It is never too early to think about the off-season. This is especially true for a Seattle Seahawks team that finds themselves out of the playoffs.
The Seattle Seahawks will have some big choices this upcoming off-season. Do they go through another soft reset? Or do they blow it up for a full-on rebuild?
The answer to this question will dictate entirely how the offseason goes. With the report of Jody Allen not looking at this year as a one-year blunder, I am going to take a stab in the dark and say some key changes are coming.
My best guess for the offseason will be at least one big-name will be replaced. Specifically, I think Pete Carroll will be forced to retire, fired, or moved into a different role.
Reports have circled for years that Russell Wilson is tired of playing Pete ball. With this draft and free agent class being devoid of any sure-fire replacements at quarterback, the smart move would be to build around Wilson and replace Carroll.
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This would enable John Schneider to have full autonomy over the draft, its personnel, and key decisions. I honestly believe that this would be enough of a change to reinvigorate the team. It’s ok to be thankful for the past accomplishments, build a statue, or whatever needs to be done.
However, this is a business and all decisions need to be focused on the now/future, not the past.
After this change happens, the team needs to retool using their salary cap space with some of the truly great talents that will become available. The team currently has the 8th most cap space going into the off-season.
A couple of hard cuts such as Bobby Wagner ($16.6 million saved), Jason Meyers ($4 million saved), and Chris Carson ($3.43 million saved) would catapult the Seahawks to having the second-most cap space in the NFL.
More than enough to complete a soft-retooling if the resources are spent wisely. Something I can’t trust the current regime to do. With Pete Carroll over the GM in decision-making, I need to see what John Schneider would do with these funds. The smart move would be to target at least one of the players on the following pages.
Let’s be honest, if the choice is a hard reset or this, the worst that could happen is pushing the hard reset out two more years while we, the fans, get a couple more years of entertaining football.
In the best-case scenario, Wilson’s vision helps build a Super Bowl-caliber team by resetting where the money is placed.