The Seattle Seahawks used this offseason to address a couple of their needs on their roster. Free agency and the NFL Draft have passed, but that doesn’t mean that Seattle can’t use free agency to bring in some more help.
The majority of the big-name free agents are already taken, but there is still some talent left for the taking. For instance, the Seahawks could still use some help at their defensive end position.
Therefore, signing a guy like Derrick Morgan makes a ton of sense. Over the past couple of seasons, the Seahawks have lost Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, and Frank Clark. Most recently, Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the NFL Draft.
As a result, the Seahawks used their first-round pick on L.J. Collier out of TCU. Collier played defensive end at TCU while amassing 14.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his four seasons.
The rookie defensive end figures to immediately step into a starting role alongside Ziggy Ansah, who the Seahawks signed this offseason. Regardless, Seattle should dive right back into the free agency pool and consider signing Derrick Morgan.
Morgan has been with the Tennessee Titans for his first nine seasons in the NFL. Now, Morgan finds himself looking for a new home for the first time in his entire career.
The veteran defensive end totaled 44.5 sacks, 54 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles during his time with the Titans. Although, his play on the field was a little concerning in 2018—getting just half a sack in 12 starts.
Nonetheless, the Seahawks lack veterans on their defensive line and Morgan could provide some experience. Morgan doesn’t need to be given a starting role but rather a role where he rotates with some of the younger guys.
In 2018, Seattle ranked 11th in the NFL in sacks with 43 of them as a team. A large number of those came from Clark, who had 13 of them himself. That leaves a ton of production that needs to be replaced along the defensive end spots.
It’s unlikely that one player will be able to rack up 13 or more sacks alone for the Seahawks. With this in mind, Seattle can replace Clark by having a few guys who can give them some production at sacking the quarterback.
Undoubtedly, Ansah will play phenomenally if he is healthy and Collier could impress in his rookie season. Nonetheless, the Seahawks are going to need more than that to repeat their success in 2018 of getting sacks.
Adding Morgan would provide them another option at rushing the passer, along with a needed veteran in the locker room. Someone like Morgan knows what it takes to perform at a level that can allow you to have a long career in the NFL.
After all, Morgan has been able to play in the NFL for nine seasons, all with the same team. Playing for the same team throughout your career is a rare thing to see in today’s NFL.
The NFC West boasts three teams besides the Seahawks who could have high-octane offenses in 2o19. Therefore, finding guys to get to the quarterback will be an absolute necessity for every defense.
Additionally, one free agent that the Seahawks should still target this offseason is Derrick Morgan.