With the free agency period rolling on, the Seahawks are still in the market. So far Luke Joeckel and Eddie Lacy have joined the team, but the team remain on the search for depth and contributors.
The duo up next was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday evening:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2017
For Jean-Francois, it’s a quick move on from his last stop. He was cut by the Redskins on Wednesday after the team signed former Cowboy Terrell McClain. His release was predicted by some following the firing f GM Scot McCloughlan last week. With his arrival coming soon after McCloughlan got his in D.C.
In his career Jean-Francois has played in over 100 games amassing 93 tackles with 12 sacks. Over three stops (San Francisco, Indianapolis and Washington) he has been a consistent contributor.
So how does he fit for the Seahawks? It would be another relatively low-cost, experienced defensive tackle signing. It seems to be the way the team fits their room. Past names of Alan Branch, Jason Jones, Tony McDaniel and Athyba Rubin have all signed to a short, prove-it deal. Jean-Francois would likely be the same.
Lining him up in the rotation behind Rubin and Jarran Reed would also open up alot for the team heading into the draft.
It’s a signing which would make a lot of sense given the past as noted above. Also would be a good move to aid the interior pass rush, a spot which struggled in 2016 in terms of production.
The other name Arthur Brown is like Eddie Lacy; He was nearly a Seahawk coming out of college.
Brown was taken by the Ravens a few picks before Lacy went to Green Bay and the Seahawks took Christine Michael. His fit is clear.
Brock Coyle has left for the 49ers and Mike Morgan is still a free agent. So the linebacker depth is very thin currently behind Pro Bowlers Bobby Wagner and K.J Wright.
But also with Coyle there is a spot on special teams that Brown would most likely slot into. After numerous injuries and below-par play in Baltimore. Brown was seen as a special-teamer only on his last stop in Jacksonville. But that draft-stock holds to what could be ‘polished’ in Seattle. It seems like a deal which is a perfect Seahawks deal to spark a fire in a player who has had a struggle.
Moving Brown in for Coyle would be step one on retooling the special teams. What happens to Mike Morgan could see another move to get the special teams studs.
Both names to watch and both fit. If the price is right, they bring a lot to the table and as ever ‘tick a box’.