Last week, the Seahawks released Aldon Smith amid legal issues that have carried on from his arrest in April. While this was a good move by the organization to avoid any distraction, it makes the edge position (one that was very solid before the release) a little thinner.
Although many of the big-ticket free agents have been signed by now, there is one name that should interest the Seahawks as the 2021 season draws closer. His name is Everson Griffen.
Everson Griffen remains unsigned coming off his year with the Cowboys and Lions, and may want to return to the Vikings where he has spent almost his whole career. Although he is 33, Seattle could bring him in on a cheap one-year deal to play behind the likes of Carlos Dunlap, Benson Mayowa and Kerry Hyder.
Seahawks should bring in Everson Griffen
I would certainly be excited to see a player who has averaged 7 sacks each year over the past three join the roster to back up the starters.
The Seahawks organization seems to have already hit on one seemingly burnt-out defensive lineman this offseason, with former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche. There’s a small chance that, if Griffen is signed, he comes in and impresses coaches in the same way Nkemdiche has thus far. If that happens, and Griffen wins a significant role on the line, the front office would be celebrated for finding two diamonds in the rough.
While this resurgence in Griffen’s play would be unlikely, it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. If the signing doesn’t work out by the time the final cut-down day arrives, just let him go.
It’s important to keep in mind that no team is ever perfect, and teams should always be looking to improve their current rosters. Bringing in a 4-time Pro Bowler is a great way to test whether the Seahawks defensive line can be improved or not.