It’s a new era for the Seattle Seahawks, who traded longtime quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in one of the biggest moves of the offseason. The team looks set on a full rebuild going forward as it will be the first time since 2011 that they will not have Wilson under center to start the season.
This leaves some serious questions as to who will be the starting quarterback to begin the 2022 season. The team got quarterback Drew Lock in return from the Broncos, but he has been subpar to this point as a starter in the NFL.
It now appears that the Seahawks will be bringing back another depth option going forward at the quarterback position. According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, Seattle is re-signing veteran quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year deal worth $7 million.
1-year, $7M deal for Geno Smith’s return to the #Seahawks, per source.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 14, 2022
Smith started three games for the Seahawks in 2021 while Russell Wilson was out with an injury, playing some of the best football of his eight-year NFL career, throwing for 702 yards with five touchdowns and only one interception.
While the Seahawks surely don’t view Smith as their long-term option at quarterback, it is possible that they could turn to him over Lock as their starter next season, especially if they don’t bring in a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Head coach Pete Carroll spoke pretty highly of Smith this offseason, saying that he showed great command of the offense last season, adding that he would love for Smith to come back in 2022.
At the very least, Smith has proven last season that he can come in and be serviceable to the team. He could end up being a very valuable piece to the team’s success should he play next season.