2019’s free agency doesn’t even officially start until March 13 but some already have 2020 on the mind. Next year’s free agency could prove a crucial one for the Seattle Seahawks as two of their team’s best players in franchise history are set to hit the market. Let’s take a look at some of the top Seahawks free agents in 2020:
The Top Seahawks Free Agents in 2020
Russell Wilson still has one year remaining on his contract with the Seahawks but the slew of rumors have left everyone anxious. The most ridiculous rumor came within the past week, which alleged that Wilson wanted to play for the New York Giants, which has no evidence to back it up whatsoever. Wilson himself has even stated that he wants to remain with the team for the rest of his football career.
Many users on Twitter feel that Seattle hasn’t properly supported the quarterback since he was drafted by the team in 2012, which could result in Wilson either demanding a trade or walking away in next year’s free agency.
Think about it…. if you’re RW…. what has Seattle done for you?
1) Team employed a disasterous OL coach for the first 6 years of your career
2) Never had even average pass protection
3) HC & Staff refuse to utilize your talents for best chance to win
— Evan Hill (@EvanonHB) February 20, 2019
The Seahawks are limited in terms of giving Wilson his likely ideal contract. Currently, nine other quarterbacks have a larger contract in total value than Wilson. If quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo are deemed worthy of deals of $125 million or more, then Wilson is far more deserving of such a thick contract. It all just relies on much the Seahawks can push their cap space to keep their franchise quarterback in Seattle. Thankfully, Pete Carroll feels inclined to say he’s confident a deal will get done.
Bobby Wagner is one of the best linebackers in the NFL and one of the best players to ever play in Seattle. His latest contract came in 2015 for a total of $43 million and nearly $20 million guaranteed. The Seahawks should have no hesitation re-signing their defensive superstar when the time comes. Since 2015, he’s had 333 total tackles, seven sacks, and four interceptions. In 2018, Wagner was the highest graded linebacker through 16 games by Pro Football Focus.
Jarran Reed has been a great addition since the Seahawks drafted him in the 2016 NFL Draft. 2018 was his best year yet, finishing with 50 combined tackles and 10.5 sacks, totaling his career sacks to 13.5. His Pro Football Focus grade for 2018 was 69.2, an above average grade. Reed is a crucial piece to the Seahawks defensive line. Free agent interior defensive lineman is somewhat thin in 2020 so Seattle should look to quickly re-sign Reed following the 2019 season.
Barkevious Mingo‘s first season with the Seahawks was a fairly good one with 48 combined tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Re-signing Mingo to another deal in 2020 depends on how Mingo’s 2019 season goes. It’s likely Mingo could have his strongest season yet in 2019 with K.J. Wright‘s possible departure from the team in 2019’s free agency along with the Mychal Kendricks insider trading situation.
Nick Vannett‘s production with the Seahawks has gone somewhat slow since they drafted him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He finally had a decent year in 2018 after veteran Ed Dickson missed the first six games of the season and after rookie tight end Will Dissly went down with a season-ending knee injury early on. Dissly showed tremendous promise as a player before he went down with an injury and could easily threaten Vannett’s spot upon his return in 2019.
- C.J. Prosise, Running back
- Jamie Meder, Defensive end
- Paxton Lynch, Quarterback
- Keenan Reynolds, Wide receiver
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