Wednesday’s moves seemed like the first step in trying to squeeze one last bit out of this group, or the first signs of a rebuild. It’s possible the Seahawks reload without any major dip. Any team with Wilson should always be competitive. But for the first time in a long time, we don’t know what the Seahawks will be.
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No matter what, the Seahawks team of the past few years has a spot in NFL history. What happens next will determine if there’s more to this run than just those six great years.
The tough question for the Seahawks is whether this remarkable run was a rare confluence of some amazing talent, or if the Seahawks can sustain this level. They had an incredible run of home-run draft picks and smart signings. Free agency chipped away at the roster. Lynch retired. Before next season kicks off, the Seahawks could lose safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril to injury-forced retirements, and they might also lose or cut ties with defensive end Michael Bennett, cornerback Richard Sherman and tight end Jimmy Graham. That’s a ton of great talent that might be out the door. Not only is the coaching staff undergoing a major overhaul, the roster might too. The Seahawks got so good so fast, with many young players who commanded huge contracts, that we knew this core had an expiration date. At the very least there will be some difficult decisions coming in the offseason.
The Seahawks aren’t guaranteed to just keep rolling with a new cast. They weren’t very good before Carroll. Seattle won seven playoff games in 34 seasons before Carroll arrived, then won nine postseason games in Carroll’s first eight seasons. The Seahawks had some good seasons in the 2000s that included a Super Bowl appearance, but they weren’t an NFL power until Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in 2010. Building a mini-dynasty was hard, and keeping it going might be harder.