Free agent linebacker Brian Cushing will meet with the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). This could be the start of a reunion for Cushing and Pete Carroll, who served as his head coach at USC.
Cushing comes with question marks, including two career PED violations, the most recent of which cost him ten games in 2017. He has also struggled with knee issues that sidelined him in 2012 and 2013. Still, he was a significant contributor for the Texans in 2015 and 2016.
Cushing started all 104 regular season games he played with the Texans over the course of nine seasons with the team. Despite his achievements, the aforementioned bans and injuries will hamper his market. We have Cushing ranked as just the 12th best linebacker in this year’s class, a group that is topped by Nigel Bradham, NaVorro Bowman, Zach Brown, Preston Brown, and Anthony Hitchens.
He may prove to be a cost-effective addition to the Seahawks who are working to bolster their front seven in the wake of Wednesday’s Michael Bennett trade. The Bennett deal might not be the team’s only major shakeup today as they are also set to meet with Richard Sherman to discuss his future.
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