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Pass-Rushers the Seahawks Should Target If They Don't Re-Sign Jadeveon Clowney

Max Staley
Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the most sought-after free agents in the NFL this offseason.
Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the most sought-after free agents in the NFL this offseason. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images
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The Seattle Seahawks traded for Jadeveon Clowney this offseason, and he was as advertised. While his standard stats certainly won't blow you away (just 3.0 sacks in 2019), he had the seventh-highest pass rush win rate (24 percent) among all edge rushers.

Seattle would certainly like to retain Clowney, but he's not exactly a surefire bet to re-sign, as he figures to be one of the most desired players in free agency. If the Seahawks can't work out a deal with Clowney, here are three pass rushers they should target in free agency.

1. Yannick Ngakoue

Yannick Ngakoue runs on the field against the New Orleans Saints.
Yannick Ngakoue runs on the field against the New Orleans Saints. / Harry Aaron/Getty Images

If Clowney is the most talented edge rusher on the market, Yannick Ngakoue might be the most productive. He's racked up at least 8.0 sacks in each of his four NFL seasons, for a combined total of 37.5. Since entering the league in 2016, Ngakoue has racked up the 12th-most sacks and fourth-most forced fumbles (14). Still just 24 years old, Ngakoue would be an excellent way to bounce back from the potential loss of Clowney.

2. Dante Fowler

Dante Fowler will enter free agency this offseason.
Dante Fowler will enter free agency this offseason. / John McCoy/Getty Images

A former teammate of Ngakoue's, Dante Fowler underwhelmed during his tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the No. 3 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he finally showed why in 2019, as he racked up a career-high 11.5 sacks with the Los Angeles Rams. While it's fair to wonder if this sudden jump in production was a fluke, as he never had more than 8.0 sacks prior to 2019, Fowler had the ninth-highest pass rush win rate among all edge rushers this season. Likely to be a much cheaper option than Ngakoue or Clowney, Fowler doesn't have the same floor as those two, but he's proven he has a similar ceiling.

3. Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn had 11.5 sacks with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.
Robert Quinn had 11.5 sacks with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Once one of the most feared pass-rushers in the league, Robert Quinn regressed after starting his career on what looked to be a Hall-of-Fame trajectory. He had 45.0 sacks over the first four years of his career, highlighted by a 19.0-sack campaign in just his third NFL season. He fell off after 2014 though, as Quinn was held below 9.0 sacks in four consecutive seasons (2015-18). He made a startling turn around in 2019 with the Dallas Cowboys, though, racking up 11.5 sacks and his 33 percent pass rush win rate was tops among all edge rushers. For reference, no one else was higher than 28 percent. He'll be 30 years old by the time next season kicks off, but a short-term deal in Seattle could make a lot of sense for both sides.


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