The Seattle Seahawks took a step in improving their pass rush this week, trading for DE Carlos Dunlap from the Cincinnati Bengals. Many fans immediately responded by asking what’s next, believing the move to not be enough.
That we don’t know, but we do know that the Seahawks are still trying.
Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport have confirmed that Seattle asked specifically about Aldon Smith, who is seemingly the one defensive player not on the market from the Dallas Cowboys.
If one cares to remember back that far, though the Seahawks defeated the Cowboys in Week 3 it was Smith who lit up the backfield, for three sacks on Russell Wilson.
Aldon Smith did not play a professional football snap in 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019. Now that he’s come out blistering hot in 2020, followed by a very intense cooldown*, Dallas will probably give him a massive extension for no particular reason.
*(0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 12 total tackles in Weeks 4-7 compared to 4 sacks, 6 QB hits, and 20 tackles in Weeks 1-3)
Regardless, it’s reasonable both to expect Seattle to do something by the trade deadline, and for the Cowboys to still be bad.