Many Seahawks fans entered the 2022 NFL season with low expectations after the team traded away starting quarterback Russell Wilson. Head coach Pete Carroll showed that his squad should not be underestimated, though, as the Seahawks earned their fourth playoff berth in the last five years with a 9-8 record.
Seattle was bounced in the Wild Card Round by the San Francisco 49ers but showed a ton of fight all season. There seems to be a young core in place that can compete in the conference as soon as next year if developed correctly, especially if Geno Smith replicates his breakout campaign. Here's a look at three free agents the Seahawks need to sign to win the NFC.
Seattle Seahawks Free Agency
1. Daron Payne, DT
The Seahawks' defensive line struggled in all facets of the game this past season. Seattle posted the fifth-worst pass rush win rate and allowed the third-most rushing yards per game (151.9). It's ultimately what killed them in the Wild Card Round considering they logged only 1.0 sack and gave up 181 yards on the ground. Adding Daron Payne to the mix would be one way to fortify depth at defensive tackle. Payne posted a career-best 64 tackles (18.0 for loss), 11.5 sacks and 5 pass breakups this past season. He also generated the ninth-most pressures among DTs (49). Payne's ability to get to the quarterback in pass defense and close holes in rush defense makes him a perfect fit for Seattle.
2. Patrick Peterson, CB
Seattle hit an absolute home run when it drafted Tariq Woolen in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old shined as a rookie starting cornerback, but is surrounded by very little depth. Mike Jackson played a full season for just the first time in his career and showed a tendency to get beat when it mattered the most. Signing Patrick Peterson to be a mentor to both players is a valuable option to consider. Peterson showed he still has what it takes to play at an elite level by racking up 66 tackles, 15 pass breakups and 5 interceptions in over 1,000 defensive snaps this past season. The former Arizona Cardinal also has tons of experience playing in the NFC West and would likely sign on a short-term deal.
3. DJ Chark, WR
Wide receiver is not a massive need for the Seahawks as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both posted over 1,000 receiving yards this past season. Nobody else logged more than 500 receiving yards, however, so the offense could stand to benefit from a legit WR3. DJ Chark is a name to keep an eye on after eclipsing 500 receiving yards for the third time in four years while averaging a reliable 16.7 yards per catch. This would be an underrated addition that puts Seattle's passing attack over the top.
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