The Seahawks’ latest signing appears to close the door on two starters returning

The Seattle Seahawks made major roster adjustments before of the 2024 NFL season. In order to become cap-compliant, Seahawks general manager John Schneider abruptly cut tight end Will Dissly, as well as starting safety tandem Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs.

Former Jaguars S Rayshawn Jenkins signing with Seahawks - Yahoo Sports

The Seahawks saved $6.97 million in cap space by dismissing Dissly, who later signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. Seattle saved $27.5 million by releasing Adams and Diggs, two of the NFL’s top ten highest-paid safeties. Both Pro Bowlers are still free agents.

“We haven’t closed the door on any of them coming back,” Schneider told Seattle Sports 710 following the series of cuts. “But when you sign these contracts and try to create cap room, there are consequences. It’s similar to a credit card problem. You have to pay the bills at some point, and if you want to keep moving forward, you must confront this.”

However, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Seahawks would sign safety K’Von Wallace on Tuesday, March 19. Following Seattle’s acquisition of former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins to a two-year, $12 million contract, the return of Diggs or Adams appears improbable.

The Seattle Times said that Wallace will join a Seattle safety corps that includes returner Julian Love and veteran free agent Rayshawn Jenkins, most recently of Jacksonville, who signed last week. Seattle now has three safeties on its roster, with a combined 41 starts last season.

“And that likely means that any door that may have still been open for the return of either Diggs or Adams may now be closed.”

Seahawks News: K’Von Wallace Can Play Both Free & Strong Safety

Wallace was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. In three seasons with the Eagles, the Clemson graduate appeared in 45 games and made seven starts. He had 64 total tackles, two passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.

Following Wallace’s release, the Arizona Cardinals claimed him on waivers. In seven games and five starts, he made 43 total tackles, four passes defensed, and one interception. Wallace was dismissed after Buddha Baker returned, and he later signed with the Titans. In ten games and seven starts, he had 46 total tackles and two passes defensed.

Corbin K. Smith of SI said, “Despite bouncing around in 2023, Wallace played relatively effectively for both teams. According to PFF, he rated 21st out of 61 qualified safeties with a 70.7 coverage grade, breaking up over 15% of his 35 targets and allowed only one touchdown. He also made a career-high 89 combined tackles, with a nearly 50/50 split between free and strong safety.

The Seahawks May No Longer Need to Draft a Safety in the 2024 NFL Draft

The Seahawks’ new head coach, Mike Macdonald, “often employed three-safety sets as defensive coordinator with the Ravens and could play all three together as interchangeable chess pieces in nickel or dime sets next season,” Smith wrote.

With Love, Jenkins, and Wallace, the Seahawks can concentrate on filling other needs in the April draft. According to Tim Weaver of USA Today, Seattle may not need to select a safety in the 2024 NFL draft, if Jenkins and Wallace essentially replace Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams. Seattle still has lots of youth at this position on the depth chart, including Jerrick Reed, Coby Bryant, and Ty Okada.

 

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