2. Seattle Seahawks will likely go after Bobby Okereke
If there’s any team in the NFL desperate for inside help on the defense, it’s the Seattle Seahawks. Rush defense was a big struggle for the Seahawks during the 2022 season and the linebacker position was a big reason why. Upgrading at linebacker is likely one of Seattle’s top priorities this offseason.
This past season, the Seahawks allowed 150.2 yards a game on the ground. That’s 30th in the NFL. The only two teams that were worse are the two teams with the top two picks in the NFL Draft: the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. If Seattle’s defensive front was as competent as it’s defensive backfield, the Seahawks would’ve won more games, because Geno Smith and the offense had a surprisingly good season.
This was Seattle’s first season without future Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Wagner, and it showed. Additionally, Seattle’s top linebacker, Jordyn Brooks, just had ACL surgery in January, and the other starter, Cody Barton, is entering free agency. Maybe the Seahawks will turn to another linebacker named Bobby, in hopes that Okereke could make Seattle a dominant defense again.
The Seahawks should surely be interested in signing Okereke but it will be interesting to see where a team like Seattle ranks on Okereke’s list. Could the Seahawks make themselves a more intriguing option than the Bears, who many expect Okereke to sign with?