2016: Teddy Bridgewater tears ACL; Seahawks follow the path of the Vikings and Trade for Sam Bradford
(Since they do not lose the cap space from Russell Wilson’s extension) Seattle re-signs Russell Okung and Bruce Irvin to long term contracts. Everything is looking great for the 2016 season for Seattle to compete with the pre-season NFC favorites the Russell Wilson-led Washington Football team, but then disaster strikes.
Teddy Bridgewater tears his ACL in summer practice, and now with Geno Smith as the backup, the Seahawks look for help just as the Vikings did in real life and trade a 1st round pick in next year’s draft for Sam Bradford.
Bradford performs well and the Seahawks go 11-5, winning the NFC West. They face the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card round but are then defeated by the Falcons in the Divisional round, following the same path of the actual 2016 season.
While there were very high expectations for the Seahawks in 2016, they still have a serviceable QB who looked good this year and the best defense in the NFL, so as Bridgewater hopefully recovers well they roll into 2017 with more high expectations, but the Super Bowl window with their defense is closing.