Seattle Seahawks trade haul: TE Noah Fant
Perhaps the biggest piece of the trade for the Seattle Seahawks in terms of player compensation was the acquisition of tight end Noah Fant.
Fant was one of Drew Lock’s favorite targets with the Denver Broncos and the two share the bond of coming into the league together back in the 2019 NFL Draft.
This past season, Fant actually led the Denver Broncos in receptions but as a result, arguably his greatest attribute was stifled: The ability to create yardage after the catch.
Despite being bigger and faster than most any player that attempts to cover him, Fant is not a physically dominant type of playmaker at the tight end position. He’s not known for going out there and “Moss-ing” defenders but he can run by them.
Fant had a little bit of an issue with dropped passes early in his rookie season, but he turned things up in the second half of 2019 and proved to be an elite threat in space, which is where the Seahawks need to get him opportunities.
Fant is in the final year of his rookie contract in 2022, but has the fifth-year team option available and the franchise tag after that — if need be — is also very palatable at the tight end position (only $10.6 million in 2022).
I think the potential is there for Fant to be a double-digit touchdown type of player as well as a consistent league leader at the tight end position in terms of his YAC abilities.
Although Seahawks fans may be inconsolable over trading Russell Wilson, it’s important to know that there are some really solid assets coming back in the trade.