Clayton: What’s next for Seahawks after kicking off ‘major’ rebuild

Mar 10, 2022, 3:01 PM

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Russell Wilson, reacts with DK Metcalf after he passed Metcalf for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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When the Seahawks made the Russell Wilson trade, I said they were in a mini rebuilding cycle.

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Not now.

The release of Bobby Wagner now makes it a major rebuilding cycle. Trading Wilson made them a seven-win team at best this year and there is no guarantee they can get to seven.

Teams are calling on DK Metcalf. There is talk that teams are interested in Tyler Lockett. Anything can happen. Nobody knows.

First, they have to find a starting quarterback. They can’t rely on Drew Lock.

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In his three years, he didn’t get the Broncos to the playoffs. I can’t see the Seahawks trading for Deshaun Watson. Even though Pete Carroll and the football staff have full authority n making moves, I can’t see Jody Allen, the owner, signing off on a player who has that many lawsuits for sex issues.

When they released Wagner and traded Wilson they cleared around $27 million. They had about $35 million before those moves. They can be very active. They didn’t put the franchise tag on Quandre Diggs or D.J. Reed but they have plenty of room to negotiate. Noah Fant probably cuts out Gerald Everett returning at tight end.

What will be interesting is to see what they do with the ninth pick in the first round. My guess is they will take a tackle. They could take a cornerback but they don’t like taking corners this high. They could take a pass rusher. I don’t see them taking a quarterback this high. The quarterbacks in this year’s draft aren’t that good.

The offseason now may be better than the regular season but it will be interesting.

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