Five Seahawks who could be one and done with the team in 2024

Seattle is entering a transitional season in 2024 but these five players might not be around to help in 2025.
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Few teams in the NFL are in a transition season as much as the Seattle Seahawks. Arguably, maybe only the New England Patriots are. Seattle moved on from former head coach Pete Carroll after 14 seasons and the team will have several new starters.

Some of the free agents Seattle signed this offseason are going to help the team, of course, and some will be busts. The same happens every season. The difference this year is that Seattle signed nearly whole groups of players at position groups where the team hopes the players turn into long-term starters.

Seattle will have new starters at inside linebacker, at the safety spots (especially if Mike Macdonald plays a lot of three-safety sets; two of the safeties will be new to the team), and along the offensive line. The 2024 free-agent class is going to need to be a good one for the Seahawks to have any chance at making the playoffs. But the following five players could be one-and-done in Seattle.

Tyrel Dodson - Seattle Seahawks linebacker

The risk that the Seahawks are taking on Dodson doesn't just stem from the team signing him to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $4,260,000. That could end up being a steal for the linebacker who graded as the top linebacker in the NFL in 2023, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). PFF grades can be exceedingly misleading, though. We are only a couple of years removed from Ryan Neal being the top-graded safety when he was with Seattle.

Oddly, Neal, like Dodson last year, barely started more than half of his team's games when he received the top grade. Does PFF have a glitch where if a player does well but doesn't play too much his grade is somehow better? The risk with Dodson was the same as what happened to Neal. The safety was awful for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023 and Dodson could be terrible for Seattle in 2024.

Dodson will also be the green dot on the Seahawks' defense which means he will be Mike Macdonald communicator on the field. Not only is Dodson going to be the presumed starter at the beginning of a season for the first time in his career, but he will need to be a leader as well. The linebacker can cover well, is solid in blitz schemes, and doesn't whiff on too many tackles so he could be a Pro Bowler this season. Or a colossal bust.