Seattle Seahawks News & Free Agent Rumors: Wes Welker, Mike Vick & Reggie Wayne Among Best Possible QBs Left
The Seattle Seahawks came up just one yard short of defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49. Regardless of the outcome, the Seahawks have been by far the most dominant NFL team in the NFC over the last two seasons.
But, even they have some work to do to secure a third consecutive conference championship.
One of the biggest things Pete Carroll and his team may still have to address is the quarterback position. There's no doubt Russell Wilson is a Top 10 quarterback in this league. Wilson has led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship, he's one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the league, and he makes great decisions. However, it never hurts to have a veteran quarterback under center.
All three Seahawks quarterbacks (Wilson, B.J. Daniels, R. J. Archer) are under the age of 28. Now, Wilson has never missed a single game in his young three year career, but NFL history has shown us that it's always wise to have at least one veteran quarterback on the roster. Wilson has run the ball a total of 351 times over the last three seasons, which is obviously a lot more than most convention quarterbacks. For some perspective, Peyton Manning has just 79 rush attempts the last three seasons.
Some notable free agent veteran quarterbacks include Michael Vick and Matt Flynn. Obviously neither quarterback will be competing for the starting job in Seattle, but both quarterbacks could certainly lend a helping hand on the roster.
Vick didn't get much playing time with the New York Jets last season with Geno Smith receiving most of the snaps. Vick clearly isn't in the prime of his career, but he's still a mobile quarterback with 138 games of experience. As NBC Sports explains, Vick could be a good fit in the Seahawks system because of his playing style and the fact that the Seahawks don't have a veteran quarterback on the roster.
Nobody wants to see injuries, but the reality is they do happen. Wilson hasn't missed a game yet, but given his style of play he is more likely to get hurt than most conventional pocket passers. If Wilson goes down, then what? A Vick or even a Matt Flynn could provide a backup plan if such an occurrence happens.
The Seahawks could also add wide receiver depth as well, having ranked 27th in total passing yards and 22nd in passing touchdowns last year. We all know the Seahawks are a run based team thanks to Marshawn "Beastmode" Lynch, and trading for Jimmy Graham was an outstanding decision, but the Seahawks do have free agent options if they want to add some targets for Wilson.
Veteran receivers Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Reggie Wayne are all currently free agents.
Welker isn't a deep threat by any stretch of the imagination and he does have head injuries, but he is one of the best slot receivers in NFL history. Wilson makes great decisions, and is a good check down quarterback. Signing Welker to a one year deal would be a low risk option, and could help the Seahawks get more passing first downs.
Wayne and Lloyd are also free agents. Wayne will go down as one of the best wide receivers in NFL history, and he can still help a team this upcoming season. Although he's 36 years old, Wayne still had 779 receiving yards just last season for the Indianapolis Colts. If the Seahawks want to add a deep threat type of target, Lloyd could be their guy. Lloyd won't lead the NFL in any statistical category next year, but he knows how to break big plays.
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