It’s been a while since we finished looking at potential cap casualty targets for the Seahawks from the NFC, and there are only 12 days left until June 1. The Seahawks still have the ability to free up money by restructuring Russell Wilson and have the potential to bring in one or two solid veterans to make the team better in 2021 if they do so.
I think the Seahawks need to seriously consider adding more talent in free agency, some of which could come from post-June 1 cap cuts.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the first AFC division: the AFC West.
Seahawks potential cap casualty targets: AFC West
Josey Jewell, ILB: Adding Jewell would let the Seahawks fully let go of K.J. Wright if that’s what they’re looking to do. The Broncos save $2.2 million by cutting Jewell. He had a solid year in 2020, with 113 tackles.
He’s on the last year of his rookie contract, and the Broncos have the money to keep him, but I would definitely be interested in him as a future replacement for Bobby Wagner alongside Jordyn Brooks if for some reason he moves on.
Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Nnadi, DT: The Chiefs are a bit in the whole, and their defensive line is solid, so Nnadi might not make the cut. Kansas City would save almost $2.2 million by cutting him. He’s not good at getting after the quarterback, but he’s a large man and would be a solid run defender.
I’m down to bring Nnadi in if he’s available, but only for a minimum contract. Seattle’s defensive line has real potential to be a top-5 unit if they choose to use a Wilson restructure on more defensive help.
Las Vegas Raiders
Brandon Parker, LT: There’s a trend here with $2.2 million. That’s how much the Raiders save by cutting Parker, their backup left tackle. I’m all for bringing Parker in on a veteran minimum contract to back Duane Brown up on one condition: if Stone Forsythe isn’t ready to do the job. Parker is a lot like Forsythe (6’8″, 320 pounds), and would do a serviceable job if Brown’s knee gives way.
Los Angeles Chargers
Uchenna Nwosu, OLB: The Chargers are in a great place salary cap-wise, so if they make any cuts it will be lesser-known players like Nwosu. I would love him coming to Seattle as a rotational piece off the edge. He had 4.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures in 2020, numbers that would give him some value as a backup at 5-tech. He should also be quite cheap.
While there’s no one player from the AFC West that turns the Seahawks into instant Super Bowl contenders should they bring him in, there are some very interesting pieces that may shake-free in June. I would especially like to get Nnadi in Seattle. I think he could shore up a position that isn’t super deep for the team (defensive tackle) and help the defensive line, as a whole, reach the top of its game.