Guard – Oday Aboushi
Linebacker – Arthur Brown
Safety – Bradley McDougald
They’re all 1-year deals for pretty low money, so again with that theme of having lots of roster flexibility going into 2018. They’ve also got some starting experience and aren’t necessarily guaranteed anything by coming here. In fact, I would venture all are blocked at their respective positions, but all are looking to rebuild some of their value by coming here and playing for a potential winner.
Oday Aboushi is another guy to throw onto the O-Line pile. He’ll likely come in and compete right away with Mark Glowinski and Rees Odhiambo. The more the merrier is what I say. No one is confusing Aboushi with an All Pro, but it wouldn’t shock me if he’s better than Glowinski right now and gives us at least SOME modicum of improvement at the guard position from day one.
Arthur Brown looks like a Special Teamer, and possibly a Brock Coyle replacement. Talking cheaper, talking possibly more athletic, talking a guy who was once a really highly rated prospect at the linebacker position, we could be looking at someone who has yet to fulfill his full potential. I don’t know if you look forward to him starting on this defense that’s already stacked at linebacker (as an injury replacement, of course), but if he’s a baller on special teams, I’ll gladly take him.
Bradley McDougald is the most intriguing of the three, as a guy coming from Tampa Bay who has extensive starting experience as a free safety. The Bucs opted to go with someone a little more established – and thus a lot more costly – but I think this is a fantastic move for the Seahawks. Upgrading safety depth was one of my biggest priorities for the Seahawks going into this offseason, particularly with how terrible this team was against the pass after Earl Thomas went down. I can’t imagine a scenario where McDougald is any worse than Steven Terrell; I very much CAN imagine a scenario where he’s a whole helluva lot better, and will be an asset to this team should one of our starting safeties go down.
All in all, things are shaping up pretty nicely heading into the NFL Draft on April 27th-29th. Cornerback is the obvious priority #1 at this point, which you have to think will be knocked out either in the first round or early second round (assuming the Seahawks trade down, which a lot of us fans believe they will).