The Seattle Seahawks held another reunion Wednesday afternoon when it was announced the team had re-signed DE Benson Mayoma. Mayoma joins 2013 Superbowl teammate Bruce Irvin who signed with the Hawks two weeks. Can the Seahawks complete the reunion tour and re-sign Jadeveon Clowney? Three weeks into the free agency period it is anyone’s guess how the Clowney saga will end. The Seahawks are not waiting to around to find out.
SEAHAWKS CONTINUE QUEST TO IMPROVE PASS RUSH
The signing of Mayoma is consistent with the Seahawks offseason goal of bolstering a pass rush that had a league-low 28 sacks on a defense that was ranked 22nd out of 32 teams. Throw in the 131 missed tackles which were just behind the Bills ( 132) and Cardinals ( 135) one can see why the Seahawks are out to improve an inconsistent defense.
Pete Carrol is looking to improve the team’s sack number and the quarterback pressure percentage. Last year that number was 19% which was 28th in the league. Put another way. The Seahawks third-best in the league with 32 takeaways behind the Patriots( 36) and Steelers (38). An improved quarterback pressure percentage could be a game-changer for the Seahawks on defense.
SOME GAS IN THE TANK
Despite being long in the tooth at 28 years old Mayoma is coming off his best year as a pro. Mayoma had a career-high seven sack sacks in 15 games despite participating in just 302 snaps per Pro Football Reference. Irvin had 8.5 sacks with Carolina last. Rasheem Green led the Seahawks with four sacks last year. The Seahawks also re-signed defensive tackle Jarran Reed who had two sacks. Clowney had three.
In 2013 Mayoma signed with Seahawks as a free agent and played two games but saw no action during the Hawks title-winning playoff run. In 2014 Mayoma was by the Seahawks and was picked up by the Raiders for two years then went to the Cowboys ( 2016), Cardinals (2018) before returning to the Raiders in 2019