Remember Larry Warford? The Saints released him last offseason and he chose to sit out the 2020 season instead of risk his health due to COVID-19 concerns. Seattle may have toyed with the idea of bringing Warford in. But decided Warford may have been too expensive and Mike Iupati was less so.
There are some concerns about Warford. Reportedly, the Saints did not care for Warford’s work ethic. This is a huge red flag for any team thinking of bringing Warford in and clearly one where John Schendier would have some trepidation in signing Warford. Or maybe Warford just didn’t like playing for the Saints for whatever reason and a year off has made him realize that he can make a bunch of money by returning.
There should be no question about Warford’s talent, though. The soon-to-be 30-year-old was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Saints from 2017 through 2019. Plus, he seems to have only wanted a $7 million a year deal before deciding to opt-out last year.
Assuming Seattle was to give Warford that, signing the natural left guard Warford and signing Linsley would instantly improve the Seattle offensive line and cost about $19 million. This would leave around $10 million for another top player.