Without Russell Wilson, what is the Seahawks’ quarterback answer?

Without a long-term answer to replace Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have no realistic path to the playoffs.

SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: The above Video of an exclusive KING 5 interview with Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock was released on August 1. This story is part of the KING 5 Seahawks Season Preview Series.

When the Seattle Seahawks handed over the trade for Baker Mayfield this offseason, it signaled a clear intent for the organization.

The cost of acquiring Mayfield, a former No. 1 pick, was just a 2024 conditional draft pick or, in other words, a fourth-round pick at best.

Trading Mayfield would have been a golden opportunity to add a potential future quarterback, but Seattle chose to stand with Geno Smith and Drew Lock, a pair widely viewed as backup quarterbacks masquerading as starters .

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Quite simply, it’s a tacit admission that the team’s long-term answer at quarterback isn’t currently on the list.

The team’s short-term, and possibly long-term, best-case scenario would likely involve either Lock or Smith making significant improvements and bringing the team back to relevance.

Smith’s nine-year career and Lock’s unsuccessful two-year stint at Denver suggest the odds of either suddenly becoming a good quarterback are slim.

That means the Seahawks don’t have a realistic path to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl ambitions that were pervasive when Russell Wilson was the No. 1.

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Vegas odds makers put the Seahawks at 5.5 wins over/under for the 2022 season. According to Vegas bookmakers, only two teams – Atlanta and Houston – have lower expectations than Seattle for the upcoming season.

Without a long-term option at the league’s most important position, the Seahawks are expected to lose many games and make a first pick in a draft that is expected to have a stronger quarterback class than the historically inept group of 2022.

Here are a few options not currently on the Seahawks’ roster that could be the long-term answer to replacing Wilson.

Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers plan to start the Trey Lance era and open the door to a possible Garoppolo trade with a division rival. (However unlikely).

Garoppolo, 30, is still young enough to be productive for another 3-5 years. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is familiar with his game. Despite his weaknesses, Garoppolo is productive enough to lead a well-placed football team to at least the NFC Championship.

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Coming from off-season shoulder surgery, Garoppolo will cost over $25 million in the upcoming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Don’t expect a trade between the two rivals, but if the 49ers cut Garropolo, there’s always a chance Seattle will decide to upgrade at quarterback sooner rather than later. This way would also be cheaper than running a trade.

At worst, Garoppolo would be a year-long bridge leading into the Seahawks’ future.

CJ Stroud, Ohio State

Stroud, a sophomore redshirt for Ohio State, is among the top commodities in the 2023 National Football League draft class.

In his first season as a starter, the 6-foot-3-stroud threw for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Stroud is expected to be a top-five pick in next year’s draft.

Bryce Young, Alabama

Young has more collegiate repeats, but he’s also three inches shorter than Stroud. (Another undersized quarterback seemed to be sticking out in Seattle lately, though).

Young had 4,872 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year while playing for the Crimson Tide.

Young is also expected to be in the top 5 in next year’s draft.

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Emma Bowman

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