Seahawks should let go of defensive tackle Bryan Mone
I like Mone as a run-stopper. But even at his best, that is really all Mone can do. The Seahawks clearly like Mone’s ability to stop the run as well because they gave him a contract extension through 2024 that could pay him $3,795,000 in 2023 and $6,400,000 in 2024. Seattle hopefully isn’t looking at their current group of defensive tackles and thinking the group doesn’t need changes. Mone needs to be one of the changes.
If Seattle does release Mone, the dead cap created will only be $1 million. That’s better than paying Mone almost $4 million next year. In 271 snaps in 2022, Mone has 16 tackles and has missed 2 of his attempts. Again, he offers nothing as far as pressuring opposing quarterbacks. He has 0 sacks this year and only 1 quarterback hit.
Mone is the 89th highest-graded interior defender in the league this year, per Pro Football Focus. But part of his overall grade of 52.7 is based on him receiving a 60.9 grade in pass rush. His strength is run defense but he has only graded 48.7 there. That’s not good enough.
The Seahawks should take a defensive tackle like Jalen Carter high in the 2023 NFL draft. Adding interior defenders means getting rid of some players already on the team. Mone needs to be one of the players Seattle doesn’t have in 2023.