A look into the defensive line free agency market
One would think the Seattle Seahawks have to be active today.
Here’s how I see D-Line shaping up for 2012.
Currently on the Roster:
DE Chris Clemons
Chris Clemons has his own drinking game and is a 30 year old pass rushing specialist who has really come into his own in Pete Carroll’s defense. Since joining the Seahawks he has 100 tackles with 22 sacks in 32 games. That breaks down to 3.1 tackles and 0.7 sacks per game.
For his career he averages 1.6 tackles and .4 sacks per game.
DT Brandon Mebane
Brandon Mebane last off-season the Seahawks were able to re-sign Mebane to a 5 year $25 million dollar contract after he tested the market. His most valuable asset is his ability to eat up blockers in the running game. Brandon has 204 tackles and 10 sacks in 75 career games. An average of 2.7 tackles and 0.1 sacks per game.
NT Alan Branch
Last off-season the Seahawks signed Alan Branch away from the Cardinals in free agency with a 2 year $8 million dollar deal. He proved his worth and showed what he is capable of. Like Mabane he does an outstanding job eating up blockers and you can not quantify that. As a Seahawk he had 34 tackles and 3 sacks in 15 games last Season.
That’s an average of 2.3 tackles and 0.2 sacks per game which is above his 1.6 tackle and 0.1 sacks per game career average.
DE Dexter Davis
Dexter Davis is a pass rush end with a high motor and is a solid special teams player.
DE Lazarius “Pep” Levingston
Lazarius Levingston is a 24 year old spent most of the season on the practice squad.
DE Jimmy Wilkerson
Jimmy Wilkerson is a 31 year old 9 year veteran of the NFL. He’s 6-2 and 270 lbs. He’s reportedly been working out HARD this offseason, and is hoping for a bounceback season. I’m not sure there will be room for him in 2012. But if Red Bryant isn’t re-signed there could be room.
He had 2 sacks for the Saints in 2010.
DE Pierre Allen – Added as an undrafted free agent last season he is a big (not as big as Red Bryant) defensive end who plays the run well from the DE position.
DE John Graves – signed a futures contract on January 3rd
DT Adrian Taylor – Signed a futures contract with the Seahawks
When I put it all down on paper I become much more concerned about the line than I had been previously. The Seahawks will surely make some noise during free agency at this position group.
DE Red Bryant – Here you have a guy with 4 years experience who loves the team, the city and the fans but has an agent and possibly an ego telling him that he can get a lot more money than the Seahawks have offered.
After testing the market I think he will find out that he is more valuable in Seattle than he is anywhere else and I expect him to re-sign by the end of the month.
Red has averaged 2 tackles and 0.1 sacks per game during his career.
DE Mario Williams – At 26 years of age he is one of the top pass rushers in the NFL and he is about to become a free agent. Seattle has money to spend and a definite need. He’s going to command a monster deal but he is such a rare talent that I can accept that. For his career he has averaged 2.9 tackles per game 0.6 sacks per game.
Last season was the worst of his career missing 11 games after being placed on injured reserve after tearing his pectoral and need season ending surgery.
DE Anthony Hargrove – Anthony was a rotational guy on the Seahawks line last season but more importantly he is a guy who keeps the team loose on and off the field. Hargrove averages 1.7 tackles and 0.2 sacks per game for his career.
NT Paul Soliai- If a GM could create a player like on Madden this would be the guy they would create. He doesn’t fit the Seahawks but I couldn’t leave a guy this good off the list and I certainly couldn’t put him under the Hate’ em category.
DE Kedall Langford – Assuming Red Bryant re-signs with Seattle there is no way they would bring this guy in, however, if Red holds too steadfast the Seahawks could make a run at this smaller 5 technique. Kendall has averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.1 sacks per game during his career.
DT Jason Jones – His versatility to play inside or out could put him on Seattle’s radar. He is better while playing in the interior line but he does have the ability to move outside. For his career he has averaged 2.3 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game. Jason will turn 26 before the start of the Season.
DE Raheem Brock – A player that I just cannot stand. He rubbed me the wrong way when he was a Colt and spoke negatively about the Seahawks fan base on twitter. I never forgot and although I rooted him on every sunday these past two seasons I have hated him to my core Monday through Saturday.
At 33 he’s old, he’s slow and he’s washed up. Raheem has averaged 2.3 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game for his career but his numbers dropped to 1.8 tackles and 0.2 sacks per game last season.
DE Jeremy Mincey – at 28 years of age he is set to become a free agent. The thing that concerns me is that he had his breakout season in a contract year. Last year he averaged 3.6 tackles and 0.5 sacks per game but for his career he averages 2.6 tackles and 0.4 sacks per game.
Perhaps it is a sign of his growth but I am not willing to take that gamble at least early in free agency.
DE Andre Carter – Despite having a great season last year at 32 years of age he’s too old for me to seriously consider if the Sehawks have other options.
DT Albert Haynesworth – Let’s just say I’d rather have Raheem Brock back in Seattle and leave it at that.
DE John Abraham and DT/DE Cory Redding - Fall into the too old category. John turns 34 before the season begins and Cory will turn 32 during the season.
Three years ago Cory had the worst season of his career with the Seahawks so I don’t think he’d be in a hurry to sign here anyway.
DT Brodrick Bunkley – He’s basically an older version of Brandon Mabane who will be more expensive than it would be realistic to add as a rotational guy.