The departed: Most Seattle Seahawks free agents who left after 2022 have been awful

The players Seattle lost in free agency have not exactly been Pro Bowlers.
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The players having wretched seasons

LB Cody Barton - Signed for one season with the Washington Commanders

As we learned in Barton's time with the Seahawks, he had the ability to cover somewhat well at times, but he was not much good at anything else. Barton is now a bad linebacker on a bad Commanders defense. Washington might be better, though, if they did not have Barton. He is PFF's sixth-worst graded LB and has zero sacks and has allowed a whopping 120.7 quarterback rating when targeted in 2023. He did miss several games with an ankle sprain.

S Ryan Neal - Signed for one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Maybe Neal was only a good fit in Seattle because he wasn't bad in his seasons with the Seahawks. This year? He is terrible. He ranks 87, per PFF, among all NFL safeties, fifth-worst in the league (but just two spots behind Seattle safety Quandre Diggs). Neal has started 10 games and has 71 tackles, but he allowed 31 of 34 passes thrown his way to be completed for 568 yards and 5 touchdowns. His quarterback rating allowed is an astronomical 158.3.

DT Poona Ford - Signed for one season with the Buffalo Bills

Ford is in the same boat as Penny; he doesn't play even though he is healthy. He has appeared in just five games and not since late October. His efficiency, though, is right in the middle of what other Bills have done so maybe the coaching staff in Buffalo simply has it out for Ford for some reason.