It was expected that Shaquem Griffin would follow his brother Shaquill to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and while that may still happen, he still remains unsigned.
Shaquem, who was not tendered as a restricted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks, has drawn interest from multiple teams and it is believed that he will find a new team soon.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in signing free-agent LB Shaquem Griffin, who could transition to full-time pass rusher, per sources. Always overcoming the odds, Griffin has played in 46 games over three seasons in Seattle. Should have a home soon.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 10, 2021
That line from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero about making him a full-time pass rusher pretty much seals off any idea that the Seahawks are going to bring him back. The offseason moves plus the expected debut of Darrell Taylor leave absolutely no room for Griffin on the defensive line for anything other than garbage time snaps.
Griffin was drafted by the Seahawks as a linebacker in 2018 and he was inserted into the starting lineup on opening day for the injured K.J. Wright. To put it kindly, it did not go well and he barely saw the field on defense the rest of the season. This past season saw Griffin inserted into the defensive rotation in Weeks 3-6, but he largely disappeared after the Carlos Dunlap trade. He did record his first (and so far only) regular season sack against the New York Jets. Most of Shaquem’s contributions were on special teams, the only consistently great aspect of Seattle’s 2020.
The Griffin Twins sacking Aaron Rodgers in the 2019 NFC Divisional Round is one of my favorite plays I’ve ever seen in Seahawks history, even acknowledging it didn’t lead to a win. Shaquem is a great story of perseverance and I hope he does find success wherever he goes next. (Unless he signs with the Rams, 49ers, and Cardinals)