3. Seahawks sign safety Julian Love to an extension
The Seattle Seahawks safeties underperformed in 2023 except for Love. Julian Love was named to the Pro Bowl even though former defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt did not see fit to play him very much in a few games in the middle of the season. That partially led to an underperforming defense which led to Pete Carroll and Hurtt no longer having jobs with the franchise.
This season, Love set a career-high for interceptions (4), solo tackles (85), passes defended (10), and fewest passes completed when targeted (63.8 percent). Love also allowed his second-lowest quarterback rating at a solid 82.2. Love making the Pro Bowl was not because he is popular, but because he was very good.
If Love is picked to start from Day 1 of Mike Macdonald's regime, Love should only be better moving forward as he will get all the starting reps. He is also an excellent communicator on the field and should help Macdonald implement his defense.
Love also is young. Even though he has been in the league since 2019, he will only turn 26 years old before next year. He should be able to play at a high level for several more seasons, but he is currently signed only through 2024. Seattle should work out a two-year extension with the safety, and keep him through 2027, and find the other half of the safety duo in the draft.