Player 2: Seahawks should sign defensive lineman Javon Hargrave (Eagles)
The Eagles are a very good team, of course, but they also are one that is faced with a glut of very good free agents this offseason. Philadelphia will not be able to sign them all (heck, two of them are on this list). Among the Eagles’ free agent list is Bradberry, Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, Robert Quinn, Brandon Graham, and Jason Kelce. All good players and Philadelphia will not be able to re-sign them all.
Hargrave might be the best on the list. He is 30 years old but plays a position where he could be a difference-maker for several more seasons. This season, Hargrave had 11 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 16 quarterback hits. But Hargrave has had 4 sacks or more in every season since 2018 so he would supply an interior pass rush that the Seahawks simply don’t have currently.
One aspect of Hargrave’s game that could improve is in run defense, and Seattle sorely needs interior defensive linemen that can stop the run, but Hargrave is a rotational player that would give Seattle a pass-rushing presence they haven’t had since Jarran Reed was playing good football in 2018.
Per Spotrac, Hargrave’s market value is $20.1 million a year for three years. That might be too high for Schneider and Carroll but the Seahawks have to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. As Seattle proved in 2021 even when they could stop the run, a team won’t win many games if they can’t stop the pass first.