The Seattle Seahawks have a hole in their secondary, created by Justin Coleman’s departure to Detroit. The Lions made Coleman the highest paid slot corner in the league at the start of free agency, and Seattle is yet to make a corresponding move. Akeem King, Jeremy Boykins and Kalan Reed represent in-house candidates, but all would require an element of risk.
On Tuesday, the Seahawks reportedly brought in a known quantity at nickel corner, with Jamar Taylor visiting the team.
A product of Boise State, Taylor was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. In 2016, a trade sent Taylor to the Browns, where he started and played well, earning a three-year, $16.5M extension at the end of the 2016 season. Following the 2017 season, Taylor was again traded, this time to the Cardinals. Arizona released Taylor part of the way through the 2018 season and ended the year with the Broncos, where he played four games.
Though Taylor’s career has stalled recently, he’s a quality slot corner who could presumably step in and play reliable football for Seattle. Though the choices are slim this time of year, Taylor would be an outlier in the Seahawks’ history of nickel corners.
Taylor just average in the three cone (68th percentile) with *very* short arms (30 3/4")— Alistair Corp (@byAlistairCorp) April 2, 2019
Though Taylor would be an odd departure from the Seahawks’ usual mold at the position, it’s not the strangest news from Tuesday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Taylor Mays is flying to Seattle to work out for the team. Mays, the former USC Trojan, last played in the NFL in 2015.