Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister could be an integral part of the team’s future, but he is a restricted free agent. He is a player who many will keep an eye on as free agency gradually approaches.
After being acquired by Seattle via trade with the Patriots, Hollister found responsibility thrust upon him swiftly in the 2019 season. Star TE Will Dissly suffered a season-ending Achilles tear, Nick Vannett was traded to the Steelers and Ed Dickson found himself on injured reserve.
Hollister did not produce on the level of Dissly but proved himself to be a valuable contributor for the Seahawks. His breakout game came in Week 9 against the Buccaneers when he caught four passes and 37 yards for two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime to make the final score 40-34.
Hollister followed this up against the eventual NFC champion 49ers in Week 10, recording eight catches for 62 yards. He did an admirable job of filling Dissly’s role in his absence, and both of them could form a lethal one-two punch at tight end next season. Hollister has not proven himself to be the most capable blocker, but there are certainly more positives to his game than negatives.
The Seahawks could offer Hollister a second-round tender in free agency to keep him around for next season, and it is difficult not to think of the potential of an offense featuring him, Dissly, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Chris Carson with Russell Wilson under center.