Dec 28, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (96) after the snap against the Buffalo Bills in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Buffalo Bills defeated the Patriots 17-9. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Sealver Siliga is largely an unknown defensive tackle. He’s spent the last two seasons with the Patriots as a space eater in the middle of the defensive line. Siliga was to play a larger role this year, but suffered a foot injury in Week Three and was placed on the I.R./D.T.R. list. Because of this, he only played seven games on the year.
Nonetheless, Siliga is now healthy and has an opportunity to make an impact on football’s biggest stage. The Patriots will be facing the league’s best rushing offense and one of its best running backs in Marshawn Lynch. Considering that Siliga’s primary job is stopping the run, he’ll have an opportunity to play a major role in attempting to limit the Seahawks “ground and pound” game. If Siliga plays effectively, he could spur the Patriots to a victory and, simultaneously, increase his market value.
The issue with Siliga is his restricted free agent (RFA) status. Because of this, the Patriots can match any offer made to Siliga. Even if he plays the game of his life, it’ll be difficult to offer him a deal that the Patriots would be unwilling to match. With Vince Wilfork approaching the end of his career and little depth at the tackle position, the Patriots would likely seek to keep Siliga, and especially if he performs well against the Seahawks.