The Seahawks have some top-end talent, obviously, and some good role players. But three players could turn into stars in 2021. Each of the three players that follow is in a walk-year, but that is OK. Earning future money in a sport that has no guarantee of such is a motivating factor.
To be sure, each of these three below could have, and possibly should have, career years. Each has had some injury issues but each one is fairly healthy entering 2021. If they were going to have career years, this would be the year to do it without having any excuses for not doing so.
And if these three relative sleepers (by this I mean players who aren’t yet players Seattle would count on to produce great results or who fans on opposing teams would worry about going up against) do have good years they will be earning good money in their next contracts and helping the Seahawks win maybe more football games than expected.
Three Seahawks sleepers that could exceed expectations in 2021
Green had some injury concerns coming out of college and has played just one full season with the Seahawks. That was in 2019 when his 4 sacks sadly led the team. Green had just 2 sacks in 2020 but due to injuries, he played just 10 games and 32 percent of defensive snaps. He did have 6 quarterback hurries and 4 knockdowns so he was still able to get decent, if inconsistent, pressure.
What Green has the capability to do, however, is play both inside and outside at defensive end. Seattle lost Jarran Reed this offseason and needs someone to step in and help replace Reed’s 6.5 sacks from his defensive tackle position.
Green might not get to 6.5 but he is capable of 5 and if most of them come from an interior starting point then he will help Carlos Dunlap and company be much more productive while Green also earns a hefty raise going into 2022.