Grading Michael Morgan Signing
Quality depth player who the team knows and can count on to contribute in special teams or as a spot starter.
Talent5.2
Age5
Scheme Fit7
Cost6
Proven Commodity3
Pros
  • Dependable role player
  • Solid special teams contributor
Cons
  • Limited upside
  • Veteran status makes minimum salary higher
  • Can be out of position at times in the run game
5.2Signing Score
Reader Rating: (51 Votes)
5.0

Seattle confirmed they re-signed veteran linebacker and special teams standout Mike Morgan to a contract yesterday. Details of the deal have yet to be shared.

Analysis

Morgan has managed to earn his way onto the roster every year despite making the bulk of his contributions on special teams. He has always been a good athlete, and has had some chances to contribute on the field as a linebacker and sometimes as a rush defensive end.

Morgan gives the team a veteran option to compete for the Bruce Irvin’s vacated SAM position. People often misunderstand that Irvin played two roles on the team. He was listed as a starting SAM linebacker, but he also was a nickel edge rusher. Morgan can do a bit of both, but is more likely to see snaps at SAM, which is a position that requires setting an edge against outside runs and battling inline tight ends.

He has never been a particularly dynamic player, and has appeared undisciplined at times in his gaps, which has led to some breakout runs for opposing teams when Morgan has been on the field. Pete Carroll knows him from all the way back to high school, and coached him at USC. Morgan is unlikely to ever be a starter, but will get a chance to push Eric Pinkins, Frank Clark and others at the SAM position.

3 Responses

  1. Steve O

    Lost Bruce Irvin, Brandon Mebane, Russell Okung, JR Sweezy and Marshawn Lynch. What has SEA done to improve over last year?

    • Coug1990

      The Seahawks have lost players every year. Every team loses players. The biggest problem last season in the playoffs was traveling to three straight away games. Two of them across country to play 10am games and one of those in terrible conditions.

      The slow start to last season because of the hangover of the previous season was a problem. I do not think it will be this season. This season the players will be miles ahead mentally than they were last season. That is the biggest improvement. That is huge.

      • Coug1990

        Note: I should clarify when I say three straight away games, I am saying the last regular season game against Arizona, then the two playoff games against Minnesota and Carolina. They were on the road three straight weeks and it caught up to them against Carolina. Once they settled down, they were the better team.

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