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Clayton: Russell Wilson’s Pro Bowl invite reminder Seahawks are in good spot

Jan 31, 2022, 4:05 PM
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Russell Wilson celebrates after a touchdown during the Seahawks' win over Detroit on Jan. 2. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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It’s interesting that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will get a chance to be in the Pro Bowl, filling in on the NFC roster as an injury replacement for Tom Brady.

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That shows how much respect the league and other teams have for Wilson, and it is deserved. He’s that good and should have a good season coming up. He will be healthy.

Here are the most interesting things for the Seahawks and Wilson in 2022. Brady will retire – he is just waiting for the right time to make the announcement and have it come from his mouth, not a reporter’s. Aaron Rodgers is likely to ask to leave the Green Bay Packers because of not making it to the NFC title game, let alone the Super Bowl. He could end up out of the NFC as Denver looks like a possible landing spot. The New Orleans Saints have no quarterback and now have lost coach Sean Payton.

For the Seahawks, look at the big picture in the NFC. If Seattle bounces back – and it should – the NFC West has four playoff contenders. A big reason is all four teams have excellent quarterbacks. But if you look at the rest of the conference, the only other true playoff team with a top quarterback is Dallas with Dak Prescott. You can make an argument for Kirk Cousins in Minnesota but the Vikings are going through a coaching change.

The NFC South won’t be as good without Brady and Peyton. The NFC East has major quarterback issues. In the North, the Chicago Bears are young with Justin Fields and the Packers won’t be the same without Rodgers. Even though the NFL doesn’t have a definitive Win Above Replacement number like baseball, you can subtract four or five wins from teams that have lost great quarterbacks like Rodgers.

Those things will help the Seahawks.

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