Seahawks sign Bradley McDougald to three-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks have been busy dismantling their defense so far this offseason. But it appears that the team has decided it is going to keep at least one player from last season’s unit in safety Bradley McDougald.
According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the team and McDougald have agreed on a three-year, $13.95 million extension.
The Seahawks will keep one of their own free agents. They’ve agreed to terms on a three-year, $13.95 million deal with S Bradley McDougald, source says. He stepped into a starting role last year when Kam Chancellor went down. Chancellor’s future remains murky.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2018
With Kam Chancellor’s health and availability for next season still in doubt, the Seahawks needed to make sure McDougald stuck around. The Seahawks picked him up last year from Tampa Bay and became glad they did when Chancellor went down with a season-ending neck injury.
McDougald played well enough last season to attract some attention. Had he made it to free agency later this week, chances are he would have been offered something better from someone else.
Seattle has already made some massive moves on defense this offseason. After trading away defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles, they recently released long time cornerback Richard Sherman along with fellow defensive back Jeremy Lane.
Free safety Earl Thomas is also quite possibly another big star on the trade block. Should the Seahawks get rid of Thomas, McDougald could become the senior man in the Seattle secondary next season. That is unless the team acquires someone else via free agency.
With all the changes they’ve gone through this offseason, it’s hard to see the famed Seattle secondary still being the same dominant force it has been for the past few years. However, if they pick up the right guys in free agency we could see the Legion of Boom reborn. But, then again, sequels are rarely even as good as the original.