4 free agents that Seattle Seahawks must absolutely chase this coming offseason

Seattle was aggressive in 2023 free agency and need to be again in 2024.

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Seattle should chase safety Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Prior to the season, Seahawks fans likely thought the one area of the defense they would not need to be concerned about would be the secondary. Cornerback Rig Woolen was excellent as a rookie in 2022, safety Diggs had been very good for the last several years, and Seattle drafted cornerback Devon Witherspoon in the first round. Witherspoon has been terrific, but Woolen hasn't been good and Diggs has been awful at times. Fellow safety Jamal Adams has been even worse.

The point of all that is that Seattle really needs to address the back end of its defense. Releasing Diggs would save $11 million (and at worst his contract should be reworked because paying him $21,252,500 next year would be criminal), and while Adams carries a massive dead cap of $20,833,334, Seattle would still save a bit over $6 million by cutting him. And Adams simply doesn't deserve a roster spot in 2024.

Ridding themselves of Diggs and Adams means starting over at safety, and would mean Julian Love, who has not been good either, is the only experienced safety coming back. Seattle could - and should - draft a safety high in the 2024 draft, but they should also add veteran talent. Winfield would be the versatile safety Seattle needs.

Winfield can do everything Adams can do, only better. He has 4 sacks in each of the past two seasons, along with 6 quarterback hits, but he also has 11 passes defended in 2023 and has a quarterback rating allowed of only 76.8. He is the highest-graded safety in the NFL, per PFF, and he is only 25 years old. Let's hope he doesn't get franchise-tagged by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is probable, but otherwise, Seattle should do whatever they can to bring Winfield to the Seahawks.