So far this offseason the Seahawks have seen a number of players sign with new teams. The biggest losses have been on the defensive line. Red Bryant and Chris Clemons have signed with the Jacksonville Seaguars, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers poached defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
That last item is in my opinion the hardest blow to the Super bowl champions. Bryant and Clemons will both be in their thirties by the time the 2014 season starts, but McDonald is still in his prime at 27 and was one of the most underrated elements of Seattle’s powerful defensive line last year.
McDonald had 5.5 sacks last season to go with 19 total tackles and an interception. To give you a visual illustration of what he can do, here’s a clip of McDonald sacking the crap out of Rams quarterback Kellen Clemons in the regular season finale:
That kind of explosiveness at 297 pounds is hard to come by.
Now, with so much money having already gone to Michael Bennett and so much more to be saved to extend both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, the Seahawks will have to rebuild their depleted line primarily through the draft from this point forward.
cover32 has compiled a list of the top ten defensive tackles who will be on the board May 8th. If Seattle can snag one of them it will go a long way towards filling the Clinton McDonald shaped hole in our lives.