5 Seahawks who could follow new GM Scott Fitterer to Carolina

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Jacob Hollister – TE

The Carolina Panthers should be looking for better options at the tight end position this offseason. Ian Thomas simply hasn’t been involved enough to earn the No. 1 position long-term and it would be a huge surprise if Scott Fitterer and Matt Rhule didn’t address this need at the earliest possible opportunity.

Although getting a young prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft is highly likely, someone like Jacob Hollister might also be worth taking a chance on. The former first-round selection has enjoyed plenty of nice moments throughout his two-year spell in Seattle after moving from the New England Patriots and he would welcome the chance of more in the way of playing time elsewhere at this juncture.

Hollister was on the field for just 35 percent of the Seahawks’ offensive snaps in 2020, securing 25 receptions from 40 targets on his way to 209 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The tight end has amassed 558 yards and six scores over the last two years, with his reliability over the middle and red-zone threat something Carolina simply didn’t get from Thomas and Chris Manhertz last time out.

The Seahawks will probably lose former Panthers star Greg Olsen to retirement, so they might look to keep Hollister around on a short-term arrangement next season. However, if Fitterer liked what he saw from the Wyoming product both on and off the field, this would be an enticing option to consider.