Now that the Seahawks have hired Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator, the team’s focus must shift to improving the personnel on that side of the football.
The running back position is a gigantic question mark at this point with Chris Carson set to be a free agent. The offensive line, as evidenced by the shellacking it took in the Wild Card Round against the Rams, needs major improvements. Seattle would also be wise to add another tight end and a No. 3 receiver that would offer an upgrade over David Moore and Freddie Swain.
As for the last two, there are a pair of skill players that Waldron may want to bring with him to Seattle. Gerald Everett and Josh Reynolds are both impending free agents, and the cap-strained Rams aren’t likely to be able to keep either of them.
Everett is a former second-round pick in 2017 who has posted moderate production the last two seasons with more than 400 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020.
Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle joined the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast and explained why Everett would be a wonderful addition to Seattle’s offense.
“Keep an eye on Gerald Everett,” Heaps said. “Tyler Higbee kind of took over that role at the tight end position (in Los Angeles), but Gerald Everett is an extremely dynamic tight end who can do a lot of different things. He can be a legit receiving threat coming from that system. Obviously Waldron has great background with Everett, being a part of drafting him and knowing what he can do well.”
The Seahawks will need another tight end to join Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson (and potentially Jacob Hollister). Adding a player Waldron is familiar with makes a ton of sense, especially given his price tag should be modest. According to Sharp Football, the Rams operated out of 12 personnel 29% of the time. Only the Eagles, Cardinals and Titans utilized that personnel grouping more frequently. That means another three-man rotation at tight end is likely for the Seahawks in 2021.
Reynolds was also a member of the Rams 2017 draft class and was taken in the fourth round. He posted a career-high 618 yards in 2019 and has averaged north of 10 yards per reception three years running. Reynolds’ ability to operate in the middle of the field would make him a sizeable upgrade to David Moore. Like Everett, Reynolds should be fairly affordable as well.
It would make sense for Waldon to want some familiar faces around as he embarks on his first opportunity to call plays in the NFL. Reynolds and Everett could be perfect fits given their experience in the system and Seattle’s limited draft capital and cap space.