Potential edge rushers
The Seahawks have been busy making free agent moves in this area already. However, if the Aldon Smith situation leads to him not playing in 2021, then a replacement may well be sought.
So here are the options I have come up with:
Option1 – Olivier Vernon
9 sacks and a PFF grade of 74.8 was the reason Vernon got paid $11 million by Cleveland last season. The former pro bowler has turned 30 but would be an upgrade on Aldon Smith’s 4 sacks and 66.3 grade in his comeback year with Dallas in 2020.
He would come at a cost significantly higher than the $1.1 million the Seahawks signed Smith for though and would require salary cap space to be found for him to be a Seahawks in 2021.
Option 2 – K.J. Wright
Re-signing Wright does not really fill the pass-rushing need but he still produced a high level of performance in 2020 and makes sense in many ways. Wright may want a multi-year contract, which is a concern at the age of 32 by the time the next season starts, but doing so may enable the contract to be backloaded and reduce the salary cap implications in the coming season.
It would be great to see Wright back in a Seahawks uni and for him to get a contract that allows him to finish his fantastic NFL career where it started, in Seattle.