Seahawks rumors: Seattle in contention to add elite pass rusher?

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The Seahawks are up against the salary cap and seem to have little move to maneuver, but per one site Seattle is still going to make a splash free agent signing. Sure, Seattle currently has -13,414,509 in cap room, but consider this: Each NFL except for the Chicago Bears has negative cap room currently. Teams don't have to be under the cap until Week 1 of the regular season.

In fact, Seattle currently sits at eighth in terms of adjusted cap space, meaning they could trim a player or three (maybe a post-June 1st release of Jamal Adams) and open cap room to sign another player. According to CBS Sports, the player Seattle might still sign is edge rusher Leonard Floyd. Over the last three seasons, Floyd has a combined 29 sacks, including at least 9 in each season.

Of course, Floyd played for the Los Angeles Rams whose defense has a way of somehow inflating a players' statistics. That isn't to say Floyd is a bad player because he isn't. It could just mean Floyd was so productive because he was on such a great defense and he was used to perfection by the scheme.

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The Seahawks still do need help with their pass rush, though. No team can have too many edge rushers. After the Seahawks chose Derick Hall in the 2023 NFL draft, Seattle can count on Hall, Boye Mafe, Uchenna Nwosu, and Darrell Taylor to be their key pass rushers. Mafe still needs to prove he can be productive in the NFL. Taylor needs to be more consistent. Hall hasn't yet played a down.

Adding Floyd would give Seattle a veteran presence to be productive and also help teach Hall and Mafe. Floyd isn't going to help against the run, but Seattle signed Bobby Wagner, Devin Bush, and Jarran Reed to hopefully help with that. Floyd just needs to be Floyd and get to quarterbacks.

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But what would Floyd cost. He was due to make $19 million in 2023 before the Rams released him. He won't make that much in 2023 with anyone now. But if Seattle created about $13 million in cap room, that might be what is needed to sign Floyd.