McDougald had 75 tackles (51 solo) in 16 games with the Seahawks in 2017. McDougald signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks last spring and proved an important piece with Kam Chancellor (neck) missing the final seven games of the season. The 27-year-old totaled nine starts on the season and will enter the 2018 season as a free agent.
McDougald is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. McDougald's was a full participant at Friday's practice but was a non-participant the rest of the week. The 27-year-old appears on track to play Week 16 and should continue to see a heavy workload in the absence of Kam Chancellor (neck).
McDougald tallied 10 tackles (seven solo) in the Seahawks' 42-7 loss at the hands of the Rams on Sunday. McDougald's tackle total marked his second highest on the season. The 27-year-old has been making his presence felt at strong safety since Kam Chancellor (neck) was placed on injured reserve. He was one of two Seahawks defenders to play all 71 defensive snaps and should continue seeing a heavy workload in Week 16 versus the Cowboys.
McDougald will start at strong safety if Kam Chancellor (neck) is out for Monday's game against the Falcons, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. McDougald filled in for Earl Thomas (hamstring) at free safety the past two weeks, notching nine tackles and one pass defensed. With Thomas expected to return and Chancellor expected to sit, McDouglad should have a few more tackle opportunities in a role that allows him to come up into the box. Chancellor has averaged at least 5.4 tackles per game every season since his rookie campaign in 2010. McDougald had similar production as a starter for Tampa Bay the past two seasons.
McDougald is signing with Seattle on a one-year, $2 million contract, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. McDougald fills a clear need for a Seahawks team that previously didn't have any veteran depth at safety behind the phenomenal starting duo of Kam Chancellor (ankle) and Earl Thomas (leg) -- both of whom are recovering from surgery. It's a bit surprising McDougald had to settle for such a modest contract and a backup role, coming off a 2016 season in which he recorded a career-high 91 tackles (79 solo) while starting all 16 games for Tampa Bay. He also had 87 tackles (67 solo) and played all 16 games the previous year, but his work in pass coverage has always been questionable, which explains the inability to find a better offer.