The Seattle Seahawks decided to move on from their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, this offseason. In a transaction with the Denver Broncos, the team acquired Shelby Harris, Drew Lock, Noah Fant and several draft picks and sent away Wilson.
Lots of people were quick to assume the Seahawks were big losers in the trade, but I don’t believe true grades can be assigned to both sides until we see these pieces in action.
Until the team makes its picks in the draft, we won’t be able to determine how those players fit the Seahawks plans for 2022. However, we can examine the three players the Seahawks added in the trade and attempt to figure out how they will be used to benefit the team in 2022 and beyond. These three players, while they may pale in comparison to a franchise icon like Russell Wilson, are nonetheless talented players.
How do the pieces from the Wilson trade fit Seahawks 2022 plan?
Acquiring these pieces, I believe, changed the Seahawks free agency and draft plans significantly. Without Wilson, quarterback became a huge position of need for the team. With Will Dissly and Gerald Everett entering free agency unsigned, tight end was also a need. Defensive end became a need as well when the team decided to shift to a defense based around 3-4 looks as opposed to the 4-3 of the past.
In rebuilding (or reloading, depending on who you ask), the team had many needs to address, and I feel like at least two of these players provide talent upgrades at these positions that can be developed in the future.