Free-agent LB Patrick Queen won’t join Macdonald with Seahawks

Mar 12, 2024, 11:18 AM | Updated: 3:37 pm

Seattle Seahawks free agency Patrick Queen...

Patrick Queen of the Baltimore Ravens reacts on Oct. 1, 2023. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

All-Pro linebacker Patrick Queen will not be following Mike Macdonald from Baltimore to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Instead, the 2020 first-round pick is expected to stay in the AFC North and sign a three-year deal worth up to $41 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per ESPN’s Marcus Spears and Adam Schefter.

Queen, 24, was seen as a potential top Seahawks offseason target due both to his skill, as evidenced by a second-team All-Pro season in 2023, as well as his familiarity with Macdonald, Seattle’s new head coach who was Queen’s defensive coordinator in Baltimore the last two years.

With Queen off the market, the Seahawks still have yet to address the inside linebacker position this offseason.

Seahawks starting linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner both hit free agency Monday, and Brooks reportedly is signing a three-year deal with the Miami Dolphins worth up to $30 million. Wagner, meanwhile, is not expected to return to the Seahawks, per NFL Network.

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So which free-agent inside linebackers are still available? Here are two remaining who are top-100 free agents, per CBS.

Devin White, 26, was a top-10 pick in 2019 and an All-Pro in 2020. He’s been in Tampa Bay for his whole career.

Tyrel Dodson, 25, was an undrafted free agent in 2019 who had a bit of a breakout year in Buffalo in 2023, when he appeared in all 17 games with 10 starts at linebacker while playing a career-high 51% of the Bills’ defensive snaps.

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