4 bold predictions for 2021 offseason


The Seattle Seahawks are going through a strange time for an NFC West franchise. Although the Seahawks are still more than formidable and should once again be one of the best teams in the NFC, Seattle is also experiencing a tumultuous offseason as quarterback Russell Wilson has at least flirted with leaving the Pacific Northwest.

Ultimately, Wilson chose to stay in Seattle, expressing more than once his desire to stay in the pocket as long as possible. The future Pro Football Hall of Fame signal caller is tired of getting hit under center and needs help, and it looks like the Seahawks front office is going to help him this time. After already acquiring former guard Gabe Jackson from the Las Vegas Raiders this season, the squat appears to be just the beginning of Wilson getting some extra help on the offensive end.

If the Seahawks are to remain successful, the team’s front office must continue to build a strong, well-rounded team around Wilson that remains one of the best in the league – regardless of position. The Seahawks’ offseason efforts should be far from over in 2021.

The Seahawks will not trade QB Russell Wilson, but will select a QB in the first three rounds.

The Seattle Seahawks have already made it clear that the team will not trade veteran cornerback and quarterback Russell Wilson this season. While the drama surrounding a potential deal that came together in the blink of an eye is now truly over, that should not preclude the Seahawks from selecting a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Of course, there is literally no chance the Seahawks will get to Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance or Mack Jones. If any of these players were a legitimate option for Seattle, then the rumors surrounding Wilson could gain momentum. Instead of picking number 23 in the first round, it will be the New York Jets who do so, while the Seahawks continue to benefit from safety Jamal Adams, who was acquired by Seattle via trade.

With the top two college quarterback ranks and future NFL quarterbacks out of reach of Seattle, the Seahawks could turn to players like Kyle Trask, Sam Ehlinger, Feleipe Franks, Kellen Mond, Ian Book or Jamie Newman when the 2021 NFL Draft comes in the middle rounds. With the current tandem of Danny Etling and Alex McGough behind Wilson, the Seahawks would be wise to acquire a starting signal-caller this spring.

Adding a solid backup for Wilson is never a bad option, while giving the team the opportunity to date their next quarterback. The problem here, however, is that the Seahawks are very, very limited in terms of the kickers the team currently has in 2021. If Seattle tries to act, its limited ability to raise capital will be further diminished. If that remains the case, the Seahawks will have to continue looking for good replacements under center, as the sixth and seventh rounds may be the only viable options anyway.

Seahawks want to move up to find an offensive defender for Wilson.

Although the Seattle Seahawks have a left tackle and a right guard on the team with Dwayne Brown and Gabe Jackson, respectively, guarding the fort, the rest of the offensive line is tight. With Phil Haynes (left), Ethan Pocic (center) and Brandon Shell (right), Seattle could use its first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for an offensive lineman.

The Seahawks could pick up a few future NFL draft picks to move up in the first round or simply get a better position in the second round before returning with the No. 129 pick. With Oregon’s Pena Sewell long gone, the best chances are for Seattle Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater or Oregon State University’s Alijah Vera-Tucker. While it’s certain that Seattle will have to pay a few future NFL draft picks to secure the services of Slater or Vera-Tucker, it will be worth it if Wilson can stay healthy, be on the field and be happy that he’s not getting hit on every play.

The most intriguing thing about these two players is that they can play at multiple positions on offense, which is a perfect fit for the Seahawks.

Seahawks to review veteran wide receiver.

For the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson has to work with the outside more than wide receivers D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The Seahawks were able to get running back Chris Carson back, which of course helped, but adding a third wideout would have benefited both Wilson and Seattle’s offense as a whole. When it comes to NFL attacks, having too many options is never a bad thing.

With Chris Godwin, Corey Davis, Kenny Golladay and A.J. Green among others already eliminated, the Seahawks will have to look to the next round of veteran passers. That group includes T.J. Hilton, Antonio Brown and Danny Amendola, who could contribute immediately in Seattle. While Hilton and Brown look like full-fledged receivers, Amendola can add an extra facet to the Seahawks offense by moving downfield and stretching the aforementioned Lockett-Metcalf tandem.

Secretly, the Seahawks have also contracted former Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett to bolster the position.

The Seahawks will finish the offseason as the third-best team in the NFC West.

Even with quarterback Russell Wilson seemingly happy and, more importantly, still under center, the Seattle Seahawks will enter the 2021-22 season as the third-best team in the NFC West. The Seahawks are ahead of the San Francisco 49ers, despite their Super Bowl performance a few years ago, but remain behind the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

The Rams now have quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, while the Cardinals have contracted pass rusher J.J. Staford from the Houston Texans. With the Rams and Cardinals now ranked higher, the Seahawks will have to work incredibly hard to bump that tandem out of the top of the division standings. With the Rams’ new team ready to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the Cardinals’ offense will only get better, while Watt’s presence will certainly complement the team’s defense.

With this super deep and well-rounded organizational duo, the Seahawks definitely have some work to do before next season begins. Not only will the Rams and Cardinals quickly become the big favorites in the NFC West before the offseason is over, but the one team that probably looks better than the 49ers is certainly not a bad team either. The NFC West division remains the toughest in the league for the 2021-22 season.

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