The Seahawks may have re-signed Damarious Randall and are reportedly moving him back to cornerback, but he doesn’t fix an issue Seattle has at CB. Seattle could have had Quinton Dunbar back at about the price that they are paying Randall (Dunbar signed with the Lions for about $1 million and Randall did the same with Seattle). To me, Dunbar would have been the better re-signing but I hope I am wrong.
There was a reason that when Randall was with the Cleveland Browns they moved him from cornerback to safety. He wasn’t very good as a cornerback. And to be fair, Randall wasn’t very good as a safety either. In 2019, Randall had a quarterback-rating-allowed of 120.0 when targeted.
True, Randall does have 14 career interceptions in 6 seasons so he has a nose for the football but the biggest questions might be that if Randall can create turnovers what is it about him that has caused him to change teams three times in six years and why he has gone from starter to practice squad player (as he was in 2020)? There is something about his skillset that teams don’t like.
Dunbar was a decent cornerback before coming to the Seahawks in 2020 and then had an injury-filled season and got hung out to dry by Seattle in the Bills loss. Dunbar had no business trying to play hurt in that game and that game may have cost him millions in future contracts. He was awful against Buffalo but he was basically playing on one leg.
Seahawks still need to fix cornerback
I think Seattle should just sign Richard Sherman. Enough of this playing around and having a relatively unproven group of current cornerbacks heading into 2021. Are you, dear reader, comfortable with your Seahawks starters at cornerback being some kind of mixture of Ahkello Witherspoon, Tre Flowers, D.J. Reed, Randall and, at nickel, Ugo Amadi and maybe Marquise Blair? I am not.
Reed was good in limited time in 2020 but once teams figure out how to throw his way, how will he adjust? Flowers is inconsistent. Witherspoon might have potential but has not proven himself to be a long-term starter in the NFL in four years. Amadi and Blair are more true safeties than outside corners. There is basically a huge question mark at cornerback for the Seahawks going into next year.
Maybe Seattle still has plans to replace outgoing Shaquill Griffin through the draft or through free agency. But there is no guarantee of that. Seattle has a good roster for 2021 but weakness at cornerback will keep the Seahawks from going deep in the playoffs.