The Seattle Seahawks find themselves at a crossroads. Rumors swirled regarding Russell Wilson's future following a 12-4 season that culminated in a disappointing, early wild-card exit from the postseason in 2020. The Seahawks' 2021 campaign failed to take the desired step forward. Instead, Seattle actually took a significant step backward. The 7-10 Seahawks missed the playoffs for just the second time in a decade. If Wilson pondered his future following a 12-win season, it's difficult to imagine him being content with the campaign the Seahawks just experienced. As we prepare for an offseason in which Wilson rumors will undeniably dominate the headlines at times, the Seahawks must focus their energy on building a roster capable of contending while keeping their franchise quarterback in town. Several of the QB-needy teams would likely represent unappealing destinations for Wilson's next chapter. This works in Seattle’s favor. If Wilson's goal is to win another Super Bowl, he's unlikely to get excited about the prospects of playing for the New York Giants or Houston Texans, for example. A team like the Denver Broncos may certainly appeal to Wilson, given their embarrassment of riches in the offensive playmaking department. But orchestrating a trade for Wilson may rob the Broncos some of that offensive talent, as the Seahawks would be wise to demand a player such as Tim Patrick or Jerry Jeudy in return, in addition to several high-end future draft picks that would limit Denver's opportunities to continue making positive progress. The metaphorical outcomes are wide-ranging and may lead to Wilson staying put while the Seahawks attempt to better build the team around him. It could represent his best-case scenario. Seattle is actually entering the offseason in excellent shape from a salary cap perspective. General manager John Schneider currently possesses $42.8 million in cap space, via Spotrac. While the Seahawks have some free agents they'd potentially like to retain, such as Gerald Everett, Duane Brown, and Quandre Diggs, the majority of their star players (Wilson, Jamal Adams, Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, and Chris Carson) are already under contract for 2022. Additional cap space can always be created via restructures or releases should Schneider deem necessary. This sort of financial wiggle room should allow the Seahawks an opportunity to upgrade several sore spots on their roster, including an offensive line that played average at best throughout the 2021 campaign. Seattle must plug defensive holes as well after giving up 379.1 yards per contest. On that front, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. was recently relieved of his duties and head coach Pete Carroll will conduct a search for his successor. Norton's defensive scheme was outdated and predictable throughout 2021, and the Seahawks should be able to secure an upgrade in the coming weeks. That, paired with a few free-agent signings and draft picks should improve them defensively. The Seahawks experienced an extremely disappointing season, but there's plenty of reason to believe they can return to prominence and playoff contention sooner rather than later. A crucial offseason obviously looms large. Schneider and Carroll must make good roster-constructing decisions in March and April. They possess the financial means necessary. Wilson may quickly find that greener pastures don't exist. His greatest chance to win another Super Bowl lives in Seattle.
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