4 grossly overpaid Seahawks players on current 2023 salary cap

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Seahawks tight end Will Dissly

This one hurts. I am a huge fan of Dissly’s. He is excellent in the locker room and a team-first guy who never complains. He was oft-injured in his first two seasons but worked his behind off to get back to where he was healthy most weeks and missed only two games between 2020 and 2021. In 2022, he was healthy through 15 games but then was injured and missed the rest of the year.

The issue for the Seahawks and Dissly, however, is that the team seemed to be bidding against itself last offseason to retain the services of Dissly. Dissly was a free agent tight end last offseason but hadn’t put up huge numbers at any point of his four-year career and missed a bunch of time in his first two years because of injuries. No team seemingly was going to pay tons of money to add him.

Yet, Dissly has the 11th-highest cap hit among NFL tight ends in 2023 ($9,190,000). But Dissly, who is a glorified offensive lineman who can also catch passes, wasn’t even in the top 25 among tight ends in receiving yards this season. He also caught just 3 touchdown passes in 2022 with all 3 coming in the first four weeks of the season. From Week 5 on, Dissly has zero touchdown receptions and had 2 or fewer receptions in 9 of 11 games.

Dissly can catch the ball when it is thrown to him and he is a very good blocker. Seattle missed him in the last few weeks of the season when it came to running the ball. But paying him as a top-15 tight end is a mistake because he isn’t one.