The Seahawks also took out valuable insurance policies for a few of their on-field defensive leaders, too. Arguably no non-QB injury in the league last season sabotaged a unit like Earl Thomas’ broken leg did Seattle’s secondary. After the Seahawks gave up more than seven additional points (23.3 compared to 16,2 with Thomas) and 12 touchdowns compared to just one interception in the final six games without Thomas, they signed ex-Buc Bradley McDougald, a major upgrade over Steven Terrell.
Seattle, after dangling Richard Sherman in a trade, made third-rounder Shaquill Griffin the highest drafted corner of Carroll-Scheider era, then dipped twice more into a deep DB pool on Day 2 to add Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson. The moves didn’t prevent them from making the controversial signing Wednesday of former 49ers CB Tramaine Brock, who was abruptly released in April following a domestic violence charge that was recently dropped.