5 free agents the Seattle Seahawks should avoid in 2024

Seattle should not waste its limited cap room on these five free agents.

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The Seattle Seahawks currently do not have a lot of money to spend in free agency. The team sits 24th in terms of cap room and actually has $-4,027. Seattle will need to create cap space even if just to sign their 2024 NFL draft picks.

General manager John Schneider will probably find a way to create a lot more cap room, though. He could release Quandre Diggs, Will Dissly, and Bryan Mone and the would make $23 million with just those three players. But what to do with the money saved?

Seattle should definitely not chase the free agents that follow, however. This is not just because they might be too expensive. In most cases, it is the likely lack of return on investment.

Seahawks should avoid edge rusher Bryce Huff

Every NFL team needs an abundance of good pass rushers. Seattle has Uchenna Nwosu and maybe Boye Mafe will be even better in 2024. But the Seahawks also saw how much the defense suffered once Nwosu was lost to the season after tearing a pec muscle in Week 7. Seattle's pass rush was still OK, though inconsistent, but their run defense was atrocious. Nwosu is good against the run and Seattle needs more edge rushers like him.

Bryce Huff is not like Nwosu. While the 25-year-old free agent to be can chase down opposing quarterbacks (he had 10 sacks and 21 quarterback hits this season), he is Darrell Taylor-esque in terms of defending the run. Huff was graded as the 10th-best pass rusher among edge rushers this year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), but he was the 13th-worst run defender (just a tad better than Taylor).

Because of Huff's age and his ability to get to quarterbacks, he likely will receive a contract of $14 million a year or so, but this should be too expsnive for the Seahawks. Maybe not if Huff could help fix Seattle's most glaring weakness - stopping the run - but Huff cannot. Seattle should not think of chasing him this offseason.