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If you were John and Pete (Part Five)

Roster Review: Defense

NFL: JAN 03 Seahawks at 49ers Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to Part Five!

The polls are still open on Part Four which means that there isn’t yet anything new to report and we can jump straight into the roster decisions on the defensive side of the ball.

As a reminder, in Part Four we determined that the Seahawks currently have $21,417,306 in available cap space (here in this series).


Roster decisions for players on defense

As most 12s know, the current regime (JS/PC), doesn’t typically offer contract extensions until the offseason prior to a player reaching free agency. John and Pete also tend to shy away from “third contracts” (i.e. they don’t usually give long-term contracts to players in their 30’s).

Again though, this series is about what YOU would do if you were John and Pete so all options are on the table for all players.


Per OverTheCap (OTC), the Seahawks currently have 19 defensive players under contract. For decision-making purposes, they are divided into 4 groups:

  • Players who have already had their own poll - the 12s have spoken on these players, but . . . there are follow-up polls for them.

  • Players who will be free agents next offseason (2022) - these are the players that would typically be candidates for extensions under the current regime.

  • Players who will be free agents in 2023 - this group includes at least one player that the current regime might “bend the rules” for and sign to an extension “early”.

  • Players who are under contract for the next 3 years - you are, of course, welcome to extend these players, but . . . would you?

NOTE: Players within each group are listed by cap hit first and then alphabetically by first name. No inferences are intended by the order.


Players who have already had their own polls

In Part One of this series, you decided to keep Jamal Adams and sign him to a 4-year, $66M extension. Thus, he will not have a poll today.

In Part Two of this series, you decided to release Tre Flowers as a cap casualty which means no poll for him either.

In Part Two, you also decided to keep Jarran Reed and Quandre Diggs and to sign them to extensions that lower their 2021 cap hit. However, you were not given the option of trading either player. And some of you indicated that you would have liked to have had that option.

The reason you weren’t given that option in Part Two is that we were looking at the players as cap casualties. As such, Seattle would have ZERO leverage in a trade discussion and would thus be lucky to get a late-7th round pick.

After the draft however, teams that still need to upgrade these positions might be willing to overpay - or to at least provide reasonable compensation.

So, today you get the “trade option” with both Jarran Reed and Quandre Diggs.

Poll #D.01a: DT Jarran Reed: Age 29 | Free agent in 2022 | 2021 Cap Number is $13,975,000
- - - $5,000,000 dead money

Poll

Would you consider trading Defensive Tackle Jarran Reed after the NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Yes.
    (348 votes)
  • 44%
    No.
    (279 votes)
627 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.01b: If you would consider trading Jarran Reed after the NFL Draft, what would you expect to be able to get for him?

Poll

If you WOULD consider trading Jarran Reed after the NFL Draft, what do you expect to be able to get for him?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    A 1st Round pick in the 2022 draft
    (41 votes)
  • 37%
    A 2nd Round pick in 2022
    (215 votes)
  • 33%
    A 3rd Round pick in a future draft (2022-2024)
    (192 votes)
  • 14%
    An early-Day Three pick (i.e. Rounds 4-5) in a future draft
    (84 votes)
  • 1%
    A late-Day Three pick (i.e. Rounds 6-7) in a future draft
    (11 votes)
  • 6%
    A player-for-player exchange
    (37 votes)
580 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.02a: FS Quandre Diggs: Age 30 | Free agent in 2022 | 2021 Cap Number is $6,150,000

Poll

Would you consider trading Free Safety Quandre Diggs after the NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Yes.
    (197 votes)
  • 68%
    No.
    (434 votes)
631 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.02b: If you would consider trading Quandre Diggs after the NFL Draft, what would you expect to be able to get for him?

Poll

If you WOULD consider trading Quandre Diggs after the NFL Draft, what do you expect to be able to get for him?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    A 1st Round pick in the 2022 draft
    (50 votes)
  • 32%
    A 2nd Round pick in 2022
    (169 votes)
  • 32%
    A 3rd Round pick in a future draft (2022-2024)
    (166 votes)
  • 17%
    An early-Day Three pick (i.e. Rounds 4-5) in a future draft
    (90 votes)
  • 3%
    A late-Day Three pick (i.e. Rounds 6-7) in a future draft
    (17 votes)
  • 4%
    A player-for-player exchange
    (23 votes)
515 votes total Vote Now


Players who will be free agents next offseason (2022)

For each player, select an option. If you choose “Something else”, please elaborate on that in the Comments section.

Poll #D.03: DE Rasheem Green: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $1,148,139
- - - $228,139 dead money

Poll

What would you do with Defensive End Rasheem Green?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (459 votes)
  • 13%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (82 votes)
  • 1%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (7 votes)
  • 9%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (57 votes)
  • 0%
    Something else.
    (5 votes)
610 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.04: CB D.J. Reed: Age 25 | 2021 Cap Number is $920,000

Poll

What would you do with Cornerback D.J. Reed?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (256 votes)
  • 3%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (19 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (2 votes)
  • 53%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (328 votes)
  • 1%
    Something else.
    (7 votes)
612 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.05: CB Jordan Miller: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $850,000

Poll

What would you do with Cornerback Jordan Miller?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (412 votes)
  • 8%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (45 votes)
  • 8%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (45 votes)
  • 1%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (10 votes)
  • 6%
    Something else.
    (38 votes)
550 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.06: DT Cedric Lattimore: Age 23 | 2021 Cap Number is $660,000

Poll

What would you do with Defensive Tackle Cedric Lattimore?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (456 votes)
  • 4%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (24 votes)
  • 3%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (13 votes)
  • 3%
    Something else.
    (16 votes)
528 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.07: CB Gavin Heslop: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $660,000

Poll

What would you do with Cornerback Gavin Heslop?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (422 votes)
  • 4%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (22 votes)
  • 7%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    Something else.
    (25 votes)
512 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.08: DE Myles Adams: Age 23 | 2021 Cap Number is $660,000

Poll

What would you do with Defensive End Myles Adams?

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (416 votes)
  • 2%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (14 votes)
  • 7%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (35 votes)
  • 1%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (8 votes)
  • 5%
    Something else.
    (25 votes)
498 votes total Vote Now


Players who will be free agents in 2023

NOTE: In the Part Four comments (yesterday), it was pointed out that drafted players aren’t eligible for contract extensions until after their 3rd season. Thus, some of the following players cannot be offered an extension. Their polls have been updated accordingly.

Poll #D.09: MLB Bobby Wagner: Age 31 | 2021 Cap Number is $17,150,000
- - - $4,650,000 dead money + $5,000,000 of 2021 base salary is fully guaranteed

Poll

What would you do with Linebacker Bobby Wagner?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (216 votes)
  • 35%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (203 votes)
  • 3%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (18 votes)
  • 20%
    Sign him to a market-rate extension.
    (121 votes)
  • 3%
    Something else.
    (22 votes)
580 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.10: DE L.J. Collier: Age 26 | 2021 Cap Number is $2,955,294
- - - $2,950,392 dead money + $1,480,098 base salary in 2021 is fully guaranteed (2019 draftee)

Poll

What would you do with Defensive End L.J. Collier?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (461 votes)
  • 15%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (84 votes)
  • 1%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    Something else.
    (6 votes)
560 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.11a: CB3 Marquise Blair: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $1,700,904
- - - $1,277,872 dead money (2019 draftee)

Poll

What would you do with Marquis Blair?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (480 votes)
  • 10%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (56 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Something else.
    (10 votes)
550 votes total Vote Now

And a bonus question about Marquis Blair . . .

Poll #D.11b: Where would you play Marquis Blair in 2021?

Poll

(Assuming you kept him) Where would you play Marquis Blair in 2021?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    I would keep him at Nickel and have him compete with Ugo Amadi for the starting role.
    (302 votes)
  • 44%
    I would move him back to Safety.
    (238 votes)
540 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.12: LB Cody Barton: Age 25 | 2021 Cap Number is $1,071,031
- - - $442,062 dead money (2019 draftee)

Poll

What would you do with Linebacker Cody Barton?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (428 votes)
  • 14%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (79 votes)
  • 4%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Something else.
    (3 votes)
536 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.13: CB3 Ugo Amadi: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $1,011,298
- - - $322,598 dead money (2019 draftee)

Poll

What would you do with Nickelback Ugo Amadi?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (492 votes)
  • 4%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Something else.
    (15 votes)
532 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.14: LB Ben Burr-Kirven: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $935,730
- - - $171,460 dead money (2019 draftee)

Poll

What would you do with Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (420 votes)
  • 10%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (54 votes)
  • 7%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Something else.
    (8 votes)
522 votes total Vote Now


Players who will be free agents in 2024

NOTE: All three of these players were drafted last year and are thus ineligible for a contract extension right now - which is why that option isn’t offered.

Poll #D.15: OLB Jordyn Brooks: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $2,780,819
- - - $4,843,965 dead money + base salary guaranteed through 2023

Poll

What would you do with Linebacker Jordyn Brooks?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (506 votes)
  • 2%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Something else.
    (5 votes)
526 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.16: DE Darrell Taylor: Age 24 | 2021 Cap Number is $2,777,211
- - - $2,777,211 dead money

Poll

What would you do with Defensive End Darrell Taylor?

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (489 votes)
  • 3%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Something else.
    (3 votes)
515 votes total Vote Now

Poll #D.17: DE Alton Robinson: Age 23 | 2021 Cap Number is $867,836
- - - $263,508 dead money

Poll

What would you do with Defensive End Alton Robinson?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Have him play 2021 on his current contract.
    (494 votes)
  • 1%
    Quietly "shop" him (value TBD); keep him if no trade partner found.
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Actively pursue a trade + release him if unsuccessful.
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Something else.
    (3 votes)
510 votes total Vote Now

NOTE: All of the polls in this installment will close at 10pm PST today.