Seattle Seahawks dream target No. 4: EDGE Josh Allen
The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2023 season ranked 12th in sacks. However, they were more a middle-of-the-pact/bottom-half team in sacks as they had 11 against the Giants in Week 4. The injury to Uchenna Nwosu hurt the sack numbers, but Boye Mafe showed significant improvement. Entering 2024, the hope is that he, along with Derrick Hall, can take another leap.
Another way of addressing this would be signing EDGE Josh Allen. Allen was tied for 2nd in sacks (17.5) during the regular season. More so, he came up big when it mattered. Countless times in the 4th quarter, Allen either found a way to bring the quarterback to the ground or at least pressure him. Pairing him with Uchenna Nwosu would allow the Seahawks' defense to pin its ears back and get back after the quarterback.
In this scenario, signing Josh Allen would leave the interior of Seattle's defensive line the same. While that may be cause for concern given how it performed over the last two months of the regular season, the new regime can present a new scheme and/or adjustments that can improve that matter. From top to bottom, this Seattle roster is sprinkled with youth at every position. Bringing in a guy like Josh Allen can unleash a pass rush that has been relatively disappointing over the last couple of seasons.
Josh Allen is a home-run hitter. On 3rd down, your eyes follow him when the ball is snapped. It feels like Seattle has been missing that player. If you look at the teams remaining in the playoffs, all of them are able to generate pressure without blitzing. When you rely on blitzing to get sacks, you put your defensive backs in very vulnerable positions. Signing Josh Allen would allow Seattle to be great on the edge, and would allow younger guys to play in more of a rotational position. Learning from those in front of them and coming into the games with fresh legs on pressuring downs.