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Monday Round-Up: Grading Seahawks' Free Agent Signings Thus Far

Corbin K. Smith of Sports Illustrated weighs in on the deals the Seahawks have made since free agency began last week.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, March 21 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Grading Seahawks' Free Agent Signings Thus Far

The Seahawks have been busy since the start of free agency and the new league year last week, signing some new names and also locking up some key contributors from last year's team. Quandre Diggs, Al Woods, Sidney Jones IV, Will Dissly, and Kyle Fuller are each coming back on new deals with the team, while Uchenna Nwosu and Artie Burns will look to be difference makers as new faces on the Seahawks' defense.

This weekend, Corbin K. Smith of Sports Illustrated took an in-depth look at the Seahawks' free agent signings thus far, breaking down contract lengths and financial details, and assigning a grade to each signing.

One of the Seahawks' biggest moves was re-signing Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs to a three-year, $40 million deal. Diggs has been the unquestioned leader of the Seahawks' secondary since arriving via trade from the Lions in 2019, and even earned a few All-Pro votes last season after recording a career-high 94 tackles to go with five interceptions.

Smith gave this deal an A on his report card: "Few defenders have been as reliable or consistent as Diggs for the past half decade," he said. "His 19 interceptions since 2017 rank fifth among all players and he's the only player in the entire NFL to register at least three picks in each of the previous five seasons … Following the departure of Bobby Wagner, Seattle could [not] afford to lose Diggs' leadership either. Well respected by coaches and teammates alike, coupled with his dynamic all-around skill set, the cost to re-sign an elite safety of his caliber should wind up looking like a bargain to keep him manning center field in Pete Carroll's defense."

Another key deal for the Seahawks was re-signing cornerback Sidney Jones IV to a one-year deal worth $3.6 million, which Smith graded with an A-. Jones joined the Seahawks in a September 2021 trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars and blossomed in the starting role previously held by Tre Flowers.

"Only 26 years old, Jones' injury history likely prevented the Seahawks or another team from committing to him beyond 2022," Smith said. "But he played well down the stretch and if he picks up where he left off in January while staying healthy, his contract will be one of the league's biggest bargains at the position and he could play himself into a far more lucrative contract next March."

Click here to read Smith’s full piece and see his grades on the Seahawks' other free agent signings from the last week.

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