Top five free agents Seahawks must chase this offseason

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Player 3: Seahawks should sign defensive end Marcus Davenport (Saints)

Let’s take it at least one notch higher than Clowney. Marcus Davenport is still only 26 years old and should have five good years ahead as long as he can stay on the field. Injuries have certainly been a concern during his five-year career, much like Clowney. And much like Clowney, his sack totals are completely misleading.

In 2022, Davenport only had half-a-sack and 8 quarterback hits, but per Pro Football Focus Davenport has a pass-rush win rate of 19 percent over the last three seasons which is 14th-best in the league and his 14.2 percent pressure rate is 17th among all edge rushers in that time. Clowney can be extremely disruptive while not always putting up huge sack totals. This is what Davenport can do too.

Plus, Davenport did have 9 sacks in 2021 so it isn’t like he can’t finish once he gets to the quarterback. He’s had 16 quarterback hits in two different seasons and has forced 3 fumbles in two different years.

Davenport’s value comes from him also playing the run well, however. He has plus grades from PFF against the run in recent seasons. The Seahawks need a pure defensive end who can play the run and pass, not just an edge rusher, and that is what Davenport could supply. He also might have a slightly diminished market value due to his injury history and not having a great year in 2022.