Top Edge Rushers the Seahawks Can Still Target Now That They're Out on Jadeveon Clowney

Jason Schandl
Three free agent edge rushers the Seahawks can still sign now that they may be out of the running on Jadeveon Clowney.
Three free agent edge rushers the Seahawks can still sign now that they may be out of the running on Jadeveon Clowney. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
facebooktwitterreddit

The Seattle Seahawks made a huge splash this weekend by trading for superstar safety Jamal Adams. Adding Adams gives this defense a huge boost, but it also likely takes Seattle out of the running for another star — Jadeveon Clowney.

The trade didn't ding Seattle's salary cap space for this offseason, but Adams is likely going to command a massive new contract that will make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. It would be a real stretch to get that done while also giving Clowney the kind of deal that he wants.

There are still some solid edge defenders still available on the free agent market though. Here are three the Seahawks should target.

3. Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake had 11 QB hits in nine games in 2019.
Cameron Wake had 11 QB hits in nine games in 2019. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Cameron Wake is certainly past his prime at 38 years old, but in recent years we've seen elite edge rushers continue producing into their late-30's. His 2019 sack number (2.5 in nine games) may look worrying, but Wake still notched 11 QB hits on the season, and an average of 1.2 per game is right in line with what he recorded in 2018 (when he had 6.0 sacks). He doesn't offer much on early downs against the run at this point in his career, but Wake could still be a dangerous situational pass rusher.

2. Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal Sheard tallied 15.5 sacks in three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Jabaal Sheard tallied 15.5 sacks in three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

Jabaal Sheard is coming off a down year with the Indianapolis Colts, but he's consistently been a solid defender on the edge in recent years. He's not an elite pass-rushing threat, but he has still averaged a reasonable 5.7 sacks per season over the last five years. He is also a very stout run defender, having received a run defense grade of at least 79.0 on ProFootballFocus (PFF) in two of the last three seasons. Clowney graded out better against the run than as a pass rusher in 2019, so that skill set would make Sheard an interesting replacement.

1. Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen recorded 8.0 sacks in 2019.
Everson Griffen recorded 8.0 sacks in 2019. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Outside of Clowney, Everson Griffen is the best edge defender left on the market. He has only recorded fewer than 8.0 sacks in one of the last six seasons (when he was limited to 11 games in 2018), and he also has at least 22 QB hits in five of the last six years. Combining that proven track record as a pass rusher with PFF run defense grades in the 70s in two of the last three years shows just how versatile he can be. Griffen would be the ideal signing for Seattle.


Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $500!


Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

facebooktwitterreddit