Grading the Seahawks four lower tier in-house signings

Will these lower-profile players pay off big?

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The potentially huge payoff

Darrell Taylor, Edge rusher

I haven't exactly made it a secret that I'm not a fan of a player who does one thing and only does that one thing in 35 percent of his games. I get it, it isn't reasonable to expect the guy to get a sack or at least a hurry in every game. But you better do something when you're on the field. Taylor had five games last year with a sack.

Cool, but he also had six games in which he had one or zero tackles, no hits, hurries, sacks, and no tackles for a loss. He was on the field for at least 35 percent of the snaps in those games. He had another game in which he was a complete cipher, but as he had just nine snaps, I didn't include it. He's had some big games, sure, but you never know when they'll happen, and when he'll turn back into a blocking sled. A small one at that.

I understand why the Hawks are keeping him. Mike Macdonald is intrigued by those big games and undoubtedly thinks he can minimize the disappearing acts. He has a track record of doing just that in Baltimore. I'm not a fan of the $3.1 million the Seahawks signed him for, but considering that the only money that's committed is a $20,000 signing bonus, I like it. If he looks like the same player in 2024 as he did last year, the Hawks are out clean. If this had been last year's staff, I'd give this a grade of F. With a chance to turn his career around and no guaranteed money, I like it.

Grade: B