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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Seattle should avoid safety Julian Blackmon

Blackmon seemed to find himself this year after being just decent in his first three years with the Indianapolis Colts. He had career-bests in terms of quarterback rating allowed (46.6), missed tackle percentage (4.3), yards per completion (11.8), and completion percentage when targeted (60.9). The issue is that historically Blackmon has not been good in coverage though he has been solid in run support.

Adding Blackmon as a replacement for Jamal Adams is potentially no upgrade. Blackmon could simply regress to his previous seasons where he missed at least 12.8 percent of his tackle attempts and allowed quarterback ratings of at least 106.6. Should Seattle release Adams and save $6 million with a pre-June 1 designation, Blackmon might still be of some savings but he also might not be good.

Seahawks should avoid defensive lineman Fletcher Cox

Cox might be starting to feel his age. He is 33 years old and has been in the NFL since 2012. Since has rarely missed any games in his career (just seven in 12 seasons), he has taken a lot of punishment. Cox has been mostly fantastic and could be a future Hall of Fame player, but he appears to have digressed in 2023, especially against the run.

While he still had a decent run defense grade, according to PFF, he was third-best out of four interior defenders for the Eagles. If Cox were to leave Philadelphia and come to the Seahawks, he also would not have the same kind of talent around him on the defensive line that he had in Philadelphia. This means more focus on Cox and probably less production.

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