As Anthony Richardson buzz continues to grow, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe believe the Seattle Seahawks are in a unique position to draft their next franchise quarterback and continue to come out on top in the Russell Wilson trade.
Jonas Knox: "Seahawks sitting at five and Pete Carroll was hinting at yesterday that it's very unique to them picking this high, courtesy of Russell Wilson and that awful season they had in Denver. There is the potential that they could look at quarterback here, and it feels like it might make some sense. Geno Smith comes back, maybe you do a franchise tag, maybe you do a short term deal, and if you've got an opportunity, and Brady talked about this guy shooting up the draft boards, if Anthony Richardson is sitting there at five, how do you not take a peek at that and want to build around him, make him the quarterback of the future? That feels like it could be a home run."
LaVar Arrington: "You draft a quarterback, whoever it is at that pick, and you celebrate him as the first coming of a real franchise quarterback to lead this team into the future, if you're subscribing to being totally, absurdly petty. It seems as though that would be the final nail in the proverbial coffin of the relationship between Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson."
Brady Quinn: "I don't know why more teams don't use the non exclusive franchise tag, in this case [with Geno Smith] ... If you're Seattle and someone says we're willing to pay Geno Smith this longer term deal that's going to pay X, you say all right go sign him to that deal, we'll take your first round picks, and we'll move forward."