The Seahawks answer at QB could be Jimmy Garoppolo of the division rival 49ers.
There are only two realistic outcomes every time that a team enters the realm in which the Seattle Seahawks find themselves today: a franchise will either fully commit to a rebuild and organic development, or hang on in any way they can to put a competitive product on the field. The Seahawks appear to be caught somewhere in the middle right now.
Trading away Russell Wilson will have a ripple effect for years to come; no matter who gets plugged in under center, there will be an element of disappointment among fans. Wilson, although he has yet to win one, is perpetually in the MVP conversation, and he was at the helm when the 12th man claimed its first Super Bowl title in 2013. Replacing him with an equal or better talent could take years of trial and error, but the latest buzz would suggest that Seattle isn’t willing to give just anybody a chance.
Seahawks could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, but should they?
With Geno Smith and Drew Lock the top two contenders for QB1 just ahead of training camp, the time is now for the Seahawks to decide which direction they will go. Full-on rebuild strategy would suggest saving assets and weathering the storm of a season with Lock, Smith or a combination of both at the helm, but if appeasing fans and attempting to retain relevance in the division is more important to them, the team will have to go get somebody else.
Baker Mayfield would have been a cheap addition to the Seattle quarterback room, but the Carolina Panthers nabbed him as soon as he became truly available. Now, as one of, if not the very last team without somewhat confidence in their quarterback situation, the Seahawks find their back against the wall. So much so, in fact, that their final chance to feature a better quarterback in 2022 may require them to make a trade within the division.
Garoppolo, although he still needs to pass a physical after his offseason shoulder surgery, is likely the last realistic option for Seattle to secure a guaranteed improvement at quarterback.
With his having plenty of recent playoff success, including multiple trips to the conference title game, and an appearance in Super Bowl 54, his price tag will likely be notable. Trading away assets within the division amid a rebuild would be a tough pill to swallow, but it may well be the Seahawks only choice.