Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cornerbacks Worth Getting A Look in Free Agency

Greg Toler might be the perfect fit in the slot.

    Count this position as the least of the Seahawks worries on defense. Assuming Jeremy Lane continues to get better and Walter Thurmond is healthy there's almost no need to pursue a nickel corner in free agency. Hedging your bets on a former 6th round pick and somebody who has only played 22 of a possible 48 regular season games though just doesn't seem like all that good a plan. They don't need to break the bank to improve their personnel at corner either. As a matter of fact, that might even have a negative effect on their current starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner as they are only making a combined 1.2 million. Not sure they'd feel to great about the Seahawks giving somebody else a big pay day to handle a slot receiver. Here's my list of frugal options for the Seahawks at corner.

CB, Greg Toler: This pick may seem odd based on his injury history, and the fact that the only reason the Seahawks would add another corner is due to concern about Thurmond's injury history, but it makes sense if you think about. For a few reasons. Greg Toler may have starter potential, but he's never been able to show it for extended periods due to his awful run of luck with injuries. You combine the fact that he didn't even play in 2011 with his relegation to nickelback when he did return and he might be available at a very affordable rate. 

CB, Sheldon Brown: A little experience in our secondary wouldn't hurt, and Sheldon Brown would provide just that. Brown is the kind of physical corner that Pete Carroll would love to add to this roster, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he is added. It's very doubtful the Browns will re-sign him, and with the amount of good corners set to hit free agency there is a good chance a lot of teams take a pass on the 33 year old corner. His age might lead him to sign for a very affordable contract with a Super Bowl contender to make maybe one last run. Could the Seahawks be that contender he is looking for?

CB, Cedric Griffin: Count this as the potential Carroll restoration project of 2013. A career under achiever, with a serious knack for getting in trouble. Can't forget the health concerns as well. When he's not suspended or injured though Cedric Griffin is generally a pretty good corner. He also gained experience as a nickel corner last season in Washington. He's an alright pass defender, but very good in run defense. Definitely worth getting a look.

J.D. Burke



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