The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of work to do over the offseason. They’re set on offense so long as Russell Wilson is under center, but they need to address needs at every imaginable level on the defensive end.
Though they’re not bone-thin in the secondary, that is where they figure to have the most territorial battles, both on the left and right side of the field. None of their main guys are free agents, and they’re expected to make a play for corners both in the draft and free agency.
Seattle’s right side cornerback rotation is headlined by Tre Flowers and Neiko Thorpe. Their left side rotation is topped by Shaquill Griffin and Akeem King. Of those four, Griffin is probably the safest after making a Pro Bowl for his work in the 2019 season. But that still leaves three spots in which they could stand to make upgrades.
Flowers may be the most at risk. The Seahawks moved him from safety to corner after drafting him, and he’s kind of faded into the backdrop since. King and Thorpe are flight risks by default. They will be entering free agency, though they’re not considered primetime targets for teams around the league.
>Names to watch in the draft include Trevon Diggs, Jaylon Johnson or A.J. Terrell. The Seahawks don’t traditionally burn earlier draft picks on corners—they picked up Richard Sherman in the fifth round—and those are guys that could still be available when Seattle uses one of its three selections in the fourth and fifth rounds.
As far as free agency goes, the Seahawks have a lot of options. They have a boatload of cap space entering the offseason; their spending power could rise near the $60 million markers. They can have their pick of the litter.
Depending on how much cash they’re willing to burn, they could take a look at Chris Harris Jr., a four-time Pro Bowler from the Denver Broncos. Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans and Bradley Jones from the Dallas Cowboys are also options, though both could be in the market for deals that run longer than Harris’s next contract.
If the Seahawks can pair Griffin in the secondary with another impact corner—Logan Ryan from the Tennessee Titans and James Bradberry from the Carolina Panthers are also in play—they’ll be in a position to field a much better defense next year.
Dare we say, it might even be Super Bowl-caliber with such an addition.