It took almost two years, but it looks like John Schneider finally found Seattle’s next star pass rusher. And he had better plan to keep him beyond 2021.
In three short games, veteran star Carlos Dunlap has proven to be everything we expected — a grand steal of a deal from the Bengals – and he clearly should be in Seattle’s plans next year and beyond.
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John Schneider tried to fix his pass-rush mess by the trade deadline Tuesday, but he couldn’t add another guy, so Carlos Dunlap will shoulder the load as he tries to elevate that part of Seattle’s game.
It starts this week in Buffalo, and Pete Carroll said he expects Dunlap to jump immediately into the fray.
Schneider also reportedly tried to add Aldon Smith from Dallas, and you can bet he called on Atlanta’s Takk McKinley and maybe the Jets’ Jordan Jenkins as he looked for cheap help along the D-line. Dunlap was the only guy he could snag for the price he was willing to pay.
Continue reading Dunlap: ‘I’ve got plenty of years left’
The Seahawks apparently are still in the trade game, both as potential buyers and sellers. Could they marry the two to add another pass rusher?
After John Schneider’s typical shrewd move to add an impact veteran – getting Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati for B.J. Finney and a seventh-rounder – word is the GM may indeed still be on the lookout for another pass rusher.
The ideal options would be veteran stars Ryan Kerrigan and Melvin Ingram, with young Takk McKinley and Chase Winovich possible secondary choices. The Hawks reportedly inquired about Dallas pass rusher Aldon Smith, but were rebuffed.
Continue reading More deals coming?
Most observers are giving John Schneider major kudos for once again filling a big roster hole by taking advantage of another team’s dysfunction.
The trade for Carlos Dunlap – Schneider’s third October deal in four years — certainly was needed, and Schneider did well to get it done for a mere seventh-round pick and overpriced backup center B.J. Finney, as Cincinnati clearly was eager to get rid of Dunlap. (The GM would do better to add another pass rusher, too.)
But let’s not forget this is the continuation of an ongoing theme: The Seahawks were in this mess because Schneider created it – and then failed to fix it until now, maybe only for now.
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A third of the way through the season, the Seahawks have weathered a bunch of defensive injuries and some historically bad play on that side to open 5-0.
As they take their bye this week, reinforcements are coming for the league’s last-ranked defense, which has helped the 5-0 start through big stops and turnovers. Jamal Adams, Jordyn Brooks and Rasheem Green are all expected back from injuries shortly, and former All-Pro run stopper Damon Harrison should make his debut as well.
But what about that anemic pass rush?
Continue reading Roster report: Defensive Help coming, but probably not via trade
John Schneider just pulled off his biggest blockbuster since the Percy Harvin debacle seven years ago. By draft picks, it is the most grandiose deal Schneider has ever made.
The reported terms: Jamal Adams and a fourth-rounder in 2022 for a first and third in 2021, a first in 2022 and Bradley McDougald.
It’s a ton to give up for a safety. In most cases, you would say way too much. But there are extenuating circumstances all around this one – from the team that made the deal to the year it was made.
Continue reading Hawks gave up a ton for Adams, but probably not as much as it seems
The closer it gets to draft time, the closer it gets to decision time for the Seahawks about which established pass rusher they are going to add.
We already said the team needs to move on from Jadeveon Clowney if he is seeking just a one-year deal at this point, but now it seems he might be intent on waiting until the COVID-19 shutdown is lifted so he can undergo physicals in the hope of getting what he wants (at least $20 million a year).
If that is the case, it’s definitely time to move on; Seattle has to have a pass rusher before the draft begins April 23.
Continue reading Hawks must add their pass rusher by draft day
If Jadeveon Clowney wants only a one-year deal, the Seahawks should sign Everson Griffen instead.
Clowney’s market might be under $15 million at this point, per 710 ESPN’s John Clayton. We all know about the pandemic hurdle to teams giving Clowney a physical, but Clayton brings up another interesting thought: There aren’t many 4-3 teams in need of pass rushers now.
Continue reading If Clowney won’t commit, Seahawks should quickly grab Griffen
“What we’re trying to find is a real premier pass-rush guy to play the LEO spot.” — Pete Carroll
John Schneider has never been shy to trade his first-round pick for a shot at an impact player. He did it in 2013 (for Percy Harvin) and 2015 (for Jimmy Graham). Now, fortunately, it looks like he is willing to do it again.
Continue reading Good news: Schneider is willing to trade for ‘premier’ pass rusher
The Seahawks, who have declared their desire to improve their pass rush this offseason, reportedly are interested in acquiring Yannick Ngakoue from Jacksonville. It certainly makes sense, but how realistic is it?
Ngakoue is expected to be tagged and traded by the Jags; he has said he will not sign a long-term deal there. But what would he cost, in picks and pay?
Sources tell NFL draft insider Tony Pauline that the Seahawks might be able to get him for a second-rounder and a swap of their first-rounder for the Jags’ 2. That seems legit.
Continue reading Are the Seahawks willing to pay Ngakoue?