with Tampa Bay and may have a hard time signing for that amount elsewhere. But he is a big back which Pete Carroll likes and would add quality depth at the position should Seattle re-sign Carson.
Kansas City Chiefs – Center Austin Reiter
I wrote about Reiter when I talked about five free agents that the Seahawks should sign. Reiter is great in pass protection, smart and good again the run. He also doesn’t commit penalties very often. Kansas City should re-sign him but the Chiefs also have spent a lot of money on a few players and might not want to spend much on Reiter.
Replacing Ethan Pocic with Reiter would be a good move. Pocic was OK this season but he isn’t as good as Reiter and Pocic is a free agent too.
Buffalo Bills – Receiver Isaiah McKenzie
Isaiah McKenzie isn’t going to be a Pro Bowl receiver and the Seahawks wouldn’t need him to be. At best, McKenzie would be Seattle’s third option in the pass game. But McKenzie is going to catch whatever is thrown his way. He had a 88.2 percent catch percentage this season on 34 targets. He also had 5 touchdown catches on 30 receptions.
Between week four and week 16, McKenzie caught all 18 of his targets. McKenzie has averaged between 9.4 yards a catch to 9.9 yards a catch for the last four seasons yet 56.7 percent of the passes he caught in 2020 went for a first down. And McKenzie will not be expensive to sign.