It's no secret that the Seattle Seahawks could see big turnover on the defensive line in the offseason, with both Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney set to be free agents in March. Add in Al Woods, and the Hawks could be looking at needing to replace a very large number of snaps in the trenches. However, if the next twelve weeks play out the way the first four weeks of the season have, the player the Hawks could miss the most from the defensive line could be fourth year man Quinton Jefferson.
In part because of his positional flexibility, QJeff currently leads all Seattle defensive linemen in snaps played so far this season, and he also leads the team in another important category.
After week four of the @NFL regular season, these players have the most QB pressures: #GoBucs #Bears100 #Skol #LARams #Browns #Titans #DUUUVAL #Seahawks #HereWeGo @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/OHTGtV2QBQ— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 1, 2019
So, Jefferson isn’t just leading the Seahawks defense in creating pressure, he’s tied for seventh in the NFL in pressures through the first month of the season. With names like Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack and Everson Griffen on that list as well, it’s no question that Jefferson represents a massive value for the Seahawks, playing this season on the original round tender restricted free agent tag at a cost of just $2.025M.
Combine how pass rushers get paid and Jefferson’s impending free agency after the season, there’s no question that he could potentially sign a very, very lucrative deal in the offseason. Obviously, he’s not likely to command a Mack-Donald-Frank Clark sized contract, but if he continues to get after the quarterback, then he could easily command a contract north of $10M per year.
In any case, regardless of how much some team gives Jefferson next spring, he’s a Seahawk for the remainder of 2019, and hopefully we’ll get to see a lot more of this over the next dozen games.