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Fann: 6 impending free agents for Seahawks to watch in the Super Bowl

Feb 8, 2023, 10:51 AM

Seahawks Javon Hargrave...

Javon Hargrave of the Philadelphia Eagles pressures Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 30, 2022. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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We’re just days away from the Eagles and Chiefs squaring off in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. And while you’re hanging with friends, playing Super Bowl squares, and feasting on an immaculate spread, make sure to keep an eye on a few specific players who could be targets for the Seahawks come free agency.

Wyman & Bob: Top free agents the Seahawks should target this offseason

The following players would address some of Seattle’s needs this offseason.

Eagles DT Javon Hargrave

The Eagles have the best pass rush in football, and Hargrave has been a huge part of that with a career high 11 sacks during the regular season. He added another sack against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Hargrave just turned 30 on Feb. 7, but he has aged like a fine wine thus far as his sack totals have increased in each of his last three seasons. He’s likely the most alluring name on this list for Seahawks fans given his presence as a pass-rushing defensive tackle.

Seattle needs immense help across the defensive line, and Hargrave would be a wonderful piece to add to the mix.

Eagles CB James Bradberry

I doubt the Seahawks go the veteran route when looking for a starter opposite Tariq Woolen, but Bradberry would be a solid option if they did opt to look that direction.

Bradberry has been a Day 1 starter since entering the league as a former second-round pick to the Panthers in 2016. Being a member of the league’s top pass defense might give him a bigger payday than he deserves, though that pass rush really aids the secondary.

Bradberry posted three interceptions this season and will be 30 in August.

Eagles G Isaac Seumalo

Seattle desperately needs a guard to play opposite Damien Lewis. Seumalo has experience playing on both the right and the left side, but has spent this season as Philadelphia’s right guard. That would keep Lewis from having to change sides once again.

The Oregon State alum has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but he’s remained healthy for the entirety of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run this season. Seumalo is well above average according to Pro Football Focus, and he excels in pass protection.

Eagles LB Kyzir White

The cupboard is bare at linebacker on the Seahawks’ depth chart. Jordyn Brooks will miss at least the start of the season with a torn ACL, and Cody Barton is a free agent. Both of Philadelphia’s linebackers are impending free agents.

White has experience at both WLB and MLB but played on the weakside this season for the Eagles. He hasn’t been stellar, but he’d be a marginal upgrade over Barton. He posted 110 tackles and 1.5 sacks during the regular season. White will be 27 in March.

Eagles LB T.J. Edwards

The former undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin has flourished into a dependable middle linebacker for the Eagles. He posted a career high 81.1 PFF grade in 2022 while racking up a career high 159 tackles, two sacks, and seven passes defended.

The question here is how much Seattle is willing to invest in a free agent linebacker if the team’s expectation remains that Brooks is a franchise cornerstone. Still, the thought of pairing Edwards and Brooks together has to be somewhat tantalizing to John Schneider and Co.

Edwards will be 27 in August.

Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Seattle is still without a go-to No. 3 receiver given Dee Eskridge’s inability to both stay healthy and produce when healthy.

Marquise Goodwin had moments in 2022 with 387 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but Smith-Schuster would be an upgrade. He posted 933 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs during the 2022 regular season and would likely mesh well with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf as a natural slot receiver. He’d likely come at a nice value given he made just $3.7 million in 2022 on a one-year deal.

I’d expect his market to be in the same ballpark when he hits free agency again in March. He’s still just 26 years old.

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