4 Seahawks that are playing for their next contract in Week 18

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Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith

Clearly, the biggest question of the Seahawks offseason, whenever that starts and hopefully after Seattle makes the playoffs, will be what to do about quarterback Geno Smith. Smith was a backup for the better part of a decade in the NFL and then took over QB1 for Seattle after Russell Wilson was traded.  This year, Smith has played well enough to be named to the Pro Bowl and Smith just turned 32 years old. This means he should have several seasons left to play at a high level.

But there are still a bunch of questions about Smith. Can he reproduce what he has done this season in 2023 and 2024? How much is he expecting to make in free agent as Smith is a free agent after this season? Can Smith cut down a bit on the turnovers he has had in the second half of this year? Is he truly good enough to help a team go deep in the playoffs?

In many ways, Week 18 is the biggest game of Smith’s career. Seattle has to win to have a chance to get into the playoffs. But Seattle is playing a team in the Rams that has consistently beaten them even before the Rams got Sean McVay as head coach. If Smith is great against the Rams, he might have just earned his next deal with the Seahawks.

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Or should Seattle draft a young quarterback high in the 2023 NFL draft and put that quarterback with a young roster and have the team grow together? But maybe Geno is good enough to lead a young roster for many years and Seattle can draft high-end players at positions of need. However the question is answered by the Seahawks could make the franchise a playoff contender for most of the next decade or a mediocre team.