Seahawks Have Interest In DE Everson Griffen & LB Clay Matthews

     

Michael Silver reports the Seahawks are interested in veteran free-agent pass rushers Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews and could sign one soon. 

Clay Matthews

Silver adds it appears the Seahawks have moved on from DE Jadeveon Clowney because he wants more than they’re willing to pay. 

He notes Clowney turned down an offer that would have paid him over $15 million in 2020 earlier in free agency and continues to seek a deal that he believes reflects his value. 

As for Griffen, he’s been linked to the Seahawks since departing the Vikings because of his connection with Seahawks HC Pete Carroll, who coached him in college. 

A few weeks ago, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that Griffen has had “strong interest” from multiple teams and the Cardinals are believed to be among them. The Packers have also expressed interest

Griffen’s situation has been complicated by the fact he can’t visit other teams and he previously dealt with some mental health issues in 2018. A team with interest in signing him to a contract may wait until they’re able to meet with him face to face.

Griffen, 32, is a former fourth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2010. He signed a six-year, $75 million contract that includes $34 million guaranteed in 2017 and was set to make base salaries of $12.9 million and $13.4 million the next two seasons.

In 2019, Griffen appeared in 15 games for the Vikings and recorded 41 tackles, eight sacks, one interception and two pass defenses.

Matthews, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Packers back in 2009. He played out the final year of his six-year, $69.73 million contract and made a base salary of $10.4 million for the 2018 season.

The Rams signed Matthews to a two-year contract worth up to $16.75 million last year. However, Los Angeles opted to release him last month. 

In 2019, Matthews appeared in 13 games for the Rams and recorded 37 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass defenses.

We have both included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.

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