3 Low-Cost Edge Rushers the Seahawks Should Target if They Can't Re-Sign Jadeveon Clowney

Max Staley
Jadeveon Clowney might need the Seahawks, and Seattle would be in need of a talented replacement.
Jadeveon Clowney might need the Seahawks, and Seattle would be in need of a talented replacement. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images
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Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most talented edge rushers in the league. His box score numbers weren't particularly impressive in 2019, with just 3.0 sacks, but he did have the seventh-best pass rush win rate among all edge defenders, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He's also recorded at least 30 pressures in back-to-back years, including a 48-pressure season in 2018 (tied for the sixth-best mark in the NFL).

But that kind of production doesn't come without a cost, one that could prove to be too step for the Seattle Seahawks, who might lose Clowney in free agency. So with that in mind, let's take a look at three low-cost edge rushers the team should target if Clowney signs elsewhere.

3. Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen could be an interesting addition for the Seahawks.
Everson Griffen could be an interesting addition for the Seahawks. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Everson Griffen is a top-tier edge rusher when he's on the field. But he's getting up there in age (turning 33 years old in December) and he's dealt with some alarming mental health issues in the past. He's coming off an 8.0-sack campaign in 2019, though, and has recorded double-digit sacks in three of the past six seasons. If Seattle decides he's worth the risk, he could be a viable option to replace a good chunk of Clowney's production.

2. Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake could be a great addition to Seattle's defensive line.
Cameron Wake could be a great addition to Seattle's defensive line. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Last season, Cameron Wake proved he's still a capable pass-rusher, despite his advanced age (38 years old). Largely playing a rotational role for the Tennessee Titans last season, Wake racked up 11 quarterback hits in nine games while playing just 18 percent of the team's defensive snaps. He's not an every-down option anymore, but he could make a real impact as a rotational pass-rusher. The five-time Pro Bowler is also likely to be the cheapest option on this list.

1. Derek Wolfe

Derek Wolfe has dealt with injury issues, but he's a productive player when healthy.
Derek Wolfe has dealt with injury issues, but he's a productive player when healthy. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Derek Wolfe is a highly productive player when available, but he's missed a combined nine games over the past three seasons. In fact, he's only played three full 16-game seasons over the course of his eight-year NFL career. He's coming off a career-high 7.0 sacks last season, though, something he managed to do in just 12 games. Like Clowney, he's capable of moving all over the defensive line, and he could prove to be a solid replacement for the Seahawks.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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