The Seahawks are going to have to replace quarterback Russell Wilson one day. The question is how soon Seattle wants to do that. Wilson is currently under contract through 2023 and Wilson has no real power to leave Seattle until after 2023. The NFL works differently than the NBA days, for instance.
So how long Russell Wilson remains as the quarterback for the next two and a half years is completely up to Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Wilson will turn 34 years old midway through the 2022 season and does appear to be a tad slower than he used to be. Mobility is one of the things that has made Wilson great over his career.
There are three things I want to note before you start hating me for writing this article.
One is that I don’t want Russell Wilson to not be the Seahawks quarterback. He is by far the best quarterback in franchise history and hopefully has many years left to play. The players that I mention in this piece aren’t going to replace Wilson in 2022, at least that isn’t the expectation. I don’t think Wilson gets traded, or should be traded, after this season. But the players on this list could replace Wilson in a few seasons.
Three quarterbacks Seahawks could take in 2022 NFL draft
Two is that Seattle needs to start grooming a good and young backup to Wilson. Geno Smith is an OK backup but if Seattle drafts someone in the 2022 draft in a fairly high round then that quarterback is going to be in Seattle for the next four years and that is plenty of time to prepare the quarterback to be a starter in the NFL one day.
Three is that all of the quarterbacks that follow could be available in the second or third round when Seattle has a chance to take them. The Seahawks don’t have a first round pick in 2022 and since I don’t think they trade Wilson after this year Seattle is unlikely to be able to trade up into the first round next year.
And if you think a third round pick is good to get a great quarterback, remind yourself what round Russell Wilson was chosen in.