With one notable exception, the common denominator of all the contenders who surrendered to last weekend’s insane Divisional Round extravaganza is that they all have a franchise quarterback who performs most often. at a high level. The Chiefs’ overtime win over the Bills was arguably the greatest game of all time — and at the very least the best QB duel we’ve ever seen in the playoffs. Anyway, right now Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are setting the standard in that position and every other team is playing from behind.
While not quite on the same level as Mahomes or Allen, the Seahawks have their own capable quarterback in Russell Wilson. However, Wilson will be 34 in the middle of next season and the inconsistency he has shown over the past two years is of slight concern.
“The Russell Wilson era seems to be heading towards some sort of end in Seattle. If Wilson was upset last offseason, nothing that happened this year could improve his temper. He was under as much pressure as ever. , the program wasn’t doing much to help him, and he suffered the first major injury of his NFL career Wilson was a great quarterback for the team, but the Seahawks’ roster is now bad enough so that even he can’t drag them to the playoffs every year. If he wants out, Seattle needs a new answer because Geno Smith isn’t picking up the slack.
To be fair, Wilson’s finger injury clearly had an impact on his game the first few weeks after returning to the lineup and he has since admitted he wasn’t close to feeling 100%. However, Wilson also struggled dramatically in the second half of the 2020 campaign despite being healthy.
It’s possible these are just bumps in the road in an otherwise stellar career. The Seahawks need to at least consider the possibility that Wilson’s game has already peaked and they will only get diminishing returns from here on out.
Given Geno Smith’s situation — including an expiring contract and recent arrest on suspicion of a DUI — this team needs at least one more QB heading into the offseason.
Unfortunately, the quarterbacks draft class of 2022 is supposed to be really bad, so even getting a quality backup isn’t a guarantee — let alone finding a potential successor to Wilson.
Free agency may be the answer here. Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater are among the big names in the post about to hit the market.