Trading Darrell Taylor? Am I an idiot? Well, probably. But not for my reason of trading Taylor. Taylor was in what was basically his rookie season (he missed 2020 because of a leg injury) and finished third on the team in sacks. He was also among the leaders in tackles for loss. But understandably for an edge rusher in their first year playing, Taylor started a lot better than he finished.
Taylor got just 2.5 sacks in his last 11 games and 8 of his 13 quarterback hits came in Week 8 and before. He hit a wall and wasn’t able to overcome that for the most part. That said, NFL teams love a player who can potentially be a very good pass rusher.
So why should Seattle trade Taylor? Because he is currently under his rookie contract and has an immense amount of trade value right now. Seattle might not be able to get a first round pick back for him, but possibly multiple picks. Isn’t Taylor a key to the pass rush in future years? Most likely, he could be. But this team needs multiple pieces to rebuild and Taylor can bring that.
Taylor also appears to be somewhat limited in coverage and Seattle is likely to use him more as a linebacker than purely as a defensive end and this means more time in coverage. The jury is still out on Taylor as a run defender as well. The Seahawks need more than a pure pass rusher though other teams might value that enough to give up multiple picks to get Taylor.