According to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks have re-signed edge rusher Cassius Marsh to a one-year deal after a two-year absence from the team. After being acquired by the New England Patriots via the trade of a 5th-round draft pick, Marsh spent just 9 games on the east coast before being cut. The cause? Cassius’s faithful embrace of his namesake. The outspoken player was unhappy with his newfound non-rushing role and confronted head coach Bill Belichick about it. Belichick, embracing the Patriot Way, promptly jettisoned the defiant player – a move that surely garnered praise by the ever-salty Puget Sound fan base.
Marsh was quickly added by the up and coming San Francisco 49ers that same year, parlaying his 2017 production into a 2-year contract in which the rotational lineman turned in a career year. Marsh totaled 5.5 sacks, 27 solo tackles (38 combined), and 14 QB hits: excellent production for a limited-time player. However, Marsh was bizarrely released at the end of the season, gifting Seattle the opportunity to bring him back home.
The 6’4″, 252 lb rusher will be a valuable piece for the 2019 Seahawks. When Marsh was originally taken by the team in the 4th-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the plan was to utilize Marsh and and inside/outside pass rusher in the mold of Michael Bennett. However, Marsh proved he was more suited to pinning his ears back and rushing from the edge. His laudable 7.08 second 3-cone time – perhaps the most important exercise in the edge rushing world – is the foundation of Marsh’s ability to get after the passer. For a line in need of depth and ability, this is an excellent signing by general manager John Schneider.