Analysis: Ranking Seahawks free agent signings

By on March 16, 2022 0

With the league’s new year set to kick off March 16 at 1:00 p.m. PST, NFL free agency is officially in full swing as the Seahawks and 31 other teams work to improve their rosters for the upcoming 2022 season.

Unlike most recent offseasons, Seattle has ample cap space compared to most players in the league. As of March 15, OverTheCap.com estimates the team has $39.6 million in cap. But major holes need to be ironed out on both sides of football, including replacing legendary quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, who were each let go last week after a decade with the franchise.

It remains to be seen how well the Seahawks will continue the aggression of outside free agents entering a new era with no players left from their previous two Super Bowl teams. But as expected based on earlier comments from coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, they have proactively tried to sign as many of their own players as possible, suggesting they are not entering a rebuild at large scale.

As Seattle begins to build its roster for next season while ushering in a new era, I’ll break down each of the team’s signings with contract length, key financial details and an overall rating. Be sure to check back often as moves continue to pour in throughout free agency and leading up to April’s NFL Draft.

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One of the most respected players in the Seattle locker room, Dissly earned his stripes by bouncing back beautifully from not one, but two serious injuries to open his career. Given his popularity with coaches and teammates for his courage and willingness to do the dirty work in the trenches, his return was predictable, but not necessarily at the price the team ended up paying.

Production-wise, Dissly hasn’t been a major contributor for the Seahawks as a catcher the past two seasons, despite playing in 31 of 33 regular-season games. Although he’s caught more than 80% of his targets since 2020, he’s been a relative non-factor in the red zone with three total touchdowns and was limited to 482 receiving yards. On the plus side, he remained one of the best tight blockers in the game, ranking ninth best running blocker in Pro Football Focus a year ago after finishing 15th the previous year.

Playing in a tight, friendly scheme coordinated by Shane Waldron with plenty of 12 staff, Dissly could be a more important central point in the passing game as he was in his first two seasons before the injury. If that happens, this contract could look a lot more favorable a year from now. But the Seahawks are hoping his numbers will improve significantly given he now makes more money per year than Darren Waller and Tyler Higbee and carries an expensive cap hit north of $9 million in each of the past two years of his new contract.