A detailed plan for the Seahawks offseason post-Geno Smith extension

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Move 2: Seahawks should sign edge rusher Arden Key

There is one name in this edge rusher class that really has me drooling, and that is Marcus Davenport. Before injuries ruined the 26-year-old’s season, Davenport was a monster in 2021. Injuries have always been a concern for Davenport, but he is the ultimate wildcard in free agency.

I expect him to sign a 1-year deal, trying to rebuild his value, and I would love to comPETE for his services. If the price is under $13 million for 1 year, I’m really interested, but I think he’ll make too much.

Missing out on Davenport could be a blessing in disguise, as we’re going to turn our attention to signing Arden Key. Speaking of looking for ascending players, pairing two versatile defensive line players in Zach Allen and Arden Key could be a massive improvement to this defense. A pass rusher from both the edge and interior, Key, and his 6’5″ and 240-lbs size and speed is exciting for a guy that is above average in the run defense.

In 2021 with Joey Bosa beside him, Key was able to rack up 6.5 sacks and 17 QB Hits. In 2022 with Jacksonville, Key was still able to have a strong season without an all-time level talent next to him, getting 4.5 sacks and 15 QB hits. Key will be 27, and may just be scratching the surface of something special. There are a lot of similarities to Uchenna Nwosu, and his contract should be very similar to what Nwosu signed last season.

Contract: 2 years, $19 million ($9.5 mil cap hit)