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3 Players the Seahawks Must Avoid in Free Agency

Larry Rupp
The Seattle Seahawks need to avoid these three free agents this offseason.
The Seattle Seahawks need to avoid these three free agents this offseason. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks have won just one playoff game over the last four seasons, but will look to add to that total in 2021. They could still improve in the offseason by making a few underrated and crucial moves that create a balanced team capable of competing in the NFC West.

The free agent market is full of top tier players as well as experienced veterans ready to contribute right away, but it is important to sign the ones that fit the team the best.

With that in mind, here are three free agents the Seahawks should avoid signing.

1. Juju Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster
The Seahawks do not need to spend a lot of money to find a No. 3 receiver. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

While the Seahawks will be looking to add a No. 3 receiver to line up alongside Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, they should avoid Juju Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster is going to draw a lot of interest this offseason and could sign a contract worth much more than Seattle should be willing to spend. Plus, he averaged a career-low 8.6 yards per reception last season and has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards just once. The free agent wide receiver class is stacked and the Seahawks would be better off finding a low-cost reliable receiver than paying top dollar for Smith-Schuster.

2. Shaquill Griffin, CB

Shaquill Griffin
The Seahawks would be smart to let Shaquill Griffin sign elsewhere. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

This one is tough because Shaquill Griffin has been a mainstay on the Seahawks defense ever since he was drafted in 2017. However, the secondary is one of the only part of Seattle's defense where there is obvious depth. The Seahawks have Tre Flowers and DJ Reed ready to go and are likely to re-sign Quinton Dunbar as well. The amount of money it would take to re-sign Griffin may just be too much for the team to take on. They can always sign a cheaper veteran to take his place or draft a replacement in April. It is best if Seattle lets Griffin sign with a new team.

3. Todd Gurley, RB

Todd Gurley
Signing Todd Gurley involves too much risk for the Seahawks. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Seahawks are losing starting running back Chris Carson to free agency this offseason and need to find someone new to pair with Rashaad Penny. One running back they need to avoid is Todd Gurley. Gurley hasn't been the same player over the last few seasons that he was at the beginning of his career. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 2020 and failed to rush for over 700 yards despite starting 15 games. The Seahawks would be smart to add a running back known for racking up yards and blocking opposing pass rushers instead. There is simply too much risk involved with Gurley for the Seahawks to sign him.

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