5 Seattle Seahawks players entering the last chance saloon in 2024

These players need to have good years in order to help Seattle reach the playoffs again.
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Dee Eskridge - Seahawks wide receiver

Another player who has been inconsistent is Eskridge, even more than Taylor. Though Eskridge was drafted in 2021, he didn't do much of anything until 2023 when he flashed the potential to be an electric kick returner. Still, he has missed 27 of a potential 51 games. Some 12s might be surprised that the receiver is still on the team at all as he would save the team more in cap room than he will earn in 2024.

Most likely, the NFL's new kickoff rule change may have saved Eskridge's career. Kickoff teams now cannot move until a kick returner catches the ball and Eskridge's shiftiness might be enough to pull off several explosive runs this year. John Schneider cares about that potential because he not only kept Eskridge on the team, but he also signed Laviska Shenault in free agency and signed Dee Williams as an undrafted free agent.

Schneider obviously believes the Seahawks can gain an advantage by returning kicks as all three of the players just mentioned potentially could change the outcome of a game with one return. Eskridge should have the best chance of making the roster, however, since he has returned kicks at times decently well while wearing a Seattle jersey.

Abe Lucas - Seahawks right tackle

Lucas might be capable of being a Pro Bowl-caliber right tackle as he has great size, sound technique, and a tenaciousness that makes any coach smile. The problem is that he might not be able to stay healthy for long stretches at a time due to a knee problem that former head coach Pete Carroll called "chronic." After playing in Week 1 of 2023, Lucas did not return until Week 13. Even after that, he had to be rotated out during games.

Lucas had surgery on his knee this offseason, his second such surgery, in hopes that the problem can be corrected. But that is not a good sign for an offensive lineman entering just his third season in the league. Seattle even signed veteran offensive tackle George Fant this offseason and Fant might end up out-playing Lucas. If the right tackle has to be released because he cannot stay healthy, he would save the team almost $1 million next offseason.