Seahawks option number 4 at QB: Franchise tag Geno and draft a QB in 2024
The final option could be the most realistic. Geno Smith was fantastic in 2022 but can he do it again in 2023 and 2024 and so on? While Seattle did take a chance on Smith this year and that worked out, it could also be that Seattle is able to build a good enough roster around the quarterback to make deep runs in the playoffs but that the quarterback isn’t good enough to help the team win a Super Bowl. Smith was mostly good but failed in key spots and turned the ball over quite a bit.
But maybe Smith has better ball control in 2023 after a season of being a full-time starter. We know he can throw the ball better than most anticipated so why not give him a chance to prove his worth again next year? But signing him to a long-term deal might also hamstring the team financially if he doesn’t play as well.
Maybe the Seahawks should just franchise-tag him for one season and see how it goes with the idea of drafting a quarterback in 2024. Because if you think the 2023 quarterback class is good, just wait. The 2024 class is loaded, as long as the players expected to leave college early actually do so.
In 2024, Seattle might have the chance, with some finagling of draft pick trades, be able to take North Carolina’s Drake Maye, USC’s Caleb Williams, Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders, or others. All those quarterbacks could be leaders of a young and talented roster and by 2025 Seattle could hold dominion over the NFC for several seasons to come. That is, if all works out perfectly which a 12 can hope it does.