It felt somewhat inevitable that Ugo Amadi would be cut before the season started, unless he had a sparkling training camp.
His cap hit was $2.7m and moving on saved $2.5m. It’s not the most expensive deal but it was still too much for a player who hasn’t shown enough.
A safety in college, Amadi never really found a spot in Seattle. It’s telling that the Eagles are now listing him as a ‘DB’. That’s part of the problem. He’s not a particularly good nickel corner. He’s not convinced anyone to stick at safety. He can’t play outside and he isn’t a deatbacker type.
So what is he?
As a nickel in 2021 he earned a 43.7 PFF grade which felt warranted. He simply wasn’t very good.
You can carry a versatile depth piece on a cheap rookie deal. When they start costing nearly $3m, it’s time to move on.
The Seahawks have signed Justin Coleman (who played poorly in Pittsburgh) but could also give Coby Bryant a season at nickel or utilise Marquise Blair in that spot. Either way, they’re clearly comfortable with the options they have.
It was reported earlier in the day that Amadi would be cut. This is one of those moments where the Eagles saw an opportunity and the two teams came together to strike a deal before his release.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has been a bust in the NFL. A former second round pick, he’s simply too stiff and robotic. He showed that in college too — he just had a knack for making contested catches and winning 1v1’s.
He’s not particularly fast (4.50) or explosive (34 inch vertical) and there’s nothing spectacular about his profile.
The chances are he won’t amount to anything in Seattle. It’s not the best situation for him that he’s bulked up to 237lbs for a switch to tight end and now the Seahawks want him to play receiver again. Arcega-Whiteside was 225lbs at his combine.
Yet given the pending departure of Amadi anyway, why not have a look at a player once drafted seven spots higher than D.K. Metcalf? Especially when the team has a few injuries at receiver and (quite rightly) isn’t risking Metcalf or Tyler Lockett in these pre-season games.
He may well be cut in a week or two. We’ll see. It’s a shot to nothing.
These are the kind of moves where the Seahawks have struck gold in the past. There’s nothing wrong with having a look.
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