Seahawks trainer Pete Carroll always says a team can never have enough pass rushers.
While Seattle appears to be in good shape with rushers following the re-signing of Carlos Dunlap and Benson Mayowa and the addition of free agent Kerry Hyder, it is reported that the Seahawks will receive a visit on Wednesday from one of the more well-known rushers still available - Aldon Smith. first reported Smith’s visit to Seattle was
from Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Once one of Seattle’s biggest headaches,
Smith posted 42 sacks for the 49ers from 2011 to 2013 as the two teams battled for supremacy at NFC West (he was all-pro of the first team in 2012) and had a career high of 19 .5 sacks when the 49ers rose to the Super Bowl.
But then Smith’s career was derailed by off-field problems and he stopped playing from 2016-19. He was reinstated last year from what was then termed perpetual suspension for substance abuse and spent the 2020 season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith, a 2011 first round winner from Missouri who is now 31, only dropped five sacks for the Cowboys playing and starting all 16 games - in fact, he played 61% of the snaps or more in each competition.
But he had three sacks in the third game of the year against the Seahawks, and it may well have caught the interest of Carroll and General Manager John Schneider (Smith only had one sack for the rest of the season).
As the NFL network determined, Smith would undoubtedly come at a bargain price and be the epitome of low risk, potentially highly rewarding signatory at the time.
Pro Football Focus offered this scouting report from Smith ahead of the March freelance contract signing opening: T.J. Watt “It briefly seemed like Aldon Smith’s return to the NFL was going to be truly spectacular. During five weeks of the season, he had 25 total pressures, two more than
, and came out of a nine-pressure game against the Giants. The rest of his season pale in comparison, and he’s going into free hands without much hype or fanfare. However, we shouldn’t allow the change in perception to alter his potential future.Smith played his first soccer ball since the 2015 season, and it’s an impressive feat in and of itself to come out with an above-average overall PFF rating (66.3) that he’s only 31 - and now a year of soccer behind him and had no problems for a year - makes him an interesting option for a team that needs reinforcement on the defensive line. There were several teams in 2020 that Aldon Smith would have been a welcome addition to and those teams may want to secure him for a cheap price as a contingency for 2021. “
In addition to the signing of Dunlap and Mayowa, the Seahawks also have the second year players, Alton Robinson and Darrell Taylor, as edge rushers,even though Taylor has not yet played Repair a Stress Break.
Hyder is expected to play the five technique team’s final defensive place where Seattle also has Rasheem Green and LJ Collier.
Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or The Seahawks have 63 players under contract - teams can have up to 90 when training camp starts. Seattle will be listed by OvertheCap.com starting Wednesday morning with an available cap space of $ 7.9 million. This includes the contract for cornerback Damarious Randall, which the team re-signed on Friday. Randall’s contract on Wednesday turned out to be a veteran minimum deal, including a base salary of $ 990,000 for the 2021 season with a cap hit of $ 987,500.;on Twitter: @bcondotta. bcondotta @ seattletimes.com