2022 defensive line free agents
Al Woods will turn 35 before the start of the 2022 season, and as such can not expect any more than a one-year deal for 2022. And that has to be dependent on Woods performing well enough to retain his starting role ahead of younger players such as Bryan More and Rasheem Green
Aldon Smith’s future is already clouded in uncertainty following the incident in New Orleans. And as a 32-year-old with a chequered history would need to be cleared to play in 2021 and then have an excellent season in order to get a new deal for 2022 and beyond.
If he does not, then he is likely to lose out, particularly if L.J.Collier, Darryl Taylor and/or Alton Robinson show they can step up in 2021.
Rasheem Green dropped down the depth chart in 2020 and needs to have a big season in 2021 in order to earn a new contract. If he can do enough to be seen as being able to partly fill any void left by Al Woods, this would be good news for him, but not for Woods.
Bryan Mone saw his snap count increase in 2020, but it was still lower than Rasheem Green’s. He along with Al Woods and Green are competing for a maximum of two spots on the 2022 roster and possibly only one if none of them perform to a good enough level.
Robert Nkemdiche can be added to the list of DTs along with Woods, Green and Mone fighting for roster spots in 2022. As the new man in Seattle, he would need to climb above Green and Mone on the depth chart to get a new deal beyond 2021.
Myles Adams and Walter Palmore are even further down the queue at DT, and it is difficult to see a way they would be retained when their current contracts expire at the end of the 2021 season.
Marcus Webb is in a similar position to Adams and Palmore, but at DE.