Monday, March 19, 2018
After a lot of subtraction, Seahawks move on to addition
Finally, after a whirlwind of personnel dismissals, the Seahawks are starting to add to their organization.
Curb your enthusiasm-- these moves aren't likely to excite you much.
Seattle's tight ends group was depleted and fans were revved up at the prospect of local kid, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, potentially joining the squad. However, that never actually transpired. Instead, the Seahawks signed another relatively local player in Ed Dixon. Dixon grew up in California, played college ball at Oregon and spent his entire career on the east coast.
He looks to be the blocker that Jimmy Graham never was and flashed a bit of the athleticism we've seen from Luke Willson. I'm not sure he'll adequately replace either of those guys. Paired with Nick Vannett, Seattle may still need to look to the draft for additional stability.
Safety Maurice Alexander, who had previously spent time with the Rams, is the latest addition to the Seahawks defensive backfield. I believe he was more or less a special teams guy in Los Angeles, so his role might be taking over those tasks in Seattle while freeing up Tedrick Thompson and Delano Hill to compete with Brad MacDougald to fill the potential safety vacancies.
Additionally, Seattle brought on Jaron Brown from the Cardinals. I think they could've found a player of similar production in the draft or as a UDFA, but it does give Seattle some receiver depth going forward. There's talk that Russell Wilson is actively trying to recruit Terrell Pryor back to Seattle, too.
While none of this signings should make your heart palpitate, they do give a little depth to a decimated roster that might make the draft a little easier. The Seahawks have too many needs to expect the draft to solve all of their problems.
We've seen too often the role attrition plays in the league year, so it helps to go into the draft with some wiggle room. This has become a bit of a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks are still poised to be a good team moving ahead.
Lots of free agency action lies ahead before next month's draft. In the meantime, relax and enjoy the music player below. As some of you may be aware, outside of football, music is one of my other great passions. The player below is loaded with some of the songs I've written and performed on. I'm currently working on a new album and a book that I hope will be ready to release this winter.