Seahawks miss out on Everson Griffen, shrinking pass rush options

Joe Fann
·2 min read

Everson Griffen will be coming to CenturyLink Field this season, it will just be as a member of the visiting Cowboys in Week 3. Griffen signed with Dallas on Wednesday, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Both Rapoport and Mike Silver reported that the Seahawks had interest in signing the four-time Pro Bowler. It's unclear whether or not Griffen's decision came down to money or just a lack of urgency from Seattle's front office. Either way, it's a potential huge miss for the Seahawks, who are still without a premier pass rusher. On top of that, second-round pick Darrell Taylor remains on PUP with an uncertain return date as he works his way back from offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin.

Griffen joins a loaded Cowboys pass rush that features Demarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Aldon Smith and Tyrone Crawford.

The Seahawks pass rush, or lack thereof, continues to be the biggest talking point surrounding the team. Seattle has exercised extreme patience and frugality in its effort to rebuild a pass rush that generated just 28 sacks a year ago. Fans held out hope that Griffen would finally be the long-awaited addition who would arrive this summer and save the day. Now, at least in terms of strictly edge players, Jadeveon Clowney and Clay Matthews are Seattle's only options.

Not pulling the trigger on Griffen also indicates that Seattle might be willing to stand pat and go into the season with who is already on the roster. That, of course, would be a massive risk given the scrutiny over the group. There's no guarantee that Bruce Irvin, Jarran Reed, Benson Mayowa, L.J. Collier, Taylor and Alton Robinson will be enough to get Seattle's pass rush back to respectability. Heck, Jamal Adams might very well be the Seahawks best pass rusher.

The Seahawks currently have $15 million in cap space, but a portion of that will go to injury replacements. It still should be enough to land Matthews. Signing Clowney would probably take a bit more creativity in terms of creating additional cap space. There's still time for Seattle to make a move, but time, and, more importantly, the number of quality free agent options is dwindling.

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