With Armstead, things get complicated. There is no doubt as to his ability. He can dominate opposing players and has strength and athleticism and is simply one of the best left tackles in the NFL when healthy. But his health has been a question mark during his nine-year career. He has spent all nine of his seasons with the Saints but has never played a full season.
But another complication is that Armstead is just 30 years old. At one time, NFL teams might have been scared of paying a top offensive tackle a lot of money post-30. But in recent years we have seen left tackles, like Seattle’s Duane Brown and the Rams Andrew Whitworth, played really well into their mid-30s and beyond.
This means there is probably some team this offseason that is going to offer Armstead more money than Seahawks general manager John Schneider is comfortable paying. Or maybe this offseason, with Seattle having the eighth-most cap space in the league, will be different in how aggressive Schneider and Pete Carroll are.
But while Duane Brown was good in the second half of 2021, he will be 37 years old in the 2022 season and for Seattle to keep signing him to one-year deals only delays the inevitable. That is, Brown has to be replaced with a longer-term option and Armstead – a three-time Pro Bowler – should be that replacement.