4 ways the Seattle Seahawks are winning the 2023 offseason

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Winning way 1: Seahawks re-signed Geno Smith

Let’s be real here for a moment. Not only did the Seahawks re-sign Geno Smith who never uttered a negative word about the franchise, played his butt off, and made the Pro Bowl in 2022, but they brought him back on a deal that helps the player and the team. Smith was signed to a contract that has a cap hit of just $10.1 million in 2023 and this allows Seattle to sign other players of need. Smith’s deal would pay him for three years and up to $105 million but all that money is extremely manageable if Smith proves himself to be a top-ten QB in the NFL again next season.

But Smith’s value on a team getting ever younger is far more than just being the leader of the offense. The veterans on the team greatly respect Smith and one has to safely assume that the rookies pick up on this. If you are joining the Seahawks in the 2023 NFL draft you know you’ll be coming to a franchise that has been really successful for more than a decade. But once there, you’ll be joining a locker room with a built-in system of leadership.

Smith is a huge part of that leadership. The team honestly just seems more cohesive since he became the quarterback instead of Russell Wilson. That’s not meant to be a slight towards Wilson but more of a reflection of how Smith, mostly a career backup who finally got his chance later in his career and has so far made the most of it, is as a teammate.