The Seahawks still have a question mark at cornerback heading into the 2021 season. There are three free agent CBs Seattle should still target. One is a familiar face and I am starting to wonder, why don’t the Seahawks just make this happen? More on that in a minute.
But while Seattle appears to be loaded with their rotation of edge rushers, if Seattle doesn’t get home with its pass rush that means their corners will be exposed. I like D.J. Reed but he has played one half-season with Seattle and done well. That doesn’t mean he will be good again in 2021.
Ahkello Witherspoon and Tre Flowers have been inconsistent in their careers so banking on them to be good starters is not wise. Tre Brown might be a good pro but relying on a rookie corner to be very good straight off is also not something that a team should do. Seattle needs help at cornerback.
Three free agent cornerbacks Seahawks should sign to make 2021 great
Number three: Steven Nelson
How former-Steelers corner Steven Nelson is not already signed is surprising. Or, if you are a team trying to sign Nelson, concerning. It could be that Nelson wants too much money and many teams simply don’t have much cap space left. But Seattle has a bit and has a question mark at cornerback and Nelson would fix that if paid.
Nelson reportedly wants $4-5 million and in the words of Andy Taylor in one of the episodes of the Andy Griffith Show, “Pay the man.” Nelson is 28 years old has lots of good seasons left. In 2019, Nelson had a top-ten grade, per Pro Football Focus, as far as CBs. He regressed a tiny bit last year but was still in the top quarter of the league.
Nelson will be signed soon. He needs to be signed by the Seahawks. Nelson to Seattle makes Seattle at least one win better and that matters come playoff time.