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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Seahawks Roster Next Season

Max Staley
Carlos Dunlap is one of three Seahawks unlikely to return in 2021.
Carlos Dunlap is one of three Seahawks unlikely to return in 2021. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks are in the news for all the wrong reasons right now. Russell Wilson is airing out the team's dirty laundry in increasingly public fashion. As a result, the front office is reportedly just unhappy with Wilson as he is with them.

Despite back and forth, a trade is completely unrealistic for a variety of reasons. But that doesn't mean his complaints are unfounded. Since 2016, Wilson is the only quarterback in the league who has been sacked more than 200 times. He has been brought down 230 times in that span, with Matt Ryan enduring the second-most sacks at just 192.

Clearly, something has to give. Rather than enrage Wilson any further, the Seahawks should address his concerns, which they can start doing by building a competent offensive line. That's easier said than done.

The Seahawks do not exactly have much money to work with this offseason, suggesting they'll need to make some tough calls to rebuild this roster. Here are three Seahawks that won't be with the team in 2021.

3. K.J. Wright, OLB

K.J. Wright has been a solid contributor for the Seahawks since joining the team in 2011. But he might've played his last down in Seattle. The soon-to-be 32-year-old LB is an impending free agent who had a cap hit of $10 million last season. It's not insane to think he could get somewhere in that neighborhood on the open market, as Wright had a great 2020 campaign. It's just not likely to come from the Seahawks, who drafted his potential replacement last year in OLB Jordyn Brooks.

2. Quandre Diggs, S

Quandre Diggs was an excellent run defender in Seattle, but he was a liability in coverage. ProFootballFocus gave him a stellar 86.0 mark as a run defender but a 58.6 coverage grade. Considering the numbers with Jamal Adams tell a very similar story, Diggs might not make sense for the Seahawks. You want to pair Adams with a safety who can cover up his shortcomings in coverage, not one who has similar limitations. Due $5.5 million with no dead money on his deal, it makes sense for Seattle and Diggs to part ways.

1. Carlos Dunlap, DE

Carlos Dunlap came over to Seattle via a mid-season trade with the Cincinnati Bengals. The defense got a lot better during his stint with the team, and he certainly played a big role in that, tallying 5.0 sacks in eight appearances. However, it just doesn't make sense to bring him back at his current price tag. Dunlap carries a $14 million cap hit in 2021, which is the third-biggest figure on the roster. No disrespect to Dunlap, but he's not worth that amount of money for this team. Seattle can get out of his deal with no dead money in 2021 and that's an avenue the organization is likely to explore. He could end up returning if he can't find a better deal elsewhere, but there's no way he's coming back at that price point.

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