NFC West power rankings No. 4: Seattle Seahawks
It’s certainly the end of an era in Seahawks football, as arguably the greatest athlete in Seattle sports history, Russell Wilson, is gone for good.
San Francisco has to be glad, sure. After all, Wilson owns a 17-4 record against the 49ers thus far in his career. And while the Niners and the rest of the NFC West have to play a Wilson-led Broncos team again in 2022, at least it won’t be twice on the docket this season.
Yet jettisoning Wilson for a king’s ransom, at least in terms of NFL Draft capital (including a top-10 pick), wasn’t the only bold move the Hawks engineered, also releasing perennial All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner, whom the Rams eventually signed to bolster their own defense.
With both Wagner and Wilson gone, there are precisely zero players left from Seattle’s Super Bowl years.
Sure, defensive backs Quandre Diggs and Sidney Jones are back. So is running back Rashaad Penny, who appears to be finally living up to his 2018 first-round NFL Draft stock.
But let’s not get cute here: The Seahawks are going to be awfully bad this season, especially if they’re relying on a part of the Wilson trade deal, quarterback Drew Lock, to suddenly find his footing and usher in a new era of Seattle football.
Simply put, the Hawks are likely to be a bottom-10 franchise this year.