Seahawks should chase defensive lineman Justin Madubuike
Madubuike has had a phenomenal season in 2023. And he has been amazingly consistent. In 11 of 13 games, he has at least half a sack from his interior defensive line position. He should give the Seahawks the kind of interior pressure they have not had since the Legion of Boom days when Michael Bennett was able to rotate in at defensive tackle some.
Madubuike is going to be extremely costly, however. He is likely too much for the Baltimore Ravens to re-sign as they will begin to be hamstrung a bit by quarterback Lamar Jackson's contract. Baltimore has just $12 million in open cap room next offseason. Madubuike has increased his future earnings by only getting better as 2023 has grown old.
He hasn't not been in on a sack since Week 3 and has at least three pressures in every game since Week 8. In the last two games, Madubuike has a combined 14 pressures. His productivity dwarfs anyone Seeattle currently has along their interior defensive line. Adding Madubuike would not only make Seattle better overall, but would help to improve the individual performances of those players next to him because he would draw so much attention.
Madubuike does not need to be a bit better in run defense, but he isn't awful there. He is likely going to draw a contract north of $21 million per season from whichever team signs him. While expensive, the dream would be for him to be wearing a Seahawks uniform beginning in 2024.