Wes Welker, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson… The Seahawks have been linked by some reports to be interested in all elites who have been available this offseason at receiver, but one message remains the same among the 12’s;
Indeed, with all the available talent out there at the position, everybody wants to grab some of it. But too often in all the excitement of what could be, we can forget that the Seahawks already have their $11 million per year superstar and a solid sidekick. If only he can stay healthy, Percy Harvin is everything other teams are trying to acquire, and more because of his dynamic return abilities. Doug Baldwin is one of the most reliable No. 2’s in the NFC, if not the entire league, which is why the Hawks extended him for 3 years, $13 million.
You can imagine Russell Wilson’s excitement when the Seahawks opted to bring back Sidney Rice via free agency, drafted Paul Richardson with their first pick (round 2) of the 2014 NFL Draft, then picked up Kevin Norwood in round 4. A budding Jermaine Kearse, the speedy Ricardo Lockette and interesting new possibilities in rookie Kevin Smith (Washington) and second year tall man Chris Matthews (CFL by way of Kentucky).
Fine? This could be one of the better receiving core’s in the NFL. Rice is a former No. 1, Richardson is a kid that could be groomed into a future No. 1. , Harvin is a deadly option as a No. 1 or 2 and presents all sorts of gimmicky options and Baldwin is as good as they get at 2. With Marshawn Lynch and Christine Michael in the backfield. Personnel options are literally limitless right now.
Going back to Wilson, the All pro quarterback could really bust out in 2014 if his guys can stay healthy. In the Super Bowl, Wilson completed all of one pass to Harvin for 5 yards, but went 18 of 25 for 206, two touchdowns and no picks. Here’s what the first two years look like from a stat-line perspective.
- 2012: 252 of 394, 3,118 yards, 26 Td’s, 9 Ints, 489 rush yards, 4 rush Td’s, 6 fumbles – PRO BOWL
- 2013: 257 of 407, 3,357 yards, 26 Td’s, 10 Ints, 539 rush yards, 1 rush Td, 10 fumbles
He’s had a quality start to his NFL career, but there’s no doubt it could be better. If Harvin (and Rice) can stay healthy I can see Wilson going for over 4,000 yards and 30+ touchdowns in 2014 because of his . Going into his contract year that would give him quite a bit of leverage for a huge contract after this season and the Seahawks are likely to comply. Like the rest of the 12’s, I can’t wait to see what DangeRuss can do with an elite receiver for an entire season.