SPOKANE, Wash. — It has been quite the offseason shakeup for the Seattle Seahawks.
Players once staples of the franchise, gone. New players with potential added in free agency and the draft.
One of those guys added was officially signed on Friday, defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
CAN ANSAH STAY HEALTHY AND CONTRIBUTE?
It was a big pickup after the team traded star defensive end Frank Clark before the NFL Draft in April.
Ansah signed a one year deal with a 5.5 million dollar guarantee. It's a solid deal considering he has battled a lot of injuries after his 2015 Pro Bowl season. He had 14..5 sacks that year.
The former Detroit Lions player just hasn't been the same since.
The rumor is he might be held out at the beginning of the season to make sure he's healthy. If healthy, he's the most proven edge rusher on the team already.
If you compare Ansah's stats with the current players on the Seahawks roster, his potential means a lot. Nobody else on the Seahawks roster had more than 5.5 sacks last year. Cassius Marsh matched that number playing with the San Francisco 49ers last season.
To put this into perspective, Ansah had more sacks in 2017 than each of these other Seahawks defensive ends have in their entire NFL careers.
The hope for the Seahawks is if Ansah can stay healthy, he's going to be a big time threat to opposing offenses. The Seahawks also chose rookie defensive end L.J.Collier in the first round of the NFL Draft to help out.
KAM CHANCELLOR RELEASED
More big news came this week when the Seahawks let go of safety Kam Chancellor.
He was one of the Legion of Boom members that helped the Seahawks capture its first super bowl title in franchise history. The hard hitting safety had 641 tackles, 12 interceptions and 44 pass break ups in his eight seasons with Seattle.
But he hasn't played since November 2017 because of a neck injury.
So that's one important member of the secondary not coming back. Also Earl Thomas is no longer on the team. He's now with the Baltimore Ravens.
No member of the Super Bowl winning Legion of Boom secondary is on the roster anymore.
The Seahawks also lost Justin Coleman, the team's best cornerback last year, in free agency to the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks will need to look for leadership through its safeties. Strong safety Bradley McDougald had three interceptions last year. Free safety Tedric Thompson got valuable reps when Thomas didn't play.
DOUG BALDWIN RELEASED
The other big notable release wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
He had 493 receptions, 6.563 yards and 49 touchdowns as a Seahawks player.
He finished second in franchise history in receiving touchdowns and third in receptions and yards.
Injuries limited him. He had shoulder and knee surgery after this last season. Then he had sports hernia surgery in March.
The stat production is going to be a big drop off. He's been Russell Wilson's favorite target for so long.
With Baldwin not at full strength last season, receiver Tyler Lockett was producing. He had 57 catches for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He'll be the go to guy for Wilson this season.
The Seahawks thought Baldwin might not be a part of the team this season before the NFL Draft. They drafted some dudes who can help out like D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings. Both those guys have similar speed and route running abilities as Baldwin.