Why didn’t the Seahawks take the Commanders’ offer of three first-round picks?
Senior NFL Reporter for Sports Illustrated Albert Breer reports the Seattle Seahawks were offered three-first round draft picks by the Washington Commanders to acquire Russell Wilson.
Seattle chose to decline that offer, according to Breer, because the organization preferred to send Wilson to an AFC team.
What a strange reasoning from the Seahawks camp, if true. Were they really that concerned with running into Wilson and the Commanders in a future playoff matchup?
Seattle was only able to squeeze out two first-rounders from Denver but got five total draft picks in the deal.
Verdict: Seahawks took the best offer from an AFC team
What will Seattle do with the newly acquired No. 9 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft?
There are a ton of options for Seattle now that they hold the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft. Flexibility is one of the greatest tools to have when talking draft picks.
Option 1: Draft the best available quarterback. Is that Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, or Desmond Ridder?
Option 2: The Seahawks don’t have their preferred quarterback available at No. 9 and pick the best player available.
Option 3: Seattle uses the No. 9 pick in a trade to acquire more draft capital (i.e. multiple firsts later in the draft or future drafts). Looking at your Philadelphia, owners of picks No. 15, 16, and 19 this year. What about Pittsburgh trading their No. 20 pick this year plus next year’s first for Seattle’s No. 9 and a 2023 5th round pick?
Option 4: The Seahawks punt on drafting a quarterback at all and ride with Drew Lock for the season and hope to win the Byrce Young or CJ Stroud sweepstakes in the 2023 draft.