Seattle Seahawks dream trade target No. 1: OLB Khalil Mack
One way of fixing a defensive front is bringing in home-run hitters. As currently constructed, the outside guys for Seattle are Uchenna Nwosu and Boye Mafe. Coming off a career year, the hope is for Mafe to make a bigger leap into year three. While that is certainly plausible, it wouldn't be a bad idea for Seattle to make a move to acquire a veteran coming off one of his better seasons.
According to Spotrac, the Los Angeles Chargers are projected to be $44 million under the cap this offseason. They will be forced to part ways with some of their bigger contract players. Seattle can take one of those players away by trading for OLB Khalil Mack. Even though he is a potential candidate for being released, by trading for him, the Seahawks negate the competition and only have to give up a 5th-round pick in doing so.
Granted, Mack's age could be a pause for concern. Why trade for a 32-year-old when you can find a younger player in free agency or the draft? Well, based on his production in 2023, Khalil Mack would be the best edge rusher on Seattle by a landslide. Finishing with 17.0 sacks, Mack gives a much-needed boost to a defensive line that has struggled in consistently getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
If Seattle is able to trade for Khalil Mack and retain DL Leonard Williams in free agency, their defensive line will improve significantly. The loss of Uchenna Nwosu felt as if it was understated during the season. A healthy Nwosu and Mack on the outside can help this defense take a step in the right direction. Lastly, a strong candidate for this head coaching job is Mike Macdonald. We just saw 30-year-old Jadeveon Clowney have a career year in his system. Something to keep in mind while pondering the possibility of Mack.