REPORT: Former Panther Ed Dickson to sign with Seahawks
Ed Dickson is reportedly headed to Seattle to play for the Seahawks.
Ed Dickson is on the move. The tight end is leaving the Carolina Panthers for the Seattle Seahawks. Friday, both sides agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $14 million per multiple media reports.
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Ed Dickson was a mainstay for the Carolina Panthers at the tight end position. Serving as Greg Olsen’s backup for the past four seasons, he had his best season for the Panthers in 2017. He caught 30 passes for 437 yards and a touchdown. The 437 receiving yards were his most in a season since 2011. A member of the Baltimore Ravens, Dickson caught 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns. To this point, 2011 is his best season to date.
Now that Dickson is a member of the Seahawks, one has to wonder if Luke Willson will end up a Panther. Wednesday, Willson visited the Panthers while Dickson visited the Seahawks. It would make sense for the Panthers to at least consider Willson, especially since he can produce at a high level.
Willson did not have the best season last year, catching 15 passes for 153 yards and four touchdowns. He has produced at a high rate over the past couple seasons, snagging 89 passes for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns. If he were to sign with the Panthers, he would presumably be a backup to Greg Olsen. He would be a tremendous fit given the fact that he is known for more than just his receiving talents. Willson is known to be a good blocker, which would help Cam Newton should he need to scramble out of the pocket.
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One thing is for certain: There is a hole to fill at the tight end position. Whether Willson is the player the Panthers are looking for or not, they need to fill that void. Something tells me the void will be filled sooner rather than later. As for Dickson, he gives the Seahawks a nice option at the position. The loss of Jimmy Graham to Green Bay leaves a hole at the position for Seattle, and they began to fill that with this acquisition.