The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly looking into a potential major addition to their defensive line.
According to multiple reports, the NFC West franchise is meeting with eight-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins this week.
Atkins, 33, played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2010-20. He made eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport shared the news.
“Fully cleared from surgery that short-circuited last season, Atkins could be big-time addition to Seattle’s D-line,” he reported. “Geno Atkins was cleared following rotator cuff surgery in June and has bided his time to find the right situation. If he signs in Seattle, he would reunite with former Bengals teammate Carlos Dunlap.”
Geno Atkins was cleared following rotator cuff surgery in June and has bided his time to find the right situation. If he signs in Seattle, he would reunite with former #Bengals teammate Carlos Dunlap. https://t.co/ixY7FBEcHV
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2021
Seahawk Maven wrote last week that Atkins was a possible solution to the team’s lack of depth on the defensive line:
It’s hard not to wonder if a change of scenery would do the same for Atkins. After all, in his last healthy season, he recorded 4.5 sacks on 20 pressures and added 47 tackles.
Those numbers, of course, pale in comparison to what he’s done for most of his career, indicating a decline in play. Coming off a serious injury as well, it’s unrealistic to expect Atkins to be the same player who’s accumulated three All-Pro selections and played for eight Pro Bowl teams.
But the Seahawks don’t need him to lead the charge and play extensive snaps. They just need better depth. As a rotational piece, Atkins should still be more than capable of producing at a high level relative to his limited role.
The Seahawks enter the 2021 season with Super Bowl hopes. Shoring up the defensive line should be a priority for the team moving forward.
Seattle opens the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Colts.
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