Player to target #1: Geno Atkins, DT
If Seattle truly wants to capitalize on the pass rush to help mitigate the risks in the secondary, they need to sign Geno Atkins. This isn’t even a question. Stacking talent is never a bad idea.
Atkins has been considered one of the best defensive tackles of the 2010s. He was often the 1B to Aaron Donald’s 1A when people thought about the top DT. Atkins and the Cincinnati Bengals had a mutual separation after last season in which he endured an early-season injury.
He is completely healthy and has a very strong connection with starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The defensive line is never about just one person, it’s a full team effort when making the play. Having that strong of a connection on the defensive line could help unlock not only Dunlap but Poona Ford’s potential.
This target has very little downside. There is absolutely no reason not to try and make this work. So long as Atkins is ok playing in a rotation, this is a perfect pairing.