Clayton: Seahawks’ offseason moves giving Russell Wilson what he wants
It had to be an interesting week for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Rumors of a trade pretty well ended when the Chicago Bears signed Andy Dalton. He also had to be nervous of how the Seahawks fared in free agency.
The Las Vegas Raiders traded center Marcus Hudson to Arizona for a third-round choice. That probably set him back because he wanted upgrades on the offensive line. The Seahawks didn’t have a third-round choice, so they couldn’t get Hudson.
On Wednesday and Thursday, he had to feel better about being a Seahawks. The Seahawks traded a fifth-round pick for guard Gabe Jackson, a 29-year-old guard who was on an $11 million a year contract. On Thursday, they re-signed center Ethan Pocic to a one-year, $3 million contract. Now, the Seahawks have five starters on the line. He has to feel better about his protection.
Even better, the Seahawks signed tight end Gerald Everett from the Los Angeles Rams to a one-year $6 million contract. New offensive coordinator Shane Waldrum coached him in his early years. Everett kept getting better every season to a point he catch 41 passes last year and played 57 percent of the snaps. He can help the offense as it adjusts to Sean McVay’s system that allows more running than the Seahawks had last year and allows the quarterback to get rid of the ball quicker.
Then the Seahawks re-signed fullback Nick Bellore, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
There is still a lot of work to do, but the team showed Wilson they wanted to make the roster better in order to get back to the Super Bowl. The team has improved in each of the last four years, going from nine wins to 10 wins to 11 wins to 12 last year. They won the NFC West, which is one of the keys of getting to a Super Bowl.
What’s up next? The Seahawks have to see if they can re-sign halfback Chris Carson. The longer Carson waits, the more the numbers keep coming down. On Thursday, Kenyan Drake left the Arizona Cardinals to go to the Los Angeles Raiders. He agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract. While Carson might be angling for an $8 million to $10 million contract, that might he tough. He might have to accept $6 million. Drake was a transition player for the Cardinals. He had to accept a pay cut from a deal that paid him over $8 million last year.
The offense did have a setback when they lost wide receiver David Moore to the Carolina Panthers. You wonder if the Seahawks reach out to Golden Tate or some of the other receivers available. Their cost might be $3 million or less as this market dries up.
For those proposing the Seahawks would trade Wilson, particularly to Chicago, the notion was silly. Sure, they offered three first-round picks, but those picks would be at the bottom of the round because the Bears would be Super Bowl contenders each year with Wilson at quarterback. It is believed they offered cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive lineman Akeem Hicks. The Seahawks probably sensed that wouldn’t make any sense. Fuller was cut to help get the Bears under the cap. The Bears are shopping Hicks in trade talks and he might be released.
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