Breaking News: Seahawks Seals Deal For Another Dolphins Veteran Star at Major Discount

The Seattle Seahawks are undergoing a big reconstruction under new head coach Mike Macdonald. After Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner left for free agency, the Seahawks needed to replace their main linebackers.

On Saturday, March 16, ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced that Seattle has signed former Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker. After spending his whole career in Miami, Baker committed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Jerome Baker set to meet with Seahawks - NBC Sports

Given the financial issue that led to Baker’s departure from the Dolphins, that figure appears to be a steal. The Dolphins released Baker earlier this month “after the two sides discussed a restructured contract, but couldn’t reach an agreement,” Schefter said. “The Dolphins left the door open to him coming back if he chooses.”

The Baker was in the final season of his three-year, $37.5 million contract and was expected to earn around $10.8 million in 2024. According to the Miami Herald, “Baker agreed to take a pay cut from his $10.8 million base salary in 2024 but the sides could not agree on an exact number.” With his release, Miami saved approximately $10 million.

Fans of the Phillies were surprised to see that $7 million was the winning bid to keep Baker. However, given that Baker is coming off wrist surgery and missed time with a knee issue last season, it appears plausible. Last season, the Dolphins’ third-round choice in the 2018 NFL draft recorded 78 total tackles, three passes defensed, two interceptions, and a pick-six in 13 regular-season games.

However, the 27-year-old has three seasons with more than 100 tackles and 22.5 career sacks.

Former Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks Signed With the Dolphins Before Jerome Baker Landed in Seattle

On the first day of free agency, the Dolphins signed Brooks to a $26.25 million contract with a potential value of $30 million. After Baker agreed to terms with Seattle on Saturday, many analysts predicted a linebacker trade between the two clubs.
Despite the player trade, Brock Huard of Seattle Sports thinks the Seahawks ultimately received a better player. He brought up the fact that Baker was rated the 18th best linebacker in coverage by Pro Football Focus the previous season, while Brooks was ranked 50th.

John Schneider, the general manager of the Seahawks, was quite direct about his choice to allow Brooks to enter free agency. Schneider stated that Leonard Williams’s retention was more crucial than the team’s past first-round pick. Williams was re-signed by Seattle to a three-year, $64 million deal.

Schneider clarified, “Leonard’s deal took a while and we knew Leonard’s deal was going to affect all of free agency.” “Miami had a deal in place for Brooks, and we were unable to move as fast as they could.” At that moment, Leonard was more important to us than the linebacker position. Thus, it functions similarly to a D-line in front of a linebacker.

The Seahawks Signed Former Bills LB Tyrel Dodson

Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Tyrel Dodson was signed by Seattle prior to the addition of Baker. Initially acquired in 2019 as an undrafted free agent, Dodson’s opportunity to start at quarterback full-time came during the 2023 NFL season following Matt Milano’s injury. He totaled 74 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, and 1 forced fumble in 17 games with 10 starts.

“Dodson graded out as one of Pro Football Focus’ greatest linebackers in 2023,” wrote Corbin K. Smith of SI of the 6-foot-237-pound player. “He finished with an exceptional 86.8 coverage grade that rated ahead of Ravens All-Pro defensive Roquan Smith.”

In addition to his incredible 10.6 percent run stop percentage, which was in the top 10 for linebackers, he recorded 11 pressures and 2.5 sacks on just 41 blitz opportunities. When the Bills used him as an extra rusher, he posted an eye-popping 26.8% pressure rate.

In the end, Baker and Dodson were selected by the Seahawks in instead of Wagner and Brooks. “Seahawks get younger, cheaper at linebacker letting Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks go and signing Tyrel Dodson from Buffalo + Jerome Baker (1 year, $7M) from Miami this week,” wrote Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. Only time will tell if they improved. And with the imports only signed for a year, the draft is still open for LBs.

 

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