The Seahawks are declining the fifth-year option on defensive end L.J. Collier, according to a report by Jeremy Fowler at ESPN.
This development hardly comes as a surprise. Collier (26) has had one promising stretch in Seattle during the 2020 season, totaling three sacks and seven quarterback hits that year. However, he produced very little both in his rookie year and during the 2021 campaign. The team reportedly had discussions about trading Collier around the deadline but got no takers.
Collier not getting his option picked up is the latest in a long line of failures for the Seahawks in this department. In fact, to date they have only picked up one fifth-year option, which they did a few weeks ago on tight end Noah Fant – who came over as part of the Russell Wilson trade. This speaks to some pretty awful decision-making in the first round of the draft over the years.