Rounding off the last of the NFC teams, let’s discuss the NFC South and four players from it that have the potential to be cut from their rosters to free up cap space in 2021. If they are, should the Seahawks pursue them?
And how would these players fit into the Seahawks salary cap as well?
Potential Seahawks NFC South cap casualty targets
Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Oliver, CB: While the Falcons secondary is weak, they spent 3 draft picks combined on the safety/corner position, and cutting Oliver would save the Falcons almost $2.2 million. He’s 6’0″ tall and would provide depth in Seattle’s secondary.
He’s a nice Carroll prototype, but between Tre Flowers, Pierre Desir, and Damarious Randall, this team has enough “meh” defenders. I would rather the Hawks go out and get a premier corner that has starting potential than just depth.
Carolina Panthers: Donte Jackson, CB: By cutting Jackson, the Panthers save $2.4 million in cap for 2021. Both starting safeties are higher-paid, and Carolina also brought in A.J. Bouye this offseason. Jackson is more like DJ Reed and Tre Brown, standing 5’10”. He would likely fill in as a nickel corner on the Seahawks, and I think through Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair (not to mention Brown or Reed filling in at nickel), the Seahawks are fine at nickel.
New Orleans Saints: Patrick Robinson, CB: This division truly is pretty deep at the corner position. Like the Panthers, the Saints pay most of their secondary more than they pay Robinson anyway, and dumping him frees up $2.6 million for a team in a horrible cap situation. He looks like an outside corner to me, and while he’s old, he would have backup potential on a super-cheap one-year deal.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alex Cappa, G: Cappa was a starting guard in the Tampa offense last season, but they’re paying their other 4 linemen quite a bit more money and if they’re hung up in cap trouble, Cappa could get dumped for $2.2 million in cap savings.
He’s coming off a fractured ankle, but could certainly be a great insurance piece for Gabe Jackson and Damien Lewis. Due to the injury, I could see him only getting paid in the $1 million range if he moves teams, and I would be down for Seattle to bring him in.
I like all 3 corners that I see possibly being cut from their teams, but they’re simply depth pieces. The same goes for Cappa. All four of these players would provide good backup potential, but none have the ability to start for the Seahawks. I would rather Seattle pools its money and goes after a big-time free agent, one like Fletcher Cox, whom I mentioned yesterday.