3 free agent centers for Seahawks to try to replace Austin Blythe

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Seahawks should chase Garrett Bradbury

Garrett Bradbury was selected 18th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft out of NC State. He has been protecting Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for the past four seasons. This is the first time Bradbury will be free agent having just played the last season of his rookie contract.

Known more as a zone run blocker, Bradbury made significant strides in pass protection in 2022 according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Even though he did miss the last five games of the season due to injury, the Vikings will still be interested in re-signing Bradbury, as well as many other teams looking to upgrade at center. However, there are similarities to Kevin O’Connell’s system and Shane Waldron’s since they both came from the Sean McVay tree of coaching.

This means Bradbury is a good option for the Seahawks to take a chance on at center this offseason. Like Blythe, Bradbury has experience playing in a Rams-like offensive system which would be intriguing for Waldron and his offensive scheme. Bradbury’s market value is quite expensive given he is one of the best centers in the 2023 free agent class. He is expected to receive a contract of four years for $48.7 million according to Spotrac. The Seahawks given their large amount of cap space could be considered picking up that tab.