The Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs and secured a top 5 selection in the upcoming draft. However, the quarterback that led you to the playoffs is a 33-year-old journeyman who just won Comeback Player of the Year and the best quarterbacks in the draft are slated to be gone before you pick. So, what do the Seahawks do during this offseason?
How did Seattle Get Denver's Pick
2022 Record: 9-8
GM: John Schneider
HC: Pete Carroll
OC: Shane Waldron
DC: Clint Hurtt
Offense: 9th Scoring
Geno Smith 69.8%, 4282 30-11, 68-366-1
Kenneth Walker 228-1050-9
D.K. Metcalf 90-1048-6
Tyler Lockett 84-1033-9
Defense: 25th Scoring
Jordyn Brooks 161 Tak
Uchenna Nwosu 9.5 Sacks, 12 TFL
Tariq Woolen 6 Int
Notable Free Agents:
Pos, Name, Age, Contract Status, 2022 Snap Count
C - Austin Blythe (31), UFA, 95.5%
QB - Geno Smith (33), UFA, 100%
RB - Rashaad Penny (27), UFA, 15.6%
(9) Projected Cost of Rookie Picks in 2023: $16.3m
Round 1 #5
Round 1 #20
Round 2 #37
Round 2 #52
Round 3 #83
Round 4 #123
Round 5 #153
Round 5 #156
Round 6 #198
As of now, the Seahawks are 31m under the cap but with half of that going to their rookie picks (assuming they use all 9) they will have to get creative to free up some more space considering they only have 48 rostered players. The Seahawks have a unique situation with their salary cap as there are some deals that they can’t rework and others are just sound deals. 2023 starts Jamal Adams’ 4-year 70m deal, and the only adjustment that could be made there would be to add in a couple voided years, but I don’t think Seattle wants to “pay” him longer than they have to. Quandre Diggs is turning 30 and has nearly 14m of his 18m cap hit tied up in base salary. He could convert that to a bonus and the Seahawks could extend him beyond his 2024 contract. Leaving out all of that, the real question will be, will the Seahawks bring back 33-year old Geno Smith or will they search for their next franchise quarterback having 2 1st-round selections?
Other than Smith, there are few of the Seahawk free agents that would be worth the gamble if they were to come back. Most are 30 or older, and unless they are willing to sign 1-year deals with a built in voided year, Seattle would be wise to just get younger at those positions. Austin Blythe played 95% of the snaps at center but was only on a 1-year deal for 4m. He would take that deal again.
Geno Smith, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, has proven that he isn’t a “formidable backup” but a bonafide starter for one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Will Seattle take a shot with Smith again for the 2023 season or will they go younger in the draft. One route that Seattle can take, with 3 of the 4 teams drafting before them needing a franchise quarterback, they could take the best available non-quarterback in the entire draft (and then pick again at 20 to get another solid playmaker) or they could bundle both picks and swap with Chicago for the 1st-overall selection and get their franchise guy. Signing Smith and getting two more 1st-round picks would be the easiest way to control their own destiny, because come draft time, who knows what can happen?
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