Heaps: Seahawks aren’t done adding to defense after Jamal Adams trade
Are the Seahawks done adding to the roster this offseason?
It’s a fair question that has been asked for weeks and, to the surprise of many, the answer ultimately was “no” as the team shipped three draft picks – including two first-round picks – and veteran safety Bradley McDougald for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and a fourth-round pick. Adams now instantly gets plugged in as Seattle’s starting strong safety and has a legitimate argument for now being the Seahawks’ best defensive player, challenging fellow First-Team All-Pro Bobby Wagner, the star middle linebacker.
But after giving up a ton to get Adams on the defense, surely now the Seahawks are done adding to this team, especially as they report to training camp in the near future, right? Not so fast says Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy.
“This is not the last move for the Seahawks and particularly on defense,” he said.
Not only does Heaps think the Seahawks will add at least one more major piece on defense, he thinks a former member of the Seattle offense will be back as well.
“I am fully confident that when Josh Gordon gets reinstated into the league that he will become a Seahawk,” Heaps said.
Gordon, 29, joined the Seahawks in the middle of 2019 after being waived by the Patriots. Seattle, despite being one of the later teams on the waiver wire, put in a claim and ultimately got him on the roster. In five games with the Seahawks, Gordon caught seven passed for 139 yards, but he was suspended for a failed drug test after the team’s Week 15 win over the Panthers.
It was his fifth suspension since entering the NFL in 2012. Now, Gordon is seeking reinstatement and has posted photos of him working out in Seattle, as well as posting pictures of the area in general, seemingly hinting that he wants to play for the Seahawks in 2020.
“I feel confident in that. Josh Gordon wants to be a Seahawk and I think the Seahawks feel very good about him in terms of what he would do against the cap in the sense that he would not cost much, he would be a veteran-minimum player and they have great familiarity with him,” Heaps said.
On the other side of the ball, the defensive line was seen as the biggest need heading into the offseason. The Seahawks have added to the line, signing defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa and drafting defensive ends Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson. The team also re-signed defensive tackle Jarran Reed. But Heaps says to expect one more addition to that unit, either another edge rusher or a veteran defensive tackle.
“Is it with another edge rusher (like) Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen, or do they look at some of these veteran defensive tackles that are out there still left in the market like (Damon) ‘Snacks’ Harrison, Mike Daniels, and Tim Jernigan?” Heaps said. “Those are three really good defensive tackles. Oh, Marcell Dareus for that matter as well.”
Clowney is well known in Seattle after playing for the Seahawks last year. He had three sacks as he battled through injuries. Griffen has been linked to the Seahawks as he played for head coach Pete Carroll in college at USC. A four-time Pro Bowler, Griffen had eight sacks last season.
The four free-agent defensive tackles may be less known to fans here in Seattle, but they’re plenty popular in NFL circles.
Harrison, 31, is a big, 6-foot-3 player who weighs 350 pounds and is a space eater on the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t add much to the pass rush in terms of getting sacks, but he gets plenty of tackles in the run game. He was an All-Pro in 2016 and has played for the Jets, Giants and Lions.
Daniels, 31, is short and stout, standing 6-0 and weighing right around 300 pounds and was a Pro Bowler in 2017. He played in 19 combined games the last two seasons with the Packers and Lions.
Jernigan, 27, is smaller, weighing less than 300 pounds, and doesn’t have quite the production Harrison has, but is a younger piece that also showed the ability to get after the quarterback throughout his career. He has played for the Ravens and Eagles since entering the league in 2014.
Dareus is a former No. 3 pick of the Bills in 2011 is a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro. He is 6-3 and 330 pounds and has been more of a factor stopping the run than rushing the passer in previous years. He has played for the Bills and Jaguars.
“Those are four defensive tackles that could really help you in terms of run-stuffing ability and I think would really round out this defensive line pretty nicely,” Heaps said. “So expect a move on that defensive line either during training camp or as they approach the season.”
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