3 huge free agent moves Seahawks could make in 2023
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks should sign edge rusher Marcus Davenport
The Seahawks, after clearing Russell Wilson’s contract from the books next year, are in excellent shape as far as cap space in 2023. Per Over The Cap, Seattle has $58,273,934 in cap room next offseason, third-most in the league. A chunk of that will need to go towards working out an extension with receiver DK Metcalf, but Seattle will still have a lot of money left over.
Davenport currently plays for the Saints and is in the final year of his rookie deal. New Orleans, unlike the Seahawks, is in cap heck, though. The Saints are last in the NFL in cap room in 2023 with negative-$57,903,101. New Orleans is going to have to make some tough financial decisions and that could easily mean Davenport ends up elsewhere next season.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Davenport was the 8th-best edge defender in 2021. He can pressure a quarterback, sure, but he is also really good against the run. In 11 games, he had 9 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 9 tackles-for-loss. Davenport will also be just 27 years old when the 2023 season begins.
He does struggle to stay completely healthy as he missed 6 games in 2021 and 5 in 2020. He had half of his pinkie finger on his left hand amputated as the finger being hurt has given him so many issues over his career. Still, with Davenport’s young age and his potential production, adding him to a mix of other young edge rushers would greatly increase Seattle’s ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks.