Everson Griffen Interested In Seahawks Deal

Although the Seahawks’ top priority at defensive end still appears to be working out a deal to retain Jadeveon Clowney, they may have a backup plan.

Everson Griffen is interested in joining the Seahawks, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets. The Seahawks’ level of interest appears to be contingent on how Clowney proceeds, Tomasson adds.

Clowney remains unsigned, but after his market did not produce what was expected, the former No. 1 overall pick has been most closely connected to the Seahawks in his first free agency foray. Meanwhile, the Vikings will not re-sign Griffen. They were previously linked to be set to work out a new deal with the free agent edge defender.

The Seahawks re-signed defensive tackle Jarran Reed and brought back Bruce Irvin. Even though Seattle also drafted L.J. Collier in the 2019 first round, the team still has a need at defensive end. Griffen, 32, rebounded last season to post eight sacks and venture to his fourth Pro Bowl.

Griffen is eyeing a deal in the $8-$10MM/year range. Clowney is aiming for one closer to $20MM. The elder defender would certainly be a more cost-effective alternative and one with a more reliable history at sacking quarterbacks. A 10-year veteran, Griffen has 74.5 career sacks. Since Clowney came into the league in 2014, Griffen has 55 sacks. Clowney has 32 career sacks. While the latter is nearly six years younger and obviously has a longer career left, that is a notable disparity between the edge-rushing talents.

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18 comments on “Everson Griffen Interested In Seahawks Deal

    • ayrbhoy

      NJ- that’s every Seahawks fans dream, innit? That or Clowney and Ngakoue. The question is, if the Seahawks can not afford to bring in either of those pairs will the cheaper option of Everson Griffen and Michael Bennett make this years pass rush better than last years?

    • Simmons>Russ

      Griffen and Bennett would be solid at 8mil and 2mil respectively which is half of what it would cost for Clowney.
      Then they can afford to slight upgrade their O line. I’d throw Mike Pearson a 2 years and 6mil and Jason Peters a 1 year 5mil deal.

        • compassrose

          Bringing Bennett back is not forward thinking it is not learning from the past. He is gone for a reason. Do you not remember the trouble he caused? He has been with 3 teams maybe forgetting one could be 4 for a reason. Anyway there is no way they should let that cancer back on that building. I would say if he signs with another team ban him but the couple penalties he will have let him back in on an opposing team only.

  1. Gamelisastud

    Hawks should choose one that will practice every day and be in every game. Effort is questionable with Clooney and Rhys why he waits.

  2. bens04ter

    makes no sense why the cowboys wouldn’t offer him the 6-8 m and cut or renegotiate Crawford who is due to make 8m….definitely an upgrade

    • Hawktattoo

      Article says he is interested in Seahawks..not cowboys. Although good idea you have.

      • bens04ter

        I know it said Seahawks but as a cowboy fan and losing quinn it makes sense

    • earmbrister

      I’ll third that emotion, which is why we’re all reading this post. Griffen would make this quite the DL.

      • compassrose

        You mean a player is picking Seattle over “America’s team”. Wow didn’t think that was possible. The Yankee fan base of the NFL. Every player wants to play there and if they don’t they aren’t good enough or are afraid of the spotlight being on them. Lol

  3. compassrose

    Either would be fine Griffin makes it so we can sign another player or two. Might be the smarter move. PC and JS are great at building a team so I know they will do what is best for the team.

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