Even before the Seattle Seahawks lost second year tight end Will Dissly to a season ending injury early in the 2019 season, they had promoted Jacob Hollister to the active roster from the practice squad. The Seahawks acquired Hollister from the New England Patriots in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2020 draft during the offseason, and he quickly became one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets.
Hollister finished third on the team with 59 targets, 41 catches and 349 yards as his receiving skills were put to good use in offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s tight end friendly version of the Air Coryell offense. Now it appears all but guaranteed that Hollister will be back in 2020 after the Hawks extended a restricted free agent tender to him.
The #Seahawks are giving TE Jacob Hollister the second-round tender, source said. They signed Greg Olsen and have Will Dissly coming back, but they value Hollister, who was their third-leading receiver last season.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2020
With Hollister getting a second round tender, he will now be set to carry a larger base salary in 2020 than Ed Dickson. Dickson, of course, did two separate stints on injured reserve during the 2019 season and didn’t appear in a single game for the Seahawks. It’s been widely speculated that Dickson could become a cap casualty, and between the signing of Greg Olsen, the expected return of Will Dissly and now the return of Jacob Hollister as well, the odds of Dickson being released seem very high.
In any case, Hollister will cost just over $3M on the second round tender, and with it extremely unlikely that any team would be willing to give up a second round pick to sign him to an offer sheet, Hollister’s fans can rest assured that he’ll at least be with the team coming training camp.