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What will the Seattle Seahawks look like in 5 years?

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The Seattle Seahawks added a whole mess of new players last week and they figure to be a part of the future of this team. With that being said, what could the future of the Seahawks look like in five years? Here are five predictions to that end.

Russell Wilson will be an MVP winner on a $35 million/year contract

The price of success is going up. Wilson has already established himself as one of the all-time great first-five-year quarterbacks, and with five more years under his belt he could be itching even closer to Hall of Fame status. This is not over-blowing the type of quarterback that Wilson is or has been, this is a simple statement of fact based on what other quarterbacks have gone on to do after having a start similar to Wilson’s. Consider that five years from now, Wilson will still only be the age that Aaron Rodgers is today.

Pete Carroll will be retired, Kris Richard will be the head coach

Carroll seems timeless, but at some point he has to walk away from the game and enjoy it from a perspective that allows him to give more and expend less. He’s the type who likes to help others and for a long time he’s done that through coaching and mentorship, but I could see him take on a role that is much more advisory-based in nature. I don’t really have a good grip on who the heir apparent is, but I’m steering clear of Tom Cable for my own safety from you, the readers.

Bobby Wagner is a Defensive Player of the Year, future Hall of Famer

He’s been getting better every year and Wagner is still only 26. He nearly had the DPOY last season and one of these times I believe he’s going to get it. I was close to saying “two-time” but this award is just so hard to double up on.

Frank Clark has broken Michael Sinclair’s single-season sacks record of 16.5

Sinclair set a franchise record with 16.5 sacks in 1998, but maybe no pass rusher in Seahawks history has had a higher ceiling than Clark. He finished with 10 sacks last season in part-time duty at age 23. As the interior pass rush improves with the addition of Malik McDowell, and more opportunities from the outside arise, Clark could become a regular in double-digit sacks, and 17 will be within reach.

Thomas Rawls is still with the team, a three-time 1,000-yard rusher

I wanted to go with at least one really bold prediction, and this one surrounds a guy who is still one of my favorite players on the team. Rawls has battled through injuries over his first two seasons, but I believe in him as a premier running back. It’s really hard for backs to stick with a team for longer than four years, but I’m putting my faith in Rawls. There will be competition coming in and out, but I think Rawls can build himself into a regular Pro Bowl player if he stays healthy. That’s the biggest gamble here with this prediction.

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  • 34%
    Wilson MVP
    (1264 votes)
  • 38%
    Carroll retired
    (1419 votes)
  • 15%
    Wagner DPOY
    (550 votes)
  • 8%
    Clark sacks record
    (308 votes)
  • 2%
    Rawls still around
    (105 votes)
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