The start of the 2020 NFL is, finally, nearly here. While fans of the Seattle Seahawks were certainly not happy to see Jadeveon Clowney sign with the Tennessee Titans over the weekend, they are stoked about getting to
stress through watch the Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are back to lead their respective units this season, though there are plenty of new names and faces.
With that said, here’s a look at the projected starters on both offense and defense, including the season through which those players are under contract. Starting with the offense, here is what things look like:
- QB Russell Wilson, signed through 2023
- RB Chris Carson, signed through 2020
- WR Tyler Lockett, signed through 2021
- WR DK Metcalf, signed through 2022
- WR David Moore, signed through 2020
- TE Greg Olsen, signed through 2020
- T Duane Brown, signed through 2021
- LG Mike Iupati, signed through 2020
- C Ethan Pocic, signed through 2020
- RG Damien Lewis, signed through 2023
- RT Brandon Shell, signed through 2021
And for the defensive side of the ball
- DE Rasheem Green, signed through 2021
- DE Benson Mayowa, signed through 2020
- DT Jarran Reed, signed through 2021
- DT Poona Ford, signed through 2020
- LB Bobby Wagner, signed through 2022
- LB K.J. Wright, signed through 2020
- LB Bruce Irvin, signed through 2020
- CB Shaquill Griffin, signed through 2020
- CB Tre Flowers, signed through 2021 (possibly Quinton Dunbar, signed through 2020)
- FS Quandre Diggs, signed through 2021
- SS Jamal Adams, signed through 2021
Looking at this group of projected starters, one thing quickly jumps off the page: Seattle is looking at potentially needing to replace as many as half of its 2020 starters in 2021. That should, of course, drop in the coming months as the team works on potential contract extensions with players like Carson, Adams and others, while Ford seems likely to be retained on a second round RFA tender. However, bad injury luck or father time finally catching up to the ageless Duane Brown or another veteran could leave things in even a more precarious position.
In short, ten of the team’s projected 2020 starters are not under contract past this season. For those who assume Quinton Dunbar will be the starter at right cornerback, that number increases to eleven. That is a number that is far lower than in seasons past, when the Hawks opened the season with no fewer than 15 Week 1 starters under contract past that season.
- 2019: 16
- 2018: 18
- 2017: 16
- 2016: 15
What this will mean for the Seahawks past 2020 obviously won’t be known anytime soon, however, it certainly appears that the team could be looking to replace a large number of snaps when 2021 arrives. And when it comes to looking for the players to fill those snaps, the team will be needing to do so without the benefit of either a first or third round selection in the draft next spring, while also carrying a roster that is among the oldest in the league.
In short, the excitement in the coming months won’t be limited to just the on field action.