The Seahawks have some tough calls to make this offseason. At the top of the list is deciding how much retaining Geno Smith is worth.
For what it’s worth, former Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman thinks Smith getting anything less than $30 million a year would be a travesty, especially after a Pro Bowl year.
At the moment the highest-paid QB in the league per season is Aaron Rodgers, who’s making just over $50 million annually. Russell Wilson is next at $49 million, followed by several other A-listers. There’s a significant drop between Matt Stafford/Dak Prescott (tied for No. 8/9 at $40 million per year) and Kirk Cousins, who ranks 10th at $35 million a season. Our best guess is that Smith’s representatives will try to sell him as a top-10 talent and deserving $40 million per year.
However, he has several disadvantages. For one thing, Smith is 32 years old and even if he picks up where he left off he likely only has a few good seasons left in him. His turnover issues in the second half of the 2022 campaign are also a serious concern.
Most of all, Seattle has a lot of leverage by holding two of the top 20 picks in the 2023 NFL draft, which puts them in range to land a much younger QB prospect that would be playing on a rookie contract for the next four to five years.