Seattle, clearly, boasts perhaps the league’s best safety tandem when all parties are healthy, as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are among the NFL’s top players at their respective positions. Thomas, though, is coming off a broken leg, so McDougald would provide the Seahawks with insurance as Thomas continues his rehab. But as Pete Carroll said on KJR earlier today (Twitter link), Thomas is “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery, so signs are pointing up as Thomas prepares for the 2017 campaign.
McDougald, 25, ranked as PFR’s No. 10 safety heading into free agency after spending four seasons with the Buccaneers. He’s started 31 games during that span while managing four interceptions and 14 passes defensed. McDougald, who graded as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 42 safety, seems unlikely to re-sign with the Buccaneers after Tampa signed fellow defensive back J.J. Wilcox to a two-year pact.