Seahawks general manager John Schneider is betting on himself for these great reasons

Schneider loves it when a plan comes together.

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New safeties can play multiple roles

K'Von Wallace could be the poster child for signing players that fit the team instead of the headlines. Many 12s may have asked, "They signed who?", and I get that; I asked myself the same question. As it turns out, Schneider has been watching Wallace for a long time. For good reason, too. Wallace had been a backup since his rookie season with the Eagles in 2020 but stepped into a starting role with the Titans when Amani Hooker was injured. To say he stepped up would be an understatement.

Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded Wallace at 77.9 in coverage and 75.9 overall in his ten games (seven starts). For reference, Quandre Diggs graded out at 55.4 in coverage and 55.1 overall, and Jamal Adams at 50.7 in coverage and 54.9 overall. Oh, and Julian Love was graded at 80.4 and 72.8 overall. So, yeah, Wallace can play. With Love and Rayshawn Jenkins, the Hawks will have it covered.

Back to our GM. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta quoted Schneider, "[Wallace] was a guy that we had talked to Philly about at one point and just always kept track of him." Schneider added that after meeting Wallace, he "had a great visit, wanted to be here. And so the fact that we were able to add both of those guys creates a ton of depth, a ton of competition, and options for the coaches to really dig into."

Along with the newly signed Rayshawn Jenkins, the Seahawks now have three safeties that can play anywhere on the field. And who played more three-safety sets than any other team in the league? Good job, 12s, you guessed it - Mike Macdonald's Ravens defense. So the Seahawks have completely rebuilt the back end of the defense, and we haven't even got to the draft yet. They've added four new players, and all four have better coverage skills than the player they're replacing. That, dear 12s, is how you play the free agency game and win.

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