4 potential landing spots for Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith

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The Seahawks should welcome Geno Smith back

So what should the Seahawks do at quarterback? They could draft a pretty good one at number 5 overall in the 2023 draft. Would it be a surprise if general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll decided to do that? Not really. Schneider and Carroll have been really good for more than a decade at shocking people with what they do in the draft. But one thing they didn’t do for the most part in the 2022 draft is zig when people thought they should zag.

In 2023, Schneider and Carroll need to do the same thing they did in 2022. That is, draft a potentially very good player at a position of need. Were some people surprised that Seattle chose running back Ken Walker in the second round? Maybe. But most 12s probably weren’t because Seattle’s running back room for the 2022 season was iffy beyond the oft-injured Rashaad Penny.

But Seattle, should it re-sign Geno Smith to something around $25 million or so, needs to build the team around the quarterback. The Seahawks need an interior defensive lineman who can create chaos, like Jalen Carter, or a dynamic playmaker on defense, like Will Anderson. This may all be moot by the time the draft rolls around because if Smith isn’t re-signed, or franchise-tagged and has signed elsewhere, Seattle needs to take a quarterback.

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Either way and before the 2023 draft, Smith needs to be re-signed by the Seahawks for two seasons at $27 million a season with a guarantee of $30 million and an option for the 2025 season. The team can afford this and needs to draft other positions of need. Smith wants to stay in Seattle and Seattle should want Geno Smith to stay as QB1.