Seattle Seahawks’ NFL free-agent signings 2022 – Seattle Seahawks Blog

NFL free agency is off and running, and we’re keeping track of every major signing, trade and release of the 2022 offseason, with analysis from our NFL Nation reporters and grades from our experts. The new league year begins Wednesday at 4 pm ET, which means free-agent signings can be made official after that. The first round of the 2022 NFL draft begins April 28 on ESPN.

The Seahawks enter 2022 free agency in a much different situation from the one they’ve known for much of the past decade:

Lots of money to spend. No Russell Wilson at quarterback.

Even with the fourth-most cap space of any team, according to ESPN’s roster management data, last week’s Wilson trade and whatever degree of rebuild it signals calls into question how active the Seahawks will be in free agency. A true rebuild would prioritize younger players in the draft as opposed to high-priced veteran additions in March, which hasn’t been their MO anyways.

It’s hard to predict without knowing what the Seahawks’ plan is to replace Wilson and thus how competitive they think they can be in 2022.

What’s clear is that they have the funds to be players in free agency if they so choose. The Wilson trade was roughly a net wash in terms of 2022 cap space, but Bobby Wagner’s release cleared $ 16.6 million, putting the Seahawks at around $ 48 million entering the two-day negotiating window, according to roster management data.

That also creates another hole at middle linebacker to go along with their other needs at cornerback, edge rusher, offensive line, running back and, of course, quarterback.

Here’s a breakdown of every 2022 NFL free-agent signing by the Seattle Seahawks and how each will impact the upcoming season:

The Seahawks and Diggs have agreed to terms on a three-year, $ 40 million contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Diggs will get $ 28 million over the first two years. The $ 13.33 million average is more than what Diggs would have made in 2022 had Seattle applied the $ 12.9 million franchise tag.

What it means: Re-signing a 29-year-old free agent on that big of a deal suggests the Seahawks aren’t in full-fledged rebuild mode, as some assumed they would be by trading Wilson and releasing Wagner last week. It suggests they plan on being competitive in 2022 and that they plan to make Diggs a focal point of their revamped defense under new coordinator Clint Hurtt. The Seahawks struggled to take the ball away in 2021, so unless they were tearing it all down, they couldn’t afford to lose one of the best ball hawks in the NFL and the player who was arguably their team MVP last year. Diggs is one of the more respected players in Seattle’s locker room. His return di lui on a big deal positions him to fill the leadership void on defense left by Wagner’s departure.

What’s the risk: Diggs is 29 and coming off a serious injury, having suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle in the season finale. Coach Pete Carroll said at the scouting combine that he has no doubt that Diggs will be back on the field in time for training camp. His injury aside, Diggs ‘deal means two of the Seahawks’ highest-paid players are safeties, which the NFL generally doesn’t consider a premium position. That won’t be an issue if Diggs continues to play at a Pro Bowl level and if Jamal Adams ($ 17.5 million average per year) can get back to his pre-2021 form. Will they?

Al Woods, defensive tackle

The NFL Network reports that Woods’ deal is for two years.

What it means: The Seahawks are bringing back what was quietly one of their better defenders in 2021. Run-stuffing defensive tackles are often hard to notice and don’t stand out in the stat sheet, but Woods played what Pete Carroll said was his best football last season at age 34. His job is to eat up space and occupy blockers, and you need look no further than Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner ranking second and third, respectively, in the NFL in tackles last season for evidence of how well Woods did that. For all the issues the Seahawks had on defense last year, they allowed the second-fewest yards per rush in the NFL. Woods was a big reason why.

What’s the risk: The obvious risk is Woods’ age. He turns 35 later in March and plays one of the more physical positions in football. He’s likely getting a raise from the one-year, $ 2.5 million deal he played on in 2021. Woods took a COVID-19 opt-out in 2020, so his strong season di lui came after a year off. Woods averaged about 37 snaps per game and the only game he missed in 2021 was due to COVID, so durability wasn’t an issue last year. But you can’t necessarily assume that will remain the case given his age di lui.

The NFL Network reports Jones’ deal is for one year.

What it means: The Seahawks have a solid option to either start opposite DJ Reed again in 2022 or replace Reed if he leaves in free agency. Jones has made 25 starts in five seasons, including a career-high 11 last year. He played well – even if not spectacularly – after he replaced a struggling Tre Flowers and later an injured Tre Brown in the starting lineup. Most of his playing time by him came on the left side. The Seahawks are high on Brown, last year’s fourth-round pick. Getting Jones back in the fold for 2022 doesn’t make their cornerback group a strength, but it should lessen the pressure to re-sign Reed if the price isn’t to their liking.

What’s the risk: The Seahawks forced only 18 turnovers last season, eighth-fewest in the NFL. While that was largely due to their underperforming pass rush, it was also a function of not having enough ball hawks outside of Quandre Diggs. As solid of a player as Jones is, that’s not been his strength di lui. He has four interceptions in 47 career games, though he had 10 passes defensed last season. And that did include a big interception in a loss to Arizona that was questionably overturned. Jones, who turns 26 in May, is still young enough to improve his ball skills. A revamped defensive coaching staff – Sean Desai and Karl Scott are newcomers who will work with the secondary – could help in that regard.

The Seahawks are bringing Dissly back on a three-year, $ 24 million deal, a source tells ESPN. The deal does not include incentives, per the source, so the base value is $ 8 million per season.

What it means: The Seahawks appear set at tight end now that Dissly is returning to join Noah Fant, who’s coming to Seattle from Denver in the Russell Wilson trade. That means they’re likely moving on from Gerald Everett, who’s also a free agent. Fant is an athletic, pass-catching tight end who can move around the formation, a la Everett. So if the Seahawks were going to re-sign one of their top two tight ends, Dissly’s blocking ability makes him a better complement to Fant. They also have 2020 fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson, whom they hope can get going after two unproductive seasons to begin his career.

What’s the risk: An $ 8 million APY is hefty for a player who has missed 24 career games and hasn’t topped 25 receptions in any of his four seasons. On the flip side, Dissly has played in all but two games over the last two seasons after his first two di lui were cut short by a torn patellar tendon and then a ruptured Achilles. His blocking ability of him has obvious appeal to a team that wants to run the ball and may want to lean more on its ground game in the post-Wilson era. But for the Seahawks to get proper value out of the deal, Dissly will also have to produce as a receiver, something he’s done in flashes. The Seahawks’ next quarterback won’t be as good as Wilson but he may throw more over the middle of the field than Wilson did. That could translate to more production for Dissly and their other tight ends.


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