The Seahawks should be set at offensive tackle for many years to come with Abe Lucas and Charles Cross. One guard spot might be solid too with Damien Lewis. But the other guard spot and center are kind of a mess. Seattle has to get better along the interior of its offensive line.
Thankfully, the Seahawks have a decent amount of cap space, unless Seattle uses a bunch of it to re-sign quarterback Geno Smith. This is one reason on the list that follows I have some players that will cost a bit to sign and then others who are still good but would not be as expensive. Seattle certainly has options with free agent centers but they might choose to spend their money mostly elsewhere.
Also, I may have included Seattle’s center from 2022. I will tell you why in just a minute. Just don’t hate me for including him.
5 free agent centers the Seahawks should target
Premium players available: Jason Kelce or Rodney Hudson or Connor McGovern
Cap-friendly options: Resign Austin Blythe or Connor McGovern
Jason Kelce (Eagles)
Kelce has been one of the absolute best at his position throughout his career. Even though getting a guy like Kelce would be a dream for Seattle, convincing him to continue his career outside of Philadelphia might be a tall task for John Schnieder. Kelce’s projected market value is $11.9 million annually. Prying him away to the Pacific Northwest will cost a pretty penny.
Rodney Hudson (Cardinals)
Although Hudson has also maintained an excellent track record of Pro Bowls and All-Pro selections, he has been on a slight decline as of late. When Hudson is on the field, he is a field general at center, calling protections and shifts even before the quarterback does most times. The decline in Rodney Hudson’s game is in his ability to stay on the field. Since the Raiders traded Hudson to the Cardinals, he has played 16 games in two years and only four last season dealing with a knee injury.
Connor McGovern (Jets)
Connor McGovern from the Jets has been a staple of consistency, compared to Hudson, over his career. Mcgovern has started 84 of the 95 games he’s been available for and has only been unavailable for three games in his career. Connor has also earned such respect amongst NFL GMs that his projected market value is $12.5 million, and he has progressively improved every season. McGovern is a six-year starter who’s barely going to be 30 by the start of next season.
Austin Blythe (Seahawks)
Austin Blythe’s most considerable appeal to Seattle is his familiarity with Shane Waldron’s offensive scheme. For that reason, his future in Seattle is tied directly to Waldon’s future. Blythe would be a team-friendly option, and a familiar face could bode well for continuity amongst the offensive line.
Connor McGovern (Cowboys)
Connor McGovern (yes, he has the same name as the Jets guy) has been primarily a fill-in offensive lineman for the Cowboys over his career. But throughout his three-year career, McGovern has taken steps in his play every year, and he’s merely 25 years old. This Connor McGovern might be a cost-effective option for the Seahawks and offers high versatility as he’s started games at guard positions and center for the Cowboys.