Seahawks: 5 quarterbacks who could replace Russell Wilson

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 02: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field on January 02, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 02: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field on January 02, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

March 8, 2022, is a day that will be etched in Seattle Seahawks fans’ hearts for the rest of their lives. Every 12 will remember where they were when they found out Russell Wilson was being traded to the Denver Broncos.

This is something similar to when the Sonics traded Shawn Kemp or the Mariners traded Ken Griffey. But neither of those were as franchise-changing – due to the position Russell Wilson plays – as the Seahawks trading Wilson.

This doesn’t sit right in our stomachs. But what’s done is done and it’s time to look forward to a very bright future with a new quarterback

Quarterbacks who could replace Russell Wilson for the Seahawks

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson currently has a litany of legal troubles surrounding the allegations of sexual misconduct to roughly 22 massage therapists. A grand jury is set to weigh charges against Watson on Friday 3/11/2022. Deshaun Watson is the most decorated quarterback currently available but he’ll be expensive.

Nick Caserio, the general manager of the Houston Texans, stated they wanted 3 1st-round picks for him. I don’t think the Seahawks are willing to make that move but adding Watson on the field might be the closest Seattle can come to someone of Wilson’s skill.

Jameis Winston

The 2015 1st overall pick, Winston has made a name for himself for being a somewhat controversial person. He also has made a name for himself by throwing 30 INTs in his last year in Tampa Bay (2019) before Tom Brady took over. That same year Jameis also threw 30 TDs, however.

Last year in Week 7 Jameis had an ACL tear and MCL damage and underwent surgery. His latest rehab video posted on Feb 28th shows him running which is a good sign that the rehab is working. Winston is currently a free agent and unsigned. Some consider him the top QB on the open market.

Gardner Minshew

Gardner is in the final year of his rookie contract but last offseason he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 6th-round pick. During Gardner’s rookie season he lit up the league with his lovable mullet, 1970s-Burt Reynold’s mustache and his gameplay. He played in 14 games and started in 12 of them. He went 6-6 completing 285 completions 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and 6 INTs.

He also added 344 rushing yards on the ground. Gardner has roots in the state of Washington as he played his college ball in WSU under Mike Leach. It wouldn’t take much to pry Gardner away from the Eagles. They sent a conditional 6th, maybe Seattle can send a 5th-round pick and have him compete with Drew Lock for the starting position.

Jordan Love

Drafted in the 1st round of the 2020 draft, it appeared that Jordan was primed to take over for Aaron Rodgers. But on Tuesday, the Packers made Rodgers the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL with a reported $200 million dollar contract to stay in Green Bay. Unless the Packers trade Love his future appears to simply be warming the bench.

Love’s contract is due to make 1.735 million in 2022 and $2.298 million in 2023. And since he was drafted in the 1st round the team has 5th-year options they can pick up. We haven’t seen much from Jordan to know what he’s truly worth but what we do know is he hasn’t been able to crack the starting lineup. Packers coach Matt LaFleur doesn’t appear even remotely interested in giving him any type of playing time.

Malik Willis

Last, but certainly not least, the rookie out of Liberty. Willis has shown flashes on tape of an absolute stud. There’s a video shared by ESPN of Willis giving clothes at the NFL combine to a person who appears to be homeless. This seems to indicate Wilis is a person with high character. So off the field, he appears to be a good man and on the field, he appears to be an animal – in the most positive sense of the word.

In 2021 he through for 2,857 yards 27 TDs and 12 INTs. He’s also a dual-threat QB as he added 878 yards on the ground with an additional 13 TDs. Willis is expected to be drafted in the top-10 in the 2022 NFL draft. Seattle currently has the 9th overall pick received from the Russell Wilson trade.

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The Seahawks options to replace Wilson are not endless but they need to be calculated. The Seahawks are, after all, replacing a future Hall of Fame quarterback who played his way into the heart of 95 percent of 12s. Whoever takes over will have big shoes to fill as they will constantly be compared to the best quarterback in franchise history.