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3 Seahawks Stars That Could Be Traded Next to Rebuild After Losing Russell Wilson

Jason Schandl
3 Seattle Seahawks players who could be traded next after Russell Wilson.
3 Seattle Seahawks players who could be traded next after Russell Wilson. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trading away your franchise quarterback is not exactly a commitment to winning in the short term. Doing so and getting back a package that includes Drew Lock and draft picks is certainly not a commitment to winning in the short term.

That means it could be full rebuild time for the Seattle Seahawks after shipping off Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

That would mean the Russ move is probably just the first domino to fall. With their sights set on the future, here are three Seahawks who could be traded next to continue racking up draft capital in this rebuild.

1. Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner is one of the best players in Seahawks history, and it would be brutal to watch him go. But that's the nature of the NFL sometimes. He's 31 years old and entering the final year of his contract, meaning he's no guarantee to be around beyond 2022 anyway, and also no guarantee to still be elite by the time the Seattle is back in contention. Even with only a single year on his contract, the Seahawks should be able to get a great haul for the star linebacker. This move would also free up over $15 million in cap space, giving Seattle a ton of flexibility in free agency.

2. Carlos Dunlap

Seattle's sack leader in 2021, Carlos Dunlap is still playing at a high level entering his age-33 season. We saw Von Miller net the Broncos a second and third-round pick in a similar in a similar situation last year, and those draft picks are easy to like with Dunlap in the final year of his contract anyway.

3. Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett has been a key contributor for Seattle since he was drafted, and he's coming off a career-high in receiving yards. But "since he was drafted" is now a seven-year stretch, and he'll be turning 30 years old early in the 2022 season. He probably still has at least a couple great seasons left in him, but that window doesn't exactly line up with Seattle's long-term outlook at this point. As an elite wideout under contract for another four years, he should command a ton on the trade market. The move would burn the Seahawks with a ton of dead cap this year, but a move that hurts in the short term while freeing up money in the long-term would be right in line with the philosophy of a rebuild.

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