Mingo likely will play strong-side linebacker in Seattle's 4-3 base defense, while serving as an edge rusher on passing downs, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports.
The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Mingo enjoyed the best season of his career last year in Indianapolis, piling up 47 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 16 games. He often was asked to drop into coverage on passing downs, but the Seahawks plan to give him more opportunities to get after the quarterback. General manager John Schneider said Mingo was the team's top priority among external free agents, perhaps hinting at a role similar to the one Bruce Irvin occupied from 2013 to 2015. Irvin had 115 tackles, 14 sacks and three interceptions in 42 regular-season games during that stretch, with his versatility allowing him to stay on the field alongside fellow edge rushers Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril (neck). Mingo won't have quite as much competition for snaps, potentially making him a huge bargain on a two-year, $6.8 million contract.
Mingo started off slow during his first season with the Colts in 2017, but he appeared to become more comfortable as the year went on and ultimately racked up 33 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles during his final eight games. He'll likely remain in a rotational role with the Seahawks, but it isn't out of the question for him to earn a spot in the starting lineup with a strong showing in training camp. As it stands, the 2013 first-round linebacker only has D.J. Alexander and Paul Dawson to compete with for the starting gig opposite K.J. Wright.
Mingo totaled 47 tackles (35 solo), two sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games for Indianapolis in 2017.
Mingo started the season with limited production, but turned things on in the second half of the season with 33 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the final eight games. The former first-round pick enters the 2018 season as an unrestricted free agent and could be an attractive rotational option at outside linebacker for a number of teams.
Mingo had eight tackles (all solo) and a sack in Saturday's loss to the Ravens.
Mingo entered December with a quiet season through 12 games, but in three games he's recorded 15 tackles (all solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles. The 27-year-old has a limited history of success, but a matchup against the quarterback-deficient Texans in Week 17 could make him an under-the-radar IDP streaming option.
Mingo had three total tackles and a sack in Thursday's loss to Denver.
Mingo has been pressed into a starting role with John Simon (neck) on injured reserve. He has a sack and forced fumble the past two games.
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