Pros and cons of Seattle Seahawks adding Lamar Jackson

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The Seattle Seahawks haven’t re-signed quarterback Geno Smith yet so it is still possible he doesn’t return to the team. Is it likely? Probably, but general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll proved last offseason they aren’t afraid of making bold decisions if they think the future of the franchise will be better having made them.

Last offseason was when Seattle traded quarterback Russell Wilson and released Bobby Wagner. Wagner is almost certainly a first-ballot Hall of Fame linebacker who was excellent with his new team, the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson was not good for most of the season with his new team, the Denver Broncos. Right now, the move to trade Wilson and pick up high draft picks seems like one of the better moves Schneider and Carroll have ever made.

Seattle has a bunch of cap room right now and a lot of good draft picks in the 2023 NFL draft. The team still has to decide what it wants to do at quarterback moving forward. That could mean bringing back Geno, or possibly making a bold move and acquiring one from another team, or drafting a QB high in the draft.  The Seahawks have many options.

Pros and cons of Seahawks adding Lamar Jackson

In the draft, Bryce Young of Alabama and C.J. Stroud of Ohio State could be gone by pick number 5 overall. This is where Seattle is currently slated to make their first choice, unless they trade down, of course. But Kentucky’s Will Levis is highly thought of by some as well and will probably still be at number 5 for the taking.

Seattle could also choose to try to sign a free agent like Derek Carr, formerly of the Raiders. Carr isn’t a bad quarterback and is excellent in the locker room. He could be a good presence on a team trying to get younger overall. Or Seattle could make one of the bigger moves of the NFL offseason and add Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Here is why they should or should not do that.