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 LB Patrick Queen

When Mike Macdonald was hired by the Seattle Seahawks, I immediately thought of some defenders he could poach over from Baltimore. Justin Madubuike, Kyle Van Noy, Geno Stone, and of course, Patrick Queen. All guys who thrived in his system. In particular, this past season where the Ravens had the NFL's best scoring defense (16.5 PPG).

When watching the Ravens on tape, there are a couple of different things that stand out. But, for me, the disguise in lining up and communication between the defenders in how they pass off coverages created all sorts of confusion for quarterbacks. Resulting in them holding onto the ball too long, allowing the Ravens to finish the regular season with 60 sacks, a league-high.

The linebacking duo of Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen contributed to all avenues of defense, run game, coverage, blitzing, etc. With Roquan Smith already being the highest-paid linebacker in the league, it is highly unlikely they retain Queen. Who, in all likelihood, coming off the season he just had, will be searching for a contract very similar to that of his former running mate. There is no questioning the talent of Queen, but my issue comes with Seattle potentially investing that amount into one player of a particular position group.

As it currently stands, both starters, Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks are impending free agents. Bobby Wagner showed no signs of slowing down, making his 9th Pro Bowl appearance in 2024. While Jordyn Brooks has dealt with injuries ever since entering the NFL, he has shown improvement in each season. This past season, he was a three-down backer who significantly improved in coverage. Hypothetically, I'd prefer the Seahawks retaining both Wagner and Brooks rather than giving a lump sum of change to Queen.