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Last Updated Mar 09, 2022, 22:54 PM

Seahawks Odds Shift After Wilson Trade

The Seattle Seahawks have decided to hit the reset button. Seattle dealt Russell Wilson to Denver for a boatload of picks and players on Tuesday, signaling the end of an era. 

Wilson was at the helm of the Seahawks for the last decade, overseeing the most successful stretch in franchise history. The Seahawks made eight playoff appearances, won four NFC West titles, claimed two NFC Championships, and lifted the Lombardi Trophy for the only time in franchise history. Seattle never won less than seven games in a season with Wilson under center, but the Seahawks are going to be one of the worst teams in the NFL next year according to the oddsmakers as their Super Bowl betting odds moved from 35-1 to 100-1 at DraftKings.

WHO WILL START UNDER CENTER FOR SEATTLE IN 2022?

Either Drew Lock or Geno Smith will likely be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks this upcoming season. Seattle acquired Lock as part of the Wilson trade, while Smith was the back-up QB for the Seahawks last year. Smith has the benefit of familiarity with the offense after spending the last two seasons in Seattle, and he played well in limited action last year when Wilson was injured.

A lot of mock drafts now have Seattle taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Malik Willis is the signal caller most frequently mocked to the Seahawks, but this franchise could go after Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, or Sam Howell. There is also a chance they just bide their time and bring in a veteran free agent like Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston, or Mitch Trubisky.

HOW BAD WILL THE SEAHAWKS BE THIS YEAR?

Seattle is one of five teams with odds of 100-1 or more to win the Super Bowl. Currently, the only teams projected to be worse than the Seahawks are Jacksonville, Detroit, Houston, and the New York Jets.

The run defense was one of the best in the NFL last year, but Seattle is releasing long-time captain Bobby Wagner. This secondary was one of the worst in the NFL in 2021, as the decision to trade for Jamal Adams continues to haunt this team. That means this will likely be a bottom ten defense, as their recent draft picks on this side of the ball haven’t really panned out.

The Seahawks have a talented receiving corps with D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and new tight end Noah Fant spread out wide. However, the lack of a star quarterback will limit this team in 2022. Seattle needs to hit on the draft picks it received from Denver in the Wilson trade if it wants to rebuild quickly or else it could be a dreary next few years in the Emerald City.

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