Aldon Smith is reportedly visiting the Seahawks on Wednesday. Seattle needs to not let Smith leave Seattle without adding him to the roster. In fact, Smith would be a perfect signing for Seattle as he would not have to be the focal point of the pass rush leaving him more room to create havoc.
Adding Smith would make the Seahawks pass rush a very scary thing. A group that already includes Carlos Dunlap, Kerry Hyder, Jamal Adams and others would be joined by Smith who had 50 total pressures in 2020. Those 50 pressures ranked 20th in the NFL for edge rushers. Overall, Smith had 5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits last year.
Smith gained weight before last year to get ready for the season but he didn’t lose much of his speed and added muscle. Smith weighed 20-25 more pounds heading into last year than in his previous seasons and is big enough to play a base end. This means that Smith wouldn’t simply have to come in as a pass rusher as he should be able to set the edge on run plays as well.
Seahawks need Aldon Smith’s versatility
In fact, Smith was ranked per Pro Football Focus in the top 50 of edge rushers in run defense with the Cowboys in 2020. This type of versatility means Smith can rotate on all kinds of situations. This would keep him fresh and allow players like Dunlap, Hyder, L.J. Collier and Rasheem Green to also get breaks.
Depth is an extremely important key to a very good defensive line and with an Aldon Smith signing this is exactly why the Seahawks would have a very good defensive line. We saw at the beginning of 2020 what a lack of Seahawks pass rush could lead to: Lots of points allowed and lots of shootouts.
After Seattle traded for Dunlap mid-season and Jamal Adams got healthier, Seattle’s defense was much better. Jarran Reed left this offseason but Kerry Hyder should be able to replace him and Aldon Smith will make the line even better.
A team can never have enough talent, of course, and Aldon Smith would make the Seahawks better. The only real question is how much he would want. Smith made $1.54 million with Dallas last season. He will make more this year and hopefully, he will make that money with the Seahawks.