4 players the Seahawks must absolutely bring back for 2023
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks must bring back quarterback Geno Smith
There are many reasons for the Seahawks to bring back Geno Smith and a couple of reasons to be scared to. Let’s start with the scary reasons first. One is that he has never led a team to success for any length of time. He did do that in 2022, but who is to say that he can do it again? Plus, he did make a lot of mistakes over the last half of the year. Since Week 12, Smith has thrown for 13 touchdown passes but 7 interceptions and has lost two fumbles.
The second reason to not bring Geno back is the money. If Seattle chooses to take a quarterback high in the 2023 draft, and that quarterback is good, then Seattle will save a lot of money over the next few years having a good quarterback on a rookie deal. Smith is a free agent after this year and could make $30 million or more next year and beyond.
So why bring Geno back? Well, one is that he is a very good quarterback and knows how to adapt his skill to Shane Waldron’s offense. Smith mostly makes good reads, knows where players are and should be in Seattle’s scheme and he has a good rapport with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
But maybe the main reason to bring Smith back is it will allow the Seahawks to build up the team overall instead of taking a quarterback, hopes that QB works out and that others can outperform their expectations at other positions. Smith would be a veteran presence on a young and talented team and that could make for a Super Bowl-caliber chemistry.