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Well, all good things must come to an end, and we saved the best for last. We are now T-minus three weeks away from the 2019 NFL Draft, and closer to having all of our predictions, our anticipation, our worst fears come to life regarding some of our team’s quarterback situations. We reviewed these situations beginning with the bottom 12 teams last week, followed by the mid-tier teams a few days ago.

As we look at rosters across the team, there are many teams with fluid situations at the most key position to their franchise. Many depth charts will drastically change over the next few month’s before the first preseason games of 2019 come in August. Who will take the draft’s cream of the crop in Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, or Drew Lock? Who will take a chance on a late-round option like Tyree Jackson or Kyle Shurmur? Who will wait for next year’s class? I evaluated each NFL team’s quarterback situation, and speculate answers to these questions.

Now we have arrived at our third and final part, revealing the top 10 quarterback situations and depth charts in the NFL right now. These teams are mostly good in terms of their arms, with not as many issues of the previous 22 teams with more dismal leagues, so most of these teams won’t be in the market for quarterbacks unless they’re looking for third-stringers or practice squad members. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 pre-draft quarterback situations:

Bold players are the presumed team starter, and bold draft picks are first rounders.

  1. Carolina Panthers

  • Division: NFC South
  • 2018 Record: 7-9
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 16; Second round, pick 47; Third round, pick 77 

While the injuries are climbing up on Newton and he is also straying further and further away from his MVP season, he’s still an elite talent and has Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. We didn’t see much of Allen or Heinicke to deem them to be a worthy backup, but it still appears a long shot that Carolina goes fishing for a quarterback in the draft.

  1. Chicago Bears*

  • Division: NFC North
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Mitchell Trubisky, Tyler Bray, Chase Daniel
  • First three 2019 draft picks: Third round, pick 87; Fourth round, pick 126; Fifth round, pick 162

Mitch Trubisky has the grit, execution, and decision making required to be a stellar starting quarterback, and Chase Daniel has the experience to hold his own, too.

  1. Seattle Seahawks*

  • Division: NFC West
  • 2018 Record: 10-6
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Russell Wilson, Paxton Lynch
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 21; Third round, pick 84; Fourth round, pick 124

The Seahawks only have two picks in the first three rounds and only four overall (a fifth round, 159th pick is the other), so if they wanted a better backup option than Paxton Lynch, or thinking about replacing Russell Wilson, they haven’t got the assets at this point to do it in the draft. I doubt that they’re really worried about this position, though.

  1. Green Bay Packers

  • Division: NFC North
  • 2018 Record: 6-9-1
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle, DeShone Kizer
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 12; First round, pick 30; Second round, pick 44

Analysis: If we were just evaluating starting quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers would be higher up on this list, but when one of your backups has an 0-15 starting record and a below 30 quarterback rating, and the other hasn’t seen an NFL field yet, that doesn’t spell confidence. While Rodgers seems indestructible, he needs a capable backup behind him, and even though Kizer won out in camp last year against Brett Hundley, I wouldn’t trust him on this roster. Green Bay may go shopping for a low-end prospect.

  1. Indianapolis Colts*

  • Division: AFC South
  • 2018 Record: 10-6
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 26; Second round, pick 34; Second round, pick 59

Although he’s entering the eighth season of his injury-filled career, Luck isn’t getting replaced anytime soon. Jacoby Brissett is a great backup option, so this is one of the few situations that should remain steady.

  1. Los Angeles Rams*

  • Division: NFC West
  • 2018 Record: 13-3
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Jared Goff, Sean Mannion (Free Agent), Blake Bortles
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 31; Third round, pick 94; Third round, pick 99

Goff was shaky in the playoffs and fell flat on his face at the Super Bowl, but he’ll be able come back and put together another strong campaign, especially if Cooper Kupp returns and can stay healthy. If Goff slumps or gets hurt, the Rams will hand the football to Blake Bortles, who we all know isn’t a stud anymore, but at least he has playoff experience and a superior team here than he had in Jacksonville.

  1. New England Patriots*

  • Division: AFC East
  • 2018 Record: 11-5
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer
  • First three 2019 draft picks: Round 1, Pick 32; Round 2, Pick 56; Round 2, Pick 64

Obviously, Tom Brady will be playing as long as he says he can, and we haven’t seen anything to make us think otherwise. I don’t see Belichick going for any of the arms in this draft class, but I know finding another quarterback option other than Brian Hoyer is on his mind, but I won’t pretend to know what he’ll do. As long as Brady is under center, they’ll be good regardless.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers*

  • Division: AFC West
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Philip Rivers, Geno Smith (Free Agent), Tyrod Taylor
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 28; Second round, pick 60; Third round, pick 91

The Chargers decided this draft class wasn’t the best place to get a future quarterback, so they acquired an experienced starter – in this case, Tyrod Taylor – to be an insurance policy for Phillip Rivers next season. This may spell the end of Geno Smith’s time in Los Angeles, but that wouldn’t be concerning for anyone, anyway.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs*

  • Division: AFC West
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton
  • First three 2019 draft Picks: First round, pick 29; Second round, pick 61; Second round, pick 63

Patrick Mahomes. Need I say more? I mean, Chad Henne isn’t the greatest backup option, but I’m not that concerned with that. There are a number of secondary free agent options out there if they become in need a better backup.

  1. New Orleans Saints*

Sean Payton has mastered surrounding Drew Brees with the best talent and supporting cast, while also keeping potential future franchise quarterbacks on the roster. He convinced Teddy Bridgewater, who was surely going to get a nice contract and a starting job, to stay in New Orleans and back up Brees for another year and for less money while keeping his hopes on becoming their starter in the near future if Brees retires soon. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t work out or live up to expectations, they have multifaceted Taysom Hill watching, learning, and still actively participating in their success. With six picks and recent Ohio St. product J.T. Barrett on the roster as well, they could have more moves up their sleeves as well. This is the best quarterback situation across the NFL.

What were your thoughts? Were you surprised by who came out #1? Would you change anyone’s place in the order? Let us know.

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Well, all good things must come to an end, and we saved the best for last. We are now T-minus three weeks away from the 2019 NFL Draft, and closer to having all of our predictions, our anticipation, our worst fears come to life regarding some of our team’s quarterback situations. We reviewed these situations beginning with the bottom 12 teams last week, followed by the mid-tier teams a few days ago.

As we look at rosters across the team, there are many teams with fluid situations at the most key position to their franchise. Many depth charts will drastically change over the next few month’s before the first preseason games of 2019 come in August. Who will take the draft’s cream of the crop in Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, or Drew Lock? Who will take a chance on a late-round option like Tyree Jackson or Kyle Shurmur? Who will wait for next year’s class? I evaluated each NFL team’s quarterback situation, and speculate answers to these questions.

Now we have arrived at our third and final part, revealing the top 10 quarterback situations and depth charts in the NFL right now. These teams are mostly good in terms of their arms, with not as many issues of the previous 22 teams with more dismal leagues, so most of these teams won’t be in the market for quarterbacks unless they’re looking for third-stringers or practice squad members. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 pre-draft quarterback situations:

Bold players are the presumed team starter, and bold draft picks are first rounders.

  1. Carolina Panthers

  • Division: NFC South
  • 2018 Record: 7-9
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 16; Second round, pick 47; Third round, pick 77 

While the injuries are climbing up on Newton and he is also straying further and further away from his MVP season, he’s still an elite talent and has Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. We didn’t see much of Allen or Heinicke to deem them to be a worthy backup, but it still appears a long shot that Carolina goes fishing for a quarterback in the draft.

  1. Chicago Bears*

  • Division: NFC North
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Mitchell Trubisky, Tyler Bray, Chase Daniel
  • First three 2019 draft picks: Third round, pick 87; Fourth round, pick 126; Fifth round, pick 162

Mitch Trubisky has the grit, execution, and decision making required to be a stellar starting quarterback, and Chase Daniel has the experience to hold his own, too.

  1. Seattle Seahawks*

  • Division: NFC West
  • 2018 Record: 10-6
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Russell Wilson, Paxton Lynch
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 21; Third round, pick 84; Fourth round, pick 124

The Seahawks only have two picks in the first three rounds and only four overall (a fifth round, 159th pick is the other), so if they wanted a better backup option than Paxton Lynch, or thinking about replacing Russell Wilson, they haven’t got the assets at this point to do it in the draft. I doubt that they’re really worried about this position, though.

  1. Green Bay Packers

  • Division: NFC North
  • 2018 Record: 6-9-1
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle, DeShone Kizer
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 12; First round, pick 30; Second round, pick 44

Analysis: If we were just evaluating starting quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers would be higher up on this list, but when one of your backups has an 0-15 starting record and a below 30 quarterback rating, and the other hasn’t seen an NFL field yet, that doesn’t spell confidence. While Rodgers seems indestructible, he needs a capable backup behind him, and even though Kizer won out in camp last year against Brett Hundley, I wouldn’t trust him on this roster. Green Bay may go shopping for a low-end prospect.

  1. Indianapolis Colts*

  • Division: AFC South
  • 2018 Record: 10-6
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 26; Second round, pick 34; Second round, pick 59

Although he’s entering the eighth season of his injury-filled career, Luck isn’t getting replaced anytime soon. Jacoby Brissett is a great backup option, so this is one of the few situations that should remain steady.

  1. Los Angeles Rams*

  • Division: NFC West
  • 2018 Record: 13-3
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Jared Goff, Sean Mannion (Free Agent), Blake Bortles
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 31; Third round, pick 94; Third round, pick 99

Goff was shaky in the playoffs and fell flat on his face at the Super Bowl, but he’ll be able come back and put together another strong campaign, especially if Cooper Kupp returns and can stay healthy. If Goff slumps or gets hurt, the Rams will hand the football to Blake Bortles, who we all know isn’t a stud anymore, but at least he has playoff experience and a superior team here than he had in Jacksonville.

  1. New England Patriots*

  • Division: AFC East
  • 2018 Record: 11-5
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer
  • First three 2019 draft picks: Round 1, Pick 32; Round 2, Pick 56; Round 2, Pick 64

Obviously, Tom Brady will be playing as long as he says he can, and we haven’t seen anything to make us think otherwise. I don’t see Belichick going for any of the arms in this draft class, but I know finding another quarterback option other than Brian Hoyer is on his mind, but I won’t pretend to know what he’ll do. As long as Brady is under center, they’ll be good regardless.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers*

  • Division: AFC West
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Philip Rivers, Geno Smith (Free Agent), Tyrod Taylor
  • First three 2019 draft picks: First round, pick 28; Second round, pick 60; Third round, pick 91

The Chargers decided this draft class wasn’t the best place to get a future quarterback, so they acquired an experienced starter – in this case, Tyrod Taylor – to be an insurance policy for Phillip Rivers next season. This may spell the end of Geno Smith’s time in Los Angeles, but that wouldn’t be concerning for anyone, anyway.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs*

  • Division: AFC West
  • 2018 Record: 12-4
  • Quarterbacks on roster: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton
  • First three 2019 draft Picks: First round, pick 29; Second round, pick 61; Second round, pick 63

Patrick Mahomes. Need I say more? I mean, Chad Henne isn’t the greatest backup option, but I’m not that concerned with that. There are a number of secondary free agent options out there if they become in need a better backup.

  1. New Orleans Saints*

Sean Payton has mastered surrounding Drew Brees with the best talent and supporting cast, while also keeping potential future franchise quarterbacks on the roster. He convinced Teddy Bridgewater, who was surely going to get a nice contract and a starting job, to stay in New Orleans and back up Brees for another year and for less money while keeping his hopes on becoming their starter in the near future if Brees retires soon. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t work out or live up to expectations, they have multifaceted Taysom Hill watching, learning, and still actively participating in their success. With six picks and recent Ohio St. product J.T. Barrett on the roster as well, they could have more moves up their sleeves as well. This is the best quarterback situation across the NFL.

What were your thoughts? Were you surprised by who came out #1? Would you change anyone’s place in the order? Let us know.

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Russel WilsonSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made headlines on Tuesday afternoon, as it was reported by The Seattle Times that the franchise passer wants a new contract by April 15. It’s worth noting that April 15 is also the day the Seahawks begin their offseason training program. Whether or not Wilson will attend the voluntary workouts if he does not receive an extension by April 15 remains to be seen. Wilson is entering the final year of the four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed in July of 2015.

Russell Wilson Gives Seahawks 13 Days for New Deal

Wilson’s desire to sign a new contract in just 13 days is quite demanding, but that’s not unusual in today’s NFL, especially with quarterbacks. If anyone is deserving of a fresh new contract, however, it’s Russell Wilson. Wilson has unequivocally been the backbone of the Seahawks’ offense since he took over as a rookie back in 2012.

To expand on Wilson’s worthiness of an extension, the 30-year-old has never missed a start during his seven-year career. Wilson currently boasts 112 consecutive starts, both regular season and playoffs. Wilson has led Seattle to 13 playoff games since 2012, including two Super Bowl appearances in back-to-back years. Seattle dominated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl 48 in 2013 and made a second consecutive appearance in 2014. Against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49, though, Seattle fell four points short by way of a heart-breaking goal-line interception by Malcolm Butler. The Seahawks lost, 28-24.

For a further expansion on Wilson’s excellence throughout his entire career, he has never thrown more than 11 interceptions in a season, nor has he thrown less than 20 touchdown passes. Beyond that, Seattle has never finished a season with a record of .500 or lower with Wilson at the helm. Wilson got hot right off the bat in the NFL, as he had a stellar rookie campaign in which he threw for a career-low 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns, and ten interceptions.

In 2018, Wilson threw for 3,448 yards, a career-high 35 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Wilson’s ability to make plays with his legs cannot go unnoticed as well. Seattle’s star passer accumulated 376 rushing yards on 67 attempts last season. For his career, Wilson has 3,651 rushing yards on 645 carries and 16 touchdowns.

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Russel WilsonSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made headlines on Tuesday afternoon, as it was reported by The Seattle Times that the franchise passer wants a new contract by April 15. It’s worth noting that April 15 is also the day the Seahawks begin their offseason training program. Whether or not Wilson will attend the voluntary workouts if he does not receive an extension by April 15 remains to be seen. Wilson is entering the final year of the four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed in July of 2015.

Russell Wilson Gives Seahawks 13 Days for New Deal

Wilson’s desire to sign a new contract in just 13 days is quite demanding, but that’s not unusual in today’s NFL, especially with quarterbacks. If anyone is deserving of a fresh new contract, however, it’s Russell Wilson. Wilson has unequivocally been the backbone of the Seahawks’ offense since he took over as a rookie back in 2012.

To expand on Wilson’s worthiness of an extension, the 30-year-old has never missed a start during his seven-year career. Wilson currently boasts 112 consecutive starts, both regular season and playoffs. Wilson has led Seattle to 13 playoff games since 2012, including two Super Bowl appearances in back-to-back years. Seattle dominated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl 48 in 2013 and made a second consecutive appearance in 2014. Against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49, though, Seattle fell four points short by way of a heart-breaking goal-line interception by Malcolm Butler. The Seahawks lost, 28-24.

For a further expansion on Wilson’s excellence throughout his entire career, he has never thrown more than 11 interceptions in a season, nor has he thrown less than 20 touchdown passes. Beyond that, Seattle has never finished a season with a record of .500 or lower with Wilson at the helm. Wilson got hot right off the bat in the NFL, as he had a stellar rookie campaign in which he threw for a career-low 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns, and ten interceptions.

In 2018, Wilson threw for 3,448 yards, a career-high 35 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Wilson’s ability to make plays with his legs cannot go unnoticed as well. Seattle’s star passer accumulated 376 rushing yards on 67 attempts last season. For his career, Wilson has 3,651 rushing yards on 645 carries and 16 touchdowns.

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Doug Baldwin is slated to undergo his third surgery this off-season, so where does this now leave him for next season?

The 30-year-old has been a huge part of the Seattle Seahawks passing game over his eight seasons with the team. Baldwin has seemed to be tied at the hip with his quarterback Russell Wilson ever since the 2014 season. Since that season, Baldwin and Wilson sit fourth in the rankings for the highest passer rating among quarterback and receiver duos.

That reason is a big part as to why these injuries are such a concern for Baldwin and the Seahawks. He played through multiple injuries throughout last season, and that resulted in career-lows as a starter in games played (13), receptions (50), receiving yards (618), and receiving yards per game (47.5).

Baldwin is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery in April. So with him already having surgeries on his shoulder and knee earlier this off-season, this will now mark the third surgery that he has undergone this offseason.

The Florida native has yet to be able to escape these nagging injuries. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Pete Carroll stated that he is uncertain about whether this will even be the final surgery that Baldwin undergoes this offseason.

While he didn’t confirm what other injuries Baldwin is dealing with, he did say that the two-time Pro Bowler was still working some stuff out. So that could mean there is another surgery coming for Baldwin after the one in April.

No Timetable for Return

Carroll also stated that there’s no timetable for Baldwin’s return. This could mean the possibility of Baldwin missing the start of next season. The usual recovery time for sports hernia surgery is typically six to twelve weeks.

However, that recovery time could be different with Baldwin if he’s also dealing with a separate injury as well. One thing is for sure, the Seahawks believe Baldwin can still be a big part of their offense going into next season, as they have yet to acquire a receiver this off-season.

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Doug Baldwin is slated to undergo his third surgery this off-season, so where does this now leave him for next season?

The 30-year-old has been a huge part of the Seattle Seahawks passing game over his eight seasons with the team. Baldwin has seemed to be tied at the hip with his quarterback Russell Wilson ever since the 2014 season. Since that season, Baldwin and Wilson sit fourth in the rankings for the highest passer rating among quarterback and receiver duos.

That reason is a big part as to why these injuries are such a concern for Baldwin and the Seahawks. He played through multiple injuries throughout last season, and that resulted in career-lows as a starter in games played (13), receptions (50), receiving yards (618), and receiving yards per game (47.5).

Baldwin is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery in April. So with him already having surgeries on his shoulder and knee earlier this off-season, this will now mark the third surgery that he has undergone this offseason.

The Florida native has yet to be able to escape these nagging injuries. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Pete Carroll stated that he is uncertain about whether this will even be the final surgery that Baldwin undergoes this offseason.

While he didn’t confirm what other injuries Baldwin is dealing with, he did say that the two-time Pro Bowler was still working some stuff out. So that could mean there is another surgery coming for Baldwin after the one in April.

No Timetable for Return

Carroll also stated that there’s no timetable for Baldwin’s return. This could mean the possibility of Baldwin missing the start of next season. The usual recovery time for sports hernia surgery is typically six to twelve weeks.

However, that recovery time could be different with Baldwin if he’s also dealing with a separate injury as well. One thing is for sure, the Seahawks believe Baldwin can still be a big part of their offense going into next season, as they have yet to acquire a receiver this off-season.

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Legion of BoomThe realism of 2019 free agency has hit as a slew of players have signed with their new teams. It’s also a bit of a bittersweet time for Seattle fans as the Seahawks have said goodbye to the last remaining member of the Legion of Boom.

Inevitably, it was going to happen at some point, but fans would rather believe it would come in part due to retirement rather than free agency.

They Made an Everlasting Impression

Fans will remember Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor as the most notable, and prominent, members of the Legion of Boom. Others such as Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell, and Jeremy Lane came and went over time.

The L.O.B was only one part to the Seahawks empowering defense. With credit due to Pete Carroll and former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, they built a defense that has been regarded as one of the best in NFL history. Alongside the L.O.B, the Seahawks defense consisted of other star players such as Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett. This defense was credited for the Seahawks successful 2013 season and Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.

The greatest part about the L.O.B is that two of it’s most memorable players, Chancellor and Sherman, were drafted in the fifth rounds of the 2010 and 2011 draft, respectively. Two of the greatest defensive players in Seahawks and most likely NFL history were passed on by all 32 teams a handful of times.

When Sherman decided to leave the team after the 2017 season, it was clear the Legion of Boom was coming to an end in more ways than one. It was also Kam Chancellor’s final season after sustaining a neck injury in week 10 that same year. To make matters worse, it also became Avril’s final season due to a similar neck injury.

March 13, 2019 marked the official end of the Legion of Boom after Earl Thomas signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Even after some questionable incidents with Thomas, fans were quick to thank him for his accomplishments with the team.

What The Future Holds for the Seahawks Defense

With Earl Thomas’ departure, it really marks the end of an era for Seattle’s defense. But it also marks the beginning of a new one. Seattle may no longer have their Legion of Boom, but they do have a new prominent group of young rising stars on the defensive side of the ball.

In 2018, the defense didn’t need to overwork themselves to salvage the season because Seattle’s offense had successfully established a ground-and-pound philosophy they so desperately needed since Marshawn Lynch‘s (short-lived) retirement. Even so, Bobby Wagner, Bradley McDougald, and Shaquill Griffin combined for over 205 total tackles. Frank Clark and Jarran Reed together had 23.5 sacks and McDougald and Griffin combined for five interceptions. This alone should have fans excited for the future of football in Seattle. It leaves the door wide open for the defense’s success in 2019 and beyond.

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Legion of BoomThe realism of 2019 free agency has hit as a slew of players have signed with their new teams. It’s also a bit of a bittersweet time for Seattle fans as the Seahawks have said goodbye to the last remaining member of the Legion of Boom.

Inevitably, it was going to happen at some point, but fans would rather believe it would come in part due to retirement rather than free agency.

They Made an Everlasting Impression

Fans will remember Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor as the most notable, and prominent, members of the Legion of Boom. Others such as Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell, and Jeremy Lane came and went over time.

The L.O.B was only one part to the Seahawks empowering defense. With credit due to Pete Carroll and former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, they built a defense that has been regarded as one of the best in NFL history. Alongside the L.O.B, the Seahawks defense consisted of other star players such as Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett. This defense was credited for the Seahawks successful 2013 season and Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.

The greatest part about the L.O.B is that two of it’s most memorable players, Chancellor and Sherman, were drafted in the fifth rounds of the 2010 and 2011 draft, respectively. Two of the greatest defensive players in Seahawks and most likely NFL history were passed on by all 32 teams a handful of times.

When Sherman decided to leave the team after the 2017 season, it was clear the Legion of Boom was coming to an end in more ways than one. It was also Kam Chancellor’s final season after sustaining a neck injury in week 10 that same year. To make matters worse, it also became Avril’s final season due to a similar neck injury.

March 13, 2019 marked the official end of the Legion of Boom after Earl Thomas signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Even after some questionable incidents with Thomas, fans were quick to thank him for his accomplishments with the team.

What The Future Holds for the Seahawks Defense

With Earl Thomas’ departure, it really marks the end of an era for Seattle’s defense. But it also marks the beginning of a new one. Seattle may no longer have their Legion of Boom, but they do have a new prominent group of young rising stars on the defensive side of the ball.

In 2018, the defense didn’t need to overwork themselves to salvage the season because Seattle’s offense had successfully established a ground-and-pound philosophy they so desperately needed since Marshawn Lynch‘s (short-lived) retirement. Even so, Bobby Wagner, Bradley McDougald, and Shaquill Griffin combined for over 205 total tackles. Frank Clark and Jarran Reed together had 23.5 sacks and McDougald and Griffin combined for five interceptions. This alone should have fans excited for the future of football in Seattle. It leaves the door wide open for the defense’s success in 2019 and beyond.

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Russell WilsonThroughout this off-season, there have been multiple reports suggesting that Russell Wilson could be heading to the New York Giants after next season, but the quarterback views that as very unlikely.

Wilson is currently in New York to once again play spring training baseball with the New York Yankees. He also took the time to sit down with Jimmy Fallon, and the topic of the  Giants came up during their discussion. When asked about the rumors, Wilson was quick to shut them down and state that he doesn’t feel like the Seahawks will let him go anytime soon.

Contract Extension

In Wilson’s interview with Fallon, they also discussed the possibility of Wilson becoming the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Currently, Wilson is the sixth-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

The former third-round pick is scheduled to make just over $25 million next season. According to Spotrac, his market-value on his next contract will be worth approximately $32.1 million per season. That would then make him the third-highest-paid quarterback for the 2020 season, behind Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.

For Wilson to receive the highest-AAV among quarterbacks, he’ll have to beat Rodgers’ AAV of $33.5 million. However, it’s uncertain as to what Wilson is seeking for an extension. But it’s unlikely that he would want to handicap the Seahawks ability to surround him with players he can win with.

Wilson’s Future

In his interview with Fallon, the Seahawks quarterback states that he believes that he’s capable of playing another 10 to 15 years. Wilson’s numbers do suggest that he could be capable of sustaining his production during the next decade or so.

Wilson has played in every single game with the Seahawks ever since he was drafted back in 2012. Which shows that even with his style of play, nothing has been able to keep him off the field. His numbers have also not displayed any decline, even with a run-first offense last season.

In 16 games last season, Wilson recorded 3,448 passing yards, 35 touchdowns and a QBR of 65.1. He was also named to his fifth Pro Bowl in his seventh season in the NFL.

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