Speaking of cap casualties, the Green Bay Packers had to release Za’Darius Smith. Smith is regarded as one of the better edge rushers around the league and I am honestly shocked that no one has signed him yet. Last year, he did deal with an injury that pretty much kept him sidelined for the season. But, there is no doubt he can help make an immense contribution to a team that is need of some pass rush.
In 2020, Smith finished top 5 in sacks (12.5). It is also worth noting that he does show up in the big games during the playoffs. Seattle has been trying to find a consistent home-run pass rusher for years now. Last year, Darrell Taylor showed flashes. But, he, along with Carlos Dunlap and Rasheem Green were all too inconsistent. One of the bigger disappointments in the previous season was the lack of havoc caused by this front four.
With the recent promotion of Clint Hurtt and a scheme shift to 3-4, one can argue Smith would be a great fit in Seattle. At 29-years-old, the Seahawks can get him at a relatively fair rate. Also, signing him doesn’t mean they stray away from drafting an edge rusher in the draft. One can argue signing Smith should only encourage Seattle to draft an edge rusher.
Bring in some young blood who can learn from one of the better rushers in the league and mix them in the rotation to prove themselves. An aggressive defensive coordinator will require fresh legs on certain blitz packages.