Edge rusher Leonard Floyd
Here’s a way to keep Russell Wilson from being sacked as much: Bring the guy who sacked him 7 times this season alone to Seattle. Sure, Leonard Floyd did have 10.5 sacks this season but 5 were against Russell Wilson alone. Plus, 2 more in the playoffs. So this is both good and bad.
The good is that Floyd is still young enough to produce for several seasons. He will be 29 years old when the 2021 season begins. 2020 was his best season and his only season with the Rams. But even though his 10.5 sacks in 2020 is an outlier of his career, his quarterback hits of 19 aren’t greatly higher than other years and Floyd had between 11 and 12 quarterback hits each year from 2017 and 2019 when he was with the Bears. Floyd also had 11 tackles for loss in 2020.
The bad is that so many of Floyd’s sacks this season – exactly half – came in two games against the Seahawks. So is it that Floyd was just a great fit against Seattle and were Seattle to sign him he wouldn’t produce more than 4.5 sacks (this happens to be Floyd’s high mark in the previous three seasons to 2020)? If so, Seattle need not sign him.
But like Dupree, Floyd may be slightly affordable and teams would have to account for him which will help all the other players on Seattle’s defensive line. Plus, if Floyd isn’t with the Rams, maybe that will make Russell Wilson’s life a little easier next year.