3 other Seahawks that deserve extensions now that Uchenna Nwosu deal is done

The Seahawks signed edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu to a three year extension on Monday.
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Noah Fant

Fant hasn't yet truly become a top-end tight end in the NFL, but he has the physical skills to be a consistently productive receiving threat. If there is any doubt as to what Fant is capable of I would offer Exhibit A from Week 9 of last season against the Arizona Cardinals. Fant took a short pass in the flat from Geno Smith late in the fourth quarter and turns it into a 51-yard, game-clinching play. Fant has good hands and good speed for a player his size.

What Fant really needs is more chances to prove what he can do. It is a bit odd because the Los Angeles Rams use their tight ends fairly well and this was the system that Shane Waldron was in before he became the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks in 2021. No offense to Waldron as he has done a pretty good job at OC, but the tight ends are still underused currently.

In 2023, Fant should see a lot more open space to catch passes. Opposing defenses always had to focus on receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, of course, but with the addition of Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the 2023 draft, opposing defenses will be focused even less on Seattle's tight ends. Fant could easily exceed 700 yards receiving and get close to 10 touchdown passes in what is currently the walk year of his contract.

As the Seahawks picked up Fant's fifth-year option after getting him from the Denver Broncos in the trade that sent Russell Wilson to Denver, Fant is due to make $6.85 million this year. An extension would likely mean he gets closer to $10 million per season (or more), but since he is only 25 years old he is probably just reaching his peak years. Getting him for two or three more years after 2023 just means the Seahawks keep its offensive weapons intact for several years still to come.