Four free-agent moves from the NFC West Seahawks fans can laugh at

A good chuckle is due.
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The Seattle Seahawks have lost some notable players in free agency, but so have their NFC West rivals. Let's take a moment and rejoice in their losses.

The Seahawks have taken their time in the free-agent market, but they're building a team that fits their new vision. Yes, it hurts to lose favorites like Will Dissly and Nick Bellore to free agency. It really, really hurts to see Bobby Wagner leave the team, for the second time, no less.

But the NFL is a business, and as great as BWagz is, he doesn't fit the new scheme in Seattle. I'm sure he'll be a monster for the Commanders and make about 160 tackles. As long as he doesn't do that to the Hawks in the playoffs, I'm thrilled for him. If anyone could do it, it's Bobby Wagner.

So while the Hawks have taken some hits in free agency, it happens. The departure of Damien Lewis is a bigger hit than any of the others, frankly. The rest are basically by design. I'm sure our rivals are celebrating the moves of Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, and the rest. We 12s have plenty of reason to celebrate, too. Here are a few reasons to share a laugh at the moves of some key rivals.

The Seattle Seahawks can celebrate the departures of these NFC West players

Marquise Brown, Cardinals

Brown isn't quite as significant a loss as some of the others here, but he did lead the Cards in receiving in 2022 and finished second last year. He hauled in 118 catches for 1,283 yards and 7 scores for our little bird cousins in the desert over the past two seasons. He never did much damage to the Hawks, as he only played in two games against Seattle. He had eight catches for 117 yards and zero touchdowns. I'd rate this loss as more of a chuckle than a guffaw.

Coleman Shelton, Rams

Maybe center isn't as exciting a position as a skill player, but as 12s, we all know just how important it truly is. I mean, we're still lamenting the trade of Max Unger for Jimmy Graham. It's gratifying that the Rams have lost their center to the Bears. This is especially true when retaining Shelton was a priority for Sean McVay, as noted by Josh Alper for Pro Football Talk.

The Rams had already released his backup, and currently only have Mike McAllister on the roster at center. He was signed to a reserve contract this past January and has zero snaps in the NFL at any position. Aaron Donald retired, so there's that, too. I rate Shelton's move as an anime high school girl tee-hee, with her mouth fully covered.

Arik Armstead, 49ers

While the Niners lost more than one big-name free agent, Armstead is the easy choice as the biggest laugh. While he's never made a Pro Bowl roster, the nine-year vet has been a force for San Francisco's defensive line, particularly over the past six seasons. Last year he had five sacks and 16 pressures, placing him third on the team in both categories.

Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded him as the Niners's top defensive lineman, just ahead of Jason Hargrave. Bosa is listed at edge, for those of you wondering. Yeah, he's 30, but so is Hargrave. Oh, and 4.5 of his 33.5 career sacks and 11 of his 88 QB hits came against the Seahawks. I rate this a hearty, full-throated laugh.

Chase Young, 49ers

Thank the heavens, John Schneider, and Pete Carroll we got Leonard Williams last year instead of this guy. While the Niners only gave up a third-round pick to get him, he wasn't even worth that much. That isn't just my opinion, as Grant Cohn made clear this week. Cohn has covered the 49ers since 2010, so I imagine he has a better picture of the situation than I do.

Despite playing in nine games for the Niners and just seven for the Commanders, Young's production fell like a QB in the grasp of Boye Mafe. His sacks dropped from 5 to 2.5, pressures from 18 to 7, and tackles for a loss from six to one. That's not good, especially when Nick Bosa is getting double-teamed on the other side on virtually every play. It isn't so much the lost production, as they gave up so quickly on the guy and threw away that third-round pick. I give this a massive bwuhahaha!

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