This free agent visit might have Seahawks fans scratching their heads

Seattle doesn't really need any more receivers.
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General manager John Schneider has earned a degree of trust. He has helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to 10 playoff appearances in 14 seasons and that kind of success would be the envy of many teams. Schneider is also trying to lead the team through somewhat of a rebuild, but the hope - and well, expectation - is that Schneider will get the job done quickly.

Schneider has also made some smooth moves in free agency and trades over the years. He knows what he is doing, and has proven so. But he also is not infallible. The entire 2017 Seahawks draft is proof of that. At least, there is normally a reason behind the madness of what Schneider does.

What might disprove that thought is that Seattle reportedly hosted wide receiver Chase Claypool on a free agent visit last week. Claypool, not to be confused with the actually successful Les Claypool of Primus, not only would not fit a position of need for Seattle - the Seahawks do not need another receiver - but he has washed out of his three stops in four seasons in the league. One would assume a former second-round pick in 2020 would find a home somewhere.

Seattle Seahawks reportedly hosted free agent wide receiver Chase Claypool recently

Well, to be fair, he might have a home for next season. Should the Seahawks truly be interested in signing Claypool they might battle (and no, I am not making this up) with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders for his services. The Roughriders placed Claypool on their exclusive negotiation list which means no other CFL team can speak with Claypool.

Of course, Claypool is Canadian so at least what the Roughriders are doing makes sense. Seattle entertaining the idea of a wide receiver who caught 8 of his 21 targets in 2023 does not make sense. He did have a decent season as a rookie in 2020, and then he has been bad. If a receiver can only catch 4 passes in nine games for 26 yards for the well-schemed Miami Dolphins then that receiver doesn't need to be a Seahawk.

Maybe Schneider just wanted to see if it was real that a receiver who is 6'4" and 240 pounds with good athleticism truly can be a bust in the league. Maybe Schneider wanted stories to tell his grandscouts about how he met a receiver such as this. If this is true then Schneider can take meeting Claypool off of his bucket list.

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