While the pandemic continues to keep professional sports from operating as normal, and the NFL in a typically quiet offseason period, PFF is stoking the fires of debate this week with the release of its top 101 players of the decade. With the top 25 players yet to be named by the company, there are more than a half dozen Seattle Seahawks who have already made the list.
The first Seattle player named was Doug Baldwin, whose rise from undrafted free agent in 2011 to 2016 and 2017 Pro Bowler to injury-limited star in 2019 is the standard against which all Seahawks receivers are now measured.
That was just the start, however, as Michael Bennett, who has now played for five different teams during the decade also made the list, along with several fellow members of the Seahawks defense.
Hard hitting Kam Chancellor came it at number 55, in a picture that was taken during the final game in which he would wear a Seahawks uniform.
Moving into the top half of the rankings, All World middle linebacker Bobby Wagner got the nod as well, which then led into a pair of Seattle offensive players in Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
In addition, there were a couple of other players who have played for the Seahawks who PFF named as well. While Duane Brown has manned the left tackle position for Seattle for the past two and half season, he spent seven seasons protecting the blind side of quarterbacks for the Houston Texans. Some of those quarterbacks for which he provided protection for the Texans included Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Matt Leinart and Tom Savage. However, it seems likely that the best quarterback Brown had the privilege of protecting was for the lone 2017 game against Seattle in which Deshaun Watson was under center for the Texans.
Brandon Marshall wasn’t very impressive, and in fact, was rather unimpressive in his short sting with Seattle in 2018. However, the cup of coffer Marshall enjoyed with the Hawks came only after putting up 632 receptions for 8,196 yards and 57 touchdowns over the prior seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and New York Giants.
Notably absent from the list at this point are Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. While many fans will likely be shocked to see Sherman and Thomas above Lynch and Wilson, PFF put both of them on their All-Decade squad. Thus, there would seem to be little doubt about whether those two will on the list or not, and the only question is how much higher than Wilson and Lynch they will be ranked.