Player No. 2: Seahawks edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu
Nwosu was a solid player before he was signed as a free agent last offseason from the Los Angeles Chargers. Before 2022, Nwosu had a career-high of 5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits, and 8 tackles for loss. But with the Seahawks this season, Nwosu exceeded all of those numbers with ease. Nwosu tied for the team lead with 9.5 sacks and led the team with 12 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback hits.
While Nwosu’s sack numbers were a bit heavier in the first half of the season – 7 of his sacks came in Week 9 or before – his quarterback hits weren’t as 11 of his quarterback hits came in Week 10 on, including a combined 6 in Weeks 17 and 18. Nwosu, as compared to fellow Seattle edge rusher Darrell Taylor, was consistent throughout the season with his production. This means the numbers he was putting up should be repeatable into 2023 as well.
Nwosu is just 26 years old and should have several years left to play at a high level. His current contract keeps him in Seattle only through next season, though. Seattle needs to start planning now on how to find the money to re-sign Nwosu next offseason.