The Bs and the one A
Gerald Everett gets a B though his grade could have been better. In Week 13 against the 49ers, Everett had an amazingly bad game where he turned a sure-touchdown into an interception after bobbling the ball and then fumbled near the goal-line later in the game. In Week 18, Everett dropped a beautiful pass from Russell Wilson that was another sure-touchdown. But he still had 48 catches this year and 4 touchdown receptions.
Ford was never going to leave Seattle as he was re-signed as a restricted free agent after 2020. But Seattle gave Ford was a fairly large contract and Ford will make $9.675 million in 2022. Per PFF, Ford was the 19th-highest-graded interior defender in 2021. Ford had a career-high 53 tackles and 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits. This year he gets a B but next season he will probably get an A.
Bellore does a little bit of everything and seems to do it well. It’s hard to quantify what he does as he is a special teams specialist and part-time fullback/linebacker. But one huge reason that Seattle is 6th in yards allowed per punt return (7.3) and sixth in yards allowed per kick return (19.7) is because of Bellore. Plus, he’s great in the locker room. He gets a B but I could be talked into an A.
The one A
Al Woods gets the one A for free agent signings from the 2021 offseason. He was given the 12th-highest grade for interior defenders (75.4), per PFF, and the fourth-highest run-defense grade (80.2). Woods set a career-high in quarterback hits (5 and Woods was playing his 11th year in the NFL), tackles (50), had his second-highest number of tackles for loss (4) and his 1.5 sacks were his highest number since 2013. Plus, Woods was great in the locker room.