Could the Seahawks us a SS/FS/SC jack of all trades? Yes please
Jabrill Peppers, safety, New England Patriots. Let's get back to the theme of adding strength to an already strong unit. He would be the only seasoned veteran of this trio, as Cooper is just 25 and Johnson 24. Still, he just turned 28 earlier this month, so he's not exactly a dinosaur. He just plays like one - a velociraptor, in fact.
About the only thing Jabrill Peppers doesn't do is chase down the quarterback. He's a sure tackler, has always played stout run defense, and is having his best season ever in coverage. His PFF overall grade is 84.4, with a tackling grade of 82.2. Peppers has missed just 6 percent of his tackles; for reference, both Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs have missed over 20 percent of theirs.
While he's a strong safety by trade, Peppers has considerable experience at free safety as well. He's played more snaps at free safety this year, in fact. and even has over 60 snaps in the slot. We all know how much Pete Carroll loves those Swiss Army Knife players. At 5'11 and 217, Peppers may not have the ideal size, but that 4.46 speed makes for some brutal hits. On the financial side, the total cap hit for Peppers this year is $3.4M, and just $5.55M next season. That's not too bad for a guy who could step into three roles with ease.
The Seahawks estimated cap space, according to spotrac.com, is $9.5M. That number will be reduced by signing Clark, of course, but it's not as if the Hawks will have to break the bank to bring him home. Seattle could literally make moves for all three of these players, all of whom could step in and start if needed. The Hawks D is beginning to look really nasty: how much better could they be with this much additional depth? Yes, you're right: a lot.