3 Free Agents Seahawks Need to Sign to Make a Super Bowl Run in 2023
This NFL season was a disappointing one for Seattle Seahawks fans. After years of consistency, the Seahawks missed out on the playoffs after finishing 7-10 — their first sub-.500 record since the 2011 campaign.
The Seahawks now turn to the offseason, trying to figure out a plan to bounce back next season. While Seattle has its fair share of players to re-sign, general manager John Schneider will have just north of $35.3 million to play with in free agency. If Schneider plays his cards right, a championship could be in the organization's future.
Here's a look at three free agents that the Seahawks must sign to make a Super Bowl run this season.
Seahawks Free Agent Targets
1. Terron Armstead, Offensive Tackle
Rusell Wilson has been sacked an NFL-leading 222 times since 2017 — 27 times more than the next-closest quarterback. While he's only missed three games since then, he's getting older and Seattle has to do a better job of protecting their franchise player. Fortunately, an offensive tackle like Terron Armstead could do the trick. The three-time Pro-Bowler has allowed just five sacks in 2,862 offensive snaps over his last four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Not only that but he's also a former All-Pro talent and it isn't every day that general managers can find that caliber of player available on the open market. With how great of a job Armstead has done protecting New Orleans' quarterbacks over the years, it's easy to imagine that he could have a similar impact in Seattle.
2. Dalton Schultz, Tight End
Seattle's Gerald Everett and Will Dissly didn't impress too much at the tight end position last season. With both players becoming free agents, the Seahawks would be wise to upgrade the position with someone like Dalton Schultz. The 25-year-old was as reliable as they come for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, hauling in 78-of-104 targets (75.0%) for 808 yards and 8 touchdowns. Russell Wilson has loved having a trustworthy tight end in the past, so bringing in someone of Schultz's skill level could help the veteran quarterback elevate his game. With how tough the NFC West was this year, Seattle must splurge to elevate their offense and signing the fifth-year tight end would help do so.
3. Bobby McCain, Cornerback
The Seahawks' secondary was a disaster last season, allowing the second-most passing yards in the league. Seattle is in need of a shutdown cornerback to help with the situation and Bobby McCain could be the answer. He suited up in all 17 games for Washington, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 62.5% completion percentage and a 65.5 passer rating when targeted. McCain has also allowed just one touchdown in his last 33 games while also having 5 interceptions and 14 defended passes during that span. While he isn't the biggest cornerback out there, his speed and intelligence make him the perfect fit to improve Seattle's lackluster secondary.
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