The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2018 season with a 10-6 record and were eliminated in the Wildcard round of the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys. The team will head towards the 2019 offseason to look to improve and get back to their Legion of Boom days, maybe even competing with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.
While there are some glaring needs, especially in the secondary, the team could look towards free agency to fix some holes that might not be as apparent. The Seahawks could go after players that likely won’t garner as much attention on the free agent market, which could end up saving them a ton of money in the long run.
Seattle could quietly make some big moves in free agency that would put them immediately back into contention with the Rams and the rest of the NFC. Here are three under-the-radar free agents the Seattle Seahawks should sign during the 2019 offseason.
3. T.J. Yeldon, RB
It is pretty clear the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to let T.J. Yeldon walk in free agency and could be letting Leonard Fournette go along with him. If the former Alabama Crimson Tide back is the only RB leaving Jacksonville this year, the Seattle Seahawks should sign him.
Chris Carson has become “the guy” in the backfield for the Seahawks, but the their running backs have proven to somewhat injury-prone in the past. Yeldon would be the perfect backup and another weapon for Russell Wilson in the passing game. Yes, the team drafted Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State last year and he is a speedy option, running the ball, but Yeldon has proven to be a larger, speedier back.
Yeldon could make a great option for the Seahawks running the football in 2019 season. He would likely come at a cheap price and it would be an interesting fit on the West Coast.
2. LaMarcus Joyner, S
The Seattle Seahawks likely have one big goal for this upcoming offseason: get back on the same level as the Los Angeles Rams. The best way to do that is to steal their franchise safety LaMarcus Joyner right from underneath them.
Joyner had a great 2017 season, intercepting three passes and nine pass deflections in 12 games. He had a pretty good 2018 season with 78 tackles, but his pass coverage diminished some as he only recorded one interception, which could lead to the Rams moving away from him going forward.
Joyner would be exactly the type of hard-hitting safety the Seahawks would need to bring in and make some big plays for the team. He could bring a new version of the Legion of Boom to Seattle and he would certainly be able to frustrate the rest of the division at least for the foreseeable future.
1. Tyler Eifert, TE
This certainly would be an interesting signing for the Seattle Seahawks to make. The team got next to no production from their tight ends in 2018 with Nick Vannett only recording 269 yards and three touchdowns, so taking a chance on the ever-injured Tyler Eifert might be worth the shot.
Eifert went down with yet another devastating and season-ending injury, an ankle injury that nearly ended his career. This is the third year in a row he has gone down with an injury and with a new coach in Cincinnati, the Bengals might be looking to move on from him.
However, this might be exactly what the Seahawks are hoping for. When Eifert is healthy, he is one of the NFL’s best tight ends. In his only two full NFL seasons in 2013 and 2015, he recorded a total of 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns, 13 of which came in his third season. His presence in Seattle would make for an interesting addition to the passing game, a wrinkle they missed with Jimmy Graham gone to Green Bay this year.