This player would be the best available safety for the Seahawks in 2024 free agency

This safety would be the perfect fit for Seattle.

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The Seattle Seahawks needed to move on from safety Jamal Adams. He not only was always bad in coverage since he was traded to the team in 2020, but in recent seasons he has not done much in terms of pass rush either. Seattle, however, also moved on from safety Quandre Diggs who was a Pro Bowler in the three seasons before 2023.

This means, obviously, that Seattle needs to find some safeties to replace Adams and Diggs. This should partly come in the 2024 NFL draft. Another option Seattle should pursue is bringing in a veteran safety in free agency.

There have been a number of safeties released ahead of free agency, such as Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos, among others, so this has flooded the safety market. That only helps Seattle in terms of not having to overpay for quality. There is almost more supply than demand at this point.

Safety Geno Stone would be a perfect fit for the Seattle Seahawks in free agency

But one safety set to hit free agency that should be a no-brainer for Seattle to chase in free agency is Geno Stone. Stone played for the Baltimore Ravens since his career began in 2020 and in 2023 was a full-time starter for the first time. Stone working for the Ravens is important, of course, because he played under Seattle's new head coach, Mike Macdonald when Macdonald was Baltimore's defensive coordinator from 2022 through 2023.

This past season, Stone was elite in coverage and received a grade from Pro Football Focus (subscription required) of 85.3, seventh-best in the NFL. He had 7 interceptions and only allowed 2 touchdown passes. 27 of the 41 passes thrown his way were completed but for only 193 yards which is excellent for someone used to playing in the deep part of the field. His quarterback rating allowed was just 53.3.

Stone is not without his faults, however. He has been solid in his career against the run but had his worst season in 2023 and was credited with 17 missed tackles. If Seattle does sign him, that will need to be fixed immediately. But since his run support was so much worse than in his previous three years, one might assume that was just a one-year issue.

Stone would also step in and be able to communicate to the rest of the secondary what the play call is. Having played under Macdonald with the Ravens, Stone will know exactly what Macdonald needs and can pass that along to the rest of the defense. On-field communication has been an issue for the Seahawks for several seasons, but Stone would help remedy that problem in 2024.

Stone should also be an extremely affordable player for Seattle. After releasing Adams, Diggs, Will Dissly, and Bryan Mone, Seattle has more than $40 million to spend in free agency (and on 2024 draft picks), but Pro Football Focus has Stone only receiving a projected contract of $6.5 million a season for the next two years. The Seahawks can easily afford that currently.

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