The Seahawks have one of the best secondaries in the NFL. The back end of Seattle’s defense, while loaded with talent, also comes at an extreme value in 2020.
Shaquill Griffin, Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar will cost a combined $14.5 million this season. That discount will end abruptly next offseason. Griffin, Adams and Dunbar will all be due extensions.
Adams’ will likely be the richest contract in NFL history for a safety. But Griffin won’t come cheap, either. The fourth-year corner is coming off of his first Pro Bowl season and is poised for another career year.
It’s a no-brainer to extend him. Griffin is a superb human and a talented player at a coveted position. He’s the only homegrown projected starter in Seattle’s secondary (assuming Dunbar starts over Tre Flowers), and he’s one of the team’s best draft picks since 2013 (I ranked him third earlier this offseason).
Seattle opted not to give Griffin a new contract this offseason, which could end up being an expensive mistake if the corner has a big season and adds to his value. Griffin didn’t seem too concerned that a deal didn’t get done this offseason. That’s likely because he understands the opportunity in front of him in 2020.
“Whenever it comes, it comes,” he said. “I know one thing that my dad taught me: Never count eggs that aren’t in your basket. I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Oh I deserve this,’ or ‘Oh, I’m gonna get that.’ I’m just here to play games and win.”
Griffin said his biggest points of emphasis this season is to get the ball more (he only has three interceptions in three years), to be a surer tackler and to improve his technique in press coverage.
Accomplishing those goals will only add to his value next offseason. While making himself money is crucial, he’s hoping it will be Seattle who pays up and signs him long term.
“The coaches and the organization – they know I love it here. I’d love to be here as long as I can, if not forever.”
Getting K.J. Wright ($10 million) and potentially Duane Brown ($11 million) off the books will help pay for Adams, Griffin and, potentially, Dunbar. But it will still be interesting to see how the Seahawks front office makes it all work from a salary cap standpoint. Their roster is about to get expensive, particularly in the secondary.