The Seattle Seahawks have an impossible to fill void at linebacker with team legends Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright both gone. But someone has to play the job.
On Friday, the Seahawks announced the signing of linebacker Joel Dublanko. In a corresponding move, they waived tight end Jake Hausmann.
Dublanko came out undrafted from Cincinnati in 2022. He signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent before being released.
As a member of the Bearcats, Dublanko played a significant role in helping them become the first Five-Eye team to make the college football playoffs. Last year he was team captain and led the team with 113 tackles. Dublanko earned All-AAC First Team honors for his efforts.
For the better part of a decade, the linebacking corps has played a vital role in giving the Seattle Seahawks one of the best defenses in the NFL.
But a combination of injuries, retirement, and erosion on the defensive line and defensive backfield has faltered Seattle’s once-dominant defense.
Seattle consistently ranks in the top half of the league in runs allowed, but they’ve finished in the league’s bottom quarter in yards allowed in two of the last three seasons.
Who will step in for the Seahawks on defense this coming season?