Quarterback option number 2: Gardner Minshew
Minshew has been a fan favorite of Seahawk fans for a while. He is an easy guy to like. He was a stellar Washington State Cougar. He has a big personality. He is simply a fun-loving guy. An easy person to root for.
However, the appeal goes further than just the player profile. He has averaged a 64% completion rate thus far in his career. He is risk-averse in his approach. His average attempt is just 7 yards downfield.
However, he is deadly accurate in these throws. His average on-target rate is 86%. This is 6% higher than Carr, and 8% higher than Wilson. His interception rate is just 1.4%. This is one of the lowest marks in the league. The number rivals Wilsons.
The biggest difference, however, Wilson takes big shots. He more often than not strikes. Minshew is a great passer for short and intermediate throws. He lacks a lot of the zip required for the deep shots.
Honestly, that is ok. Look at Jimmy Garrapolo. He plays much in the same way. San Francisco’s offense is perfectly suited to what Jimmy G offers. Give him easy throws over the middle and allow his playmakers to make the plays. Gardner Minshew’s game is perfectly suited for this style of play.
Seattle wants to be a run-first team. Wilson’s lack of vision over the middle of the field and the run-first style has always been a weird pairing. They need someone who can simply make the throws needed. Not taking anything from Wilson. His big-play potential is elite. It has always just been an odd pairing.
Gardner Minshew is a very low-cost alternative and gives Seattle a solid, but not spectacular option. There is very little downside to this move. Jimmy G helped get a 49ers team to the Super Bowl. Sometimes, you don’t need an elite QB to reach that mark. This is one of those types of moves.
What the trade would cost: 2022 4th and 5th round picks
Acquiring contract: 1 year, $980k.