The Seahawks had an abrupt finish to their first “Legion of Increase.” With Saturday’s blockbuster commerce for former Jets security Jamal Adams, they’ll lastly really feel nice in regards to the potential for an actual sequel.
Two offseasons after Seattle’s secondary began to interrupt up, the group may be assured that it has a whole playmaking group once more. Including Adams was essentially the most high-profile transfer, however it would not have been prompted except the three different beginning spots at cornerback and free security have been already refilled.
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Adams, at 6-1, 213 kilos, is not fairly as huge as Kam Chancellor (6-3, 225 kilos), however he is identical kind of uncommon robust security. Adams’ calling card is tough hitting and highly effective tackling. Like Chancellor, he can deal with the protection points nicely, too. Early in his profession, Adams additionally has been a terrific go rusher for the place.
The Seahawks did quit rather a lot to get Adams — two first-round picks, a third-round choose and security Bradley McDougald. However of their minds, they’re getting one other transcendent multi-dimensional defender, or actually one price a number of lesser gamers.
McDougald was an satisfactory fill-in for Chancellor for the previous two seasons, however he was a large all-around drop-off. Adams enormously upgrades the spot and permits Pete Caroll and Ken Norton Jr. to do much more with their whole protection.
Earlier than going supersonic with Adams, the Seahawks quietly chipped away nicely in making an attempt to exchange high nook Richard Sherman and free security Earl Thomas, too. As a rookie third-round choose in 2017 in Sherman’s last season in Seattle, Shaquill Griffin was groomed nicely as a complementary nook, to the purpose that he emerged as a Professional Bowler in 2019.
Griffin returns now because the group’s second-best nook. The Seahawks lucked out when the Washington Soccer Crew wished to maneuver Quinton Dunbar, not seeing him as philosophical match with new defensive-minded coach Ron Rivera. For a fifth-round choose, the Seahawks landed a giant nook (6-2, 202 kilos) with comparable bodily abilities as Sherman (6-3, 195 kilos).
Dunbar does have an off-field cloud of an upcoming trial in Florida after being charged with armed theft in Could, allegations that he has strongly denied. However whatever the final result, all indicators level to him being obtainable for the Seahawks for the 2020 season. In solely 11 video games for Washington final season whereas coping with a hamstring harm, Dunbar had 4 interceptions.
If Dunbar can keep on the sphere wholesome and in any other case, the Seahawks would have an ideal 1-2 protection punch with him and Griffin offering the spectacular and regular, respectively. After Tre Flowers struggled badly right through the playoffs, they might not afford to have him be a legal responsibility outdoors. Now Flowers goes again within the combine for what may be an efficient situational nickel again by committee.
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The Seahawks solved Thomas’ absence with a shrewd mid-season commerce for former Lions security Quandre Diggs. Diggs was a bit miscast as a robust security in Detroit’s protection; after coming over to Seattle in 2019, he went again to being very productive, together with three interceptions in 5 video games. For that, Diggs, like Griffin, earned Professional Bowl alternate standing.
Diggs, like Dunbar, value the Seahawks solely a fifth-rounder. Ought to Dunbar provide the identical sort of return, the Seahawks would find yourself with two absolute steals. Following up these strikes, it made sense that Carroll and normal supervisor John Schneider obtained extra aggressive to get Adams.
The Seahawks all the time have a Tremendous Bowl window propped up due to Russell Wilson. They do have some questions on the go rush, however they nonetheless have Bobby Wagner and Ok.J. Wright anchoring the second stage, now joined by the promise of rookie first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks. Adams in essence offers them an additional linebacker always.
Seattle’s again seven once more is a robust spine, the place run stopping, protecting and blitzing are all belongings. What that help, the Seahawks can get by with a extra rotational front-four go rush, and there is the chance that Jadeveon Clowney nonetheless returns.
The Seahawks have an ideal sense of a profitable identification. They rediscovered the facility operating sport and deep passing sport they wanted to maintain getting one of the best from Wilson. Likewise, they have been eager for the familiarity and certainty of the “Legion of Increase.”
After Griffin, Diggs and Dunbar, Adams was the exclamation level they wanted. With him batting cleansing up within the lineup, the Seahawks ought to really feel rather a lot higher about hitting a championship-level grand slam quickly.