2. Defensive Line
3. Wide Receiver
Key FA: S Ryan Neal, QB Geno Smith, DT Poona Ford
It would be in both parties’ interests to keep Smith around but there needs to be a hard line on what the franchise will pay out. Stick to the formula that has worked even if it means entering draft weekend for the next bargain signal caller.
Check out our initial QB review here: https://youtu.be/k9sFPrrAGJM
Depth Chart Fantasy Impact
For the first time since 2011, Russell Wilson will not be under center for Seattle. He was traded to the Broncos in March, leaving the Seahawks with QBs Geno Smith and Drew Lock. 31-year-old Smith made 3 starts in place of Wilson last year, totaling 571 passing yards and 4 TDs. Lock has plenty of arm talent but disappointed over the past 3 years in Denver.
The Seahawks invested plenty into the backfield this offseason, re-signing RB Rashaad Penny to a 1-year, $5.75 million deal and spending the 41st overall pick of the draft on RB Kenneth Walker. The latter is coming off a huge season at Michigan State, racking up 1,636 yards and 18 TDs on 263 carries. Penny was banged up for much of his first 3-and-a-half seasons with the Seahawks but was awesome down the stretch last year, leading the league with 671 rushing yards over the final 5 weeks.
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett return as Seattle’s top 2 WRs. Both guys remained excellent last year, ranking 12th and 13th, respectively, in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades. The Seahawks will look to get more from 2021 2nd-round WR D’Wayne Eskridge, who mustered just 10 catches across 10 appearances as a rookie.
TE Noah Fant arrived in Seattle in the Russell Wilson trade. The 24-year-old, former 1st-round pick has topped 60 catches and 650 yards in both of the last 2 seasons. The Seahawks also re-signed TE Will Dissly to a surprisingly lucrative 3-year, $24 million deal.
Seattle spent the 9th overall pick of this spring’s draft on Mississippi State’s Charles Cross, who’s expected to start at LT.
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