Four potential cap casualties Seahawks should target in free agency

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Seahawks target No. 1: Edge rusher Leonard Floyd

The Rams are making a lot of moves that make it appear that they are thinking, “OK, our run is over. Time to start anew.” So far, Los Angeles has reportedly been open to trading Jalen Ramsey, is expected to release Bobby Wagner, and will likely release Floyd, too. Los Angeles did their current cap mess to themselves, but they did get a Super Bowl ring out of it so it was worth it.

Floyd is still just 30 years old. He is decent against the run, maybe better than people expect, but his real forte is chasing opposing quarterbacks. In 2022, Floyd had 54 total pressures and 9 sacks. Floyd also had a career-high 22 quarterback hits. It is almost shocking that Floyd has yet to make a Pro Bowl in his seven-year career.

Floyd isn’t going to be signed for cheap, however. Edge rushers of his ability are expensive. But NFL cap space isn’t truly a hard cap. It can be formed into whatever a team wants to do within reason. The Rams have put themselves in a position where they don’t have room to maneuver, but the Seahawks have enough cap room (and can create more) to sign Floyd.

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The good thing is that Floyd wouldn’t have to come in and be the savior of the pass rush. Uchenna Nwosu was good in 2022 and Darrell Taylor got better as the season wore on. Floyd would just add to the rotation. But signing Floyd would definitely make Seattle’s pass rush a lot scarier.