The Seahawks need to find a backup to Russell Wilson in 2021
The Seahawks still need to find a viable backup Russell Wilson this coming season. Which free agents are the best candidates for Seattle? And should Seattle simply try to get Geno Smith to return in 2021? To be honest, whichever player backs up Wilson isn’t going to be Wilson but it stills needs to be a player that can win Seattle football games.
Geno Smith wasn’t bad in extremely limited snaps in 2020 when he came in and mopped up in Seattle’s 40-3 defeat of the Jets but this in no way proves he can lead Seattle to the playoffs if Wilson gets hurt in 2021. So who can?
Seahawks should sign one of the free agent quarterbacks
Robert Griffin III
Griffin III has proven more than anything that he can’t stay healthy and is not a long-term solution to a team that needs a number one quarterback. But Griffin can run the Seahawks offense as he has a strong arm and still has a bit of his mobility. I would never want Griffin to start for the Seahawks for 10 games or more. But in a two or three game stretch, he might be just enough, with some help from his teammates, to win a game or two.
Griffin has made $2 million each of the last two seasons with the Ravens which is just a little bit higher than what Seattle might want to pay Wilson’s backup.
Dobbs is super smart and will be pretty inexpensive. He also has a great ability to run and evade tacklers. The issue is his overall arm strength and accuracy. But he can lead a team to a couple of wins and has never really been given a chance to show what he can do in the NFL.
Dobbs can probably be signed for less than a million dollars which is still less than what he will earn with NASA one day (seriously). He would be a good backup to Wilson because the offense wouldn’t have to change much except for the deep throws to D.K. Metcalf.
Hundley might be best known as the quarterback who made the Seahawks look stupid in 2019 when he led the Cardinals to a win over Seattle in week 16 which basically kept Seattle from winning the NFC West. Hundley also started 9 games for the Packers in 2017 after Aaron Rodgers was hurt. Hundley should make less than $1 million in 2021 but with his starting experience and knowledge of the NFC West, he would be worth signing.