Three 2023 free agents the Seahawks must target on defense

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Tremaine Edmunds would be a great fit for the Seahawks
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Seahawks free agent target no. 3: Tremaine Edmunds

I won’t dilly-dally or shilly-shally on this one, 12s. For me, there’s only one choice at linebacker. That is unless we’re talking about Bobby Wagner. Now that is the guy I want to see. But failing that, I’ll take Tremaine Edmunds. Like Wagner, Edmunds is a tackling machine. He’s never had less than 100 combined tackles in his five years in the league. Despite his experience, Edmunds will still be just 25 at the end of the 2023 season.

Last year he improved in a couple of areas that held him back from being one of the league’s best linebackers. Mind you, he made the Pro Bowl twice before he did this. He cut his missed tackles from an average of 8.5 percent to just one. That’s one percent or one missed tackle, however, you want to read it. BWagzesque, indeed. He also boosted his pass coverage grade to 86.9 percent, third among all off-ball linebackers. His overall PFF trade was 79.0. Edmunds is a talent on the rise and would be a great fit in the middle of the Seahawks’ defense.

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Perhaps best of all is that his anticipated market value is relatively low at just $11 million per year for a four-year contract. This is probably a good time to mention that Bobby Wagner was graded at 90.7 overall by Pro Football Focus, recorded 140 total tackles – a slow year for him – and has a football IQ off the charts. I agree with Jake Luppino: I’d rather have Wagner back than anyone else. But that’s a story for another day. For now, I’d be thrilled to have Edmunds, Sutton, or Tomlinson in College Navy, Wolf Gray, and Action Green.