Seahawks Meeting With Former All-Pro Free Agent Defender on Monday

The Seattle Seahawks will meet with former All-Pro and free agent defensive tackle Geno Atkins on Monday.
The Seattle Seahawks will meet with former All-Pro and free agent defensive tackle Geno Atkins on Monday. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The NFL preseason continues to wind down to its final weeks, meaning regular season football is just around the corner. That hasn't stopped teams from filling out any lingering holes on their rosters or new holes created by training camp injuries.

For the Seattle Seahawks, there remains a clear need to add defensive line depth before September football. Seattle lost Jarran Reed to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency this past offseason, but the team will host former Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins for a free-agency visit on Monday.

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By the stats, it wasn't obvious that Seattle has a need for depth on their defensive line. In fact, Seattle ranked fifth in opposing rushing yards per game (95.6), third in quarterback pressures (182) and seventh in sacks (46). But, the departed Reed accounted for 6.5 of these sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Additionally, safety Jamal Adams led the team with 9.5 sacks, a rare feat for a secondary player.

Atkins was recently fully cleared from shoulder surgery he underwent to repair an injury that held the former Pro Bowler to just eight games in 2020. The 12-year NFL veteran brings a plethora of experience, if signed, including 75.5 career sacks along with eight Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro honors.

The addition of Atkins would also pair the former Cincinnati Bengal with his former teammate, Carlos Dunlap, who the Seahawks acquired via trade in 2020. Dunlap finished fourth on Seattle's roster with 5.0 sacks while recording 14 tackles for loss in just eight games.

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