Moore: Ranking the Seahawks’ 8 offseason acquisitions
The Seahawks have added eight new players in the last month, seven via free agency and one, Quinton Dunbar, in a trade with Washington for a fifth-round pick.
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I thought I’d rate the acquisitions and see how they compare to your rankings.
1) Quinton Dunbar: Rated as the second-best cornerback to Richard Sherman by Pro Football Focus last year, Dunbar figures to compete with Tre Flowers and might start at right corner in 2020. I wouldn’t rule out a competition with Shaquill Griffin on the left side either. Dunbar had four interceptions in 11 games last year while Griffin has three in his career, a time frame spanning 45 games. Playmakers are better than play-breaker-uppers in my book. Injuries are a concern, though, as Dunbar has missed 14 games the last two years.
2) Greg Olsen: One of the NFL’s best tight ends the last 10-plus years, Olsen joins the Seahawks at the age of 35. He still posted good numbers last year at Carolina even with Kyle Allen as the Panthers’ quarterback and he gives Russell Wilson another solid tight-end target with Jacob Hollister and provides valuable insurance for Will Dissly, returning from a torn Achilles.
3) B.J. Finney: A backup guard-center at Pittsburgh, the Steelers went 11-2 in Finney’s 13 career starts. He projects to be a full-time starter here, either at left guard, replacing Mike Iupati, or at center replacing Justin Britt, who could be released as a salary-cap casualty. A good leader, Finney was a three-time team captain at Kansas State. I’m guessing he’s also high on the “grit” scale, rising from the undrafted ranks to becoming a quality offensive lineman. Another plus: Pro Football Focus rated Finney as one of the 15 best pass blockers among interior O-linemen.
4) Bruce Irvin: Irvin produced 8.5 sacks in Carolina last year, more than doubling the output of Rasheem Green, who led the Seahawks with 4. He finished the season with a flourish, recording 7.5 of his sacks in the last 11 games, and he can still bring the heat at 32 and should be a good locker-room guy, too. Irvin has 52 sacks in his career and has recorded no less than 5.5 in a season since 2015, his last year in Seattle.
5) Phillip Dorsett: Dorsett should be the Seahawks’ third-leading receiver in 2020. He caught 29 passes for 397 yards in New England last year and has averaged 30 receptions the last two years with Patriots, seven more than David Moore and 15 more than Jaron Brown. Dorsett gives the Seahawks three wideouts who can fly, joining Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. He’s only 27 and is a former first-round draft choice out of Miami, so he could be a fixture for years to come.
6) Brandon Shell: Shell is projected to take over for Germain Ifedi at right tackle. There are mixed reviews on the former Jet, but his salary suggests that the Seahawks like him enough to think he’ll be an improvement over Ifedi, or at least a wash at a reduced rate. (Shell’s new contract: two years, $11 million). Like Ifedi, he’s not a great pass blocker, but he should produce fewer penalties.
7) Cedric Ogbuehi: A first-round pick by Bengals in 2015, Ogbuehi hasn’t made a single start in the last two years. He was on the Jacksonville roster last year and has signed to a minimum deal with a chance to make as much as $3 million. He could be used in hybrid tight-end/tackle role that George Fant played last year, but looks to be a poor man’s George Fant.
8) Chance Warmack: Another offensive lineman, Warmack sat out all of last year in an attempt to get fully healthy. Warmack probably has a better chance to become the next Luke Joeckel than a reliable starter in Seattle, but on a minimum deal, he has a shot to be a surprise too.
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