Free agent No. 3 - Seahawks must re-sign LB Jordyn Brooks
While Jordyn Brooks has dealt with injuries at times each of the past two seasons, he has continued to be a reliable starter. Brooks started in 48 of 51 games the past three seasons and when he is healthy, he has proven to be a solid linebacker. The Seahawks made waves last season by declining to pick up Brooks' fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Seattle did not give Brooks a contract extension during the season, which is why this off-season is going to be interesting between Brooks and the Seahawks.
A problem for the Seahawks is they do not have many options at the linebacker position who are younger and can easily replace Brooks. Bobby Wagner is going to be 34 years old before next season begins.
While Wagner's tackling numbers are unreal, as he led the league in tackles again this year, his issues in pass defense, along with his age, make the decision to re-sign him tricky. Though Wagner means so much to the city of Seattle and the Seahawks franchise, unless he signs a one-year team-friendly deal, bringing him back makes less sense.
Should the Seahawks not bring back Wagner, re-signing Brooks will be even more important. Brooks can fly around the field and make plays. The Seahawks should not discount what they have in Jordyn Brooks. If they do decide to let Brooks walk in free agency, they are going to have to use higher draft picks on linebackers to compensate for losing him. Schneider should do the right thing here and give Brooks a reasonable contract to keep the Seahawks linebacker in Seattle.