Offensive Lineman the Seahawks Should Target in the Offseason
By Max Staley
Offensive line has long been the Achilles heel of an otherwise-dominant Seattle Seahawks team. And 2019 was no different. Last season, Seattle's pass-blocking group had the fourth-lowest pass-blocking win rate in the NFL (54 percent). Notably, that was the worst mark among all playoff teams.
If the Seahawks hope to make the leap and be legitimate Super Bowl contenders, addressing the O-Line needs to be a priority. With that in mind, here are three offensive linemen Seattle should target in the offseason.
1. Tyler Biadasz, Center, Wisconsin Badgers
Justin Britt is a talented player, but he only made it through eight games before an ACL tear prematurely ended his season. That could call his future with the team into question, as Seattle could get out of his contract this offseason without incurring too much of a penalty. If the Seahawks do ultimately move on, Tyler Biadasz would be an excellent replacement. The Wisconsin Badger won the 2019 Rimington Trophy, awarded to the best center in the country, and is generally considered the top center in this class. Biadasz would help this O-Line group get younger and more athletic in a hurry.
2. Joe Thuney, Guard, New England Patriots
Joe Thuney is one of the best interior lineman in the league, but with the New England Patriots likely revamping their offense, he's not a surefire bet to be back with the team. He might command a pretty big contract, as he posted the second-best pass-blocking win rate among all guards (97 percent). That could be a problem if the Seahawks don't want to dedicate a ton of cap to an interior lineman, but Thuney is worth the money. He's an iron man, having led New England in snaps in back-to-back seasons, and even played every offensive snap in 2018. If Seattle can make the numbers work, Thuney would be a fantastic acquisition.
3. Jason Peters, Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
At 38 years old, Jason Peters won't command nearly as big of a deal as Thuney, and he's still playing at a pretty high level despite his advanced age. He dealt with nagging injuries for much of the season, but the nine-time Pro Bowler could be an excellent low-risk investment for Seattle. With Duane Brown undergoing knee surgery at the end of the year, causing him to miss three games, Peters could be an upgrade over Brown or some additional depth on Russell Wilson's blindside.
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