Forging the Foundation
After letting go of defensive end Red Bryant, the Seattle Seahawks held on to their more prized pass rusher – Michael Bennett – by signing him to a four-year deal reportedly worth $34 million with $16 million guaranteed.
The key to Seattle’s success was difficult to pin point last season, considering it was so well-rounded and performed soundly in every area. However, the Super Bowl gave clear evidence of the team’s newfound strength – the pass rush.
The beating the Seattle defensive front put on Manning and the Denver Broncos’ line will go down in history as one of the greatest defensive performances of all time.
Obviously the Legion of Boom and outstanding young linebackers on the defense are both major contributors to the stoutness of the D, but it all begins with the line.
Bennett was signed last season to a one-year deal for $4.8 million after departing from Tampa Bay.
The Hawks also gave a short-term deal to Cliff Avril in hopes of improving athletically on the defensive line. Both players excelled in their auditions and created one of the deepest positional groups in the league.
Both were key players in the Super Bowl run, although their stats may not jump off the page.
With so many major pieces needed to be put in place, not all be solved this offseason. However, it will be interesting how the team steadies the ship that is on course for yet another Super Bowl run.