Edge rusher Darrell Taylor doesn't deserve a seat
Darrell Taylor is a restricted free agent next offseason. Seattle could place a tender on him and if another team signs him, Seattle will get a draft pick back in compensation. If I am another team and thinking of maybe signing Taylor I might just pass based on the tender. Taylor was awful against the run before 2023, but at least he was at times decent in pass rush. But this year, he isn't good at any facet of the game.
In 2022, Taylor had 9.5 sacks, but this season he has just 2.5. He is a streaky player and can get a bunch of sacks in a few games, and that has sort of continued into this season as well as his sacks came in back-to-back games in Weeks 7 and 8. But he also has just 4 quarterback hits in 2023 (13 in both 2021 and 2022) and 3 tackles for loss (8 in 2022 and 7 in 2021).
According to PFF, Taylor's pass rush grade is 52.6 this year, by far the worst mark of his three-year career. PFF has only credited Darrell Taylor with 1 quarterback hit, however, whereas Pro Football Reference has Taylor listed with 4. Taylor continues to miss far too many tackles as he has a missed tackle rate of 26.4 percent in his career. That is atrocious.
At this point, Taylor has had two-plus years to prove himself and he has gotten worse in some ways. The areas he was decent in prior to 2023 he has not improved. There is no reason to keep him on the team after this season.