The Seahawks seem to be trying to get younger and rebuilding for the future. But some key free agent signings next offseason could speed up the process and get Seattle closer to being a Super Bowl contender.
Seattle isn’t going to make any splashy day one of free agency moves next year because they never do. Plus, there won’t really be any free agent quarterbacks – Seattle will find their future quarterback in the draft in 2023, probably – likely available for the Seahawks.
But Seattle should sign the three players that follow.
Three free agent signings the Seahawks should make in 2023
Seahawks should add left guard Elgton Jenkins
Seattle’s offensive line is basically set for 2022. There is likely zero chance left tackle Duane Brown returns after he was arrested last week and Seattle drafted his immediate replacement in Charles Cross. Left guard will be Damien Lewis, Austin Blythe is nearly a lock to play center, Gabe Jackson will be the right guard and Abe Lucas will probably start at right tackle.
But Jackson needs to be replaced. He wasn’t terrible in 2021 but he is also expensive in 2022. This is why Seattle likely didn’t release him this offseason. Next year is a different question, however. In 2023, Jackson will account for only $3 million in dead cap. This isn’t much in general terms. Jenkins will be a free agent next offseason and is a left guard.
Adding the excellent Jenkins flips Lewis back to the right side where he was better in his rookie season of 2020 before moving to the left side in 2021. Jenkins is also better than Jackson and younger. Jackson will be 27 years old before the start of the 2023 season.
Jenkins gave up just two sacks in 2021 and only one in 2020. He is good and the best thing is that the Packers may not be able to afford him past this year. Seattle should spend some of the abundance of money they will have next offseason and cement their offensive line by signing Jenkins and making it into one of the best in the NFL.