The Seahawks have made their bones by drafting pretty well since John Schneider and Pete Carroll came to Seattle in 2010. But some free agent signings have helped them be successful. With the 2021 free agent season about to begin, it is important to make note of free agent signings in the last 10 years that helped Seattle become very good.
Plus with limited draft capital this year, Schneider and Carroll will need to be extremely shrewd as far as which players they sign this offseason, including which Seattle free agents to try to re-sign.
So here are the best five free agents the Seahawks have signed since 2010 starting with number five.
Seahawks number five best free agent signing ever: Bradley McDougald, 2017
McDougald never had a true chance to be a fan favorite as he was replacing a Seahawks legend in Kam Chancellor. Comparing nearly any player to Chancellor is unfair to the player that isn’t Kam. Kam was great both in talent and in the locker room and no player replacing him would have been able to be the leader Chancellor was.
But McDougald was a very productive player, and a not-overly-expensive one, for three years between 2017 and 2019. He was a solid tackler with 8 tackles-for-loss and averaged 74 tackles a year from his safety position. He also had 5 interceptions in his three seasons which is 3 more than Jamal Adams has in his career.
No, McDougald isn’t as good as Adams which is one reason he was part of a package from Seattle to the Jets to get Adams, but McDougald was a decent player during his time in a Seahawks uniform.