What about the players who are under contract for 2022: Cut, restructure, trade or extend?
The team more or less used all their “true cap” on their own free agents, just like Pete Carroll promised in his presser. Continuity will be key for what the current regime is going for. So what does that mean for the rest of the players?
Players that are not going anywhere:
- As was mentioned on the first slide, it is unlikely that Wilson is traded. He is thoroughly in their plans going forward. Whether he thinks he is, is a different question entirely. However, the club has Wilson under contract for two more seasons.
- Tyler Lockett would actually cost the team money to trade or cut. Plus, he is an incredible player. He isn’t going anywhere.
- Jamal Adams is the same story as Lockett. The team would lose money by cutting or trading him. He is back in 2022.
- Gabe Jackson was a big part of the Rashaad Penny break-out. His run blocking was superb. He will be back.
- Jason Myers will be a cut and re-sign candidate. Coach Carroll Loves “J-My.” However, Myers had a down season, The Seahawks could cut Myers save $4 million, and re-sign him for the vet minimum. This would result in a $3 million net savings.
- Chris Carson’s injury spree continued into 2021. He is dominant on the field but too often injured. He would save the team $3.5 million if cut.
- Kerry Hyder and Benson Mayowa barely made a dent this season. Neither accumulated much in terms of pressures, QB hits, or sacks. Cutting them both would save the team $3.5 million.
- You technically could slide Wagner in here. I personally would but I don’t see a team led by Pete Carroll doing such. Cutting Wagner would save the team $16.6 million.
Players that are extension eligible or potential trade candidates:
- As I notes above, I don’t believe Wagner is going anywhere despite his $20 million cap hit next season. My best guess, they will extend him two more seasons to lower his cap hit this year. Something in the ballpark of 2 years and $24-$27 million.
- DK Metcalf is going to be a hot topic this off-season. He is eligible for a major extension. The team already has a massive investment in WR Tyler Lockett. Are they going to want to invest in two-star WR’s? The alternative is trying to trade Metcalf in an attempt to pull off what the Vikings did with Stefon Diggs (drafted Justin Jefferson).
- An extension will likely be around the $19-$21 million per year mark.
- A trade would likely net a mid-first and mid-round pick in return. It looks to be a very good WR draft class.
- Poona Ford may never develop into an All-Pro. However, he is a dependable stud clogging up the run lanes. Extending him another two years to lower his cap hit and keep your run-stuffing DT through his prime would be smart business. Something in the ballpark of 2 years, $15 million should suffice.
- Carlos Dunlap is a name I don’t want to see go anywhere. Once the defense stopped dropping him into coverage, he produced. He accumulated 8 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss, and 10 QB hits in his final 6 games. However, his end-of-season call with 710 ESPN made it sound like he doesn’t expect to be back. He is thoroughly on the trade table. With just one year left on his deal, he could likely net the Seahawks a 5th round selection.