5 Seahawks that need to step up their game heading into a contract year
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks could be boom or bust in 2022 after moving away from Russell Wilson. But five players in the final years of the contracts could help the team get a lot closer to the boom part.
Seattle has re-stocked with 2022 draft picks and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider clearly want the team to get younger and faster.
But with the assistance of the five players that follow. Seattle could easily exceed expectations this coming season and could even sniff the postseason.
5 Seahawks in the final years of the current contracts who could help Seattle be really good
Seahawks kicker Jason Myers
The Seahawks clearly have a lot of trust in Myers because even though the team owed him $5 million for 2022 and could have saved $4 million by releasing him, they didn’t. Myers, however, didn’t have a great first half of the season in 2021. Seattle cannot afford for him to have such a bad start in 2022.
Seattle is probably hoping to win a lot of close games as they no longer have a quarterback that they know can save them in the fourth quarter. The defense will need to be very good and so will special teams. How well Myers kicks could determine whether Seattle exceeds expectations in 2022 or not.
But the reason the Seahawks didn’t release Myers is that there was no kicker on the market as good. Plus, drafting a kicker is a crap shoot. Maybe the one the team chooses is fantastic. Or maybe the team releases a solid to very good kicker like Myers and takes a chance on a kicker that doesn’t work out.
Seattle might also be counting on a better season from Myers in 2022, too. He wasn’t atrocious last year and has been better than last year for most of his career. But if Myers wants to earn a lot of money with his next deal, he will need to be better in 2022 than he was in 2021.