4 Seattle Seahawks who should not be back in 2023

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The Seattle Seahawks are a surprising 6-4 with some very winnable games in the next few weeks. The way Seattle looked in Week 10, there is still a chance Seattle was playing over their heads a bit to get to their current record, or maybe the game against the Buccaneers could just be a one-off bad game. Either way, 12s are probably happier than they thought they would be at this point in the season.

Seattle also has a lot of high-end draft capital in the 2023 NFL draft so this team should be even better in the coming seasons. If Seattle hits another home run with the 2023 class as they did with the 2022 one, this is potentially a Super Bowl team in 2024. But we aren’t quite there yet.

Seattle has some roster decisions to make once the season ends, however. The great rookie class is around for many more years. Quarterback Geno Smith needs to be re-signed, most likely. But what about some other veterans?

4 players the Seahawks should not bring back after 2022

Defensive lineman L.J. Collier

Collier is a first-round bust and maybe that’s not entirely his fault. He was probably overdrafted by the Seahawks. Even when he was chosen with the 29th overall pick in 2019, there was a lot of talk about how Seattle could have likely had Collier in the second round if they wanted him then. My assumption is that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll looked at Collier and thought he could be Seattle’s next Michael Bennett.

Seattle certainly gave Collier every chance to prove he could be good. He started all 16 games in his second season but wasn’t overly impactful. He finished with just 3 sacks and 7 quarterback hits. Seattle needed more from him.

In 2021, Collier was a healthy scratch for most of the first part of the season and ended up playing 10 games with zero sacks and only 1 tackle for loss. He was injured at the beginning of this year and has played just two games, though he did have a tackle for loss in Week 10. Before this year, Collier’s rookie deal simply made it more expensive to release Collier than keep him. But he is a free agent next offseason and almost certainly won’t be back with Seattle.