The Seahawks counted on a lot of veterans to win the NFC West in 2020, but Seattle will be forced to part ways with several key free agents this offseason.
Seattle may not get the attention it deserves for being one of the best-run franchises in the NFL, but their 2020 NFC West title run shouldn’t go unnoticed. Pete Carroll continues to preside over one of the most talented rosters in the league on an annual basis.
This offseason will present the organization with a healthy share of challenges. It is time for the Seahawks to turn the page on a number of popular veterans who have played starring roles in Seattle for multiple seasons. Letting some of those big-name players who may not be popular with the team’s passionate fan base, but it will help clear up the team’s cap space moving forward.
The good news for fans in Seattle is that Russell Wilson is in town for the long haul. The same can’t be said for the following three veterans.
The Seahawks knew that signing Olsen was an injury risk as he entered his age-35 season. To the tight end’s credit, he managed to play in 11 regular-season games in 2020. Even so, he never truly developed into the downfield weapon that Seattle envisioned when they pried him away from the Panthers.
Expecting Olsen to enjoy some type of career renaissance in 2021 is a bet the Seahawks front office cannot afford to make. Instead, look for Seattle to look for a younger, more dynamic tight end in either the draft or free agency. Olsen in his prime would have been a lethal weapon for Wilson and the team’s passing attack. Unfortunately for Seattle, they signed Olsen when his best days were well behind him. His future now lies in the broadcast booth rather than on the field in 2021.