1 free-agent moves from each NFC West Division rival that Rams fans can laugh at

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Seahawks sign DT Johnathan Hankins

The Seattle Seahawks want to get bigger on their defensive line. That much is clear. That's why they agreed to terms with nearly 32-year-old defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Hankins is a fortress on the defensive front, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing a burly 320 pounds. But will he be a game-changer on their defense?

In a word? No.

I don't believe that it's disrespectful to acknowledte that Hankins has seen his better days in the rear view mirro. He will be entering his 12th NFL season, which will be two more seasons than Rams All-Pro DL Aaron Donald played. As such, his production has waned.

He had a bit of a resurgence in 2023 with the Dallas Cowboys, mainly because they managed his work load with vigilance. He played 351 defensive snaps last season, which seems to be his upward limit for 2024.

He managed to get 3.0 quarterback sacks, and 27 tackles. That's impressive on just 351 defensive snaps. But since 2019, he has put up just 5.5 quarterback sacks, and just 183 tackles. That's and average of 1.0 quarterback sack and 36 tackles per year. That is not a lot from a defensive starter.

Getting bigger by itself does little to improve a team. Getting better is the ultimate litmus test, and I don't see the Seahawks roster improving by adding Hankins. In fact, compared to former Seahawks player Mario Edwards Jr., the Seahawks may have regressed substantially.

Rams fans are more than happy to get a hearty guffaw at the Seahawks expense. I believe is one more occasion to do so.