4 extremely early free agents the Seattle Seahawks should monitor in 2024

The Seattle Seahawks will likely need to find some proven help in free agency in 2024.
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The Seattle Seahawks will have a bunch of their own free agents to decide whether to re-sign or not in 2024. This offseason, Seattle signed several players who hopefully will be extremely productive in 2023 to only one-year deals. This includes linebacker Bobby Wagner, among others.

So while Seattle has what appears to be a good group of rookies and second-year guys, they still need to find some proven veteran leadership next offseason. That could include the Seahawks bringning back their own free agents or looking at other teams. And while Seattle wasn't overly aggressive in free agency before this offseason, one can argue they certainly were this year after signing defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones and safety Julian Love.

In this article, I am not going to be taking into account, very much, at least, the salary cap number for 2024. We don't know what the cap ceiling will be yet, plus we don't know what changes Seattle might make with players currently signed through 2024. I also am not saying the Seahawks will sign all four players (possibly none of them), but even getting one would be nice. So here are four players the Seahawks should monitor this season in hopes of maybe bringing them to Seattle next year.

Seahawks should monitor linebacker Willie Gay, Jr.

Next offseason, Seattle has no one signed at inside linebacker that has proven they can play in the NFL. Wagner and Devin Bush are only signed through 2023. Jordyn Brooks' fifth-year option wasn't picked up for 2024, so the Seahawks must either bring back one or all of those three or get someone in free agency.

Gay, Jr. has been good in his three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and has improved every season. He isn't perfect against the run, but he also isn't terrible. Where he excels is in the pass rush and in pass coverage. He allows passes to be completed underneath in front of him but usually snuffs out the play for little gain. In two of his three seasons, he has allowed 6.5 yards or fewer per target.

Gay will also be just 26 years old when the 2024 season begins so he has a number of years to be a very good inside linebacker. He might choose to return to Kansas City and see how many Super Bowls he can win. But he could also come to the Seahawks and help the franchise win a Super Bowl or two as well.