Thankfully, it seems like the Seattle Seahawks’ 2022 NFL draft is going to pay huge dividends for many years to come. But some recent draft choices have not been good. Several of them probably should be let go and make room on the roster for more productive players.
Head coach Pete Carroll has been in the league long enough to know how to build a successful team as he has proven for more than a decade with the Seahawks that he can produce a winner. He and general manager John Schneider make mostly wise choices in the draft and free agents. If they didn’t, the team wouldn’t have been as good as it has been since 2010.
Seattle has quite a bit of cap space heading into the offseason. They could, and probably will, make more room by re-working contracts or releasing some guys set to be on the team in 2023. Three players who should be let go follow.
Player No. 3: Seahawks defensive tackle Bryan Mone
Mone is a likable guy and he sometimes appears to show he can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. But the hint of that ability is just enough for the Seahawks to want to keep Mone on the roster. That is a mistake. Mone is an overpaid glorified run-stopper who doesn’t really play the run very well. The promise of Mone’s 2020 season was never fulfilled and in the last couple of seasons, he hasn’t been very good at anything.
In 2020, Mone played 30 percent of Seattle’s defensive snaps with 124 of those being on passing downs. He had 1 sack and 9 QB pressures so it would have been logical to think that if he played more, he’d be even more disruptive. But in 2021 he played on 187 pass rush snaps and only had 7 pressures. Mone’s snaps went down in 2022 but because he was injured in Week 14 and missed the rest of the season.
It’s tough to release a guy when he is injured and Mone did suffer a “significant” knee injury this past season and is unlikely to be ready for the start of 2023. But his cap hit is $3,675,000 in 2023 with only $1 million in dead cap. Seattle would save money for the cap if they released Mone. They should. Not because he is injured but because he isn’t very productive.