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Seahawks looking for linebacker, safety depth

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The Seahawks are taking a look at some veterans as they try to find some depth for their defense.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks brought 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite and Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald in for visits.

The 30-year-old Wilhoite has 36 starts under his belt, after coming to the league through the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

The Seahawks are looking for a replacement for Brock Coyle (who signed with the 49ers), and┬áMike Morgan’s still on the free agent market so they’re a bit thin there, as they try to keep some tread on the tires of linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, who each played over 1,000 snaps last year.

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9 Responses to “Seahawks looking for linebacker, safety depth”
  1. nwofolife says: Mar 16, 2017 8:13 AM

    I never thought much of Wilhoite. Solid tackler, liability in coverage and space. Kinda slow. I know its just a back up spot, but he’s an injury away from starting.

    I’d rather see the Hawks draft linebackers with the length, and speed we found in Wright, Wagner, and Bruce Irvin.

    As for McDougald…never heard of em’

  2. omeimontis says: Mar 16, 2017 8:46 AM

    Most of their money is tied up in abo0ut a dozen high salaried players, and they have to pinch pennies on the rest of their players. That is NOT a formula for success. Football is a team sport. You need good players throughout the roster. The O line is already down in the dump, and now it is affecting their linebacking corp. Too much money is tied up in their receiving corp, especially Jimmy Graham, who is still not used properly after a couple of years. They also overpaid Jermaine Kearse when he became a free agent last year.

  3. minson15 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:32 AM

    I like Michael Wilhoite hopefully he’s still hungry enough to play special teams. I don’think he sees much of the field on Defense with KJ and Bobby playing, but I think he’s a good solid player.

  4. senoreno says: Mar 16, 2017 10:38 AM

    Michael Wilhoite is burnt toast. Can’t tackle, can’t run, can’t take on blocks, can’t cover..the fact the 9ers are in need of a starting linebacker and backups and they let him walk. That should tell you all you need to know about him.

  5. petedutcherjr says: Mar 16, 2017 10:40 AM

    I hope they pass on Bradley McDougald. I want him back in Tampa.

    If you haven’t heard of him, you will by next year around this time.

  6. drjoemck says: Mar 16, 2017 11:22 AM


  7. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 16, 2017 11:47 AM

    I guess the Seahawks had little interest in Dont’a Hightower. He might have been too expensive.

  8. omeimontis says: Mar 16, 2017 12:03 PM

    Dont’a Hightower is a MLB, the same position as Booby Wagner. He re-signed with New England for 43 million, money the Hogs cannot afford for a backup. They can play him at OLB, but that is a gamble. He may not fit there. They let Brock Coyle walk because KJ Wright is the backup MLB, but then someone else would have to be OLB when Wright moves inside.

    The best hope may be finding undrafted rookies to fill their need. They are cheaper than veteran free agents.

  9. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 16, 2017 4:25 PM

    “Most of their money is tied up in abo0ut a dozen high salaried players, and they have to pinch pennies on the rest of their players. That is NOT a formula for success.”

    – – –

    There’s a trophy with XLVIII engraved on it that might put a small hole in your statement there. Couple of smaller trophies too, come to think of it.

    Now if you stated it wasn’t a formula for ‘future success’ you may have a debatable point – though the investment model tying up a dozen players was already being put into place by then too.

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