Miami Hurricane Safety Bubba Bolden was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent according to to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald. Bolden entered the NFL Draft after spending the last three years in Miami. A four-star USC signee in 2017, Bolden transferred to Miami in January 2019.
Bolden had 127 tackles, not 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, six pass breakups and five forced fumbles during his tenure in Miami. In his last two seasons with Miami, Bolden played 18 games with 16 starts before suffering a season-ending injury. Bolden led a young Miami secondary with a group of exceptional safeties who would succeed him.
Bold was the 59th ranked player, seventh safe and third in Nevada in the 2017 high school class. In the NFL, Bolden will have to prove he can stay healthy. Entering the NFL as a backup, Bolden will have to prove he can play against special teams. With Seattle, Bolden will have a pair of former Miami Hurricanes to guide him.
Former Miami running backs DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer play for Seattle. Homer is one of the best special teams players in the NFL. Seattle did not write security. It could help Bolden in his quest to make Seattle’s roster. Seattle faces an offseason transition after trading quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver.
The Seattle secondary isn’t the Legion of Boom legend he once was. Seattle also signed former Miami cornerback Artie Burns as a free agent from the Chicago Bears in the 2022 offseason. Burns is projected to start Seattle in 2022. Seattle had the 31st pass defense last season.
Veterans Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs are the starting safeties for Seattle. Ryan Neal, Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair are listed as backup safeties. Bolden has been hampered by injuries during his career with the Miami Hurricanes. An ankle injury limited Bolden to five games in his first season with Miami in 2019.
Bolden started all 11 games for Miami in 2020. A torn labrum ended Bolden’s season after seven games in 2021. At 6’3, 200 pounds, Bolden is a good size for a safety. Bolden ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. the questions on Bolden are his inconsistencies and tackles. These need to be improved.
With three safeties ahead of him, Bolden faces a tough challenge to make Seattle’s roster. Performing well in pre-season games will be essential for Bolden as well as the aforementioned special teams. The practice team could be an option for the unique top 10 security. Bolden and Dallas were teammates in Miami in 2019.