This team is still set up in a great way for the future, but some of its players may move on or call it quits after the 2021 season ends. On both sides of the ball, there are veterans who I see at very least a possibility that they don’t play for the Seahawks again after 2021 ends. Let’s go through all 5. I’ve gone through them in order of likelihood to leave the team, 1 being the most likely and 5 the least.
1. Duane Brown, LT
Duane Brown is the most likely of these 5 players to move on from the Seahawks, through the form of retirement. It just makes sense. He’ll be 37 next season and an unrestricted free agent.
Knowing that Brown anchored the left side of this line for the last 4 years and was the best offensive lineman on the roster for all 4, it will make me sad to see him go. But it’s time, and the Seahawks need to get younger at left tackle.
The Seahawks may have some players leaving after the end of the 2021 season
2. Tre Flowers, CB
Flowers is another player who I could see moving on from Seattle after 2021, although he would most likely get a deal with another team. I know Pete Carroll likes him, but I don’t think he’s worked out the way we thought he would.
He’s been injured and has played just decently while he’s on the field. Corner is another position where Seattle needs to cycle out experiments like Flowers and move on to new players like Tre Brown, DJ Reed and Ahkello Witherspoon.
3. KJ Wright, LB
Obviously, this one is contingent on whether the Seahawks decide to bring Wright back for the 2021 season. I think they will, on a smaller one-year contract. He said he doesn’t want to take a hometown discount, so I think he may settle for a small one-year deal with Seattle until the cap goes back up next season and he finds a longer-term deal with another team.
I don’t think the Seahawks will be able to pay him in 2022, and though he’s been a stud on the defensive side of the ball for nearly a decade for this team, it’ll be time to pay the young guns.
4. Quandre Diggs, S
Diggs has a chance to finish his Seahawks career this fall. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2022, and if Seattle spends the bank on extending Adams, I’m not sure they’ll want to give their other starting safety the bag as well.
I think the Seahawks may draft at safety in 2022, which would make them worse at the position than bringing Diggs back. I just have a feeling that Diggs will want a big payday, and the salary cap will limit Seattle’s ability to bring him in.
5. Russell Wilson, QB
I think it may be safe to say that Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have resolved any issues they may have had throughout the 2020 season. If the Seahawks have extended Russell Wilson’s contract in a way that makes his cap hit for 2022 close to as high as it is in 2021, there’s no way he’s not back in 2022.
However, there’s always the outside chance that he pulls an Aaron Rodgers or a Deshaun Watson and says he wants out of Seattle. If that happens, 2021 may be the last year he plays for the Seahawks, but something tells me that Russ just loves Seattle and wants to stay there for the remainder of his career.
All five of these players have had productive Seattle careers, but I think the inevitable is coming, and the first 3 will be finished with the Seahawks after 2021. As for numbers 4 and 5, they should be back, but there’s an outside chance they’re not. Let’s enjoy this powerful roster while we can, and when these players depart, let’s hope that the front office can work magic to get younger and cheaper at these positions while keeping talent on the roster.