4 ways the Seattle Seahawks are winning the 2023 offseason
By Lee Vowell
Winning way 3: Seahawks addressed problems even before the draft
What the Seahawks did in free agency helped their draft too. Before free agency, Seattle had some obvious issues that would have to have been resolved with good draft picks. The team’s defensive line was terrible last year and maybe not a complete overhaul was needed but at least a couple of pieces needed to be changed. It appears, however, through free agency and what might happen in the draft, the line will be overhauled and will be much better in 2023.
Seattle also needed inside linebackers and they got better and faster with the signings of Devin Bush and Wagner. But repairing Seattle’s issues didn’t just stop with the defense. Seattle needed a center either in free agency or in the draft. Seattle might still draft a center but adding Evan Brown from the Lions could be sneaky good.
Brown was excellent as center for Detroit in 2021 but they moved him to guard in 2022 and he wasn’t as good. With the Seahawks, Brown will play center and likely hold the spot down for a year at least. Brown outweighs 2022 starter Austin Blythe by about 40 pounds so the concerns Seattle had with not being strong enough in the middle of the offensive line should go away with the Brown signing.
The point is that Seattle added a lot of talent smartly through free agency and didn’t have to wait for a trade near the season to start. This means Seattle’s roster is better already. The team hasn’t given up any draft capital to improve.