Player No. 2: Seahawks should bring back Shaquill Griffin
We learned during Griffin’s previous time in Seattle that he isn’t going to be an elite number-one cornerback. But he is a good corner and he would probably be a top-end number 2 corner. This is exactly what Griffin would be if he rejoins the Seahawks. Seattle doesn’t need a number one guy anymore; They have Tariq Woolen for that.
Griffin does several things well and some things not so much. Where he struggles most is in creating turnovers. He has just 6 interceptions in six seasons. This doesn’t mean he isn’t near a receiver enough to pick the ball off because he has good coverage skills. He just can’t catch that well when the ball is near his hands. His 6 interceptions are as many as Woolen had in his rookie season.
But where Griffin is good is what the Seahawks need the most. He is a good tackler and can help in run support. Seattle struggled greatly with missed tackles for most of 2022 and Griffin helps remedy that issue. In his last two full seasons – 2020 and 2021 – Griffin hasn’t missed more than 5 tackle attempts in those years. Griffin also doesn’t allow many yards after a receiver catches the ball so while he gives up receptions more than 60 percent of the time he is targeted, he doesn’t give up many explosive plays.
Griffin hasn’t officially been released by his current team, the Jaguars, but he is expected to be traded or released soon. It is unlikely any team trades for him because his cap hit is $17 million in 2023. Likely, he will be released. If he is, the Seahawks should sign him and make him the starter opposite Tariq Woolen.