3 safeties Seahawks must pursue with Jamal Adams still limping
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks option 1: Steelers free agent Terrell Edmunds
Edmunds is a young player still and one capable of playing very physically. He moved around a bit on the Steelers’ backend of their defense this year, but he is traditionally a strong safety. He has never really reached the level of being a Pro Bowler but he has been very good in pass coverage and can help in pass rush as well. The only real issue Seattle would need to fix with Edmunds is that he could be a bit better in run support.
I realize that is probably a sore spot with most 12s as run defense in 2022 was fairly atrocious at times and pass coverage seemingly got better as the season wore on. But the Steelers play a far more blitzing scheme than do the Seahawks so trying to compare Edmunds in run support with Pittsburgh to what he would do in Seattle is a bit misleading.
And while Edmunds is only 26 years old and has 75 starts in his NFL career, he still is projected to have a market value of only $5.4 million, per Spotrac. Seattle definitely has the cap room to sign Edmunds to a one-year deal for that. Heck, might as well make it two years and if Edmunds performs well enough he could be the long-term starter after 2023 and Seattle could just release Adams.
Edmunds does need to be better at takeaways as he only has 5 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery in five seasons, but what he would add in versatility might be enough. Edmunds also has 5 sacks in five seasons and had 2 this year. Edmunds is also a very good tackler and has a missed tackle percentage of 8.5 over his career. That is a good number for a safety.