It’s been more than two months since the Seattle Seahawks saw their 2020 season come to a close in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs to the division rival Los Angeles Rams. With the new league year set to start next week, it’s time for the team to start making the offseason decisions that will determine how the roster looks when the 2021 seasons arrives.
One of the first orders of business will be the exclusive rights free agent and restricted free agent tenders that the team will need to make, and reports Thursday had the team having made the first couple of decisions regarding ERFAs. Friday reports have come out about the first of the team’s three RFAs.
I'm told the Seahawks are not tendering guard Jordan Simmons, a restricted free agent. He could be back with Seattle, but it won't be on an RFA tender. Simmons started six games last season and split time at left guard with Mike Iupati, who just retired.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) March 12, 2021
Jordan Simmons has been with the Seahawks since being claimed off waivers at the end of training camp in 2018. His three years in Seattle have been somewhat plagued by injury, as he ended both 2018 and 2019 on injured reserve, but started seven games during the 2021 season, including the playoff loss to the Rams.
The team deciding not to tender Simmons does not come as much of a surprise, as during the 2020 offseason the team non-tendered Simmons as an ERFA, only for him to return to the team when he failed to find a market for his services elsewhere. So, while he will have the ability to test the market, it will not be a surprise if a return to the Hawks is announced for Simmons in the next week or two on a contract that is for less than any of the RFA tenders would cost the team.