While the Seahawks traded franchise-best-ever quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason, one of the pieces Seattle got in the trade is ranked highly, at least per Pro Football Focus.
And I will be honest, I expected what PFF’s Brad Spielberger (PFF is a subscription-based site) was going to say was complimentary of Fant but a back-handed slap at the Seahawks. This isn’t because Spielberger does these kinds of things but because I have been conditioned this offseason to articles about Seattle on any site reading that way.
It is the offseason to hate on Seattle and it feels like it has been coming for years. Now that the team doesn’t have Wilson, the hate is free to flow.
Maybe hate is too strong of a word but…No, but the word is fitting. Too many sites have ranked Seattle’s roster among the worst or say Pete Carroll wants to just run the ball all the time or that John Schneider is a bad general manager.
Seahawks adding Noah Fant should lead to creativity with Seattle’s offense
But Spielberger actually has glowing words about Fant and the Seahawks in general:
"The Seahawks got an absolute haul from the Denver Broncos for quarterback Russell Wilson, perhaps most importantly acquiring two first-round and two second-round picks, but landing a young emerging tight end in Fant was a great addition for this offense."
I am sure that even on this site we have had articles that say the Seahawks didn’t get enough back for Wilson. Some probably think anything at all is too little to get in return for the quarterback. But I think Seattle did OK and added veteran talent along with draft picks. To me, Spielberger is 100 percent correct in his summation of the trade.
Fant is a dynamic playmaker and hasn’t truly had a chance to show how good he can be yet. In Denver, the offensive direction was so poor that there was little room for creativity. Maybe one of the same quarterbacks Fant had in Denver, Drew Lock, will be throwing him the ball this season. But Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s system is much better than whatever Denver was trying to do.
Whoever the QB is in Seattle this season, they will have a wealth of weapons to throw the ball to. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are special. Tight end Will Dissly catches everything thrown his way and Fant will make catches and turn and run with the ball. Seattle’s offense might be just fine without Russell Wilson.