If you remember my post titled Could 2013 be the best year for online comments ever? — and if you don’t, check it out — you may know this is not my first time writing about the Seahawks defensive line.
That makes sense. A unit once-prized for its ability to stop the run got run over over the second half of the 2012 season, and then lost its best/only consistent pass rush when Chris Clemons went down on the same FedEx turf that victimized RGIII all season. The line failed to pressure Matt Ryan in the Seahawks’ subsequent loss (and elimination) to Atlanta, so the team went into free agency with one overarching imperative: upgrade the D-Line.
Meanwhile, the team has a lot of young players due for contract extensions in coming years — contract extensions that threaten to strain the Seahawks ability to stay within the salary cap. Finances, then, were an obvious constraint on Seattle’s ability to upgrade.
So it was when knowledgeable people broke down Seattle’s options in free agency, they tended to focus on lower-impact, cheaper players to fill out the defensive line. Danny Kelly, over at Field Gulls, broke available players into tiers and discussed the likelihood of the team signing a player from each. Here’s what he had to say about the “Young, talented, super-expensive, probably” tier:
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