4 underpaid Seattle Seahawks heading into 2023 offseason

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Player No. 3: Seahawks edge rusher Darrell Taylor

Taylor is a one-note player at this stage of his career. He has only played two full seasons in the NFL after being injured his entire rookie year. But what we know about Taylor so far is that he isn’t good against the run or against the pass but that he is capable of rushing the passer. The proverbial light seemed to go on for Taylor midway through 2022 and he finished with 7 sacks in the final six games, per PFF. He also had 6 hurries in the last two games.

In the first two seasons of his career, Taylor has a combined 16 sacks which is solid. He also has 26 quarterback hits and 15 tackles for loss. While he isn’t good against the run, his pass-rush numbers are good enough to get him paid once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025. He is an unrestricted free agent in 2024 so the Seahawks can match whatever he is offered by another team, should Seattle want.

Taylor is due to make $2,152,343 next season. If he has excellent seasons in 2023 and 2024, his contract demands could be huge. The NFL puts a premium on pass rushers and can live with a player that doesn’t play the run as well when they are great at QB pressures. Taylor is currently the 37th-highest-paid edge rusher in 2023 but that will likely change for him in 2025.