4 players Seattle Seahawks need to avoid in 2024 free agency

Dealing with turnover for the first time in nearly 15 years, the Seattle Seahawks will have a different outlook on how they approach this offseason.

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Seattle Seahawks need to avoid S Kyle Dugger

As it currently stands, the Seattle Seahawks appropriate the most money to the safety position ($57M). That is, with only four players on the depth chart -- Julian Love, Quandre Diggs, Jerrick Reed II, and Jamal Adams. After seeing the success Mike Macdonald had in Baltimore with his safety room, this could be one position he addresses in Seattle.

Although Julian Love had a Pro Bowl-worthy first year with the Seahawks, they are getting older at this position. In fact, many around the league believe Seattle will finally bite the bullet and move off Jamal Adams. While I personally do not agree with that decision, given the versatility Adams can bring to a defense, it would free up a lot of cap space.

Obviously, if Seattle were to move off Adams, they would need a replacement. Although Jerrick Reed saw the field during his rookie season, it was mostly on special teams. One potential solution would be turning to free agency. S Kyle Dugger is arguably the best at his position group for this free agent class. He is young and certainly fits the mold of a hybrid safety that Macdonald can use as a chess piece. But, will it be worth giving him a big-time contract?

The Patriots are considering franchise tagging him, which will cost roughly $16M. Even though I don't think Dugger would be seeking $16M per year on a longer-term contract, my guess would be he is searching for something north of $11-12M. If Seattle indeed does move off Adams, I do not think it makes sense for them to continually pour money into the safety room. I much rather them address this position through the draft. Or, sign a veteran safety who will not come with such an expensive price tag.