End of the Legion of Boom?
Article written by Dylan Devine
January 18th, 2018.
There have been many dominant defensive groups in the history of the NFL, but the Legion of Boom arguably has been the best. During the 2011 offseason the Seattle Seahawks drafted cornerback Richard Sherman out of Stanford University in the fifth round of the draft and signed a free agent cornerback from the Canadian Football League, Brandon Browner. Seattle already had two great safeties with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor so adding Sherman and Browner to the secondary was a major factor too the emergence of the LOB. Since 2011 there were at least three players from the LOB that were selected to play in the Pro Bowl. The Seahawks have had many accomplishments over the years such as reaching the Super Bowl twice, going to three division and two conference championships games in the past five years. The Seahawks five year streak of making a playoff appearance ended this season as they finished 9-7 and were second in the NFC west.
Why the LOB could be doomed
1. After suffering bad neck injuries, it is possible Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril may never play football again.
2. Cornerback Deshawn Shead announced that he will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
3. Cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested on January 14th and got charged with a DUI. Lane will most likely be released this offseason too save the team $13.25 million.
4. The possibility of a Richard Sherman trade/release. Seattle has the seventh least cap space in the league so with Sherman being owed $11.4 million in base salaries and $11 million in 2018 trading him would create a significant amount of space.
5. Michael Bennett saying he “Probably won’t be back next year.” The star defensive end believes that the team is looking for younger players and with Bennett being 32, he doesn’t see himself back on the team. Seattle could either trade Bennett to another team, or they could just cut him to save the salary space.