The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly worked out an extension with edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu that will keep him in Seattle through 2026. The deal could pay Nwosu up to $59 million over three seasons with the extension starting in 2024. Nwosu was already under contract for 2023, of course.
Nwosu was by far Seattle's most productive edge rusher in 2022. He tied for the team-lead in sacks with 9.5 but he had 26 quarterback hits, 14 more than anyone else, and he also had 12 tackles for loss, 4 more than any other player. Nwosu is also just 26 years old so he should have a number of years left to play at a high level. He could even be better in future years than he was last season.
Nwosu's extension will also free up a little bit of money currently for the Seahawks as they can prorate some of the money in 2023 onto other years. This could free up enough money for Seattle to sign a free agent they currently have their eye on (maybe a nose tackle?). But here are three other Seattle players that should get extensions as well.
Seattle Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas
I realize that signing a running back to an extension might be odd, especially if it's a running back not expected to be RB1 or RB2. But Dallas is a bit different. He isn't just a running back, he can help on kick returns as well. He offers the kind of versatility that most other players on the roster don't have. But Dallas also can be a three-down back when needed as he has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He is also a pretty good blocker on passing downs.
The Seahawks have an extremely young group of running backs and Dallas, though only entering his fourth season, has at least two years on everyone else in the running back room. By all accounts he is excellent in the locker room and knows how to keep teammates loose. He is the kind of guy successful teams need: He is willing to do the dirty work some other players won't.
Plus, Dallas wouldn't come at a high cost. He likely could be extended for less than $2 million a year on average. Have the group of four running backs Seattle has currently for the next three years at least is only going to help build the core to a potential Super Bowl team.