Initial reports had Geno Smith earning $52 million in the first year of his deal reached this past week. It turns out that those numbers were structured intentionally to make the deal sound much bigger. Once the details were announced, it turns out to be a very team-friendly deal for Seattle and a deal that could reward Smith if he continues to play at the level from the 2022 season.
Free agency kicks off this week and we talk about why not to expect the Seahawks to make a big splash. The areas that would offer them the greatest opportunity for improvement aren't positions that cost a lot in free agency if you stay away from the biggest names. We discuss some linebacker and defensive line targets on defense as well as a familiar name at cornerback. On the offensive side, center and guard are a need after Austin Blythe retired and Gabe Jackson was released. Plus, they could use a veteran wide receiver as long as they stay away from the biggest names who will command $10 million or more per season.
In the second half of the show, we talk about the Carolina Panthers trade up to the top spot in the draft and how that could impact the Seahawks. Would it be more likely to trade out of the fifth pick or the 20th spot? We take a look at the quarterback landscape as the hype around Anthony Richardson seems to have improved his draft outlook.
We close the show with a discussion around the Geno Smith contract as it compares to Derek Carr and Daniel Jones. The Arizona Cardinals and DoorDash need to Do Better. Better at Life awards go out to a Hall of Fame head coach and an outstanding NFL general manager.