The news everyone has been waiting for has finally dropped. Reports have stated that both Pete Carroll and John Schneider are all expected to return for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022.
This news has massive ramifications as to how the offseason is going to unfold. I’ll do my best to be brief but explain what this means for everyone’s favorite players and a path to success next season.
The biggest ramification this will have is how Russell Wilson is going to proceed. Since the report about the GM and HC staying in Seattle, Wilson’s camp has already dropped a response. Reportedly, the future Hall of Fame Quarterback is going to ‘explore his options.’
Should the Seattle Seahawks ‘run it back’ or move it forward?
From everything we have seen Wilson appears to value winning and legacy above all else. He is supposedly going to look for other options that will help him establish the legacy he wants to leave behind. I view only 3 teams to be real contenders for Wilson: the Giants, the Saints and the Broncos.
A quick explanation of my reasoning:
- Giants: The ownership is desperate. Desperate teams make desperate moves. Wilson sees a large market team with an owner facing immense pressure. The perfect opportunity to come in and be able to have an input on coaching hires, personnel moves, etc. This allows Wilson an opportunity to rebuild a franchise, which would further cement his legacy if successful.
- Saints: This one is very self-evident. The Saints have a top-tier offensive-minded head coach. They also have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Finally, they have a great offensive line/ running game. Perfect compliments to his game.
- Broncos: Quarterback is commonly viewed as the missing link. The team has an up-and-coming offensive line. They have a stellar defense. Most importantly, they have tons of weapons offensively on long-term contracts. The Broncos are also a historic franchise known for making the most of aging quarterbacks.
However, with the retention of both Pete Carroll, and John Schneider, I do not believe Wilson is going anywhere. There is very little chance that Pete Carroll entering his age 71 season is going to endure a rebuild. This likely leaves the core three intact unless something unforeseen and drastic happens.
Expect Wilson to be manning the quarterback position in 2022. What does this mean for the team’s free agents?