Jonnu Smith Could Be an Under-the-Radar Free Agent Steal for the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks should seriously look at Jonnu Smith in free agency.
The Seattle Seahawks should seriously look at Jonnu Smith in free agency. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

With Russell Wilson making it clear he's unhappy, the Seattle Seahawks need to pursue some serious upgrades this offseason if they want to compete. One of the team's biggest needs is at tight end, with Greg Olsen retiring and Jacob Hollister headed to free agency.

The Seahawks' solution is promising tight end and free agent Jonnu Smith.

Smith has the potential to take off if properly utilized. He's a physical freak with big-play capabilities even at 6-foot-3, 248 pounds.

2020 was a breakout year for the 25-year-old, registering career highs in receptions (41), yards (448) and touchdowns (8). However, he did much of his damage in just the first four games -- grabbing 18 catches for 221 yards and 5 TDs -- before being used more in a blocking role in the Tennessee Titans' run-first offense.

Smith's decline in production to end the year could make him more affordable this offseason, but the potential is clearly there. Pairing him with Wilson and adding a third weapon beside Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf could give the Seahawks' offense the firepower it needs to avoid down games that plagued them in 2020.

Seattle has already been linked to Smith earlier this offseason, and it'd be a wise move for the Seahawks to make him a priority in free agency.

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