The NFL Draft is just over a month away and it sounds like the Seattle Seahawks are in a fantastic spot to continue building the roster.
Especially after having a much more successful season than many expected. Now, head coach Pete Carroll talks about the possibility of drafting a quarterback.
After the front office re-signed Geno Smith to a long-term deal, some believed it might rule the Seahawks out of drafting a quarterback with the fifth pick overall.
Pete Carroll on the other hand is kind of saying the exact opposite. In fact, he sounds incredibly open to the idea of potentially drafting a rookie quarterback, per Kevin Patra.
“That opportunity is absolutely there. We can do whatever we need to do, which is a whole other discussion that’s really exciting.”
From there, Pete Carroll shares his excitement with having a top pick in the draft. “The coaches are working at it, and the scouts are working at it to try to position this thing — when you’re at five, this is different than what we’re used to seeing.”
“This is really fun, because you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen with four different choices, so which one is it?”
It’ll be interesting to see what the Seahawks do once they’re on the clock. Drafting a rookie quarterback makes sense, especially once you look at the details of Geno Smith’s contract.
According to Mike Garafolo, “the contract has a base value of $25 million per season with $40 million fully guaranteed. Smith earns $28 million in the first year, and the deal carries a total of $30 million in incentives.”
“Translation: It’s a nice payday for Geno that the Seahawks can get out of after one year and easily after two.”
With that said, it sure sounds like Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are very open to the idea of drafting a quarterback this offseason.