DE Rasheem Green
Seattle’s pass rush last year was a major concern. According to ESPN, the Seahawks had a pass rush win rate of only 39% which ranked them 20th out of 32 teams last season. Compare that with their NFC West rivals LA Rams (1st) and San Francisco 49ers (5th) and you’ll see there is so much ground to cover in order to compete for supremacy in their division.
Gone are the days of the Legion of Boom, which wreaked havoc on opposing offensive teams during the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII triumph in 2014. It is now time for Seattle to revamp their defensive core, and try to at least rekindle the Legion of Boom magic which starts with their pass rushers.
DE Rasheem Green is coming off a 4 yr $3,572,556 deal that he signed back in 2018. This young defensive end will be looking for a pay raise, and it will be best for the Seahawks to let him walk away. In 17 games last season, Green had 27 tackle solos, 21 assists, 6 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.
Though 2021 was Green’s best season as a Seahawk, those are paltry numbers compared to other defensive ends in the league. For Seattle to even have a remote chance of staying in contention next season, the team has to be able to get to the opposing quarterbacks quicker and more often.
Seattle should allocate their money to solve other positional needs instead of using it to sign Rasheem Green back. The team must consider looking for an upgrade in the defensive end position via trade or through the draft.
Acquiring this year’s 9th overall pick from Broncos opens a ton of possibility for the Seahawks as they can opt to take edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon if he’s still available by the time the draft clock turns to them. If Kayvon is no longer available, another option is defensive end Arnold Ebiketie of Penn State. Both are explosive players that will definitely help the Seahawks in kicking start their defense in the coming season.