Seahawks should let go of defensive end L.J. Collier
In 2019, I wrote an article about exactly how Seattle would take Collier in the first round and who they would trade down with to take Collier. Maybe for once in my life, I looked pretty smart. What I wish I had known, however, was just how bad Collier would be in the first four years of his career. It’s almost a bit shocking to think that Collier started every game for the team in 2020 because he has missed as many games as he has played the last two seasons and mostly because Seattle didn’t want him to be on the field.
Per Pro Football Focus, Collier is the worst-graded interior defender for Seattle in 2022. In 140 snaps, Collier has made only 5 tackles and missed 2 other attempts. He has as many penalties as he does quarterback hits: One. While he was really bad in 2021 too, he still had 9 quarterback hurries in 219 snaps. This year he has 1 hurry.
There is a very real chance that Collier goes from first-round choice in 2019 to not playing another down in the NFL after 2022. He might end up on the practice squad of a team but it is difficult to think a team views him as anything other than a potential backup. Either way, it would be shocking and wrong to have him back with the Seahawks.