Seahawks QB 2022: Ranking all draft, trade, free agency and already-listed options for Seattle

For the first time in 11 years, Russell Wilson will not be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. After 10 decorated seasons that included two trips to the Super Bowl, Wilson was traded to Denver in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, a fifth-round pick in 2022 and a second-round pick in 2023.

With the trade, Seattle joined the list of teams looking for a quarterback. Luckily for them, there are several viable options available to Seattle, both in free agency and in the NFL Draft. Seattle could also trade for a veteran quarterback by the start of training camp.

Here are seven viable options to be Wilson’s successor for the 2022 season.

Free agent options

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Trubisky hopes to earn a starting job in 2022 after spending the 2021 season as Josh Allen’s backup at Buffalo. The second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Trubisky went 29-21 as the Bears’ starting quarterback during the regular season. His best season came in 2018, when he won Pro Bowl honors while helping lead Chicago to a division title.

Trubisky was unable to replicate that success in his final two years in Chicago. But he still had a starting record (14-10) as a starter while throwing 33 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during that stretch. Trubisky is also mobile enough to make plays with his legs, as evidenced by his average of 5.6 yards per carry while in Chicago.

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A Pro Bowler in his rookie season, Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019. He also threw a league-high 30 picks, which led to his departure from Tampa. He enjoyed a successful seven-game streak as a Saints starter in 2021 before an injury ended his season prematurely.

Winston, 28, has decent mobility, averaging 11 rushing touchdowns and 4.2 yards per carry. He also has significant experience as a starting quarterback with 77 starts under his belt.

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A 2015 Pro Bowler for Minnesota, Bridgewater resurrected his career with the Saints in 2019, when he went 5-0 in relief of injured starter Drew Brees. Bridgewater has posted solid numbers the past two years as the starting quarterback for the Panthers and Broncos. During that span, Bridgewater completed 68% with 33 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

The nearly 30-year-old quarterback is also a threat on the field. He has 11 rushing touchdowns for his career; in 2019, Bridgewater set career highs with five rushing touchdowns and an average of 5.3 yards per carry.

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The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Mariota enjoyed early success in the NFL, including helping the Titans to the divisional round of the playoffs in 2017. His play began to dip this season, however- there, and in 2019 he was replaced by Ryan Tannehill after six starts. Over the past two seasons, Mariota has thrown less than 30 passes as a backup to Derek Carr.

Like Trubisky, Mariota, 28, is able to play with her feet; he rushed for 1,574 yards and 13 touchdowns averaging six yards per carry. Unlike Trubisky, Mariota will likely command a less lucrative financial commitment.

Trading Options

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The Seahawks will likely be one of the teams chasing Watson, who didn’t play a tie game for the Texans last year. The previous season, he led the NFL with 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Watson earned three consecutive Pro Bowl nominations from 2018-2020 while helping lead Houston to the playoffs in 2018-19. Watson would be set up for success in Seattle, along with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and new tight end Noah Fant.

Internal options

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Lock was one of three players who came from Denver in the Wilson trade. A second-round pick in 2019, Lock was unable to replicate his successful rookie season in his final two years in Denver. He led the NFL with 15 interceptions in 2020 despite appearing in just 13 games. He lost all three of his starts last season making just 60.4% of his shots.

Lock’s running stats aren’t stellar, but his strength as a quarterback is his ability to make out-of-pocket plays on rollout plays. It’s also a weakness, as teams work to keep it in the pocket in order to limit its effectiveness.

Draft Options

Kenny Pickett

Pickett, who passed Marino for the top spot on the Panthers’ touchdown list in Pitt’s ACC Championship game win over Wake Forest, is arguably the best quarterback prospect in the draft. . In addition to his showy passing stats, Pickett has good mobility which would surely be used in the attack on Matt Canada.

Matt Coral

Over the past two seasons at Ole Miss, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback has thrown for 49 touchdowns against 18 interceptions and completed more than 69 percent of his throws. In addition to his success in the air, Corral has scored 11 rushing touchdowns this season and has proven to be a legitimate threat as a runner.

Malik Willis

The most versatile quarterback in this year’s draft, the transfer from Auburn has enjoyed success while quarterbacking for Liberty the past two seasons. In addition to his 44 touchdown passes during that span, Willis rushed for 1,768 yards and 25 touchdowns. His success in the 2020 season helped Liberty post a 10-1 record and place in the top 20 nationally. Willis would add a dimension to the Steelers offense that has been missing in recent years.

Desmond Cavalier

If the Seahawks didn’t pick a quarterback in the first round, Ridder would be a solid option for Day 2. In four seasons at Cincinnati, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ridder threw for 82 touchdowns to 28 interceptions. Last fall, he threw for 30 touchdowns against eight interceptions while leading the Bearcats to a berth in the college football playoffs.

Ridder is also a dangerous runner, having scored 28 rushing touchdowns in college, including 12 during the 2020 season.

carson strong

In his last two seasons in Nevada, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Strong threw for 63 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Strong has led Nevada to a 15-6 record in that span, which includes two wins this season against the Power Five schools.

Although his arm strength, precision on the pitch and ability to make quick decisions with the ball have drawn praise, Strong isn’t known for his mobility, which isn’t a good thing considering the Seattle’s weaknesses on the offensive line. There are also questions about Strong’s right knee after he underwent surgery in February and the same knee was examined in August.

Christy J. Olson