Free Agents the Seahawks Need to Sign to Make Russell Wilson Happy
By Max Staley
Things are getting a bit strange in Seattle right now. Russell Wilson has been very publicly bashing the team throughout the offseason, leading some to wonder how happy he is with the Seahawks. In turn, Seattle's front office hasn't been too pleased with his comments.
But he has a point. Wilson took the time to point out issues the team has had in pass protection, which has been a problem for the Seahawks since he entered the league. In fact, Wilson is the only QB in the NFL who has been sacked more than 200 times since 2016. He has been brought down 230 times during that span, with Matt Ryan being the second-closest in that regard with just 192.
If Wilson's comments actually spark some change in Seattle, here are three free-agent offensive linemen the Seahawks can target this offseason.
3. David Andrews, C, New England Patriots
Contrary to popular belief, the Seahawks' offensive tackles were fine last year. Both Duane Brown and Brandon Shell received a grade above 70.0 from Pro Football Focus, with Brown posting the fifth-best mark among all tackles. The interior of that unit is a different story, however. The Seahawks could use a real upgrade at center, in particular, and David Andrews would be an excellent option. He's got a Super Bowl pedigree as a two-time champ during his time with the New England Patriots, and he's a reliable, veteran presence who Seattle shouldn't need to break the bank to sign.
2. Jason Peters, T, Philadelphia Eagles
The ageless wonder Jason Peters continues to defy the odds. Having just turned 39, Peters had a pretty decent season for Philadelphia in 2020. Playing both left tackle and right guard, Peters received a grade of 67.6 from PFF. That versatility could be attractive to Seattle, as he can fill in for Brown were he to miss time again, and he should be able to take over for Mike Iupati at guard. Peters has said he's playing one more season with hopes of winning a ring, and Seattle would be as good a place as any to chase one. That should mean he's likely to come at a bargain, to boot.
1. Corey Linsley, C, Green Bay Packers
Corey Linsley had a phenomenal 2020 campaign with the Green Bay Packers. He allowed just one sack and was responsible for zero penalties while playing 734 snaps. That earned him the PFF's top overall grade among centers (89.9). For reference, no other qualified center reached a grade of even 80.5. In all likelihood, Linsley has priced himself out of Seattle. But center is probably the Seahawks' biggest position of need, so it's not out of the question to think Seattle would go all-out to create space to sign Linsley.
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